Category: This & That

Brain Malfunction

Yesterday Miss Mussel announced an all-day Beethoven orgy on the CBC. Those that tuned in may have noticed a distinct lack of Herr Ludwig for most of the day because…well…Miss Mussel mixed up the date. Turns out the Beethoven festival…

Just Like Riding A Bike

A bit late to this party but here’s the news anyway for those that aren’t linked up with the rest of the classical blog world. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Desperate times led to a remarkable solution in Verdi’s “Aida” at…

Today Only: Beethoven Orgy On The CBC

UPDATE: This broadcast will take place on Sunday 13th April, not today. If you didn’t get enough Beethoven this week, you can indulge yourself all day tomorrow starting at 9am. From the CBC website: The symphonies will be presented in…

Victimized By Her Own Prejudices

Remember that penguin flying video from yesterday’s links list? Turns out it’s an elaborate April Fool’s courtesy of the BBC. Here’s how they did it: Miss Mussel was on guard about pranks all day but this one slipped in. It…

Maybe It’s Not So Bad After All

After giving it some careful thought, Miss Mussel is willing to admit that perhaps she has been a tad overdramatic about the whole “destruction of classical music by the country’s public broadcaster” thing. To be honest, Canada has many other…

VSO Beethoven Festival on the CBC

Miss Mussel is emerging momentarily from the comfort of her Zoloft-induced haze to point you in the direction of the Beethoven Festival happening this week on CBC Radio.

Review: Zapp Quartet

In today’s Waterloo Record The Zapp Quartet from the Netherlands was in town Monday to give a concert at the Music Room with Canadian clarinetist James Campbell. The Quartet specializes in jazz repertoire, so the usual suspects for this combination…

Going To Hell In A Handbasket

First the record label, then the radio and now the orchestra. Anyone have some spare Zoloft they want to send Miss Mussel’s way?

A 20th Century Liszt?

originally aired 19th October 1978 when Miss Mussel was still in utero. Part I Part II — amusing scene with the first officer of the Culture and Good Taste Police: Sam The Eagle at about 2:45.

Bach Cab Sessions

Reuters brought news today of a fantastic little concert series called The Black Cab Sessions. The premise is simple: musicians are invited to play one a song in the back of a London black cab and it is filmed all…

All About Mortgages: A Public Service Announcement

No, your eyes are not deceiving you but do feel free to have another swig of coffee. Miss Mussel’s current ghostwriting project is drawing to a close and she is looking forward to the day when she can offload all…

Review: Roger Chase and Michiko Otaki

In today’s Record What’s more likely: the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup or a viola recital consisting of solely of music by early 20th century English composers? Fortunately for diehard Habs fans, British violist Roger Chase has saved us from…

Birthday Wishes For The Artful Codger

Whether you like him in a powdered wig and livery or looking as if he should be on his way to a Celtic match it impossible to imagine what Western classical music would be without its elder statesman Johann Sebastian…

This Week’s Feature: Passion Setting 20th Century Style

It’s Holy Week and Miss Mussel’s masters thesis was on 20th century setting of the Passion with particular emphasis on the Passion 2000 Project involving Tan Dun, Osvaldo Golijov, Wolfgang Rihm and Sofia Gubaidulina. As such, each day this week…

Cheers

Send your friends a St Paddy’s Guinness courtesy of Miss Mussel.

Thanks For The Laughs, Gang

Miss Mussel is in the final throes of manuscript finishing up and it seems the book is not going down without a fight. Some sort of black hole or parallel universe has been entered in which adding 5000 words makes…