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 80: Symphony No. 5 in B Flat Major (Wand)

Today is the last day for me to listen to Bruckner’s Fifth. Tomorrow starts a brand new symphony, Bruckner’s Sixth. But that’s tomorrow. This morning’s conductor of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major (WAB 105) – nicknamed “Tragic,” “Church of Faith,” or “Pizzicato” symphony (for reasons I’m still discovering) – is German-born Gunter … [Read more…]