Music & Links

It may seem strange to include links to videos on Youtube on my Links page, but music is such a part of my life that I couldn't possibly leave it out. Obviously, most of these aren't whole works, but think of them as a chance to get a taste of my tastes. If you're new to classical music (or even if you're not), and you'd like my personal guide to the subject, feel free to have a look at the one I just so happen to have written.

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheharazade
R.K. knew how to write for solo instruments. He didn't just create music to be beautiful, he wrote music to make instruments sound good. It always felt so good to really let go on a solo, when I knew the notes lay on my instrument exactly where I wanted them under my fingertips.

Bach: Presto from Sonata #1 for Solo Violin in G Minor
If you ask a classical musician who her favorite composer is, there are three possible answers that show good musicianship. One is, "I couldn't possibly pick just one. There is so much to appreciate in each." The second is, "Whatever I'm playing at the moment is what I feel the most," and the third is, "Bach." Mine is the latter of the three. Spend some time with his Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, and I think you'll understand why. The Presto movement has always been my favorite.

Donizetti: Una Furtiva Lagrima from L'Eliser d'Amore
Picking a favorite aria is not hard. Una Furtiva Lagrima is mine hands down. It has such an elegant simplicity that appeals to me in singing. Well, it also reminds me of a tryst I had with a certain tenor once. Ask me sometime, maybe I'll tell you.

An orchestra that's really in tune with itself. (In this case, playing Barber's Adagio for Strings.)
I know that may sound kind of obvious. Of course, an orchestra should be in tune. There's such a difference though between an ensemle just playing in tune and an ensemble aware of itself as a whole. Does everyone on stage have a sense of where everyone else is? Somewhere in the back of their mind, are they all aware that they're communicating with each other, not just playing instruments? Barber is the perfect place, to answer this question.

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A good meal is enough to restore my faith in humanity.

I thought I had had good sushi. Then, I ate at Yasuda. Afterwards, I was quite sure of it. Cleverness aside, Yasuda has the best sushi I've had to date, and I am very fond of sushi.

One of my favorite places in the world.

This will always just be home, home on the range for me.