Some fascinating revelations from the Gramophone blogs:
* I took the Fifth Symphony out for a jog on my new iPod shuffle and I was amazed once again by how great Beethoven's symphonies are for a 30 to 45 minute run! No matter how my ass is dragging on a jog, when the finale of Beethoven's Eroica or Fifth or Seventh kicks in I take off like there's no tomorrow: (Albert Imperato).
* I didn't pay for the Gary Bertini Mahler cycle I took to the country this weekend, but listening to the Scherzo from the Fifth Symphony and the complete Fourth Symphony was a revelatory experience (thank you Mark Forlow of EMI Classics for sending the set to me!): (Albert Imperato).
* I’ll start off the day with one of my favorite ‘unknown’ pieces: Dudley Buck’s ‘Festival Overture on the Star-Spangled Banner’. What an ingenious, entertaining and fun little gem. With any luck you’ll find it on an EMI Classics compilation somewhere: (Albert Imperato, whose company 21C Media Group happens to represent ... EMI Classics)
* I am on vacation right now. I can't seem to stop sleeping: (Masumi Rostad).
But it does get better, particularly Daniel Hope on the Pope, Auschwitz, and the music of emotion.
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