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Tuesday, August 20th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950, piano), 1947

 

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Consonants are the body; vowels are breath.

—Sadiqa de Meijer, “The Ebbing Language,” Poetry, 9/19

Monday, August 19th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Philip Guston (1984)
S.E.M. Ensemble, 2000

Thursday, August 15th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Violin and String Quartet (1985); Pellegrini Quartet with Peter Rundel (violin)

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, August 8th

Maybe, in these dark times, someone is creating something wonderful, somewhere.

Bela Bartok (1881-1945), Concerto for Orchestra (1943, rev. 1945); Orchestra of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar (Nicolás Pasquet, cond.), live, Germany (Weimar), 2011

 

Monday, August 5th

spellbinding (part two)

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Daniil Trifonov (1991-, piano), live (Chopin, Prelude No. 15 [“Raindrop”])

 

Saturday, August 3rd

spellbinding

Daniil Trifonov (1991-, piano), live (Chopin: “Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66”; Schumann: “Chopin. Agitato” (from Carnaval); Grieg: “Hommage à Chopin, Op. 73, No. 5”; Chopin: “Variations on ‘Là ci darem la mano’ (from Mozart’s Don Giovanni) – Coda. Alla Polacca”), Washington, D.C., 2018

 

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the rice planter’s
sunshade . . .
billowing cloud

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

Tuesday, July 30th

what’s new

Enno Poppe (1969-), Fett (2018-2019); Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Susanna Mälkki, cond.), live, 5/10/19

 

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, July 17th

mesmerizing

György Ligeti (1923-2006), Sonata for Solo Cello (1948-53); Mathias Johansen (cello), live

 

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other day, Chicago

Tuesday, July 16th

He played as if his life depended on it.

Glenn Gould (1932-1982, piano), playing Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C minor (The Art of Piano, 1999)

 

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Happiness has never been one of my great aspirations.

—poet W.S. Graham (1918-1986, quoted in London Review of Books, 7/18/19)

Monday, July 15th

Need a break from America 2019?

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), String Quartet in C major, Op. 20, No. 2; Danish String Quartet, live, New York, 2018

 

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The roaring of the wind is my wife and the Stars through the window pane are my Children.

—John Keats (1795-1821), letter to his brother George Keats, 1818

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