[Art] Sister Wendy Beckett, RIP

Whether it was discussing Caravaggio or nudes in paintings, Sister Wendy always did so with authority and a good laugh.  She was a jovial presence in my younger days, when PBS really offered wonderful educational programming.

May the good Sister rest in the Bosom of Abraham now, and I, along with many others, thank her for proving that one could be devout and still have not only no fear, but a passionate love for art and culture.

PBS offers a short biography of her life here.

[Article] Vinyl or CDs: Tech Doesn’t Do Sentimental — Listening Habits Show What’s Next for Cloud

The article dates from January 30, but for those of you who missed it, Matthew Finnie pens an article for Wired on the harsh reality of the advancement of technology. It favors nothing but the consumer and convenience.

We, who love vinyl, or cassettes, or even CDs, will continually go the way of the dodo.

[Article] A Striking Exception

The Wall Street Journal do justice to the legacy of Manfred Eicher and perhaps the most amazing and success label you may never have heard of, ECM. From Stuart Isacoff’s article, a quote which sums up my personal opinion of him quite nicely:

“But the most striking exception at the Grammys belongs to ECM (Editions of Contemporary Music), nominated this time around for works by the little-known Polish-Russian composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg performed under the direction of Gidon Kremer. If anyone deserves an award for lifetime achievement, it is ECM’s founder, Manfred Eicher, a producer of over 1,600 albums—many of which have changed the course of recorded art

Here’s to Manfred and the crew at ECM, hoping they make another 1,600 wonderful albums.