Was driving this morning and listening to Performance Today on my local NPR affiliate, and there was a performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet #13, and I could not believe the recording. Not because it was exceptional, but because I think the quartet playing it all had bronchitis. The entire thing was filled with heavy breathing interrupted with the occasional muffled cough and hacking wheeze. It sounded like Chris Farley having sex while listening to classical music. Why is it that classical music seems to include this sort of thing far more than other forms of music?
Also, somewhat related. I was driving through the country last week listening to PT, completely blissed out, and the EBS test came right in the middle of a piece and it was so damned jarring I almost wrecked my car. Is that really necessary in 2010?