Saturday, 4/17/10

by musicclipoftheday

When it comes to saying a lot with a little, Chopin’s 24 Preludes for solo piano—most of which last no more than a minute or two—have few equals. This one was played at his funeral.

Frederic Chopin, Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28

Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997)

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Alfred Cortot (1877-1962)

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Martha Argerich (1941-)

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lagniappe

Today isn’t just any old day; it’s Record Store Day 2010.

Chris Brown, Bull Moose (New England record stores)

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reading table

an old man’s ways—

my backside warmed

by the wood fire

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828; Trans. David G. Lanoue)