Thursday, November 13, 2008

Classical Novemberishness


Frederic Chopin: Prelude in F-sharp major op. 28, no. 13 (1839)
Philip Glass: String Quartet no. 5 (1991)
Gerald Finzi: Clarinet Concerto (1949)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto (1944)
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 (1889)

Granted, these pieces tend to express a crisp, clear early Novemberishness, rather than the overcast, coldly drizzling late Novemberishness that we had in town today. Still, those English woodwind & string orchestra concertos are involving enough to have cheered me up. Part of that may have been my traditional pre-radio-show latte.

I think Nate and I bought that Vaughan Williams CD in like 1996. Getting some good mileage out of that one.

That string quartet is incredibly warm and heartfelt for Philip Glass. I'm not sure if Dvorak's 8th cracks the classical top 90 (it could probably swing a spot in the top 120) but it's always been one of my favorites, anyway.


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