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February 23, 2009

Your weekly anxiety medicine

So, OK, the stock market just sank another 250 points, and the week is young. Who knows where, or if, this downward spiral will end?

I'm still reeling from my last 401K report, which made me realize that I'll have to work until the age of 91 in order to afford retirement -- if I could even manage to keep a job that long (and please don't remind me of all the glum predicitions about the future of newspapers).

Let's face it, we're all on this bumpy road together, and we all need a bailout of some kind, if only emotionally. Since music is always good for any ailment, especially flagging spirits, I think it's a perfect time to sit back and wallow in the sublime Adagietto from Mahler's Symphony No. 5. It should be able to soothe any troubled soul.

I figured we could use an extra dose of this potent anxiety-queller, so I looked for a really long interpretation (Herbert von Karajan is the conductor), rather than one of those now-fashionably brisk accounts. Enjoy.


MAHLER / Adagietto - 4º movimiento de la sinfonía nº 5 - Karajan
Posted by Tim Smith at 4:38 PM | | Comments (2)


fashionably brisk ehhh!!!!!!!

Well, ex-cuuuuuse me for prefering to wallow.TIM

I enjoyed this interpretation of the movement very much, thank you for posting it! I hunted down the CD and bought it for my collection.

Glad you liked it.TIM

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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