Absolutely on Music

Ever wondered what would happen if one put two leading Japanese artist/intellectuals into a room and taped their conversations about music?  No, neither had I.  But that’s exactly what Absolutely on Music  is.  It’s a record of conversations between highly esteemed novelist Haruki Murakami and equally esteemed conductor Seiji Ozawa, translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin.  It’s weirdly fascinating in a very Japanese sort of way.


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Cunning Little Vixen short on magic

The 2009 Florence recording of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen is bright, colourful, straightforward and fun but it doesn’t quite have the magic of the older Théâtre du Châtelet version.  Laurent Pelly’s production is quite straightforward with attractive sets and costumes and interesting choreography from Lionel Hoche.

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