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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Top 3 for March 5, 2014

Quiero Cantar Entra Las Explosions – from Ainadamar by Oswaldo Golijov

Kelley O'Connor as Federico García Lorca; Dawn Upshaw as Margarita Xirgu; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Robert Spano conducting.
Federico García Lorca and his lover and muse, Catalan actress Margarita Xirgu
Margarita begs Lorca to come with her theater company to Cuba, but he refuses and stays in Granada to write new plays and poetry.

Alan Hovhaness' Symphony No. 15, Op. 199, "Silver Pilgrimage" - I: Mount Ravana - Robert S. Whitney conducting the Louisville Orchestra


The National Anthem by Radiohead as performed on Saturday Night Live on October 14, 2000

One of the rare times I've been blown away by a SNL performance. The file I have was recorded of of some Japanese video site found seven or eight pages deep in a Google search (reflecting how dedicated SNL and NBC are to keeping these sorts of things hard to find, only to present them highly edited and context-free in self-congratulatory clip shows) and includes some glitches due to the shoddy connection and general crappyness of the computer I was using at the time. Still blows me away, largely in utilizing the house band's horn section. Much better than the version released on the I Might be Wrong live album.

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