Classic

Former Dryadian and newly minted Miltonian Josh Carr has provided us with a kind of “End Hits” jam-package of meaty Classical goodness, along with his own specialized form of commentary.  He suggests letting each piece breath and unfold for proper enjoyment.  Patience, as always, is the key.  September marks the final month for Fort Saint Davids current office location (the NW/NW Office / Nob Hill / Alphabet District) and as we settle into our newer digs (Goose Hollow / Kings Hill / SW / Ski Lodge) we fully intend to let the following compositions be our soundtrack(s).  As always with everything offered here on the Daily Miltonian, we wholeheartedly invite you to join us.

Ligeti: Violin Concerto
Ligeti demonstrates the continued relevance and importance of the concerto form in the 1990s. Beauty and dissonance: arm in arm, tete a tete, eye for an eye. And a return to the improvised cadenza, yes.

Xenakis: Jonchaies
Wild piercing strings, clouds of sound and tone, big percussion, the towering twentieth century:

Debussy: Sonata for Cello & Piano
Benjamin Britten and Mstislav Rostropovich, haunting, rhythmic, two friends exercising their love of music and eachother:

Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Oboes and Strings in D minor, RV 535
Yes, the strings churn and chug and this is NO Four Seasons, thank god, leave that piece be. O! the second movement with just bassoon and the two oboes, wow. Vivaldi writes BAD ASS bass lines.

Mozart: Sonata for Piano No. 10 in C, K 330
Approaching perfection, keyboard music at its apex? Music to start your day with.

Bartok: String Quartet No. 4
Extended technique, wild pizzicato movement, string quartet writing matures into the twentieth century. Ideally, and eventually, you will want to know Bartok’s six quartets as a collection. You won’t be dissatisfied starting here, though.

Gorecki: Symphony No. 3
Beautiful, haunting, extremely reflective, late-night-sadness ruminations. We don’t have it this bad. We might have it this bad.

Couperin: Les Goûts-réunis
French Baroque chamber music with emphasis on the word ‘chamber.’ This is sexy, sultry summer music, to be heard with friends and lovers.

Handel: Keyboard Suites
Keith Jarrett renders Handel in all its crystalline beauty. This is funky music. Perfect tunes for your evening commute, the melodies will be stuck in yr stroll or shuffle upon first hearing.

Bach: Cello Suite No. 6
You want Pablo Casals playing this, recorded in the 1930s, they just don’t make sounds like he can coax from a cello anymore. Think Mississippi Records fidelity, Casals anticipates Jimi Hendrix in his renderings and in the warm break up of pre-integrated amplifier tube distortion. Be prepared, for all who bask in this shall be affected.

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