Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q4

opera-singer-1

To close out my music-listening-reporting for 2010, it’s been more opera. And while the picture above is posted in jest, I actually love Wagner. And note the three non-opera albums at the bottom. Great stuff all around.

Opera:

  • Isaac Albéniz
  • Marie Nelson Bennett
  • Gaetano Donizetti
  • John Eaton
  • Carl Orff
  • Thomas Pasatieri
  • Sergei Prokofiev
  • Gioachino Rossini
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Jaromír Weinberger
  • Scott Wheeler

Choral:

  • Anonymous 4
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Vocalists:

  • Barbara Bonney
  • Carlo Bergonzi
  • Cecilia Bartoli
  • Christa Ludwig
  • Diana Damrau
  • Fritz Wunderlich
  • Joan Sutherland
  • Jon Vickers
  • José Carreras
  • Jussi Björling
  • Kathleen Battle
  • Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Leontyne Price
  • Magdalena Kožená
  • Michael Chance
  • René Pape
  • Titta Ruffo
  • Will Perkins (my brilliant nephew, current working on a doctorate at Indiana University!)

Others:

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s piano sonatas
  • James Carter “Present Tense” (amazing saxophonist)
  • Digital version of “Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films”

Time to Hit the Road

Well, I’ve been a full-time faculty member at UVU for nine years and I think it’s time for a sabbatical. I applied three years ago, when I was first eligible, but my plans at that time weren’t particularly compelling and the University wasn’t handing out many sabbaticals at that time, so it was a non-starter. This time, however, I’m much more optimistic. My goal is to bring a comprehensive data visualization curriculum to UVU. To do that, though, I have to go off and learn a bunch of new things, like how to program for the web and how to use a variety of analysis applications. So, I submitted my application letter to my department chair today. (You can actually see the letter here.)

I plan to keep this blog as a complete record of my sabbatical from application to completion, so check in frequently, okay?

And wish me luck!

Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q3

Opera Man

The listening for the third quarter of 2010 was monothematic: Opera with a vengeance. I’ve always loved opera and I finally took the time to go to the main branch of the public library here and check out as many CDs as I could possibly listen to. It was such as long list that I can only mention the composers/performers and not the individual pieces.

[Disclaimer: I actually can’t stand Adam Sandler but I couldn’t pass up Opera Man for this occasion.]

Operas by:

  • Mark Adamo
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Adès
  • Louis Andriessen
  • Dominick Argento
  • Thomas Arne
  • Daniel-François-Esprit Auber
  • Samuel Barber
  • Béla Bartók
  • Vincenzo Bellini
  • Alban Berg
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Georges Bizet
  • John Blow
  • Alexander Borodin
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Daniel Catán
  • Luigi Cherubini
  • Aaron Copland
  • Manuel de Falla
  • Léo Delibes
  • Frederick Delius
  • Gaetano Donizetti
  • Antonín Dvořák
  • George Enesco
  • Peter Eötvös
  • Carlisle Floyd
  • George Gershwin
  • W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
  • Umberto Giordano
  • Philip Glass
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Paul Hindemith
  • Leoš Janáček
  • Franz Lehár
  • Ruggero Leoncavallo
  • Bohuslav Martinů
  • Pietro Mascagni
  • Gian-Carlo Menotti
  • Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante
  • Douglas S. Moore
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Modest Mussorgsky
  • Jacques Offenbach
  • Matthias Pintscher
  • Francis Poulenc
  • Giacomo Puccini
  • Henry Purcell
  • Jean Philippe Rameau
  • Maurice Ravel
  • Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Gioachino Rossini
  • Antonio Salieri
  • Arnold Schoenberg
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini
  • Johann Strauss Ⅱ
  • Richard Strauss
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Richard Teitelbaum
  • Ambroise Thomas
  • Virgil Thomson
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Richard Wagner
  • William Walton
  • Carl Maria von Weber
  • Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin
  • Yehudi Wyner

Lieder/Songs by:

  • Amy Beach
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Aaron Copland
  • Manuel de Falla
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Charles Ives
  • Gustav Mahler
  • Julián Orbón
  • Matthias Pintscher
  • Richard Strauss

Albums by:

  • Bryn Terfel
  • Cecilia Bartoli
  • Christina Högman
  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Elīna Garanča
  • Enrico Caruso
  • Jessye Norman
  • Magdalena Kožená
  • Maria Callas
  • Plácido Domingo
  • Renée Fleming
  • Simone Kermes
  • Sumi Jo

Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q2

Devo Something for Everybody

 

Most of my listening for the past three months has centered on artists that I loved back in the 1980s, although several of these are new albums. As a general rule, I try not to get stuck in the past but this past quarter looks a little different.

 

Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q1

Black Uhuru - Anthem

I want to talk about the music that I’ve been listening to. I’ve always wanted to create entries on new things that amaze me but it seemed like too much work, as I am always finding something extraordinary. Consequently, I’ve decided to condense my musical revelations into “quarterly reports” that will list what I have been listening to or discovered in the previous three months. I’ve compiled these by looking at what I’ve added to iTunes on my computer, what I’ve listed to on Amazon/Google/Spotify/Last.fm/etc., what I’ve checked out from the library, and so on.

Here’s what’s been new and exciting for the first three months of 2010:

  • Digital version of a lot of Black Uhuru albums, including the Jamaican release of “Anthem.” This is the one I had on vinyl (and still do); the UK and US releases had an extremely irritating Kenny G. style soprano saxophone thrown on several tracks that were perfect exactly as they were without it. I pretty much imprinted on Robbie Shakespeare‘s bass from that album: subtle tone, great syncopation and counterpoint. It has always served as my reference point.
  • Got a digital version of “Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid, which I had on vinyl (or cassette) back in the day
  • Lots of cheap/free compilations from Amazon
  • Bunch of funky stuff by dancer/vocalist Meredith Monk