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October 2020

I’ve had many cats. I loved them all. ‘Red’ died today. He was 16 years old. We had him neutered…

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Alex Ross Nightafternight playlist

New and recent releases of interest.
Ash Fure, Something to Hunt; International Contemporary Ensemble, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Nate Wooley, Rebekah Heller, Brandon Lopez (Sound American)
Clara Iannotta, Earthing; JACK Quartet (Wergo)
Sarah Hennies, Spectral Malsconcities, Unsettle; Bearthoven, Bent Duo (New World)
Du Yun, A Cockroach’s Tarantella; Du Yun, JACK Quartet (Modern Sky)
Experiments in Living: Music of Brahms, Schoenberg, Crawford Seeger, Pluta, Cheung, Charmaine Lee, George Lewis; Spektral Quartet, with Claire Chase (New Focus)
Bára Gísladóttir, HĪBER (Dacapo)
Sarah Davachi, Cantus, Descant (Late Music)
Jürg Frey, l’air, l’instant; Reinier van Houdt, Dante Boon (Elsewhere)
Ives, Symphonies Nos. 1–4; Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Philharmonic (DG)
Encounter: Music of Bach/Busoni, Brahms/Reger, Reger/Becker, Morton Feldman; Igor Levit (Sony)
Silver Age: Music of Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky; Daniil Trifonov, Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra (DG)
Voices of the Wilderess: Music of the Ephrata Cloister; Elizabeth Bates, Clifton Massey, Nils Neubert, Steven Hrycelak, Christopher Dylan Herbert directing (Bright Shiny Things; out Nov. 20)

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discogs Dispelling Common Myths About Discogs Shipping Policies

Let’s set the record straight on why Discogs is introducing a requirement for all sellers to have Shipping Policies in 2020. These days, it’s incredibly uncommon to place an order online without knowing the full cost of the order (including shipping and packaging material costs). While having shipping rates entered in Seller Terms informed buyers […]

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Drew McDowall talks Musick , magick and sacred materiality

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Unlimited Editions: Noa Records

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It’s that frightful time of year again…let’s celebrate with our favorite Transylvanians. Limited…

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(Virtual) Office Ambience 441

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Desmarets and Boismortier

Donald Macleod steps into the French baroque with Desmarets and Boismortier

Donald Macleod discovers the stories of two very colourful figures of the French baroque, Henri Desmarets and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Born a generation apart, Boismortier and Desmarets are perhaps lesser known figures of the French baroque, but together they provide a fascinating picture of life and music-making in the reigns of the Sun King and Louis XV after him.

Boismortier’s success came from what seems to be a natural ability to keep his finger on the pulse: his music followed all the latest trends and styles. He made a small fortune supplying music to the amateur market. They were works that fall cleverly under the fingers, and he advanced his profits by publishing them for any number of different combinations of instruments. That’s not to say he didn’t dip his toe into deeper waters: he wrote cantatas, motets and stage works, of which the comic opera about Don Quixote is probably the best known. After a golden career in 1753 at the age of 63, Boismortier retired to enjoy life on a beautiful estate 45 minutes outside Paris.

That kind of material comfort was not to be Henri Desmarets’s destiny. Born in 1661, he started out as a page at the Sun King’s court. What was shaping up to be a promising career fell off the tracks after he eloped with one of his pupils. Her furious father got an order for his arrest, arranged for him to be attacked in the street, and dragged him through the courts. The furore finally ended when the couple fled into exile. In his absence Desmarets was condemned to death. He eventually settled at the Court of Lorraine. There’s little doubt his fall from grace had a detrimental effect on his reputation. His operas and masses show him to be a talented and innovative composer. He was one of the very first composers known to have written for double choir and orchestra.

Music Featured:

Boismortier: Trio sonata in D, op 37 no 3 (I. Allegro)
Desmarets: Mass for Two Choirs and Two Orchestras: Kyrie
Desmarets: La Diane de Fontainebleau (excerpt)
Boismortier: Flute sonata in B minor op 44/2
Desmarets: Te Deum (excerpt)
Desmarets: La Diane de Fontainebleau – Marche
Desmarets: La Diane de Fontainebleau (excerpt)
Boismortier: Bassoon Concerto, Op 21
Boismortier: Les quatre saisons, Op. 5 (Cantata no 4: Hyver)
Desmarets: De Profundis
Desmarets: Didon (Act 5, Sc 1)
A Nocte Temporis
Desmarets: Théagène et Chariclée (Act 4, sc 1)
Desmarets: Mass for 2 choirs and 2 orchestras (excerpt)
Boismortier: Troisième suite de piéces de clavécin
Boismortier: Les voyages de l’amour (Act 4, sc 2)
Boismortier: Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse (First divertimento)
Desmarets: Les amours de Momus (Lieux charmants)
Desmarets: Usquequo Domino (Psalm XII) (excerpt)
Desmarets: Vénus et Adonis (Act 3 Sc 3, excerpt)
Desmarets: Vénus et Adonis (Act 5, sc 5 to 8, excerpt)
Boismortier: : Exaudiat te Dominus (Psalm 19)
Boismortier: Daphnis et Chloé (Act 3, excerpt)
Boismortier: Daphnis et Chloé (Act 2, Sc 3, excerpt)
Desmarets: Domine ne furore
Boismortier: Concerto for 5 flutes in A minor, Op 15/2
Desmarets: Circé: Sommeil – Ah! Que le sommeil est charmant

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Johannah Smith for BBC Wales

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Aub Driver Mike Patton on Record Stores, Music Scores, and Doing More with Bungle

After three sold-out shows in February, Mr. Bungle is back with a brand new album. Fortunately for Discogs, we got to hear from Mr. Mike Patton himself about his thoughts during this strange time. Mike Patton: I should be on the road right now … My whole year got canceled, so I’m taking the quarantine […]

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