|What you're about to read is a collection of pointers to some of the music I've discovered on the iTunes Music Store, music I like enough that I want to share it. If you're an iPod owner and an iTunes fan (and if you aren't, what are you doing here?), maybe you'll find something new. Click on any of the CD covers to bounce over to the store and sample a few tracks. And then maybe stop by my other blog for a few well chosen words (and maybe a random snark or two).|
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Fri, 22 Apr 2005
|Chopin & Rachmaninov: Piano Sonatas / Hélène Grimaud|
At the age of 35, Tom Lehrer
famously observed thus: "It is a sobering thought to realize that
when Mozart was my age, he'd been dead for three years." When
we're young we don't recognize genius. When we're older we either
claim it without deserving it, or try to devalue it in others. And if
we're really lucky, we eventually reach a stage where we just
appreciate it when we find it without hating those who have it.
On rare occasion I feel like a member of that last group, especially when I listen to brilliant music performed brilliantly. Like now, when I listen to Hélène Grimaud at the piano, calling forth sounds of such grace and beauty they don't seem real. The music is mostly new to me, my classical education being limited to Warner Brothers cartoons. Aside from one little bit from Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 35; every time I hear it, I think of the accompanying couplet from my childhood:
Simply because they have nothing else to do..."
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