Tuesday, April 26, 2005

mp3: Elgar: III. Allegro Molto from Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 61, Hilary Hahn, violin



We eschew conventional blogging wisdom. Witness the obnoxious logo mega-banner at the top of the page. The hyperlinks that don't open new windows. The lack of focus of our material, as we jump between movies, magazine articles, random poetry and music, and within music, we hop from rock to blues to indie pop to jazz to electronic to classic funk & soul to whatever.

In keeping with that anti-tradition, today we feature a classical piece from the late-19th/early 20th century composer, Sir Edward William Elgar, channeled through the deft hand of Hilary Hahn. As you listen to the violin soothe you, then suddenly wail through rapid-fire scales, you'll hear echoes of Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, who Elgar was obviously influenced by. He clearly had access to future music, probably through psychic ability. It's a manic-depressive piece that seems to try to hold you and lose you at the same time. The only unfortunate thing is that it clocks in at nearly 20 minutes, which is a ridiculous amount of time--almost an entire Ramones CD--and far too many notes for any one track.

It is, however, always time for hot babes who play violin. Hilary plays as though she sold her soul.

By the way, as all-over-the-map as we are, most of what we post is good shit, and we suspect that we're getting at something. We just haven't a clue what that something might be.

And sorry if you imagine Kirk Hammett playing guitar as you listen.

mp3: Elgar: III. Allegro Molto from Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 61, Hilary Hahn, violin

1 comment:

The Keoki said...

Nothing like a little "pomp and circumstance" to start off the day...