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Thursday, January 14th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31; Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997, piano), live, Moscow, 1991

 

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this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, January 9th

never enough

Andras Schiff (piano) playing (and discussing) Bach (Capriccio in B flat major [Capriccio on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother] BWV992; Sinfonia No. 5 in E flat BWV791; Sinfonia No. 9 in F minor BWV795; Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV903; Italian Concerto in F major BWV971; Ouvertüre nach französischer Art BWV831), live, London, yesterday

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Thursday, January 7th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor; Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997, piano), live, Moscow, 1975

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Friday, January 1st

What better way to begin?

Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude to Cello Suite No. 6 in D major
Yo-Yo Ma (cello), 1/1/21

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, December 31st

string quartet festival
day three

Mivos Quartet, Bronx Community College Online Concert Series, 11/30/20: Michaela Catranis, Luminous Animal (2020); Linda Caitlin Smith, String Quartet No. 6 (2013); George Lewis, String Quartet 2.5: “Playing with Seeds” (2017)

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Old age is
a flight of small
cheeping birds
skimming
bare trees
above a snow glaze.

—William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), from “To Waken an Old Lady”

Wednesday, December 30th

string quartet festival
day two

JACK Quartet (with Conrad Tao, piano), Library of Congress Virtual Event, 12/3/2020*

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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*Program:

1. Rodericus (fl. late 14th century)/Christopher Otto, Angelorum psalat (c. 1390s).

2. Elliott Carter (1908-2012), Duo for Violin and Piano (1973-4).

3. Tyshawn Sorey, Everything Changes, Nothing Changes (2018).

4. Ruth Crawford [Seeger] (1901-1953), String Quartet 1931 (1931).

5. Tyshawn Sorey, For Conrad Tao (2020).

6. Elliott Carter (1908-2012), String Quartet no. 3 (1971).

Tuesday, December 29th

string quartet festival
day one

Thomas Adès (1971-), Arcadiana (1994); Danish String Quartet, live, New York, 2015

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 26th

alone

Need more air?

Mitsuko Uchida (piano), live, London, 12/16/20: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Piano Sonatas in C major (“Reliquie,” 3:40-) and G major (“Fantasy,” 42:00-)

 

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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

Listening deeply,
sometimes—in another—you can hear
the sound of a hermit, sighing
as he climbs a mountain trail to reach
a waterfall
or a Buddhist nun reciting prayers
while moonlight falls through the window
onto an old clay floor,
and once in a while, a child
rolling a hoop through the alleyways of Tokyo,
laughing,
or a farmer pausing in a rice field to watch
geese fly,
the thoughts on his lips he doesn’t think to say.

—Dick Allen (1939-2017), “Listening Deeply”

Wednesday, December 16th

alone

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Triadic Memories (1981); Louis Goldstein (piano), 2000

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 12th

alone

There are a handful of pianists whose every note I’m hungry to hear—he’s one. (Caution: Do not listen to this as “background” music; if you do, your ears will wither and fall off.)

Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950, piano), playing (as detailed below) Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Ravel, published 12/5/20*

 

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yesterday, Chicago

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Program (courtesy of YouTube):

0:00 Bach-Busoni: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland

4:07 Bach-Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Scarlatti: Three Sonatas: 7:35 G Major K.9 10:25 G Minor K.450 13:47 D Minor K.14

Chopin: 17:03 Sonata No.3 in B Minor Op.58 41:52 Waltz No.2 in A-Flat Major Op.34 No.1 46:25 Etude Op.25 No.5 49:40 Etude Op.10 No.5

Liszt: 51:24 La Leggierezza 55:56 Gnomenreigen

Brahms: 58:36 Intermezzo in E-Flat Major (abbr.) Op.117 No.1 1:01:44 Intermezzo in A Minor (abbr.) Op.116 No.2 1:04:31 Intermezzo in C Major Op.119 No.3 1:06:08 Capriccio in D Minor Op.116 No.7

1:08:22 Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso

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