Mr. Tonic Blotter offers another perspective on the Chicago Symphony concerts with Riccardo Muti—"Note to self: next time don't sit in the Terrace when nine horns and the pipe organ are in use"—along with partially ID-ing the ponytailed dude who, on Thursday night, offered up the lustiest "Bravo!" heard in the hall in years following, I kid you not, Hindemith's Nobilissima Visione. Tonic Blotter features a shiny new design, too. Also not to be missed is Fool's Gold Coast's tale of a co-worker's son who was abducted by aliens along with Boutros Boutros-Ghali "in the early 1990s."
The eleven-concerts-in-seven-days ICEFest 2007 is underway, and featured an astonishing performance of Philippe Manoury's cyclical Cruel Spirals last evening at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. The devastating work is in the mold of Boulez's Marteau and Kurtág's Scenes from a Novel, with poetry by Jerome Rothenberg reflecting on the will of the majority and the legacy of the concentration camps. I greatly doubt that another soprano could be more compelling singing it than Tony Arnold. I'll also be at ICEFest V on Tuesday evening, featuring ICE's harpists and guitarists, as well as VII and VIII. Say hi if you're also there.
I have looming deadlines to meet and lectures to prepare, and an earful of Paul Lewis playing Beethoven. The season has begun.
Eleni Mandell Miracle of Five (Zedtone)
Philippe Quint Mikos Rozsa: Music for Violin and Piano (Naxos)
John Luther Adams Red Arc/Blue Veil (Cold Blue)
London Symphony Orchestra Handel: Messiah. Susan Gritton (s), Sara Mingardo (a), Mark Padmore (t), Alastair Miles (b), Sir Colin Davis, conductor (LSO Live)
Steve Lampert Music from There. Lampert, trumpet and composer (Bridge)
Mari Kimura Music for violin and electronics (Nancarrow, Tania Leon) (Bridge)