In recent months I have been fueled by Beethoven. Piano sonatas, string quartets, symphonies, concertos, everything. So, my first staff pick is the excellent documentary In Search of Beethoven. There are too many prominent ensembles, conductors and pianists featured in the film to count. The documentary truly takes the viewer on a journey. It catalogs his works and gives us some insight into Beethoven’s remarkable personality and his empathy for humanity.
In Search of Beethoven: A film by Phil Grabsky ~ DVD 202
Chamber music. There’s so much of it! I think Mendelssohn is a good place to start. His piano trios are remarkable (the man DID write “Songs without Words”).
Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor was written in 1839, the year before Schumann experienced his most prolific year of songwriting. I love that Schumann viewed Mendelssohn as the Mozart of the 19th century, saying that he was the “most of illuminating of musicians”. High praise.
The Piano Trios of Felix Mendelssohn ~ CD 9069
2013 is the bicentennial of Verdi and Wagner! Orchestras and Opera companies all over the world are celebrating with seasons dedicated to performing great works, from the most famous to the lesser-known. The AUSO began the celebration in March with the overture from Die Meistersinger von Nurmberg and they will be joined by the AU Chorus in a couple of weeks to keep the party going with Verdi’s Four Sacre Pezzi.
Simon Boccanegra ~ CD 8802
Birgit Nilsson Sings Wagner Arias with Hans Hotter and Leopold Ludwig ~ CD 8173
This one’s for Robert:
Meredith Monk: Turtle Dreams ~ CD 9697
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My staff picks are all over the place this week.
DVD 327 - The Audition: This is a great DVD for those who enjoy opera or are training to be opera singers. The documentary offers a look at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, where each year thousands of hopefuls face their fears and compete for a cash prize, the chance to sing on the Met stage–and the opportunity to launch a major operatic career.
CD 9808- Intuitivo: The music on this CD was composed by AU’s own Fernando Benadon. Professor Benadon describes this CD as “A collage of free improvisations. My goal was to shape the players’ raw individual ideas into a spontaneously ‘coherent’ whole, all the while preserving and highlighting their unique subtleties of time and timbre.”
DVD 166 – Def Leppard/Hysteria – I really enjoy listening to Def Leppard when I’m not listening to classical music. This is a really great track-by-track review of Def Leppard’s Hysteria album.
CD 5138 – Elvis at Sun (Studios) - I’m pretty sure this has been on my staff picks before, but I can’t get enough Elvis. Take this CD home and listen to it over the weekend!
I also encourage everyone to check out Medici TV so you can watch Dr. Atomic!!! Use our databases!!!
Are you tired of fireworks? Want to watch something else? Why not check out one of our new DVD’s for the holiday.
Annie Get Your Gun ~ DVD 214
Dancing Dreams ~ DVD 237
Nine ~ DVD 238
Bye Bye Birdie ~ DVD 239
That’s Entertainment III ~ DVD 240
South Pacific ~ DVD 241
Sunday in the Park with George ~ DVD 242
Sweeney Todd ~ DVD 243
Once Upon a Mattress ~ DVD 244
The Music Man ~ DVD 245
Oklahoma! ~ DVD 246
On the Town ~ DVD 247
Oliver ~ DVD 248
West Side Story ~ DVD 249
Patti Smith: Dream of Life ~ DVD 250
The Producers ~ DVD 251
The King and I ~ DVD 252
Thoroughly Modern Millie ~ DVD 253
Jesus Christ Superstar ~ DVD 254
Gypsy ~ DVD 255
Hello Dolly! ~ DVD 256
RENT ~ DVD 257
Into the Woods ~ DVD 215
Kiss Me Kate ~ DVD 223
High School Musical 2 ~ DVD 227
High School Musical 3 ~ DVD 228
Gold Diggers of 1933 ~ DVD 230
Dames ~ DVD 232
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould ~ DVD 236
Once – New Broadway Cast Recording – CD 9679
Paul Lansky – Imaginary Islands – Shapeshifters, With the Grain, Imaginary Islands, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Justin Brown – CD 9678
Anne Akiko Meyers – Air – The Bach Album, English Chamber Orchestra – CD 9677
Allen Shawn – Piano Music, Volume III – CD 9675
George Walker – Great American Orchestral Works vol. 3 - CD 9674
Decreasing Radius – Rick Stout – CD 9673
Do You Dream in Color? – Laurie Rubin, Marija Stroke, Noam Sivan – CD 9672
O Tannenbaum – 10 favorite Christmas Carols, featuring The Londonderry Choir – CD 9671
Choreography by Balanchine – DVD 204
In Search of Beethoven – a film by Phil Grabsky – DVD 202
In search of Mozart – a film Phil Grabsky – DVD 201
Beats Rhymes & Life – The travels of A Tribe Called Quest – DVD 200
Lester Horton Technique – The Warm Up – DVD 203
Website, SnagFilms, which allows you to stream documentaries for free, has recently added dozens of music documentaries. The streams are high-quality, and their slick interface is easy to navigate.
Their offerings run the gamut from acknowledged classics like Buena Vista Social Club and Heavy Metal Parking Lot, to archival television footage of Miles Davis Frank Sinatra, and Leonard Bernstein, to concert films like Toots and the Maytals – Live at Santa Monica Pier, and straight documentaries like loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies, Captain Beefheart – Under Review, and Ballou (about SE D.C.’s Ballou High School Marching Band).