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Saturday, January 28th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 1 in B-flat major: Maria João Pires (piano), live, Portugal (Évora), 1987

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, January 25th

kaleidoscopic clarity

Brian Ferneyhough (1943-), Contraccolpi (2015): Talea Ensemble (James Baker, cond.), live, New York, 2016

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

(Taking a day off.)

Thursday, January 12th

more

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), The Musical Offering: Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall, cond.), published 2018

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reading table

Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful / thing in the world

—George Oppen (1908-1984), from “Route”

Monday, January 9th

never enough

What better way to begin the week?

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Fifteen Three-Part Inventions: Boris Giltburg (1984-, piano), 2020

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art beat: yesterday, Smart Museum (University of Chicago)

Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Concetto Spaziale, Attese (Spatial Concept, Expectations [1960]), detail

Thursday, December 29th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, 3rd Movt. (Largo): Christian Tetzlaff (1966-, violin), Berlin, 2013

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It’s good now and then
to go out snow-viewing
until I tumble

—Matsuo Basho (1644-94), from “The Knapsack Notebook” (translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill)

Saturday, December 24th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Piano Partita No. 2 in C minor: Martha Argerich (1941-, piano), live, Germany (Görlitz Synagogue, Lausitz Festival), 10/13/20

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radio

Again it comes, one of my favorite musical events of the year: all Bach, all the time, until 11:59 p.m., December 31st—Bachfest 2022, WKCR (Columbia University).

Monday, December 19th

never enough

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano in E-flat major (K. 498): William Hudgins (clarinet), Kim Kashkashian (viola), Victor Rosenbaum (piano), live, Boston, 2019

Tuesday, December 13th

How about a trip to Cologne?

Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne (François-Xavier Roth [1971-], cond.) with Antoine Tamestit (1979-, viola), live, Cologne (Germany), 5/10/22: Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), The Viola in My Life IV (1970)

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, December 8th

alone

Antoine Tamestit (1979-, viola), Paris, 5/16/20: Max Reger (1873-1916), Solo Suite No. 1 in G-minor (1915)

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You would want to be an awful fool not to know that we only bloom once.

—writer Colm Toibin (1955-) quoting writer John McGahern (1934-2006), from a conversation shortly before his death (London Review of Books, 1/27/22)

Saturday, December 3rd

never enough

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Fantasia in D minor (K. 397): Kristian Bezuidenhout (1979-, fortepiano), live, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2013

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Music avoids impossibility.

—Louis Zukofsky (1904-78), from Anew (#2)

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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