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March 9, 2009

Your weekly anti-Recession musical medication

As we settle into another week of the long, deep recession, here's some more great music and music-making to help ease the pain and anxiety. This particular case simultaneously honors the 2009 bicentennial of Mendelssohn's birth. I think the Adagio from his Symphony No. 3 (the Scottish) is one of his most deeply poetic inspirations. I also think anything conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos is deeply poetic, too. So here's an ideal combination, Mendelssohn and Mitropoulos, with the Minneapolis Symphony (very old recording, very out-of-date sound -- get over it):

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 In A Minor, Op. 56, "Scottish" - III. Adagio - Dimitri MITROPOULOS; Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

Posted by Tim Smith at 5:01 PM | | Comments (1)


Thank you so much... I've never heard this performance, and agree that it's lovely. I cut my teeth on the Mitropoulos/NY Phil Tchaikovsky 6th, and have always been a fan of his.


Glad you liked it. I'll probably return to the great, underrated Mitropoulos before too long.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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