04. December 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Ramble

So … Amazon has their top 25 list for classical music. Here tis:

1) Osvaldo Golijov: Oceana
2) Bach: Goldberg Variations
3) Beethoven: Middle String Quartets
4) Baroque and me
5) Beethoven: String Quartets, Op.18, Nos. 1-6
6) Glass: Book of Longing
7) Songs by Mahler, Handel & Peter Lieberson
8) Chostakovitch: Quatuors à cordes Nos. 6, 8 & 11
9) Music for Compline
10) Shostakovich: String Quartets #3, 7 & 8 – St. Lawrence String Quartet
11) Brahms: Symphony 3
12) The Greater Good: Act II Scene 8: Good morning, madame (Boule, later Mme. Loiseau)
13) Hartke: The Greater Good
14) Bartók: String Quartets Nos 5 & 6
15) Ballad For Edvard Grieg
16) Dvorák: “American” Quartet, Op. 96: Mendelsohn: Quartet No. 2, Op. 13
17) Stockhausen: Stimmung [Hybrid SACD]
18) Rorem: Piano Concerto No. 2; Cello Concerto
19) Cello Concerto Op. 129-Serenade No. 1
20) Rameau: Keyboard Suites
21) Appassionato
22) Monteverdi – Combattimento / Ciofi, Villazón, Lehtipuu, Le Concert d’Astrée, Haïm (W/DVD)
23) 40 Voices [Hybrid SACD]
24) An Italian Soujourn
25) Valentin Silvestrov: Symphony No. 6

Okay … how many of these CDs do I have? How well do I do with Amazon’s choices of the top 25?

A whopping … drum roll … ONE.

If you know me, you should know which one it is, too.

04. December 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: News

Or even less … SSV will take what you can give.

I just read this:

SYMPHONY DRIVE: An anonymous Symphony Silicon Valley benefactor has issued a challenge grant to help increase the group’s endowment, which was started last year with a $1 million donation.

Any donations for the endowment received by Jan. 1 will be matched, up to $500,000. So far, about $300,000 has been raised, but there’s room for more. Contact the symphony’s development office at (408) 286-2600 if you’re interested.

So a friend and fellow oboist told me about her “idiot check” which I have now taught my students. Before leaving home, check for everything: oboe, reeds, music, tuner, reed making equipment, cigarette paper (or, as I use, end papers) for water in keys, swab … all the essentials …

GUESS WHO IS NOW AT UCSC WITHOUT ANY REEDS?!?!

Sigh.

Yes. I. Am. An. Idiot.

04. December 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes

I think classical music is really strange because it seems to thrive on the word “greatness.” You know, you have great performers, and every concert by the San Francisco Symphony has to be great, and all the composers are great, and at the same time people are whispering, “Classical music’s dead.” And you look at the New York Times and even the New Yorker, and there are four articles on popular music and one on classical music.

-John Adams (RTWT)