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February 15, 2009 8:55 AM   Subscribe

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posted by Gyan (4 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I enjoy reviews from Ye Olden Days. Here's a note from December 1963:
In a year notable for the rise of The Beatles and similar 'beat' groups, I found great pleasure in a single issued at the very end of 1962, by Sheila Southern (HMV POP 1089), possessor of one of the sweetest voices in the business. White Wedding and Little Star are my choice for the single record of the year. [...]
posted by pracowity at 11:43 AM on February 15, 2009

Yeah, plenty of interesting bits all around.

Leonard Bernstein in 1970:
"The avant-garde seems to me to be thrashing around and eating its own tail. Non-tonality is struggling with itself. Tonality looks as though it's as dead as when Tristan was produced in 1865—and also as dead as God was made by Nietzsche. I could write as many serial pieces as I wished, if I felt so inclined but you know it's much harder to write a tune in F major than to compose a three-hour 12-tone sonata."
posted by Gyan at 4:05 AM on February 16, 2009

This is great—thanks!
posted by languagehat at 9:23 AM on February 16, 2009


Though my first search, for "oboe", turns up a review of Alex Klein's (excellent) recording of the Martinu concerto, which is listed as the "Martina" - perhaps not surprising given the scanning technology used, given that the u has a circular accent over it (sorry, not familiar enough with Czech to know what this accent is called).

Viewing the PDFs requires login, which is free. The image quality isn't great but is fine for reading album reviews.
posted by mindhead at 9:26 PM on February 16, 2009

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