Guys, your Monday video is ill-omened. For starters, it’s already Tuesday.
Listen, I didn’t mean to leave you to flounder your way through Memorial Day all by your respective lonesomes. I fully intended to throw you a video, but I searched YouTube and then Google video and was unable to find the one I wanted (in case you’re wondering, it’s that 21st Century car insurance commercial where the guy comes in with a cello case loaded with blunt weaponry). So I said the hell with it and went to the aquarium. Sorry.
Then today I came in to work and YouTube finally decided that to punish me for not upgrading my browser it would disable all my sound. Unfortunately, I can’t update my browser because every time I try the system demands I login as an administrator, and my rank hath no such privileges. Therefore I can’t actually screen any videos before I post them. In short, you’ll have to wait on your weekly dose of musical video inanity.
Instead, let’s talk about this week’s BSO concert! It’s a doozy, entitled “Barber, Bartok and Beethoven.” I love Barber AND Bartok AND (duh) Beethoven! Andre Watts will be the pianist for Beethoven’s “Emperor” piano concerto, plus there’ll be a Bartok piece called Music For Strings, Percussion and Celeste. “Celeste” always makes me think of Tchaikovsky Discovers America, ’cause there’s that section where he talks about how he discovered it (in addition to America, apparently).
Probably generating the most excitement, I bet, is Barber’s Adagio for Strings, because seriously, who doesn’t love Adagio for Strings? It’s practically a requirement for existence. Hit it, program notes:
It took Barber several years to produce two works he thought worthy of Toscanini’s attention. His uncle, the composer Sidney Homer, gave him excellent advice: “The thing now is to write something for Toscanini that expresses the depth and sincerity of your nature. … You know as well as I do that the Maestro loves sincere straight-forward stuff, with genuine feeling in it and no artificial pretense and padding.”