Via del.icio.us/thestandingroom, an LA Times article where various denizens of (mostly Southern) California talk about what they will listen to this summer. Most interesting was Dawn Upshaw who greatly praises a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson performance ("a shattering emotional experience," presumably in a good way) and who will listen to John Adam's Violin Concerto:
It's no surprise that I am a huge John Adams fan (both as listener and performer), but I've never gotten to know his Violin Concerto, written back in 1993, recorded in 1996. I look forward to finally familiarizing myself with this piece this summer.
Me? At Amoeba/Berkeley today, I passed on that special edition of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme; it's a remastered recording of the jazz classic as well as a live performance and includes the two extant out-takes. My question at the time was, do I really need a two-CD set of one work, that I've often heard. Yes, but later. I did buy "four for the price of three" clearance CDs including Alvin Curren, Benjamin Lees, and Chris Brown.
I have a big backlog of music I've ripped but haven't heard yet that should get my attention this summer. And once it gets hot, I always listen to Mozart.
Oh, and it occurs to me, I heard the Adams Violin Concerto at the mission in San Juan Bautista, California (think Vertigo), as part of the Cabrillo Music Festival, and it was hot there as well, both in performance and temperature.