Category: Music

  • Fine Art on YouTube

    Terry Teachout, the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, has effectively created a cultural video-on-demand site from material uploaded on YouTube. Read his article about it at WhoseTube? ArtsTube – WSJ.com. Quote: YouTube, like the other new Web-based media, is a common carrier, a means to whatever ends its millions of users choose, be…

  • Beethoven Symphony No.6 – Best Recorded Version

    I have two versions of the 6th Symphony: Otto Klemperer with the Philharmonia Orchestra on EMI John Eliot Gardiner with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire Et Romantique on Archiv In fact I have all of Beethoven’s symphonies by both conductors, and they make excellent companions. Klemperer is firmly in the ‘romantic’ camp: big sound, slow tempos, wonderful…

  • Cambridge Forum Radio: Christopher Ricks on Bob Dylan

    Here’s something to check out if you’re interested in serious analysis of Bob Dylan’s work. In fact it’s worth listening to anyway, as an excellent example of literary analysis. And it’s free on the iTunes music store – if you have iTunes on your PC or Mac, click on ‘launch application’ when prompted and it…

  • Swans in Sibelius and Yeats

    One of the links between the two subjects of our first assignment was the image of the swan. In Yeats, this crops up in many phases of his poetry, but in his late work it comes to represent a kind of nobility and pride, and even the soul itself. In the Tower he speaks of…