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Category: cello

Thursday, October 19th

tomorrow night

They’re playing at the University of Chicago—Bartok and Ligeti.

Wolfgang Rihm (1952-), String Quartet No. 13
Arditti Quartet, live, London, 2012


Friday, September 29th

what’s new

Danish String Quartet, “Shine You No More” (R. T. Sørensen), Last Leaf  (2017)


Thursday, September 14th


Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Petals (1988; cello and electronics); Imke Frank (cello) and Gary Berger (live electronics), live, Switzerland (Winterthur), 2011


Monday, August 14th

This piece, in over forty years of listening, has never—not once—let me down. And this performance, which I encountered last night, is among the strongest I’ve heard.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Suite No. 5 in C minor for Unaccompanied Cello
Mischa Maisky, live, 1991




reading table

Unable are the Loved to die
For Love is Immortality,
Nay, it is Deity –

Unable they that love – to die
For Love reforms Vitality
Into Divinity.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 951 (Franklin)

Thursday, August 10th

tonight in Chicago

He’s singing in Millenium Park.

Youssou N’Dour, “Lang,” live



And they’re playing at Elastic.

Daniel Levin (cello) & Tim Daisy (drums), live, Bloomington, Ind., 2015




reading table

The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting.

—Michael Kinsley, Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide

Saturday, July 29th

Want to be swept away?

Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Cello Concerto in A minor; Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra with Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), live, Amsertdam, 2016




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940), Fresh Air for the Baby, New York East Side, c. 1910

Saturday, July 22nd

old instruments, new sounds

Daniel Levin (cello), Mat Maneri (viola), live, Norway (Oslo), 2017




art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Robert Frank (1924-), US 285, New Mexico, 1955 (The Photographer’s Curator: Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago, through October 29th)

Thursday, June 15th

like nobody else

Anthony Braxton Accelerator Ghost Trance Septet (AB, reeds, composition; Taylor Ho Bynum, trumpet, flugelhorn; Jessica Pavone, viola; Chris Dahlberg, bass, cello; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jay Rozen, tuba; Aaron Siegel, drums, percussion, vibraphone), live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2008




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Forest Park)


random thoughts

Aging criminal-defense lawyer’s retirement plan: drop dead at my desk.

Thursday, June 1st


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A major; Hagen Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live

1st movt.


2nd movt.


3rd movt.


4th movt.



musical thoughts

Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Tuesday, May 9th


A week ago I hadn’t heard of this guy—now I can’t get enough of him.

Enno Poppe (1969-), Trauben (“Grapes”), (2004); ATOS Trio,* live, Berlin, 2016

*Annette von Hehn, violin; Stefan Heinemeyer, cello; Thomas Hoppe, piano.

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