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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Top 2 from December 9, 2013

Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde, the opening song from Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler; performed by Placido Domingo with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting.

This is a recording I was prepared to hate, what with Mr. Three Tenors, his over the hill John Denver recording self, it is sometimes easy to forget what a great musician P. Dingo is. This is terrific. He's a biting fiery drunkard giving a gutsy performance. Salonen is fantastic all the way through Das Lied. It's the kind of performance I was expecting from Boulez, richly detailed, all the birdsongs and such, but with more oomph than the master eventually delivered.


Door Squeak – Sun Ra and his Astro-Infinity Arkestra

A bonus track to the infamous Strange Strings album (which features the Arkestra improvising on various string instruments which they don't know how to play) this track is, as advertised, a ten-and-a-half minute improvisation featuring a squeaky door as the lead instrument.

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