Arts and Music
Featured This Month
The Beatles' final concert, their late-era conflicts, and the complicated history of director Michael Lindsay-Hogg's Let It Be documentary all arise in this discussion between musician Alan Parsons and Music Professor David Novak (UC Santa Barbara). Parsons was a teenage sound engineer at Abbey Road studios when he was assigned to record audio for the Beatles as they worked through this iconic album. Novak draws Parsons into dialogue about recording equipment, studio layouts, and the musical personalities of each member of the band. Recorded on 01/25/2019.
Leonard Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony interweaves an ancient Jewish prayer for the dead with a text written by Bernstein himself that violently challenges God's apparent disinterest in the face of human suffering, before finally reaching an accommodation with the Creator. This conflict is reflected by music that is by turns aggressive, even dissonant, and serenely harmonious. Bernstein dedicated the work's late 1963 premiere "To the Beloved Memory of John F. Kennedy." Recorded on 03/17/2019.