music clip of the day


Category: classical

Tuesday, May 16th


John Luther Adams (1953-), In a Treeless Place, Only Snow (1999); Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, North Adams, Mass., 2016

Monday, May 15th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

John Luther Adams (1953-), Dream in White on White (1992); Virtuoso String Orchestra (Joaquin Valdepeñas, cond.) with Sanya Eng (harp), live, Toronto, 2014




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bush warbler on plum branch, 1840s

Saturday, May 13th

otherworldly birds

Steve Lehman, 15 Places at the Same Time (excerpts); PRISM Quartet with Steve Lehman (alto saxophone), live, Philadelphia, 2014


Tuesday, May 9th


A week ago I hadn’t heard of this guy—now I can’t get enough of him.

Enno Poppe (1969-), Trauben (“Grapes”), (2004); ATOS Trio,* live, Berlin, 2016

*Annette von Hehn, violin; Stefan Heinemeyer, cello; Thomas Hoppe, piano.

Monday, May 8th

sounds of consolation

Johann Sebastian Bach, Actus Tragicus (Sonatina), transcription by György Kurtág; Márta and György Kurtág (piano), live, Budapest, 2015



random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, May 6th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach, transcriptions by György Kurtág
Márta and György Kurtág (piano), live, Budapest, 2015



reading table

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), talking about words
BBC radio broadcast, April 29, 1937


Thursday, May 4th

Sometimes, like yesterday, when I bumped into this, what I really need, whether I know it or not, is something kaleidoscopic.

Enno Poppe (1969-), Holz (“Wood”); Ensemble Dal Niente (Enno Poppe, guest cond.), live, Chicago, 2016


Tuesday, May 2nd

He’s one of a handful of pianists who keep me on the edge of my seat.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Ballades No. 1 (0:00-), No. 2 (8:41-), No. 3 (16:05-), No. 4 (23:08); Sviatoslav Richter (piano, 1915-1997), Prague, 1960


Tuesday, April 18th

sounds of Russia

Alfred Schnittke (1934-98), Piano Quintet (1972-76), live (Katya Apekisheva, piano; Boris Brovtsyn, Julia-Maria Kretz, violins; Amihai Grosz, viola; Torleif Thedéen, cello), Netherlands, 2010



random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Chicago Botanic Garden)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Monday, April 17th

sounds of Ukraine

The only thing better than one cello is two.

Valentin Silvestrov (1937-), Hiéroglyphes de la nuit; Anja Lechner (cello),  Agnès Vesterman (cello), Valentin Silvestrov (piano), live, Paris, 2015


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