Hail, divinest Melancholy,
Whose saintly visage is too bright
To hit the sense of human sight

Today in The Talkhouse I review Andreas Staier's harpsichord record ...pour passer la mélancolie.

My previous Talkhouse review was of the soundtrack to Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing.

It's been a real pleasure to work with editor Michael Azerrad on both these reviews. Always listen to your editor. (Thanks also to Sarah Deming and JTM for a lot of DTM editorial help over the years.)

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I have been hearing about Staier for a while: looking for some Mozart K 330 interpretations, Russell Miller suggested Staier to me on Twitter. It turns out that Staier's Mozart Sonatas are strange and wonderful: highly recommended!

My (inadvertent) preparation for listening to Staier's latest included working with Mark Morris for many years (the title of this post comes from Milton via Handel's L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato) and reading the chapter "Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues" in Listen to This by Alex Ross. Alex is also a Staier fan.

10/11/2013

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