Monthly Archives: December 2006

More or Less

Paradoxes The collapse of Tower Records was, as much as anything, a failure of relevance. The new generation, which in the past would have become the next record-buying public and the next, now download the infinite riches of the market … Continue reading

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Hardly Square

Words’ Worth “Music is never pure,” wrote Luciano Berio of his Circles, “it is attitude; it is theater.” Berio’s great vocal adventure ended the 1961-62 season of Monday Evening Concerts, to a capacity crowd. It began the 2006-07 season last … Continue reading

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Czech and Double-Czech

Straight to the Kisser The Sixth Symphony of Antonin Dvor├ík disarms all protest. It snuggles into your awareness with a warm-hearted, syncopated throb, eases onto your lap and delivers an irresistible wet kiss. No other music in my acquaintance, large-scale … Continue reading

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It's Baroque: Why Fix It?

Sex Triumphant . . . Beyond the memories – pleasant, as far as they go – of The Coronation of Poppea with the Emperor Nero cruising his realm in a Ferrari bearing ROMA-1 license plates, and far beyond the abject … Continue reading

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