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Margo Price:  Midwest Farmer's Daughter (this is EXCELLENT)

Brahms:  Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (Weingartner/London Philharmonic Orchestra/London Symphony Orchestra)

John Zorn:  Nove Cantici per Francesco d'Assisi (Julian Lage/Gyan Riley) (gorgeous)

Beethoven:  Symphonies Nos. 3 "Eroica" & 7 (Erich Kleiber/Concertgebouw Orchestra) (I've always assumed that Erich Kleiber wasn't nearly as great a conductor as his son Carlos.  I'm going to have to reconsider:  these performances -- especially the Eroica -- are pretty epochal.) (And how about that Concertgebouw Orchestra?)

Brahms:  Piano Quintet/Piano Quartet No. 2 (Rudolf Serkin/Busch Quartet) (how fortunate, if you're a chamber player, to have Rudolf Serkin as your son-in-law)

Various:  Third Noise Principle:  Formative North American Electronica 1975-1984 (the extent to which the single Phillip Glass track towers over everything else on this four-disc compilation makes me wonder whether my constant fulminations giving pop music parity with classical are actually correct)

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Van Morrison, The Healing Game. One of his later albums, but with some great tracks - the title track, The Burning Ground and This Once Was My Life (with Georgie Fame's call-and-response backing voca

God what an innocent I was (am) - never realised the Sweetest Girl was about H. Will have to try to find my copy now and listen again. And Jacques Derrida - Scritti Politti changed my life - in a sm

Liza, That song you mentioned a while back (you asked if you were crazy to like it), the band's name escapes me, well it's on the radio all the time now and now I like it. (They remind me of Meatloaf,

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Phyllis Curtin:  In Recital (arias and songs by Gluck/Pergolisi/Mozart/Brahms/Liszt/Tchaikovsky/Ginastera/Fernández/Rodrigo)

Beethoven:  Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 "Pastoral" (Kleiber/Concertgebouw Orchestra)

Brahms:  String Quartet No. 3/Piano Quartet No. 1 (Rudolf Serkin/Busch Quartet)

Bach:  Keyboard Concerto No. 7//Philip Glass:  Piano Concerto No. 3 (Dinnerstein/A Far Cry)

Chopin:  Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante/Waltzes Nos. 3 & 7/Polonaise "Heroique"/Mazurkas Nos. 7, 20, 21, 29, 32, 38, 40 & 41/Piano Sonata No. 2 (Horowitz) (overwrought and self-regarding)

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Handel:  La Lucrezia/Armida Abadonata/Agrippina Condotta a Morire (Gens//Les Basses Réunies)

Britten:  Sinfonia da Requiem (Gražinyté-Tyla/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)

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David Lang:  the day/world to come (Volk/Beiser)

Dumestre/Le Poème Harmonique:  Anamorfosi (cantatas and arias and other vocal pieces by Allegri/Rossi/Monteverdi/Mazzochhi/Abbatini/Marazzou/Anonyme)

Unkle:  Never Never Land (still sounds pretty good -- but it's hard to believe we ever thought it was cool)

Various:  NYC-Sides:  Community Mixtape

oui ennui:  Occupe-Toi de tes Oignons (I've loved just about everything he's put out:  he must be a fave)


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Mozart:  Divertimento No. 17/Salzburg Symphony No. 3 (Végh/Camerata Academica des Mozarteums Salzburg)

Doctor Nerve:  Skin

Chaya Czernowin:  Adiantum Capillus-Veneris/Hidden (Hever//JACK Quartet)

Thumbscrew:  Never Is Enough

Buke & Gase:  Live at Figure 8 Recording -- Moving on Music session

Arditti String Quartet:  Gifts and Offerings (by Wolfgang Rihm/Hans Abrahamsen/Hosokawa/Brian Fernleyhough/Brice Pauset/Mark Andre/Marco Stroppa/Liza Lim/Birtwistle/Hilda Paredes/James Clarke/Georg Frederich Haas/Uri Caine/Johannes Maria Staud)

G. Sammartini:  Recorder Concertos & Sonatas//G.B. Sammartini:  Harpsichord Sonata (Bugliano/Collegium Pro Musica)

Castelnuovo-Tedesco:  Escaramin/La Guarda Carydadosa/Variations Pleisantes sur un Petit Air Populaire/Tarantella/Variations à Travers les Siècles/Tres Preludi Mediterranei/Capriccio "El Sucio de la Razon Producer Monstruos" (Micheli)

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A live performance of Ades' Totentanz on YouTube. One good thing about it is that visuals from the frieze on which it was based are shown as the various characters appear.


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Mozart:  Serenades Nos. 6 "Serenata Notturna" & 13 "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"/Salzburg Symphony Nos. 1 & 2 (Vêgh/ Camerata Academica des Mozarteums Salzburg)

Bach:  Weihanchts-Oratorium (Sampson/Lehmkuhl/M. Lattke/W.Lattke/Wolff//Chailly/Gewandhausorchesther Liepzig) (Christmas in May!)

Riisanger:  Slaraffenland:  Suites 1 & 2/Tolv med Posten/Trombone Concertino/Darduse (Hardenberger//Dausgard/Helsingberg Symphony Orchestra) (in case you were wondering, what would Stravinsky have sounded like if he were Danish . . . .)

Chris Speed:  Emit (EXCELLENT)

Madlibs arr. Kieran Hebden:  Sound Ancestors (I'ma be listening to this daily for a long time)

Slim Gaillard:  Groove Juice:  The Norman Granz Recordings (here we see the unfortunate consequence of the 2008 Universal fire:  a lot of these transfers are obviously NOT from primary sources -- and they sound it)

Castelnuovo-Tedesco:  Sonatina Canonica/Les Guitares Bien Termpérées, Preludes & Fugues Nos. 1-12 (Brasil Guitar Duo) (you'd have to have a heart of stone to resist this wonderful invigorating -- if minor -- music)

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Very cool.

My college used to kick off each year with a major get-to-know-you-type entertainment event, with bands, comedians, whatever filling the large student union building. One year, they turned a room into a kind of club and booked Slim Gaillard. Between sets, he was just standing in the corner looking like the most relaxed person on the planet. I said to myself, he was in On the Road, you can't miss this, so I went up and said hello and shook his hand.


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Frederico Maria Sardelli:  Concertos & Chamber Music (Sardelli/Modo Antiqua) (this is bizarre:  new music written in a fairly exact Italian Baroque style; it's pastiche, but it's pretty good pastiche) (but what's the POINT of music like this?  why does it even EXIST?)

Mozart:  Cassations in G Major & B-Flat Minor/Adagio & Fugue (Vêgh/ Camerata Academica des Mozarteums Salzburg)

Beethoven:  Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"//Weber:  Symphony No. 1 (Erich Kleiber/Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra) (this is such a better performance of the Weber than I have ever heard that it makes you realize what "great conducting" is)

Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra:  Time/Life (Song for the Whales and Other Beings)

Elgar compl. Anthony Payne:  Symphony No. 3 (Davis/London Symphony Orchestra) (just what the world needed:  more Elgar)

Chopin:  Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Pires//Krivine/Previn/Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

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