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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

 

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lagniappe

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

more

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

1st movt.


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2nd movt.


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3rd movt.


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4th movt.


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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

more

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.

Tuesday, April 18th

sounds of Russia

Alfred Schnittke (1934-98), Piano Quintet (1972-76), live (Katya Apekisheva, piano; Boris Brovtsyn, Julia-Maria Kretz, violins; Amihai Grosz, viola; Torleif Thedéen, cello), Netherlands, 2010


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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Chicago Botanic Garden)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Monday, April 17th

sounds of Ukraine

The only thing better than one cello is two.

Valentin Silvestrov (1937-), Hiéroglyphes de la nuit; Anja Lechner (cello),  Agnès Vesterman (cello), Valentin Silvestrov (piano), live, Paris, 2015

 

Wednesday, April 5th

Another take.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903)
Hagen Quartet, live, Austria (Salzburg), 2000

1st movt.

2nd movt.

3rd movt.

4th movt.

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