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Saturday, October 13th

Last night, at the University of Chicago (Mandel Hall), they opened with this piece, which was followed by Shostakovich (String Quartet No. 4 in D Major), Brahms (String Quartet in A Minor) and, in an encore, Webern (Langsamer Satz). One-word review: spellbinding.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), String Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4 (excerpt); Takács Quartet, live, New York, 2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, October 11th

this weekend in Chicago

They’re also playing at the University of Chicago—tomorrow night.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903), 1st Mvt.
Takács Quartet, live, New York, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, October 9th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Six Cello Suites (excerpts); Yo-Yo Ma, live, Washington, D.C., 8/17/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other evening, Chicago (riding the Green Line)

Saturday, October 6th

My kind of “genius.”

Vijay Gupta, violinist, educator, social-justice advocate, 2018 MacArthur Fellow, talking and playing

 

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Filled with music, we’re free of all else.

Tuesday, October 2nd

more

Jürg Frey (1953-), Klavierstück Arrangement Nr. 1-3 (1991); Keiko Shichijo (piano), live, c. 2011

 

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lagniappe

reading table

On a journey, ill:
my dream goes wandering
over withered fields.

—Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694 (translated from Japanese by Yoel Hoffmann; Japanese Death Poems, Yoel Hoffmann, ed.)

Monday, October 1st

Need a break from the incessant noise?

Jürg Frey (1953-), Canones Incerti (2010), Jürg Frey (clarinet), et al., live

 

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lagniappe

baseball

Baseball is such a perfect game in some ways that it takes 162 to decide nothing.

—Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the Cubs/Brewers tie

Monday, September 24th

otherworldly

This I could listen to all day.

John Cage (1912-1992), Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos (1944-45); Seba Ali (piano) and Jacqueline Ching-Ling (piano), live, Stony Brook, N.Y., 2015

 

Wednesday, September 19th

alone

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Palais de Mari (1986); Jesse Myers (piano), live, Seattle, 2018

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), First Stone (print, artist’s proof), 1961

Tuesday, September 18th

alone

Brad Mehldau (piano), “Three Pieces After Bach,” live, Paris, 2018

 

Monday, September 10th

sounds of Iceland

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Heyr þú oss himnum á (2005); Hljómeyki chamber choir, 2005

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Bellwood, Ill.

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