A very different blog that I also enjoy is Patty Mitchell’s oboeinsight. Ms. Mitchell posts very frequently, several times per day. Often she posts just to share a link or YouTube video, to complain about a reed problem, or to pass along a quote about the oboe or about classical music. She mostly isn’t generating serious original content like Ms. Cluff is doing, but she’s an entertaining read (or an entertaining “reed,” she might say).

Thanks, Bret! It’s nice of you to mention me. But I guess I’d better get more serious, eh?

Or maybe not. ;-)

09. September 2008 · Comments Off on The Fly Is Swatted · Categories: Reviews

It appears no one likes the opera.

LA Times (Mark Swed)
The Globe and Mail (Robert Everett-Green)
Bloomberg (Alan Rich)
Washington Post (Anne Midgette)
New York Times (Anthony Tommasini)
OC Register (Timothy Mangan)

I think I’ll stop here.

Well … OUCH! It’s one thing when one reviewer out there pans a new opera. It’s another when you can’t find even one reviewer that doesn’t pan it.

I wasn’t really thrilled with turning the movie The Fly into an opera. I found the subject just too icky. (Yes, I really wrote “icky”!) But still, one can hope that it would somehow work. According to these reviews, I suspect it doesn’t work. At all.

09. September 2008 · Comments Off on That’s One Huge Reed! · Categories: Ramble

If you don’t like to hear music through a “silent movie” turn your sound off until the chair is played.

Someone has a lot of time on his hands, and I think he should spend it perfecting the EverlastingOboeReed™ instead of this musical chair.


How 2.0: Pipe Organ Chair from My Home 2.0 DIY on Vimeo.

09. September 2008 · Comments Off on SuperReeds · Categories: Ramble

Ya gotta love it. :-)

Should it stay in Vegas? Or should it be taken elsewhere as well?

Something was missing at the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s season-greeting 10th anniversary concert Saturday night at UNLV’s Artemus Ham Hall. The musicians were onstage, beginning Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero.” But where was the conductor?

A percussionist stood center stage, rattling the continuous, insistent martial cadence on a snare drum, surrounded by several musicians plucking the insistent pulse on bass and cello. One by one, more musicians walked onstage with their instruments — oboe, harp, English horn, violins and violas — taking their seats just in time to add their voices to the growing whole.

The arrival of the big bass drum, along with conductor David Itkin — there he is! — signaled the imminent climax of the piece, which arrived with a shiver of trumpets, as if the circus had just arrived in town. The audience was thrilled, rewarding the orchestra with the first of three standing, shouting ovations.

So … is this a good thing? Is it not? Is a bit of “show biz” sort of stuff something that appeals to readers or not? Just wondering!

I read it here.

The overarching problem of classical music is the tuxedo.

-Alex Ross