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Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Sounds of Intermission

Why would you wear a wire to make illegal concert recordings, and turn the tape ON at the beginning of intermission? For Seattle sound artist Christopher DeLaurenti, the real concert begins when the applause from the first act dies down. This is almost the only time you'll ever hear classical performers improvising together, practicing snippets of the upcoming performance to limber up in anticipation of the baton's downbeat.

The CD is “Favorite Intermissions: Music Before and Between Beethoven, Stravinsky, Holst” from Manhattan's GD Stereo label. The cover of the CD is a delightfully convincing ripoff of the Deutsche Grammophon album cover graphics.