More soundtracks to editing work:
Cappella Coloniensis/Hans-Martin Linde, Ulf Bjorlin: Symphonies of the Mozart Era (Capriccio)
A bargain 2-CD set with two symphonies by Vanhal and one each by Gossec, J.C. Bach, Von Dittersdorf, Mahaut, Reicha, and Kraus. Mostly lightweight but enjoyable; the Reicha, which sounds like the latest work here, is damn fine.
James Johnstone: Ercole Pasquini: Works for harpsichord and organ (Gaudeamus)
That's 21 pieces for harpsichord and 9 for organ - these aren't duets. An obscure (to most of us, including me) composer of the 16th-17th centuries. Perky and sometimes flashy pieces of no particular depth but moderate charm.
Finally done editing the book from hell (actually it was very interesting, but a densely written and highly technical argument for the idea that "mind" consists entirely of computation; it stretched my comprehension abilities to near-breaking at times, and frankly I just glossed over the Bayesian equations), I relaxed with:
The Lodger: Grown-Ups (Slumberland)
Another guitar pop band from northern England. Name-checks: Buzzcocks (NME review), Smiths and The Wedding Present (PR blurb). What it reminds me of: Mega City 4. Fun, but lacking the intensity of all four of those other bands, so I don't recommend it to any but devotees of the style, who will not be disappointed.
Joan Armatrading: Walk Under Ladders (A&M)
My most recent Ebay purchase. Long out of print. I'm too lazy to put on LPs so I'm still doing the replace-with-CDs thing, as long as the price is right. Too bad The Key goes for upwards of $35. Chipper uptempo stuff's like candy (Thomas Dolby on keyboards); downtempo tracks more emotionally fraught and have dated better: "The Weakness in Me," "No Love," "Only One." Secret ingredient: the lithe bass tone of Tony Levin.