The irreverence of Louis C.K. brought a much needed change to the typical Saturday Night Live mediocrity (yeah, the seasons have been downhill ever since Chevy). And yet, a different mood swept last Saturday's stagefloors, hosting not just an adorable little songstress but also a welcome revisit to musical theater--all performed live on TV.
Richard Wagner made hand grenades for the 1849 Dresden uprising, so maybe he would have cheered the tumultuous end of his 200th birthday 'Ring Cycle' in Bayreuth, a production that has raised questions over his heirs running the festival.
One of the most irritating trends in contemporary musicology has to be the wholesale re-appraisal of a revered composer under the guise of institutional revisionism.