Sure, I like budget debates, wage trends, occupational projections as much as—probably more than—the next guy, but come Friday afternoons at On the Economy we’re going to get into some music.
Classical, jazz, funky—I love it all. But I think it makes sense to start with what IMHO is one of the greatest compositions ever composed: The Italian Concerto by JS Bach.
The density of the harmonies, all that counterpoint…it’s like this amazing discussion between a group of musical geniuses all saying different things at once that somehow come together to create a beauty that I could never describe.
The best performance of this—and I’ve heard them all—is by Alicia de Larrocha, but I couldn’t find that online anywhere. If you like this sort of thing and you haven’t heard her recording of it, I envy you. You’re in for one of life’s great moments.
Here’s Glenn Gould playing the last movement. He maybe rushes through it a bit, but it’s a fiery and intense performance.