This evening, we heard a set recorded a few weeks ago at WKCR by John Butcher. Butcher, renowned British saxophonist, came in and played three sax improvisations, and then spoke about his evolutions as a musician, projects and upcoming shows, and about his role as composer and leader. We also listened to a track from his John Butcher Group release, "somethingtobesaid", out on Weight of Wax.
1. Richard Strauss's Salome. Birgit Nilsson: Salome; Gerhard Stolze: Herod Tetrarch; Grace Hoffman: Herodias; Eberhard Wachter: Jochanaan; Waldemar Kmentt: Narraboth. Georg Solti Conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker.
2. Richard Strauss's Salome. Final Scene Comparison. Nina Stemme: Salome; Gerhard Siegel: Herod; Liora Grodnikaite: Herodias. Antonio Pappano conducting the Royal Opera House Orchestra.