Elliott Carter On Charlie Rose (with Levine and Barenboim)

The man and his music.

“Met at the Movies” – Macbeth (Željko Lučić, Maria Guleghina)

This is not a review of “Met at the Movies” – 1/12 and 1/13 Macbeth – this is a personal account, a testimony, if you will.  To read some reviews, scroll all the way to the bottom.


“Met at the Movies” became “Met to the Masses” this weekend around the country (and the globe) with the HD Broadcast of Verdi’s Macbeth – there is no Macbeth like white middle class suburb huge-movie-theater Macbeth.  I shall begin with major complaints: please, dear marketing department at the Met, please stop this patronizing and utterly idiotic campaign of “Met to the Masses”!  “Masses” are not going to go to the opera because it is expensive and absolutely counter-intuitive… Wait, did I just speak for the masses? My bad, masses.  Seriously, I realize that Met wants to bring the high art to the masses, but if it really cared about such artistic “enlightenment” it would broadcast its operas for free.  Opera is not going to save anyone from unemployment or poverty or lack of health insurance.  Its only chance is to be the opium for the people, but that particular role is already played by TV, sports, alcohol, actual opium, and pies…

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Sonic Rebellion: Naxos Sampler

This looks like a great deal and, despite a horrid cover, a great selection of pieces for those who are interested in “sampling” contemporary (classical) music – I saw this on Sequenza21 and looked at the tracks on Amazon – plus it only costs you $3.99! 

Here is a track list:

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