FIERCE: Crank up your speakers (but not too much) for some exhilarating “musical caffeine” – a 9-minute blockbuster of a Tchaikovsky finale (Symphony No. 4) – with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the roaring San Francisco Symphony a few years back. It gets the blood pumping, guaranteed. Better yet, consider watching the whole PBS DVD set, part of the series, Keeping Score: MTT on Music. The first disc contains a brilliant narration on the behind-the-scenes painstaking preparation for this performance. Fasten your seatbelt.
Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 7:00 am
Credit Mary Ellen Matthews
Paul Simon's music can feel timeless even when it's filled with new ideas. In his interview with World Cafe host David Dye, Simon reflects on his friend Bert Jansch, who recently died, and discusses their friendship, which lasted more than 30 years.
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