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. Amen Attribution(s): [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 9


One more Russian “Thief,” this time from Alexander Grechaninov’s Passion Week. (Remember those names. More anon.) This particular version (and its wonderfully-eerie overtones) comes from Charles Bruffy and The Kansas City Chorale, who are absolute staples in my chorale-music diet. Their stuff is really, really wonderful (as evidenced here). Разбойника благоразумнаго во едином часе раеви [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Drone vs. Volcano”


My first reaction? “Gosh.” But that was before I hit the 1:50 mark. Then it was a bit more like “G.O.S.H.!.!.!.” Worked my way here through Laughing Squid’s “Filmmakers Destroy Drones in Service of Capturing Unseen Angles From the Inside of an Active Volcano” article, which led me to National Geo’s “Adventurers and Drones Go [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 8


Here’s another setting of “The Wise Thief,” this one coming our way courtesy of one of my very favorite Russian composers, Pavel Chesnokov: Разбойника благоразумнаго во едином часе раеви сподобил еси, Господи, и мене древом крестным просвети и спаси мя The Wise Thief didst Thou make worthy of Paradise in a single moment, O Lord. By the wood [Read More...]

I Will Watch the Heck Out of This Show


Despite the fickle winds of fame and fortune (and concrete cinematic evidence notwithstanding), I remain a firm fan of Mr. M. Night Shyamalan. I am also a huge supporter of “The Prisoner,” and an appreciator of (if, admittedly, a bit distant from) “Twin Peaks.” So, this is something that I will probably watch. And how. Imagine [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 7


Staying with the composerial trend we started yesterday with Sergey Taneyev’s cantata, here’s his “The Wise Thief (Razboinika blagorazumnago).” The Penitent Thief is pretty much my personal Lenten patron. Or at least a paradigm of the way my Lenten efforts typically proceed. I feel like I’m always squeezing in at the last possible second, late-but-sincere. (Or late, at least.) My Russian’s [Read More...]

Cricket, Growing More Cricket With Each Passing Day


I have a guilty secret. …OK, so maybe it’s not a secret, because I’ve actually admitted it publicly on the blog before. But still… Some nights, when I’m all by myself, I watch cricket. Now, if we’re talking about The-World-At-Large, the fact that I enjoy this strangely-familiar (to my irretrievably-baseball-ish mind) game  would make me pretty [Read More...]