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Friday, March 04, 2005


A 7:30 meeting in Everett, a good 45 minute drive north of here, put me on the highway about the time the sun was peering over the Cascades, and listening to Yehudi Menuhin shimmer and shine through Mozart’s 3rd violin concerto in a 1935 recording with Georges Enescu conducting the Orchestre Symphonique de Paris glorified the sun’s rising in an exultant manner.

Driving back, with the morning sun high and glaring, Silvestre Rivuelta’s “Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca” of 1937 beat the glare back with its dissonant modernist celebration of Mexican dance music. After that, it was Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s “Saxophone Concerto,” a 3-movement masterpiece without pause from 1973 that powers and glories for 21 absorbing, thrilling, deeply satisfying minutes.

Damn, I love private listening time in the car.
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