RIP Gunther Schuller (1925-2015)

Saddening news today. Gunther Schuller has died at the age of 89. A musical polymath, Schuller was active as a composer, conductor, arranger, historian, educator, arts administrator and, earlier in his career, French horn player. He pioneered the concept of “Third Stream” music: works that combine influences and materials from jazz and classical music. InContinue reading “RIP Gunther Schuller (1925-2015)”

Mercury Living Presence Boxed Sets

It has been an excellent year for reissues of audiophile classics. In my previous post about Decca’s Mono Sound boxed set, I mentioned that CD reissues of those classic recordings not only provided a collection of excellent music to enjoy, but they also gave one a sense of the history of recording. Enter the MercuryContinue reading “Mercury Living Presence Boxed Sets”