August 22: Noteworthy Music on YouTube

Video of the Telegraph Quartet in a fantastic performance of one of my favorite pieces by Anton Webern.

LCD Soundsystem just couldn’t stay broken up…

The National’s new album, Sleep Well Beast, is out September 8th.

Carson Cooman has another volume of organ works out now on Divine Art.

Man Forever’s Play What They Want is out now on Thrill Jockey.

Last weekend in Tanglewood, we saw the Nashville Symphony’s conductor Giancarlo Guerrero beat the Boston Symphony in a thrilling version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. 

Kiasmos’s Blurred EP will be out in October on Erased Tapes.

Sad I missed Quatuor Bozzini’s August New York performances (Tanglewood two-body problem), but was glad to be kept up to speed by Steve Smith in the Log Journal.

Decca Sound – the Mono Years

In music circles, there has been a lot of debate of late about the current vinyl revival. Are people drawn to LPs because they want a “warmer sounding” recording? Is it the artwork? Or is consumerism gone amok to blame?

If you can get past the heated rhetoric and have it in your budget to buy a hefty CD boxed set, the newly reissued Decca Sound -the Mono Years provides a sense of perspective on the advent of the LP.  Originally touted as “ffrr” – full frequency range recordings – the set includes releases from 1944-’56, as well as essays that help to put them into historical context.

There’s something here for nearly everyone. But I’m particularly drawn to the vintage Stravinsky recordings, including a performance of Petrouchka that appeared on the very first LP recording!