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Category: classical

Wednesday, July 20th


One-word review: Wow!

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor (“Pathetique”); Annie Fischer (1914-1995), live



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To be alive – is Power –
Existence – in itself –
Without a further function –
Omnipotence – Enough –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 876 (Franklin)

Tuesday, July 19th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor; NHK Symphony Orchestra (Miltiades Caridis [1923-1998], cond.) with Annie Fischer (1914-1995), piano, live



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Even now one is amazed
by transience: how it
outlasts us all.

—Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016), from “Scenes with Harlequins” (TLS, 7/8/16)


Tuesday, July 5th

All that holiday noise—BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!—leave you with a hangover?

Here’s the perfect antidote.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet, 1985; Aki Takahashi and Kronos Quartet, 1993

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Wednesday, June 29th


Morton Feldman (1926-1987), Palais de Mari (1986)
Ivan Ilić (piano), 2014



random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Tuesday, June 28th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), For Bunita Marcus (1985), excerpt
Ivan Ilić (piano and commentary), 2015

Monday, June 27th

Why not start the week with a walk through an enchanted landscape?

Earle Brown (1926-2002), Available Forms I, 1961
Callithumpian Consort, live, Boston, 2013



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Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty and freedom is the most expensive.

—photographer Bill Cunningham, New York Times obituary, 6/25/16

Saturday, June 25th

Entering his sound-world isn’t hard. What’s hard is leaving.

Tristan Murail (1947-), La Barque mystique, 1993

Thursday, June 23rd

Music offers what airlines don’t—time travel.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Langsamer Satz (1905)
Faust Quartet



art beat

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)



Wednesday, June 15th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Sonata No. 1 in G minor for Solo Violin, excerpt (movts. I, II); Patricia Cordero, live, Spain (Madrid), 5/10/16



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Perhaps I asked too large –
I take – no less than skies –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 358 (Franklin), fragment

Tuesday, June 14th


Tristan Murail (1947-), Territoires de l’oubli (1977); Lan Cao (1987-, piano), live, Germany (Cologne), 2014



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