Spontaneity, immediacy, freshness—they can be as important in classical music as they are in jazz. What I love about this performance, for instance, is that he never stops searching. It’s as if he’s encountering this piece for the first time and unable to conceal his astonishment.
Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110/Rudolf Serkin, piano, live, 1987
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More Beethoven piano sonatas?
Here (No. 14, “Moonlight,” Artur Schnabel).
And here (No. 21, “Waldstein,” Emil Gilels).
And here (No. 23, “Appassionata,” Solomon).
And here. (No. 32, Claudio Arrau).
The Busy Road
I am so used to it by now
that when the traffic falls silent,
I think a storm is coming.
No one is calling me. I can’t check the answering machine because I have been here all this time. If I go out, someone may call while I’m out. Then I can check the answering machine when I come back in.
Oh, poor Dad. I’m sorry I made fun of you.
Now I’m spelling Nietszche wrong, too.
—The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009)