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Saturday, August 1st

alone

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Palais de Mari (1986); Sarah Rothenberg, live (performance begins at 3:23), 3/30/20

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, July 30th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), from Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major; Igor Levit (1987-, piano), live, Amsterdam, 2013

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random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

Wednesday, July 22nd

alone

What better soundtrack for the pandemic?

Erik Satie (1866-1925), Vexations (c. 1893); Igor Levit (1987-), live (performance begins at 4:50), Berlin, 5/30-31/20

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, July 1st

never enough

Need a break from America 2020?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major (K. 467); Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Herbert von Karajan, 1908-1989, cond.) with Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950, piano), live, Switzerland (Lucerne), 1950

 

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random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

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The undisguised brutality of our time is weighing heavily on us.

—Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), letter to Oskar Pfister, 1/27/20, two days after his daughter Sophie died of Spanish flu

Monday, June 29th

Judging from the sounds I hear outside my door in the morning, birds don’t seem to have gotten the memo.

John Luther Adams (1953-), songbirdsongs (1974-80); Callithumpian Consort (Stephen Drury, dir.), 2012

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Monadnock Building)

Wednesday, June 24th

another take

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor (K. 457); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000, piano), live, Germany (Munich), 1991

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

My old village lies
far beyond what we can see,
but there the lark is singing

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, June 22nd

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor (K. 457); Micah McLaurin (1994-, piano), live, Philadelphia, 2015

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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In seasonal rain
along a nameless river
fear too has no name

—Yosa Buson (1716-1784), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Tuesday, June 16th

sounds of Paris

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), . . . explosante-fixe . . . (for solo MIDI flute, two “shadow” flutes, chamber orchestra, and electronics, 1991–93); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, cond.), live, Paris, 2015

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, June 13th

One-word review: Wow!

Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), String Quartet No. 1 (1971); Armida Quartet (Martin Funda, violin; Johanna Staemmler, violin; Teresa Schwamm, viola; Peter-Philipp Staemmler, cello) with Manaho Shimokawa (dance), live, Berlin, 2018

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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With dewdrops dripping,
I wish somehow I could wash
this perishing world

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Tuesday, June 9th

alone

This tiny piece, which calls out to us from the 18th century, I first heard yesterday. Then I listened again. And again.

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Les Tendres Plaintes; Grigory Sokolov (1950-, piano), live, Berlin, 2013

 

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Sweet springtime showers
and no words can express
how sad it all is

—Yosa Buson (1716-1784), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

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