Update: I take it back; I ought to do what everyone else does when running dry of independent content and open the doors to the asking meme (see here here here). Questions can go into email or the friendly & anonymous comment box: anything goes, I think, though extremely personal or otherwise weird questions might get answered by email. Everything else answered in this space.
I'm taking another of these short breaks, at least for the first little bit of July, because my brain is full of clouds and I can't seem to write anything for general consumption. Like I would love to tell you all about the Schnittke quintet I saw performed last night, and my new belief that a lot of sonically adventurous twentieth-century music wasn't meant for recordingyou have to see the player wrench the sound out of his violin, and then you understandbut all I can do is send you to people's comments on the Naxos recording or, better, the program notes from last night's concert, which include a lot of Schnittke's own words. Better than mine.