Tomorrow begins year LVI, Anno Satanas. This past year has been one of distress, a “sturm und drang” roller-coaster ride abetted by a global pandemic that caused numerous deaths and the collapse of many enterprises, reminding us of the fragility of the societies we’ve crafted. Many take social constructs for bedrock, but certain events prove them to be but gossamer configurations, torn asunder with a swiftness that alarms the naive, confirming the fundamental cynicism of those of us who carefully observe our history. There is a leaden inertia to the social order. Humans strive for instant gratification, resisting preparations for […]
On this 249th anniversary of the birth of one of our greatest composers, you might want to take a listen to his revolutionary 9th Symphony, which has challenged, haunted and inspired many composers who followed. This performance by Anima Eterna Brugge and the Collgium Vocale Gent, directed by Korneel Bernolet, is with an ensemble that is somewhat like what listeners of Beethoven’s time might have heard—sadly, Ludvig was completely deaf when he wrote and then later conducted this work’s premiere, so these glorious sounds only lived in his mind’s ears. But you, dear listener, can feast upon this mighty music. […]
Vox Satanae – Episode 383 This week we hear works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Sigismond Thalberg, Richard Strauss, and Henryk Górecki with performances by Alfred Brendel, The Vienna Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle, Francesco Nicolosi, Alexander Kerr, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden, Dawn Upshaw, The London Sinfonietta, and David Zinman. Download Episode 383
Vox Satanae – Episode #359 This week we hear works by Robert Johnson II, Matthew Locke, Antonio Vivaldi, Ludwig van Beethoven, John Knowles Paine, Jean Sibelius, Gösta Nystroem, Frank Martin, and Kurt Weill with performances by Paul Agnew, Christopher Wilson, The English Concert, Harry Bicket, William Bennett, The English Chamber Orchestra, George Malcolm, Paul Lewis, The Ulster Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, The Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, Jussi Jalas, The Swedish Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov, The Netherlands Chamber Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste, Kurt Streit, Anne Sofie von Otter, Darren Jeffery, Neal Davies, Christine Rice, Peter Hoare, Sir Willard White, The […]
Vox Satanae – Episode 212 – The Scherzo – 145 Minutes – Week of 27 October 2014 This is a very special episode curated by our own Magus Peter H. Gilmore. An aural odyssey from joyous celebrations of vital existence to spectral dances of madness. In this journey highlighting the development of the symphonic scherzo, we feature works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonín Dvořák, Sergei Prokofiev, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Jean Sibelius, Aram Khachaturian, Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Aaron Copland, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Bernard Herrmann, Don Gillis, Anton Bruckner, Dmitri Shostakovich, Gustav Mahler, and John Corigliano.