Wednesday, August 26, 2015

~ playlist ~

Some of the music on my CD player recently:

~ Red Priest's new album, "Handel on the Wind". The group's own Suite from The Messiah and takes on other Baroque works with digressions to music from other sources (such as the Jaws theme!). Red Priest Recordings, 2014.

~ "Venezia 1625". Recorder player Maurice Steger and Ensemble in works by Fontana, Uccelini, Storace and other Baroque composers. Harmonia Mundi, 2009. (Steger has a new album of Vivaldi flute concerti coming out on HM.)

~ Sinfonie and concerti by Alessandro Scarlatti. I Musici with William Bennett on flute. Philips, 1992.

~ Brahms's Concerto for Violin and Cello. Heifetz and Piatigorsky with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alfred Wallenstein. RCA, 1960. (From RCA's Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts Album Collection.)

~ Live recording of the April 7, 1962, performance of Puccini's "Tosca" at the Metropolitan Opera. Leontyne Price as Tosca; Franco Corelli as Cavaradossi; Cornell MacNeil as Scarpia. Kurt Adler conducting. Sony Classical, 2011.

~ "Caramelos Latinos" -- Latin American "Lollipops". Maximiano Valdes conducts the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in works by Ginastera, Revueltas, Moncayo, Carreno, Guarnieri and Plaza. Dorian, 1995. (From the label's Music of Latin American Masters series.)

~ Violin Sonatas 1, 4 and 6 and Three Dances by "rebellious Soviet avant-garde composer" Nikolai Roslavets. (He softened his approach by the time he composed Sonata No. 6, but that one was still some gripping listening.) Violinist Solomia Soroka and pianist Arthur Greene. Naxos, 2006.

Also anticipated: Volume 7 of Hyperion's Romantic Cello Concerto series, works for cello and orchestra by Fitzenhagen and that composer's arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

recently around the lake

A few scenes around Lake Kittamaqundi over the past week....The tiger swallowtail above, photographed yesterday, was the first one I spotted since the heavy rains and flash flood watch earlier in the week.

Dragonhunter -- a large dragonfly
which preys on other dragonflies and large butterflies.

The boom crane has been a fixture this summer.

A green heron -- not seen at this lake often. They seem to prefer nearby Wilde Lake.

An American goldfinch feeds on coneflower seeds in the little park on Vantage Point Road.

Let's take a cue from Gracey and take it easy!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Western Regional Park

Yesterday, I visited Western Regional Park out in western Howard County to see what butterflies could be found there. I was not disappointed. That's a red-spotted purple above -- sucking nutrients from a small animal carcass. Among others were several northern pearly-eyes and fritillaries. I have a few photos here, and there's a link to a Flickr album at the end of this post.

Interior of the Glenwood Branch of Howard County Public Library, adjacent to the park.

my Western Regional Park album

Friday, August 7, 2015

Downtown Columbia Snapshot ~ Monarch Butterflies Mating...

While stopped in traffic this afternoon, I decided to make use of the compact camera which I had with me.

Before I went out for this trip, I did not let this red-banded hairstreak stow away on my car. I've been seeing more of these supposedly uncommon members of the gossamer-wing group lately.

One evening earlier this week, I caught a pair of monarch butterflies in the act at Lake Kittamaqundi. That rated immediate reporting to our survey leader, and others have spotted mating monarchs recently.

I'm seeing many more tiger swallowtails around the lake this summer than last summer.

If you're there at the right moment, you can see the beaver heading out for dinner in the evening.

Monday, August 3, 2015

~ playlist ~

Just a few recordings, new and old, which have been on my CD player recently:

~ "The Queen of Spades" ("Pikovaya dama"), opera by Tchaikovsky. A new Melodiya remastering of a 1967 recording by Bolshoi Opera forces with Khaikin conducting.

~ Concierto fantastico; Rapsodia espanola; by Isaac Albeniz. Piano Concerto reconstructed from music by Enrique Granados by pianist Melani Mestre. Pianist Mestre with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins. The latest issue in Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series.

~ Burlesca and other works for orchestra by Ottorino Respighi. The BBC Philharmonic conducted by Gianandrea Noseda on Chandos (2006).

~ Celtic Symphony; The Witch of Atlas; other works for orchestra by Sir Granville Bantock. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley on Hyperion (1990).

~ Late Masterpieces by Chopin with Stephen Hough on piano. Hyperion (2010).

~ Encores played by the Leipzig String Quartet on MDG (2006). Various composers -- but I want to mention the delightful work by Hindemith titled thus: Overture to the Flying Dutchman as Played at Sight by a Second-Rate Concert Orchestra at the Village Well at 7 o'clock in the Morning.

The newest purchases above were ordered from Amazon, but that last one by the Leipzig was found last week at Daedalus Books and Music here in Columbia.