Song to the Moon

In honor of glorious the full moon.



I heard this piece, “Longing,” the 2nd movement of Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova’s Concerto for Cello and Strings on the radio the other day, and wow is it gorgeous.  In fact it left me speechless and near tears, and if I hadn’t been driving I might have broken down completely.

You can read the composer’s thoughts on the piece here.  I am going to have to get that album.  She is a new composer to me and I will be checking out more of her work. Wow.

O Radiant Wonder

I keep listening to this, over and over.  This is the crux of the Ring, when we discover that women will save the world (I mean, it’s complicated, because Wagner, but it’s true).  And it’ll take the warriors and the mamas, all.

Jessye Norman is so astounding here I can hardly stand it.

O radiant wonder (Oh hehrstes Wunder)! Most glorious maid!
Thou bring’st me, true one, holiest balm!
For him whom we loved I save the beloved one:
may my thanks yet bring laughing reward!
Fare thou well! be blest in Sieglinde’s woe!