Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Tuesday 1st September 2009

Hello there! Here are today's ears.

On the way to work in the car:
Pendulum - In Silico

At work on the computer:
Ben Folds - Not the Same (from This Reality Podcast)

Then, irresistibly drawn back to:
Radiohead - Reading coverage from BBC3 on iPlayer (twice)

Walk music, on phone:
Radiohead - In Rainbows

Then more from Reading:
Kaiser Chiefs
Little Boots

On the way home in the car:
Radiohead - Best of

At home:
Beethoven - Piano Sonatas No.2, 26, 32 (Garrick Ohlsson, recommended by James Rhodes - an excellent choice I might say, especially Op.111 which is fantastic & very moving).

Then a bit later, more from Reading:
Arctic Monkeys

And, prompted by tweets from @5357311 and @PianoGeek
Webern - Variations for Piano

1. I had decided that after Reading I would stop constantly listening to Radiohead (you may have noticed that I've been working through their albums for a little while), and have a break. However, they've got inside my head and I can't get rid. I also have a load of really happy smiling memories from Sunday night, so they've become even better now! Hmmm! Might be another day or so before I can move on.
2. First met Webern in 2nd year at College. Couldn't make head nor tail of him. However, he's like olives. When I had my first olive I thought it was revolting, but after a couple of years of eating the little black & green things I decided I didn't mind them too much. 10 years later & I actually seek them out and enjoy them. Webern's a bit like that. Gone from WTF is that noise? to not unpleasant, and now, many years later, finally reached the stage where I actually listen & enjoy. He'll never be like Beethoven to me, but then olives will never be fillet steak either!


  1. Pak Karamu reading and visiting your blog

  2. See for me it's the other way round - Beethoven will never be like Webern to me!

  3. Hello Pak? Do I know you?

    Stuart - why doesn't that surprise me? From such a Feldman lover as yourself I should expect no less! I had a friend at college who adored Birtwistle but could make no sense of Handel. It turned out that until he came to college he'd hardly listened to any music pre-1900. I had heard hardly anything post-1900 at that stage. I'd be interested to hear some day how you came to love Webern (and of course Feldman) so much! Thanks for commenting too BTW :)

  4. I might make that into a blog post, then - it all stems from my first encounter with the Webern Variations as an impressionable 16-year-old. I had no idea what was going on, and so bought the score and learnt to play it - that process of getting inside it really turned my musical world upside-down...

  5. That would be a fascinating blog post. I'm even more convinced now about the "getting to know it young" thing. I didn't encounter Webern until I was at college and in my 20s. Very interesting.