15 November 2010

Blast from the Past

... Your opinion about Mozart, whose greatness is inarguable, is balderdash. I marvel that your mind cannot embrace the idea that your likes or dislikes do not determine any composer’s greatness.

Separately . . .

That string trio [Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian & Yo-Yo Ma] looks nice. Must have been Yo-Yo Ma when he was still into plain solid work.

One of my favorite lines in yesterday’s broadcast of an event at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library, with Condi Rice, was when she frankly stated that she had the opportunity to play with Aretha Franklin and Yo-Yo Ma (I am guessing, separate occasions) not by virtue of her musical talent, but because she had once been a Secretary of State.

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