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    I had an hour to kill, on Friday, before I picked up my Zipcar.  So I popped into fye to look for some music.  They didn't have what I was looking for, and I was about to leave.  But I decided to check the Value bin near the classical music department.  Came up with a wonderful redition of Kindertotenlieder, as such by Kathleen Ferrier and conducted by Bruno Walter.  Fischer-Diskau can go scratch.

    But the real find was this.  Stories written by forgotten absurdist Soviet poet and writer Danil Kharms, who managed to survive, against all odds, until 1942, but ended up starving to death in a prison hospital.  The stories have been set to music by Icelandic composer Halflidi Hallgrimsson, and are narrated by Simon Callow.

    Have you ever driven around with your windows open, playing something at high volume, just on the off chance that passersby may hear it and be intrigued.  I did that.  I'm sure the Penn Relay crowds didn't quite know what to make of it.

    The music is effective, the stories reel back and forth like drunken hobos, and Callow is utterly brilliant as storyteller.  (I am sometimes told that I should do audiobooks for a living.  I am a long way away from attaining Callow's level of excellence).  If you enjoy modern classical music, absurdist lterature or narration above the ordinary, check this out.

    Happy birthday to Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe:

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:28:36 AM PDT

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