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URGENT PSA: Charles Bruffy’s Choirs and Rachmaninoff’s Vigil, Now Streaming on iTunes Radio

In the past few days, as part of #MyLentInMusic project, I have spoken of my attachment to the wonderful work of Charles Bruffy and his Chorales -- both Phoenix and Kansas City.What I have not yet spoken of (but which is no less true) is my attachment to the wonderful (and wonderfully Lenten) All-Night Vigil of Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff. It's filled with wonderful music, but I'll call especial attention to the sublime Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice, O Virgin), which is one of the most bea … [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 14

Inspired by yesterday's selection, here's another setting of "O vos omnes," this time from the masterful Tomás Luis de Victoria. This particularly setting serves as the fourteenth of his Tenebrae Responsories, of which there are eighteen. All are worthy additions to any Lenten Listening List. (And all are here, thanks to The Sixteen.)O vos omnes qui transitis per viam: attendite et videte si est dolor sicut dolor meus. Attendite, universi populi, et videte dolorem meum. Si est dolor sim … [Read More...]

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow(s)

"She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing." Macbeth … [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 13

Today's Lenten musical selection is a traditional Holy Week motet from the lengthily-monikered Pau Carles Salvador Casals i Defilló: "O vos omnes."Master Defilló (aka, Pablo Casals) is perhaps better known -- OK, surely better known -- for his transcendent performances as a cellist than for his compositions (or for his significant contributions as a teacher). And while his fame as a performer is surely justified, this motet suggests that it might be time for his compositional contributions to … [Read More...]

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SSF: “Garuda”

David Wolter, the creator of the great little short I posted last week -- "Eyrie" -- brought this week's short to my attention when he listed it as his favorite ever. And while I'm more of a "Geri's Game" man myself, it's easy to see what he loves here. Wonderful imagery, simultaneously Escherish and impressionistic. And also just about a minute long. More an idea than a story, really. But that's one of the things I really, really love about short films.An animated short film about a young bo … [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 12

Heading back to Thursday's entry for just a second, here's the aforementioned Alexander Grechaninov's "Behold the Bridegroom" from his aforementioned Passion Week. I saved it for Sunday to so as to offend our H-Word sensibilities as little as possible.Gorgeous. (The whole thing is not to be missed, actually.)Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia Behold the Bridegroom comes in the middle of the night: and blessed the servant whom He shall find watching but unworthy is he whom He shall find in … [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 11

In keeping with the day, a Marian (but also Lenten) selection: "Quando corpus morietur" from the Stabat Mater of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. (I especially love the wavering strains of the "Amen.")Quando corpus morietur, Fac, ut animæ donetur Paradisi Gloria. Amen When my body dies Grant that to my soul is given The glory of paradise. AmenAttribution(s): "Christ on the Cross with Mary and St. John" by Rogier van der Weyden from The Web Gallery of Art (Image/Info) and licensed under … [Read More...]

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Just Putting This Here, In Case Anyone Needs It

It's been less than a week since the Oscars ground their 3+hour-way through my Sunday, and this is already pretty much the only thing I can remember.Yep, that's Will Arnett. In Val Kilmer's Bat Suit. And yes, that's Devo's (and Wes Anderson's) Mark Mothersbaugh. And Roots drummer ?uestlove. A mishmash of such random awesomeness that I guess it's really not at all surprising that it's still stuck in my head. (Which seems fitting, since there was virtually nothing surprising about the rest of t … [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 10

And now, in a bit of a departure from the last few days, here's a piece that's neither Russian nor Romantic (but still somber): the "Beschluss" from Heinrich Schütz's Johannes-Passion (SVW 481).After picking this, I realized that Schütz's Passions are the only a cappella ones I can recall at the moment. They're unusual that way (at least in my book). Also, the entire work is worth your time, and available via the Tubes of You.O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn,Durch dein bitter Leiden,Daß wir s … [Read More...]

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SVS: “Touching the Void”

This one's not really a documentary. At least not according to The Academy. (In fairness, I'm sort of inclined to agree. We're not talking "partial" reenactment; this is full-on reconstruction. The "emphasis is on fact and not on fiction" bit certainly applies, though.)But whatever it is -- "Docudrama" seems as (un)fair a (non)descriptor as any -- Touching the Void's a pretty amazing film. And it's streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT, as well as on AMAZON INSTANT($), SUNDANCE NOW($), and ITUNE … [Read More...]


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