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Thursday, January 16th

Want a break from the 21st century?

Jordi Savall (1941-, viola da gamba), playing pieces by Le Sieur de Machy (late 17th century), Marin Marais (1656-1728), Madrid, 2014

 

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random sights 

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 13th

What not start the week with something small, mournful, beautiful?

Komitas (AKA Soghomon Soghomonian, 1869-1935), Krunk (The Crane); Sergey Khachatryan (1985-, violin), live, France (Toulouse), 2015

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 11th

timeless

This I could listen to all day.

Erik Satie (1866-1925), Gnossiennes 1-6 (1889-97); Reinbert de Leeuw (piano), live, Netherlands (Utrecht), 2018

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Friday, January 3rd

never enough

I could listen to him play Bach all day, all week, all month.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, excerpt (Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major); Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997, piano), live, Austria (Innsbruck), 1974

 

(This recording—all four-plus glorious hours—is available on Spotify: search “Richter, Bach, Innsbruck.”)

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lagniappe

other morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, December 30th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), French Suites (Nos. 1-6); András Schiff (piano), live, Germany (Leipzig), 2010

 

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radio

The annual Bachfest on WKCR (Columbia University) continues through midnight New Year’s Eve.

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, December 24th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor; Shunske Sato (violin), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), published 10/24/19

 

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radio

One of my favorite musical events begins today: the annual Bachfest on WKCR (Columbia University); all Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve.

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random sights

other day, Chicago (Monadnock Building)

Monday, December 23rd

Why not begin the week with something that will take you somewhere you haven’t been before?

Philippe Manoury (1952-), Melencolia (third string quartet), 2012; Arditti Quartet

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 21st

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet No. 13, excerpt (Mvt. V, Cavatina), 1826; Guarneri Quartet

 

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musical thoughts

During a fraught 17-day stay in the hospital because of post-surgical infections 10 years ago, Beethoven’s Cavatina furnished the only moments during which I was released from suffering.

—Susan Gubar, “When Music Is the Best Medicine,” New York Times, 9/26/19

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Thursday, December 19th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor; Shunske Sato (violin), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), published 12/5/19

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, December 12th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Violin Partita No. 3 in E major; Shunske Sato (violin), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), published 11/28/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Listen,
how your heart beats inside me.

—Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), from “Could Have,” translated from Polish by Stanislav Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh

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