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Sunday, November 9, 2014 Permalink

Classical Music Playlist, November 9, 2014

Regarding "Still Life at the Penquin Cafe"
"In 1972 I was in the south of France. I had eaten some bad fish and was in consequence rather ill. As I lay in bed I had a strange recurring vision, there, before me, was a concrete building like a hotel or council block. I could see into the rooms, each of which was continually scanned by an electronic eye. In the rooms were people, everyone of them preoccupied. In one room a person was looking into a mirror and in another a couple were making love but lovelessly, in a third a composer was listening to music through earphones. Around him there were banks of electronic equipment. But all was silence. Like everyone in his place he had been neutralized, made grey and anonymous. The scene was for me one of ordered desolation. It was as if I were looking into a place which had no heart. Next day when I felt better, I was on the beach sunbathing and suddenly a poem popped into my head. It started out 'I am the proprietor of the Penguin Cafe, I will tell you things at random' and it went on about how the quality of randomness, spontaneity, surprise, unexpectedness and irrationality in our lives is a very precious thing. And if you suppress that to have a nice orderly life, you kill off what's most important. Whereas in the Penguin Cafe your unconscious can just be. It's acceptable there, and that's how everybody is. There is an acceptance there that has to do with living the present with no fear in ourselves."
           --Simon Jeffes about the creation of the Penquin Cafe Orchestra
Still Life at the Penquin Cafe is a ballet created to raise awareness of endagered species and promote conservation. The music are orchestra arrangements of works Simon Jeffes wrote for his band, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The music airs/aired this morning at about 6:20.
  --Luke Reinhart


Jean Sibelius: Lyric Waltz (Valse Lyrique) Opus 96/1 BUY Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Bis 384
Johann Joachim Quantz: Flute Concerto No. 161 in G major QV 174 BUY Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra; Jorg Faerber, conductor James Galway, flute
Rca 60247
Simon Jeffes: "Still Life" at the Penguin Cafe BUY BBC Concert Orchestra; Barry Wordsworth, conductor
London/Decca 425218
Victor Herbert: Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor Opus 30 BUY Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Neville Marriner, conductor Lynn Harrell, cello
London/Decca 417672
Aaron Copland: Letter from Home BUY Buffalo Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Naxos 559240
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major K 414 BUY Moscow Virtuosi; Vladimir Spivakov, conductor Evgeny Kissin, piano
Rca 60400

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