Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Day 4: Independence Pass

The day started in Leadville at the Super 8 where the morning temperature was in the low 40's. This suggested to me that the temperature would not permit the whitewater rafting that we had planned. But as the day progressed it warmed up and was sunny and perfect. We rafted on the Arkansas well below Buena Vista and had a great time. Everyone scrambled up a rock and dove in the cold water--though we were assured that this is about as warm as the water gets.

Mary Cait got a Smurf tatoo in Buena Vista, Lazy Smurf. I hope she likes it in later years!

The highlight of the trip for me was the trip over Independence Pass as we headed to Aspen. Some white-knuckle driving, but mostly manageable.

When we got to the top there was a rainbow:

It was joyous to hear the girls squeal with delight: "It's so beautiful!" 

Me and my girls:

Betsy and Allison:

The hotel we stayed at in Aspen was fantastic, just off the ski slopes in town. Shenanigans at Boogie's diner capped off a fine day. 

The girls loved Aspen and were commenting that they enjoyed the trip's variety. We'll see if they're singing the same tune after tonight's rustic cabin on the top of a mountain pass!

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Ten Recommended Classical Recordings: A Sampler for Those New to the Classical Scene

The following is a list of classical recordings that offer a variety of classical genres: opera, symphonies, keyboard, violin concerto, solo cello, piano concerto, and oratorio. Though it is mostly mainstream with respect to the represented composers, it reflects a variety of interesting sounds.

Because the list is intended for someone who is starting to explore classical music many of the recordings are now budget issues. If you have thoughts on the list or would like to pipe in with your own, please do!

1. Mozart: The Magic Flute; Sir Colin Davis, conductor, Staatskapelle Dresden, orchestra; Rundfunkchor Leipzig, choir; Moll, Schreier, Price, Serra, Melbye, Venuti; Philips Duo, recorded in 1985, released on CD in 1994.

2. Beethoven: Symphonies No. 5 and 7, Carlos Kleiber, Wiener Philharmoniker; Deutsche Grammophon, recorded in 1975 and 1976, released on CD in 1996.

3. Bach: Keyboard Pieces, Toccata, BWV 911; Partita BWV 826; English Suite No. 2, BWV 807; Argerich; Deutsche Grammophon, recorded in 1980, released on CD in 2000.

4. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D; Brahms: Violin Concerto in D; Jascha Heifetz; Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; RCA, recorded in 1957, released on SACD in 2005.

5. Panorama—Edvard Grieg, two discs of various piano and orchestral works; Deutsche Grammophon Panorama, recorded on various dates, released on CD in 2000.

6. Bach: Six Unaccompanied Suites for Cello; Yo-Yo Ma; Sony, recorded in 1983, released on CD in 1990.

7. Mozart: The Great Piano Concertos, Vol. I—Brendel; Sir Neville Mariner, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Philips Duo, recorded in 1972-82, released on CD in 1994.

8. Handel: The Messiah; Sir Colin Davis, London Philharmonic Orchestra; Philips Duo, recorded in 1966, released on CD in 1994.

9. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; Martha Argerich, Philips, recorded 1982 and 1980, released on CD in 1995.

10. Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-4 (separate disc one); and Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 5-6 and Orchestral Suite No. 1 (separate disc two), Neville Marriner, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; EMI, recorded in 1985, released on CD in 2004.