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Tuesday, October 19th

like nobody else

Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987, cello) with New Philharmonia Orchestra (Daniel Barenboim, cond.), live (studio), London, 1967: Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Cello Concerto in E minor (Op. 85, 1919)

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, October 18th

never enough

What better way to begin the week?

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 1 in G major for Unaccompanied Cello; Mischa Maisky, cello

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yesterday, Chicago

Saturday, October 16th

timeless

When I find myself in the mood for his sound-world, nothing else will do.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), String Quartet (Op. 28, 1937-38); Psappha Ensemble (Benedict Holland and Sophie Rosa, violins; Vicci Wardman, viola; Jennifer Langridge, cello), live, England (Manchester), 2019

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Whenever I sleep
with my socks on
I have bad dreams

—Yosa Buson (1716-1783), translated from the Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento

Thursday, October 7th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major (“Emperor”), 2nd Mvt.; London Symphony Orchestra (Simon Rattle, cond.) with Krystian Zimerman (piano), 2020 (published 7/9/21)

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other day, Chicago

Saturday, October 2nd

timeless

One-word review: Wow!

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893), 3rd Mvt.; Quatuor Ebène, live (90th birthday celebration for pianist Menahem Pressler [1923-]), Paris, 2013

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this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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A string of wild geese
wind-strewn
through the sky
their cries echoing
confused and scattered

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Tuesday, September 28th

like nobody else

This I could listen to all day.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Palais de Mari (1986); Igor Levit (1987-, piano), 2020

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yesterday, Chicago

Saturday, September 25th

timeless

I didn’t know how much I needed this until I stumbled upon it this morning.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), Fantasia in C major (HXVII 4); Kirill Gerstein (1979-, piano), live, London, 3/4/21

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other day, Chicago

Saturday, September 18th

like nobody else

This I return to again, and again, and again.

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

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a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

Thursday, September 9th

like nothing else

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Enigma (2019); Spektral Quartet (Clara Lyon [violin], Maeve Feinberg [violin], Doyle Armbrust [viola], Russell Rolen [cello]), 2021

Movt. I

Movt. II

Movt. III

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When I consider
how in this world
all is falling blossom—
what then must become
of this self?

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Monday, August 30th

How about something you’ve (probably) never heard before?

Lee Hyla (1952-2014), Pre-Pulse Suspended, 1984 (We Speak Etruscan, 1996)

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this morning, Chicago

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