Classical Music Playlist, November 9, 2014
Regarding "Still Life at the Penquin Cafe"
"In 1972 I was in the south of France. I had eaten some bad fish and was in consequence rather ill. As I lay in bed I had a strange recurring vision, there, before me, was a concrete building like a hotel or council block. I could see into the rooms, each of which was continually scanned by an electronic eye. In the rooms were people, everyone of them preoccupied. In one room a person was looking into a mirror and in another a couple were making love but lovelessly, in a third a composer was listening to music through earphones. Around him there were banks of electronic equipment. But all was silence. Like everyone in his place he had been neutralized, made grey and anonymous. The scene was for me one of ordered desolation. It was as if I were looking into a place which had no heart. Next day when I felt better, I was on the beach sunbathing and suddenly a poem popped into my head. It started out 'I am the proprietor of the Penguin Cafe, I will tell you things at random' and it went on about how the quality of randomness, spontaneity, surprise, unexpectedness and irrationality in our lives is a very precious thing. And if you suppress that to have a nice orderly life, you kill off what's most important. Whereas in the Penguin Cafe your unconscious can just be. It's acceptable there, and that's how everybody is. There is an acceptance there that has to do with living the present with no fear in ourselves."
--Simon Jeffes about the creation of the Penquin Cafe Orchestra
Still Life at the Penquin Cafe is a ballet created to raise awareness of endagered species and promote conservation. The music are orchestra arrangements of works Simon Jeffes wrote for his band, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The music airs/aired this morning at about 6:20.
Lyric Waltz (Valse Lyrique) Opus 96/1
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Johann Joachim Quantz
Flute Concerto No. 161 in G major QV 174
Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra; Jorg Faerber, conductor James Galway, flute
"Still Life" at the Penguin Cafe
BBC Concert Orchestra; Barry Wordsworth, conductor
Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor Opus 30
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Neville Marriner, conductor Lynn Harrell, cello
Letter from Home
Buffalo Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major K 414
Moscow Virtuosi; Vladimir Spivakov, conductor Evgeny Kissin, piano