(Not an Olympic) Miscellany

-I just came across a nice write-up about the Mendelssohn Club’s disc that includes my Fire-Memory/River-Memory. A relevant portion:

James Primosch’s “Fire Memory/River Memory” has a more choral/symphonic through-composed quality. The music has a harmonically more adventurous palette and well crafted choral-symphonic sonances. Of the three works, this one has the most sweeping flow to it. It revels in suspension and release, choral part writing that is set off very effectively by poetic orchestration, a solo violin part that weaves in and out of the neo-impressionist orchestral light and shadow. The final of the two movements has some fireworks of an orchestral sort and more of the beautiful choral writing that permeates the work as a whole.

– Very fine composer and good friend Hayes Biggs is part of a Kickstarter campaign in support of a recording project by C4, the Choral Composer Conductor Collective. I wrote about Hayes’s music here and here, and there is a sample of his work at C4’s Kickstarter site.

– Newport Jazz Festival streams here.

– My colleague Steve Mackey blogs about The Rite of Spring.

– Read this in connection with Hiroshima and Nagasaki days.

End of the month miscellany

– The New York Philharmonic offers Mahlerian  video, audio and images in connection with their Mahler performances this season. Check out Alma’s reminiscence of attending a seance where Mahler was hit on the forehead by a floating mandolin. Inspiration for the mandolin part in Das Lied?

– NPR has concerts from this past August’s Newport Jazz Festival here.

– Ethan Iverson has re-posted his fascinating take on learning a program of 20th century piano music.

– a friend who keeps offering me ideas for operas has come up with the idea of adapting this. The title character should be assigned to what voice part?