Preparing to drag my sorry ass upstairs to bed…beside a woman who’s been stuck with less than she deserves.
Been digitizing music and videos. Right now I’m listening to a music album while digitizing a video. The video? Disney’s Fantasia 2000. Walt gets credit for the original. For 2000 the credit is Roy’s. I’ll write more about the video as the weekend progresses.
For now, though, the music alone. The album is titled Mephisto, and it features Eiji Oue leading the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. Works included are…
- Liszt: Mephisto Waltz
- Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (also in Fantasia)
- Liadov: Baba Yaga (a Russian witch, who’s featured also in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition)
- Franck: The Accursed Huntsman
- Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (in both versions of Fantasia)
- Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre
- Arnold: Tam O’Shanter
- Strauss Jr.: Lucifer Polka
Great stuff! Highly recommended, both for the compositions themselves and for these particular performances/interpretations. Listen to the compositions while waiting for trick-or-treaters!
Each to her or his own, of course. But my suggestion would be first to listen to the compositions; then, if you don’t already know the content they reference, read about that; finally, with eyes closed and imagination open, listen to the music again.