Under the weatherAugust 14, 2007
Sorry for the dirth of posts over the last week. I’ve not been well, the chest infection rendering me pretty low for much longer than expected, and the inspiration just hasn’t been here.
Apart from the occasions when job interviews have seen me have to drag myself out into the real world I’ve had little energy to do much more than sleep, get annoyed at Sudoku puzzles, and sit in bed with a sketchbook. Today I feel well enough to be up and bouncing about and what happens? Yeah it doesn’t stop raining again. Can’t win around here!
I’ve actually done very little music listening too, perhaps a little burnt out after several months of intense investigations, but when I have been listening its either been to the BBC Proms on Radio 3 and any CD listening has been almost exclusively Shostakovich and Mahler.
Things are looking much brighter here today though as I have yet to cough all morning and a nice little bundle of CDs fell through the letterbox, which is always guaranteed to spark life into these old bones. Four separate packages, the first two were eBay purchases, and I’m pleased to say my copy of Patterns in a chromatic field is here safe and well, along with an old OOP disc of unusual Luigi Nono realisations under the eye of Bruno Maderna. Unusual in that they are less commonly performed works rather than unusual performances, though as I have yet to listen it may apply both ways.
The two new discs from Will Benton’s Formed label arrived, looking good. Raymond & Marie by the Mersault trio of Korber, Weber and Wolfarth is a live recording from a Swiss festival that I’m looking forward to hearing.ij, the duo disc of Lucio Capece and Toshi Nakamura sounds very nice however, having given it its first spin this morning, more about that one later.
The final disc I received is a CDR packaged in a white card sleeve bound up roughly in heavy duty black tape and comes from the American duo of Dave Barnes (otherwise known as Dave Quam in certain circles) and Graham Stephenson, an electronics, trumpet collaboration. No idea what to expect, which is often the best way to approach a new CD…
Anyway, thats about it for now, I just wanted to put up a post to stop rust settling in, I’m off to make lunch and spend the afternoon with some new music