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Last Tuesday was the first anniversary of Elliott Carter's death.  Yesterday I came across a live recording of the all-Carter "Memorial Concert" which took place last January at New York City's club Le Poisson Rouge.  The bitrate of the captured webcast is humble, but the list of musicians includes some of the most illustrious advocates of Carter's music.


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From the program description of a recent BBC Radio 3 broadcast:
Louise Fryer explores Bruckner, the man behind the music...

Now, I have a pretty good idea of what exploring music is about.  But when it comes to exploring "the man behind the music", the only thing that comes to mind is this:



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Carter's 7-min long String Trio was one of several chamber works completed in 2011, about a year before he died.  Although it was premiered in December 2011 by Rolf Schulte, Fred Sherry, and Richard O'Neill  at the 92nd Street Y concert celebrating Carter's 103rd birthday, I have not come across a recording of that premiere performance.  The present live recording from the 2013 REMUSIC Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia (performed by members of eNsemble Pro-Arte Fund) was my first chance to get acquainted with this little gem. 

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The only words that pop into your head when you look at an image of Atlas are...





SCOLIOSIS

SCIATICA

HERNIA


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The New York Times

 World Briefing | Europe
 September 16, 2013

Russia: Shooting in Philosophical Clash

An argument over the teachings of the philosopher Immanuel Kant between two men standing in line for beer at an outdoor festival in southern Russia ended when one man shot the other in the head with gun loaded with rubber bullets, the state RIA news agency reported on Monday, citing the police. Though the wound was not critical, the attacker faces up to a decade in prison if convicted on assault charges. Among educated Russians, including those who drink, classical literature and philosophy are sometimes debated in casual social settings, the way sports often are in Western countries.


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The 1952 Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello, and Harpsichord has never been among my favorite Carter pieces.  Still, after having spent many years with a hideously balanced studio recording of this sonata (a technical embarrassment for the otherwise very competent Nonesuch label), it was thrilling to hear it for the first time in an excellently engineered live recording.
     The performance was given by members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (except the harpsichordist) on September 10, 2013 at the Concertgebouw (Kleine Zaal).  The musicians were Fred Edelen (cello), Julie Moulin (flute), Miriam Pastor Burgos (oboe), and Christina Scott Edelen (harpsichord).

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The gravestone is less than modest, but then Mozart did not get even this much...  And what does it matter anyway?  If I were a composer, I would rather have people go to concert halls where my music is played than to the cemetery where my corpse is buried.
 
Which is how Elliott Carter was remembered on June 22, 2013 at the Aldeburgh Festival, where two well-known champions of his music - Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Oliver Knussen, supported by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group - performed Carter's Dialogues and Dialogues II.  The performance was recorded live by the BBC and was made available for a while as a high quality webstream (320 kbs AAC).

At about the same time I also came across my second live recording of Carter's Triple Duo, performed by the French group Ensemble Linea on September 27, 2012 in Strasbourg.  One especially attractive feature of this close-balanced but atmospheric recording (192 kbs AAC extracted from a directly captured HD video) is its sharply defined spatial separation of the three instrumental groups.

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Recently there have been many reports in the media about the rapidly increasing number of school-age children diagnosed with ADHD.  But what about today's adults?  What about those of us who grew up at a time when a kid would not be considered psychologically abnormal unless he were found standing in his parents' bedroom with a smoking shotgun in his hands, staring at two bloodied corpses on the queen-size bed?  How many of us might have benefited from an early ADHD diagnosis, so that we would not have had to struggle through life as knuckleheads, dimwits, morons, or - in the words of loving but exasperated teachers - just plain fucking retards?

If you experience such pangs of regret from time to time and wish you could find out if you really suffer from this disorder, there is help for you too!  Below you will find a short yet remarkably accurate self-diagnostic test designed specifically for adults. 


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Adult ADHD Self-Diagnostic Test
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You should seek professional help if you exhibit at least two of the following symptoms:

(a)  feel restless while reading Kant's Critique of Pure Reason;

(b)  fidget with hands or feet, or squirm in seat during the fourth hour of
        Handel's Giulio Cesare;

(c)  have difficulty concentrating on solving a system of non-linear 
        differential equations;

(d)  become moody and withdrawn when asked to recall the tone row in
        Berg's Violin Concerto;

(e)  turn hostile, aggressive, or violent if required to summarize six pages 
        of small-print legal disclaimers in the manual for a recently purchased    
        kitchen appliance.



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