Sunday, May 26, 2013

Stockholm, Pepin, and Dinner at the Harborview

Great evening with friends Linda and Tom in Stockholm and Pepin. Dinner at the Harborview, 


a drive past the Ingalls place, tours of a couple of old graveyards,


a tour of a rural church Tom worked on


and drinks. What fun! Loved this sign:


Never been to the Pizza Farm, but can't wait to try it!

Springtime F. Scott Fitzgerald Walk

Today enjoyed a walk with Mary Cait while she photographed places that F. Scott Fitzgerald frequented. Lilacs and crabapples in full bloom.


F. Scott's birthplace


The University Club


A statute of F. Scott at 25 N. Dale St., where he went to school.


The brownstone where he wrote "This Side of Paradise"--and where my parents lived when I was born.


472 Holly -- his grandmother's house.



506 Grand Hill -- Home of his childhood sweetheart and appears in "The Scandal Detectives."


501 Grand Hill -- appears prominently in "The Scandal Detectives"


The Commodore Hotel -- F. Scott and Zelda lived here together.

Seems like nearly every property had some connection. What a pleasant stroll!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Recital - Vivaldi

Really enjoyed Mary Cait's violin recital today. She played a movement from a Vivaldi Concerto in A.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mount Rainier Hike



Fantastic hike with Betsy today. Hiked from Longmire up to Rampart Ridge. Lots of snow on parts of the trail, but beautiful views of Mount Rainier.

A very rare bird: the mini-fauxhawk.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Central H.S. Orchestra

A great concert at Central High School in St. Paul! Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Mr. Oyen on the podium and Louisa Ricardson-Deppe on piano. A huge and talented orchestra.

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.