Day 106: Symphony No. 7 in E Major (Masur)

Today is Martin Luther King Day in America. Given that, I believe it’s a good time to remind myself of Dr. King’s wisdom: Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve … [Read more…]

Day 104: Symphony No. 7 in E Major (Karajan)

This morning’s conductor of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E Major (WAB 107) is Austrian Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989), one of the most highly respected conductors – and interpreters of Anton Bruckner’s music – who ever lived. In fact, I compared Maestro Karajan to Tolkien’s fantasy novel Lord of the Rings on Day 56 … [Read more…]

Day 100: Symphony No. 7 in E Major (Gielen)

If this blog were a TV series, I’d be celebrating my 100th episode today. There would be cake. And the entire cast. And the media. Cameras. Maybe a few hangers on and groupies. Maybe a few actor-wannabes sprinkled among the throng. For I’ve been blogging every day for 100 days, which deserves a “Huzzah!” just … [Read more…]

Day 97: Symphony No. 7 in E Major (Barenboim)

This morning, I begin a new cycle of Bruckner conductors (it’s about time!) all of of whom will show me what they’ve got as they interpret Bruckner’s Seventh. Because this is the start of a new cycle, I thought I’d see a familiar locale in a new way. This is the upper level of a … [Read more…]