08 April 2009

How does the world end? With a bang or a shrug? (One of my correspondents suggests a "horrible choking sound".)

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Antonio Amenduni: Il pianto dell'orfano (No.2)

2. Antonio Amenduni: Quante lacrime (No.4)

3. Antonio Amenduni: Eterno riposo (No.14) (1976)

4. Antonio Amenduni: Tristezza (No.20)

Tracks 1-4
Michele Di Puppo - conductor, Orchestra di fiati Ruvomusica
Passione e morte: Le musiche della Settimana Santa a Ruvo di Puglia: Composizioni di Antonio e Alessandro Amenduni
Ruvomusica, RMCD 001
(Slow marches for Holy Week. Numbers identify the marches in the band's playbook. I have long advocated a municipal wind band for Winnipeg, on city payroll, to perform at shopping centre openings and the demolition of heritage buildings.)

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

5. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.4 (1935-36)
Valery Gergiev - conductor, Kirov Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Philips, 470 842-2
(Music to put you through the emotional wringer. I'm reminded of a line by Lorca: Ya luchan la paloma y el leopardo [Now the dove and the leopard are wrestling]. Only mugs'd bet on the dove, right?)

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

6. Lorenzo Ferrero: La Nueva EspaƱa (1991-99)
Takuo Yuasa - conductor, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Naxos, 8.555044
(It sucked to be you in the 16th century.)

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