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Quarterly Music Report: 2011 Q3


I decided that there was a significant gap in my cultural life: organ music. And so, that was the dominant theme this quarter.

Organ Music

  • Lots of Bach (the library has the Complete Bach set)
  • Bine Katrine Bryndorf
  • Duets and Cannons by Bowers-Broadbent
  • Buxtehude
  • Cameron Carpenter
  • Christoph Maria Moosmann
  • David Hicken
  • E. Power Biggs (I listened to him on 8-track when I was growing up)
  • Philip Glass
  • Marie-Claire Alain
  • Mendelssohn
  • Messiaen
  • Mozart
  • Reger
  • Saint Saëns
  • Virgil Fox
  • Widor

Other Classical

  • Alfred Brendel: The Complete Vox, Turnabout, and Vanguard Solo Recordings
  • Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen, From the House of the Dead, Jenůfa, Káta Kabanová, and The Makropulos Affair
  • Messiaen: St. François D’Assise
  • Monteverdi: Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi
  • Saint Saëns: Misc. orchestral music
  • Scarlatti: The Keyboard Sonatas


  • Blink-182: Neighborhoods
  • The Book of Mormon (Listened to this about 1000 times and eventually saw it live in NYC)
  • The Kraftwerk box set
  • Lady Gaga: Born This Way (They were giving it away online and I still haven’t actually listened to it)
  • Led Zeppelin box set
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: I’m with You
  • Thundercat: The Golden Age of Apocalypse
  • 311: Universal Pulse
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Quarterly Music Report: 2011 Q1


A relatively quiet quarter, musically speaking:

  • Ceclia Bartoli: “The Impatient Lover,” “Maria,” and “Sacrificum”
  • “The Cupid Shuffle” and “The Hamster Dance” at Quinn’s request and some Kidz Bop for Zoë and Talia (thus proving that I am a tolerant and kind parent)
  • Variations on Happy Birthday, sent for Jacque, by our friend/composer David Sargent.
  • And a few other, miscellaneous items

Mostly listening to what’s already there, which is a lot.

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Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q4


To close out my music-listening-reporting for 2010, it’s been more opera. And while the picture above is posted in jest, I actually love Wagner. And note the three non-opera albums at the bottom. Great stuff all around.


  • Isaac Albéniz
  • Marie Nelson Bennett
  • Gaetano Donizetti
  • John Eaton
  • Carl Orff
  • Thomas Pasatieri
  • Sergei Prokofiev
  • Gioachino Rossini
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Jaromír Weinberger
  • Scott Wheeler


  • Anonymous 4
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier


  • Barbara Bonney
  • Carlo Bergonzi
  • Cecilia Bartoli
  • Christa Ludwig
  • Diana Damrau
  • Fritz Wunderlich
  • Joan Sutherland
  • Jon Vickers
  • José Carreras
  • Jussi Björling
  • Kathleen Battle
  • Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Leontyne Price
  • Magdalena Kožená
  • Michael Chance
  • René Pape
  • Titta Ruffo
  • Will Perkins (my brilliant nephew, current working on a doctorate at Indiana University!)


  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s piano sonatas
  • James Carter “Present Tense” (amazing saxophonist)
  • Digital version of “Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films”
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Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q3

Opera Man

The listening for the third quarter of 2010 was monothematic: Opera with a vengeance. I’ve always loved opera and I finally took the time to go to the main branch of the public library here and check out as many CDs as I could possibly listen to. It was such as long list that I can only mention the composers/performers and not the individual pieces.

[Disclaimer: I actually can’t stand Adam Sandler but I couldn’t pass up Opera Man for this occasion.]

Operas by:

  • Mark Adamo
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Adès
  • Louis Andriessen
  • Dominick Argento
  • Thomas Arne
  • Daniel-François-Esprit Auber
  • Samuel Barber
  • Béla Bartók
  • Vincenzo Bellini
  • Alban Berg
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Georges Bizet
  • John Blow
  • Alexander Borodin
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Daniel Catán
  • Luigi Cherubini
  • Aaron Copland
  • Manuel de Falla
  • Léo Delibes
  • Frederick Delius
  • Gaetano Donizetti
  • Antonín Dvořák
  • George Enesco
  • Peter Eötvös
  • Carlisle Floyd
  • George Gershwin
  • W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
  • Umberto Giordano
  • Philip Glass
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Paul Hindemith
  • Leoš Janáček
  • Franz Lehár
  • Ruggero Leoncavallo
  • Bohuslav Martinů
  • Pietro Mascagni
  • Gian-Carlo Menotti
  • Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante
  • Douglas S. Moore
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Modest Mussorgsky
  • Jacques Offenbach
  • Matthias Pintscher
  • Francis Poulenc
  • Giacomo Puccini
  • Henry Purcell
  • Jean Philippe Rameau
  • Maurice Ravel
  • Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Gioachino Rossini
  • Antonio Salieri
  • Arnold Schoenberg
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini
  • Johann Strauss Ⅱ
  • Richard Strauss
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Richard Teitelbaum
  • Ambroise Thomas
  • Virgil Thomson
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Richard Wagner
  • William Walton
  • Carl Maria von Weber
  • Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin
  • Yehudi Wyner

Lieder/Songs by:

  • Amy Beach
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Aaron Copland
  • Manuel de Falla
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Charles Ives
  • Gustav Mahler
  • Julián Orbón
  • Matthias Pintscher
  • Richard Strauss

Albums by:

  • Bryn Terfel
  • Cecilia Bartoli
  • Christina Högman
  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Elīna Garanča
  • Enrico Caruso
  • Jessye Norman
  • Magdalena Kožená
  • Maria Callas
  • Plácido Domingo
  • Renée Fleming
  • Simone Kermes
  • Sumi Jo
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Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q2

Devo Something for Everybody


Most of my listening for the past three months has centered on artists that I loved back in the 1980s, although several of these are new albums. As a general rule, I try not to get stuck in the past but this past quarter looks a little different.


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Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q1

Black Uhuru - Anthem

I want to talk about the music that I’ve been listening to. I’ve always wanted to create entries on new things that amaze me but it seemed like too much work, as I am always finding something extraordinary. Consequently, I’ve decided to condense my musical revelations into “quarterly reports” that will list what I have been listening to or discovered in the previous three months. I’ve compiled these by looking at what I’ve added to iTunes on my computer, what I’ve listed to on Amazon/Google/Spotify/Last.fm/etc., what I’ve checked out from the library, and so on.

Here’s what’s been new and exciting for the first three months of 2010:

  • Digital version of a lot of Black Uhuru albums, including the Jamaican release of “Anthem.” This is the one I had on vinyl (and still do); the UK and US releases had an extremely irritating Kenny G. style soprano saxophone thrown on several tracks that were perfect exactly as they were without it. I pretty much imprinted on Robbie Shakespeare‘s bass from that album: subtle tone, great syncopation and counterpoint. It has always served as my reference point.
  • Got a digital version of “Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid, which I had on vinyl (or cassette) back in the day
  • Lots of cheap/free compilations from Amazon
  • Bunch of funky stuff by dancer/vocalist Meredith Monk


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