The special edition of ECM's famous Arvo Pärt recording Tabula Rasa — a 200-page bound volume containing facsimiles of the original manuscripts of the title work and of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten — is a thing of beauty. It's out now in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, and will come to America next month. Pärt's seventy-fifth birthday fell on September 11th.... Good stuff at Deceptive Cadence, Tom Huizenga's new classical blog on the NPR site.... What is really going on at the Detroit Symphony, which went on strike this week? Mark Stryker lays it out.... Susan Tomes ponders why so many pianists like to write.... Lindberg's Kraft has descended on the New York Philharmonic. Zachary Woolfe reports on last night's show; I'm going tonight.... Andrew Patner on the new regime at the Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW series (Anna Clyne, Mason Bates) and on Muti's illness.... In the New York Review of Books, a superb Geoffrey O'Brien piece on Duke Ellington.