11/7/07 Listening

Mitsuko Uchida: Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 28, Op. 101, and 29 "Hammerklavier," Op. 106 (Philips)
28's pretty good, but her frequent pauses in the opening movement of 29 ruin its momentum.

Vladimir Ashkenazy: Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120; Wranitzky Variations, WoO 71 (Decca)
Pretty good - the rigor of Brendel but with better tone.

Public Image Ltd.: Flowers of Romance (Virgin U.K.)
Includes three bonus tracks. Not the crucial stuff - the first two albums are sheer genius - but still pretty damn stimulating.

Hank Thompson - a bunch of stuff to set the mood for my Thompson obituary, going up soon on CultureCatch

Eagles: Long Road out of Eden (Eagles Recording)
Only available from Wal-Mart, at least for now. I bit the bullet and ordered online. Two discs; I've only listened to the first. I haven't made up my mind, but certainly it's no embarrassment for them so far, musically speaking, though some lyrics are preachy. As usual, the underrated Joe Walsh offers relief from the seriousness of the rest.

charivari agreable: Thomas Tallis: The Complete Works vol. 9: Instrumental Music and Songs (Signum)
The finale of this project explores his least-known output, his secular pieces. I'm sticking with the instrumental stuff while I work on editing a cognitive neuroscience book.

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