Was afraid this was going to be an April Fools post!
Preordered the Othello Symphony -- if I remember correctly, it was only 30 minutes long so here's hoping there's something else on the disc, $20 with shipping from Amazon is a bit steep for that, especially when I have the ballet CD.
Naturally Amazon didn't ship the Chamber Works disc til today, ugh, but can't wait to hear it whenever it does get here.
It's great that stuff is happening. As usual, some minor quibbles -- like desiring one of his many unreleased concert works over another version of OTHELLO and the inclusion of the previously available brass quintet on the STONE CUTTERS disc -- but as I said, just minor quibbles.
Wish I'd been able to attend any of these functions -- or that they had been timed with my NY visit in June -- but there you go.
I'll probably buy all of this; and hope I'll be able to catch the KUSC broadcast of the concert.
I received my copy of OTHELLO a day early (thanks Amazon), but have just now got around to listening to it. While I'm not done, I will say that the arrangements and trimming Goldenthal did to get this to symphony length are great. I don't feel it's a replacement for the Varese CD; rather, it can stand side by side it as an imagination. The redone Tarantella movement is incredible - the new combination of the pitch bending horns with the sultry sax utterly works.