Thursday, March 31, 2011

Update: Phils release Castillo; but another ex-Met looms as a threat.

My fear that Luis Castillo, having been released by the Mets and picked up by division rivals the Phillies, would come back to haunt the Mets, has now been relieved, as the Phils have also let him go. The reason, however, doesn't bode well for the Mets (What does, these days?), as Philadelphia has a good short term replacement for ailing Chase Utley in another ex-Met, Wilson Valdez. So, the "curse" theory can still be tested.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" by QUILF Wind Quintet

The calendar tells me that spring has been here for a week, but the chilly wind outside denies it. I'm hoping Stravinsky's piece works some magic. "Rite of Spring" was written for full orchestra; here it's performed by the QUILF Wind Quintet (Johanna Borenstein, flute; Jack Cozen Harel, oboe; Michael Byerly, clarinet; Marat Rakhmatullaev, bassoon; and Rachel Childers, horn). Thanks to Konstantin Golovchinsky for the Vimeo clip, and to Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for posting it on Facebook.