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Brain waves, etc.
Revisiting Catch of the day #30 (March 4, 2018)

March 5, 2018

And now for something completely different: The Brainwave Music Project (Mulatta Records 038), from Brad Garton and Dave Soldier, longtime colleagues (as I gather) at the Columbia Computer Music Center, New York. The tracks marry sounds generated electronically from brain-wave activity to acoustic improvisation of a more conventional sort. (For scoop from the horses' mouths, click here.)

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Cases of instant surrender: Joseph Calleja, Evelyn Glennie, Hilary Hahn
Revisiting Catch of the Day #29 (February 25, 2018)

March 1, 2018

Verdi recitals get my attention. This week, we sampled two: The Verdi Album (Sony Classical 88985417982), from the Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, and Calleja Verdi (Decca 483 1539), a showcase for the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja.

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Going Places
Catch of the day #28, revisited (February 4, 2018)

February 8, 2018

Our selections, in order:

"Niagara," a track by Third Coast Percussion from their suite Paddle to the Sea on their album of that name (Cedille).

"During peak daytime tourist hours," Wikipedia informs us, "more than six million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water goes over the crest of the falls every minute." The music ­­here burbles along with the joyous resonance and ping of steel drums in a subway station. I loved it, however spectacularly it fails to live up to its title.


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On Maui, budding virtuosi reach for the stars
Steps to Parnassus

February 6, 2018

The life so short, the craft so long to learn.

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Vivaldi rediscovered, Vienna revitalized
A look back at Catch of the Day #27 (January 28, 2018)

January 30, 2018

The landmark recording project known as the Vivaldi Edition is approaching completion. Its purpose is to establish an audio archive of the complete autograph scores from the composer's personal library, a priceless resource now on permanent deposit at the Biblioteca Nazionale in Turin, Italy. For centuries, all but a handful of the prolific master's scores (notably his dozen-plus operas) were unknown, even to baroque specialists. Thanks in great part to the Vivaldi Edition, the tide has begun to turn.

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