14 January 2010

Shoo-fly Shuffle


1. Captain Beefheart, “Dachau Blues” from Trout Mask Replica [229/1172]
2. Prokofiev, Cinderella, Opus 87, Act I, № 6 The Sisters’ New Clothes (Cleveland Orchestra, Ashkenazy) [99/1172]
3. Beethoven, Symphony № 3 (Sinfonia eroica), Opus 55, i. Allegro con brio (Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Masur) [906/1172]
4. Elgar, Violin Concerto in b minor, Opus 61, i. Allegro (Nigel Kennedy, City of Birmingham Symphony, Rattle) [356/1172]
5. Stravinsky, De elegia prima from Threni (Robt Craft conducting) [241/1172]
6. Shostakovich, Symphony № 4 in c minor, Opus 43, movement iii. (Prague Symphony, Maksim Dmitriyevich) [732/1172]
7. Ginastera, Concierto para arpa y orquesta, Opus 25, ii. Molto moderato (Magdalena Barrera, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Josep Pons) [212/1172]
8. Prokofiev, Romeo & Juliet, Opus 64, Act III Scene vi, № 40 The Nurse, Andante assai (BSO, Ozawa) [76/1172]
9. Jethro Tull, “Mother Goose” from Aqualung [556/1172]
10. Vaughan Williams, Symphony № 9 in e minor, iv. Andante tranquillo (London Phil, Haitink) [29/1172]

A couple of “timing surprises” . . . The Beethoven, when later that day Paul & I went to see In Search of Beethoven at the MFA (and you knew the film would include some chunk of that Allegro con brio); and the Elgar, as we shall go hear Nikolaj Znaider play it at Symphony Hall this Saturday.

And in general, with the first movements of the Beethoven Sinfonia eroica and the Elgar Violin Concerto, plus the third movement of the Shostakovich Fourth . . . this was the long-breathed shuffle. I like it.

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