Richard Stark, The Seventh/The Handle/The Rare Coin Score (University of Chicago, $14 each). Three more titles in the University of Chicago’s uniform edition of the out-of-print Parker novels of Richard Stark (alias the late, lamented Donald E. Westlake) are out this week. All are lean, laconic, tough-minded installments in the endlessly rereadable saga of the ultra–professional burglar you hate to like. Nine down, six to go (TT).
Archives for August 8, 2009
Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall–The Private Collection: Mussorgsky and Liszt (RCA Red Seal). Stupendously vivid performances of the Liszt B Minor Sonata and Pictures at an Exhibition (the latter in Horowitz’s own beefed-up transcription) recorded live at Carnegie Hall in 1948 and 1949 and released here for the first time. Connoisseurs of transcendental virtuosity need not hesitate (TT).
How the Other Half Loves (Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, Conn., closes Aug. 15). If The Norman Conquests whetted your appetite for the blacker-than-it-looks comedy of Alan Ayckbourn, this fizzy regional revival of his 1969 who’s-sleeping-with-whom farce about three unhappily married couples will fill the bill with ease. Catch it while you can (TT).