This is a preview or trailer for my article “Eighty Years of the Bruckner Second”, a longitudinal survey of 148 performances of that symphony from 1938 to 2017, to be published in the next issue of The Bruckner Journal.
This is a preliminary video of Louis Lohraseb leading the Indiana University Concert Orchestra in Chaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, the one with the fate-and-triumph motto that occurs in all four movements. This piece is heard a lot, but never have I heard it conducted with such insight and attention to nuance, especially at the beginning with [...]
A wonderful, elegant, and monumental experience, this cigar: CAO Flathead "Steel Horse", 6½ inches long, 66 ring gauge. Most cigars are less than 56 ring gauge. It's the biggest cigar I have smoked since three years ago when I started to sing and edit for the Antiochian Orthodox Church. Bruckner would have loved it, and [...]
This is going to be very fine. Louis has many interesting and effective ideas for this difficult symphony and is getting excellent feedback from the orchestra. I wish I could be there! https://www.facebook.com/events/180108489171205/
This is my wife, Julia Weston Faunce Carragan, as recently painted by Hedvig Lockwood of Hudson, New York. It was created from a photograph of Julie taken at Camp Dippikill in the southern Adirondacks in about 1980, where after making an ascent and having firelight dinner with other climbers she was listening to great stories [...]