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I've gotten notices about a couple of important new recordings. 1. Today, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) releases a CD of orchestral music by Harold Shapero: Works: Sinfonia in C Minor (1948), Credo for Orchestra (1955), Partita in C for Piano and Small Orchestra (1960), On Green Mountain for Jazz Ensemble (1957), Serenade in D for String Orchestra (1945) Performers: Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Vivian Choi (piano), led by Gil Rose (conductor) 2. Chandos is releasing Dame Ethel Smyth's The Prison on August 7; James Blachly conducts the Experiential Orchestra and Chorus, with soprano Sarah Brailey and bass-baritone Dashon Burton. This is the world premiere recording. Press releases for both are after the jump. Boston, MA (For Release 08.04.20) — Known as the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and devoted exclusively to new music, Grammy Award-winning BMOP/sound today announced the release of Harold Shapero: Orchestral Works, led by conductor Gil Rose […]
Over on Twitter the other day, I saw someone who should have known better call Larry Brilliant "the man who cured smallpox." This is wrong on multiple counts. There's no cure for smallpox. If a person was exposed to it, being vaccinated within a couple of days of the exposure had a good chance of preventing smallpox. But the treatments for smallpox were supportive, not curative. You would keep the patient hydrated and comfortable, apply whatever cream would provide relief for the sores, and the like. It was 2018 before there was an FDA-approved anti-viral that might be effective in treating smallpox. Larry Brilliant was involved from 1973 to 1976 in the effort to eradicate smallpox through an enormous, worldwide vaccination effort. That effort started in 1959, when Brilliant was 15 years old, and lasted until 1979. The last naturally occurring case of the illness was in 1977, and […]
So, there's a fawning Maureen Dowd article about Renée Fleming posted at The NY Times web site this morning. When I read it this morning, having seen the link elsewhere on the internet, I saw this: Leaving aside the gushing - I don't find Fleming either wholesome or sensual - there's that "fellow soprano Susan Graham." Graham...is a mezzo-soprano. I sent in a correction notice! I might not have been the only person to do this, and the Times has updated the article, to this: That...isn't any more correct than their first take. I have sent another correction, this time with suggested wording, since they're incapable of getting this correct. I don't know if it's Dowd or someone deep in editorial who seems unwilling to get this right, but jeez it is annoying. UPDATE: It's finally correct.
Cruise Ship from Bay Bridge April, 2019 (Not the real JoCo Cruise ship, but the closest I could come in my person photo collection.) Photo by Lisa Hirsch It's not even a performance. It's the annual JoCo cruise, which puts about 2,000 science fiction writers and fans on a Caribbean cruise for music, food, and other sorts of fun. The company web page describes it as a "nerdy summer camp at sea", "a writer's workshop", "a music and comedy fest" and so on. Anyway, the JoCo Cruise for 2021 has now been postponed to 2022.