THE FIRST RELEASE in a series of the five piano concertos. The powerful No. 2 gets regular if not frequent exposure. The shorter No. 5 is rarely performed, though this CD might make you wonder why. Kholodenko plays Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Monterey Symphony in three performances this weekend. For details, click the ad, left.
TRIUMPHS AND TRIBULATIONS. A soaring international career stopped short by a horrific accident. As reported from Santa Rosa for CNN by Jennifer Grubb. Click HERE
BREAKDANCING IN SAUDI ARABIA
THIS SAUDI DANCE is all the rage in Arab world, but it could get you arrested. Watch, and if needed hire a good lawyer.
THE EU MUSIC ARCHEOLOGY PROJECT
RECREATING ANCIENT INSTRUMENTS. Listen to a carnyx, and other audio tracks. Click HERE
“FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER”
SIEGFRIED KRACAUER’S 1947 psychological history traces the role of Weimar Republic avant-garde cinema in the 1920s—Nosferatu, Metropolis, People on Sunday, The Blue Angel, among others—in spawning the NAZI Third Reich. The 2015 documentary makes that history shockingly real and portends events developing in the US presidential campaign this year. You can see it on YouTube. Watch the trailer here
TOP TEN WORST COMPOSER HAIR
ACCORDING TO GEOFFREY LARSON. Does Frank Zappa (right) qualify? Click HERE
COMPOSER ANNA CLYNE WINS $20K AWARD
CALEFAX REED QUINTET played a mixed bag of their own arrangements. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor