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February 05, 2008


primrose.jpg This morning, "Super Tuesday", there were drops of water, melted frost, clinging to the puckered skins of the oranges on our neighborhood's fruit trees. I noticed this as I walked to my polling station, my selection of music on the iPod blasting in my ears, Berlioz's Harold in Italy -- the version recorded by Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony in late November 1944. (This was just as the Wehrmacht prepared to launch its "Herbstnebel" counteroffensive. The Battle of the Bulge was about to erupt.) The recording's soloist on viola is the storied William Primrose who enraptured the cold air for me a lifetime later as he sawed delicately and passionately away with his bow on the expensive piece of wood to which he was so attached.

Posted by njenkins at February 5, 2008 09:59 PM

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