Classical Music with Jim Lange

The Montclaire String Quartet performed LIVE without a net in the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Studios at 600 Capitol Street Friday, February 13th.

The tightly-knit ensemble performed selections from their upcoming concert titled "The Silver Screen." These pieces included selections from film and selections from film composers that were written as concert music.

At our studios, they performed:

Nino Rota -- 2 movements from Concerto for Strings
Bernard Hermann -- selection from Echoes
Alexander Borodin -- Nocturne
Astor Piazzolla -- Tango Ballet

After music, I love the graphic arts, photography, film and almost any variation thereof.

Graphic artists, like Ian Bode, fascinate me. I am not filled with envy, but with wonder at their ability to transform a blank canvas or an ordinary sheet of paper into something living, thought-provoking or transformative. How on earth do they do it?

Winter Music

Dec 13, 2013
Jim Lange

"There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes." ~Emily Dickinson

Our musical tastes are often governed by the seasons. This natural process takes place without fervor nor fanfare.

So, what then is "winter music"? What music speaks to you more clearly during the frosty season? I'm not talking merely about Christmas music, but what music seems to be in accord with the snow, ice and the deep freeze?

Some suggested hibernal listening:

Shella Rock @ Decca / Used by permission.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner has had a life-long relationship with Bach. In  fact, the Haussmann portrait hung in the his home and the young Gardiner passed it every day. Imagine that.

Mind Your Pleas and Cues

Oct 13, 2013
Die Zeit, 1913

How should you act at a classical concert? Are there rules you should follow? Is everyone around you asleep or lost in reverential contemplation?