I discovered minimalist music in my late teens, and it changed my life.
A review of the Flux Quartet’s recording of Feldman’s String Quartet No. 1, on Mode Records.
With the recent release of a new box set of Pierre Boulez’ recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, there are now more than 100 CDs of 20th century music conducted by Boulez available at budget prices.
I recently got the Sviatoslav Richter Complete Album Collection. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) On 18 discs, this includes his recordings for Columbia Records, notably five recitals from Carnegie Hall in 1960. I find it quaint the way they labeled “live” performances back then: Recorded in Actual Performance. I guess this was to distinguish from a non-realistic […]
Steve Guttenberg, writing at CNet, makes an interesting point: Most people listen to music in their cars, portable players, or $10 computer speakers. Audiophiles are the 1 percent still listening at home over a hi-fi. Yes, most people listen on portable devices or cheap speakers. I raised that question recently when I suggested that rather […]