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Thursday, February 21st

another take

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude in C-sharp minor (Op. 45); Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995), live, Italy (Prato), 1967

 

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Here’s Miles Davis on Michelangeli:

[N]ow Miles was relaxed and pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli was sending him into several shades of ecstasy.

“Listen to those trills!” Miles ordered.

—1961 interview (Marc Crawford, The Miles Davis Reader)

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 16th

Want to be swept away?

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Violin Concerto in D major; Frankfurt Radio Symphony (Paavo Järvi, cond.) with Hilary Hahn (violin), live, Frankfurt, 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, February 5th

Yesterday, listening to this while driving to see a client at an outlying jail, I was reminded, again, that hearing the right music at the right time can change your entire day.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; Oscar Shumsky (1917-2000), violin, 1979*

 

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*Sonata No. 1 in G minor: 00:01
Partita No. 1 in B minor: 17:04
Sonata No. 2 in A minor: 48:26
Partita No. 2 in D minor: 1:11:43
Sonata No. 3 in C major: 1:43:33
Partita No. 3 in E major: 2:07:17

Monday, February 4th

If told you had a week to live, what recordings would you want to listen to in your waning days? This, for me, would be one.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes (Op. 28); Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), piano, 1933/34

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 26th

timeless

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude in C-sharp minor (Op. 45); Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), piano, 1949

 

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lagniappe

random sights

today, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, January 24th

This I could listen to all day.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Palais de Mari (1986); Blair McMillen (piano) and Ryan Olivier (video processing), live, Philadelphia, 2014

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musical thoughts

My obsession with surface is the subject of my music. In that sense, my compositions are really not ‘compositions’ at all. One might call them time canvases in which I more or less prime the canvas with an overall hue of the music.

—Morton Feldman, “Between Categories” (Give My Regards to Eighth Street)

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 19th

what’s new

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, excerpt (Prelude); Yo-Yo Ma (cello), 1/14/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, January 17th

alone

Kim Kashkashian (viola), “character pieces” by György Kurtág (1926-), live, Cambridge, Mass., 2018

 

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lagniappe

reading table

the sound of the moat
cracking . . .
winter moon

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Saturday, January 12th

This I could listen to all day.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Philip Guston (1984); Claire Chase (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Steven Schick (percussion), Sarah Rothenberg (piano, celesta), live, Houston (Rothko Chapel), 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

today, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, January 8th

more

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 1 in G major; Lucia Swarts (cello), live, Netherlands (Amsterdam), 2014

 

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