Editor’s note: You may have noticed that Jim Lange has a new blog that is keeping him busy these days.
I’m only able to forgive him for spending less time in this corner of our
site because of how much I like reading his posts on this new EclecTopia blog.
Classical music is part of the
wide (and wild) mix of music that Jim spins on EclecTopia, and his blog
recently featured a review of a Stravinsky documentary.
“Anyone who appreciates Igor Stravinsky should watch Once at a Border -
a DVD which is loaded with not only biographical, but personal insights into
the man who launched the 20th century."
"Many times during the film, I
felt like I was seeing something so rare and incredible: Stravinsky walking
about the room where he wrote the Rite of Spring or out in his garden at his Hollywood residence. Those seemed to me like having a film with Beethoven
talking about his ninth symphony. Simply magic."
"Mrs. Vera Stravinsky makes an
all-too-brief appearance near the end of the film, looking a bit sad and lost.
Perhaps she declined to be interviewed extensively, but it makes me wonder why
she wasn’t more a part of the film? Imagine the insights.”
For more insights, read the whole review here.