Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra (1996)
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recorded in The Todd-AO Scoring Studio, Los Angeles, January 1996.
I purchased this disc because a good friend from college plays percussion with the LA Phil and this was one of his first recordings with that group. As such, he recommended that I buy it. The recording of these works received stellar reviews and the sound/production is top-notch, but the works themselves just aren't my bag. For me, this is the kind of music which is more fun to analyze than to perform and more fun to perform than to listen to.
Concerto for Orchestra (1943) followed by Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (1936). Cinema buffs may recognize the latter piece from the movies The Shining and Being John Malkovich.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None