24. January 2007 · Comments Off on Zauberflöte · Categories: imported, Ramble

… or I guess I should call it The Magic Flute, considering ….

I had forgotten that the Met broadcast would be on at 10:00 PM, and I tuned in about 8 minutes into it. Rats. I would have recorded it tonight, but too late now.

Still … I’m sorry to hear it in English. I miss the German. I like the sound of German. Is that silly? Maybe so. But there you go. (I do understand why it might be done in the language of “the people”, and we do speak English around here, but still I really miss the sounds of German. And who can understand all the words as they are sung anyway?)

Ahhh … hearing some lovely music; it’s one of my favorite little moments. (Gee, and there’s no oboe. How odd.)

Anyway, I’ve just set my DVD recorder for Sunday’s 12:00 PM broadcast.

Opera San José, as I mentioned earlier, will be doing this next year. Again. (We’ve done it a number of times, but who would ever grow weary of Mozart?) As I’m listening now I’m reminded of what fun it can be to play. It’s still not my favorite Mozart but, believe me, I’m quite happy to play it!

Somehow I landed at an iTunes link that took me to a San Jose Symphony recording. I can’t get the link to work, but if you go to iTunes just search on San Jose Sympony and you’ll find it. Quite a while ago San Jose Symphony (RIP) recorded Henry Brant’s LItany of Tides, and I do own a copy of the record (yes, I mean record … as in “vinyl”), but I didn’t realize that recording was still for sale. Wish I could say I was involved, but there was no English horn. Ah well.

Now I find that it is also available on emusic.com, right here.

But I do wonder if any of the players involved managed to get anything from this recording. I’m doubting it.

So here I am reminiscing again (as I did Monday) about the things we did in that now defunct orchestra. Several premieres. Some commissioned works. And a whole lot of big names that came to play with our little orchestra. I was only 18 when I joined the group. By the time it died I’d been in it for, I think, 27 years. That’s a lot of history. (And not one program in my house. Sigh.)