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Category: cello

Friday, December 29th

love it or hate it

Brian Ferneyhough (1943-), String Quartet No. 6 (2010); Arditti Quartet, live, 2010




random sights

yesterday, San Francisco (Lands End)



Saturday, December 23rd

Tonight, at 1 a.m. (EST), one of the year’s great musical events begins: the annual Bach Festival—now in its 40th year—broadcast on WKCR-FM (Columbia University). All Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve. Hope, beauty, inspiration: they aren’t luxuries; they’re necessities.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Mass in B minor (excerpt, “Dona nobis pacem”); Berlin Philharmonic (Ton Koopman, cond.) with RIAS Chamber Choir (Justin Doyle, chorus master), live, Berlin, 10/28/17



Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 6 in D major; Mischa Maisky (cello), live


Saturday, December 16th


Hear In Now (Mazz Swift, violin; Tomeka Reid, cello; Silvia Bolognesi, bass), “Requiem for Charlie Haden” (S. Bolognesi), live, Italy (Basilica di San Silvestro, Trieste), 2015




musical thoughts

Which is more important: what we listen to—or how?


random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, December 13th


Joe Morris (guitar) and Daniel Levin (cello), live, New York, 12/8/17


(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Tuesday, December 12th

sounds of New York

Daniel Levin (cello) and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass), live, New York, 2015


Wednesday, December 6th

Think you’ve heard it all?

How about a septet with six string players and a drummer?

Tomeka Reid Septet,* “Tokens” (T. Reid), New York, 2017


*TR, cello, composition; Christopher Hoffman, cello; Mazz Swift, violin; Sarah Bernstein, violin; Jason Kao Hwang, viola; Adam Hopkins, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums, percussion.

Tuesday, November 21st

trumpet festival
day one

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Ajemian, bass; Chad Taylor, drums), live, Toronto, 5/6/17

“theme 1,” “. . . meanwhile,” “theme 2”



“theme nothing”


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


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