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March 31, 2009

Some more recession medicine, with double-duty dose

Looks like another up-and-down week in store for the economy, so I thought this musical interlude would fit perfectly, since it shifts from light to dark to light, from certainty to uncertainty -- all the while being absolutely perfect in form and content, because it's by Haydn. It's the Adagio from his Symphony No. 92, which also allows us to salute the composer's birthday today (March 31, 1732), as well as acknowledge the 200th anniversary of his death (May 31, 1809).

That makes this one potent dose of an Adagio, especially since Leonard Bernstein is conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in this recording. So sit back and relax, and let the Great Recession recede, if only for eight minutes.

Haydn Symphony No.92 (2) Adagio, Leonard Bernstein - Bernstein/WPO

Posted by Tim Smith at 10:43 AM | | Comments (1)


Thanks for keeping up with the recession medicine for the arts. Great choice of the Haydn Adagio.

Glad you liked it. I'll keep the medicine coming.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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