November 8, 2016

America's soundrack for November 9, 2016




5 comments:

alfred venison said...

we've been condemned to live in interesting times. -a.v.

laybl said...

Commentators tend to forget that Trump was always more a Democrat than Republican.Having grown up in an Irish working class neighborhood in North Philadelphia that transitioned post war to black, i laugh at my elitist friends who raced to move away to white zones.

The NY Times, Washington Post, etc., were too busy denigrating Trump and his believers, to notice that they were the parents of our soldiers, the neighbors of the unemployed workers, the non-flag burners...

Or have I misread the " Common Man" message?

chris riggert said...

A populist like Aaron Copland, if he were alive, might find it ironic that the popular vote (once again) is unfortunately irrelevant.

seeker64 said...

Although unrelated (or is it? Is DH the DT of critics?), here's a review you will "enjoy": http://www.classicstoday.com/review/ives-carter-gershwin-dont-mix/

Boom said...

@seeker64:

David Hurwitz is a child of the internet age where criticism amounts to little more than a mixture of incompetence and arrogance. Those who take him (or his website) seriously are more likely to be folks who enjoy listening to their hi-fi equipment rather than to music.

In any case, the Carter recording in question is a lifeless studio-manufactured product, with performance as wooden as its sound is artificial. (Another example of Schoenberg's immortal quip: "My music is not modern. It is just badly played.")

The piece may not be Carter at his best (who is at 103 years of age?), but I defer final judgment about the work's merits until I hear it in a well played and engineered live recording.