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Monday, February 17th

sounds of New York

Why not start the week with something that’s enlivening?

Steve Reich (1936-), Double Sextet (2007), Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76); Ensemble Signal (Brad Lubman, cond.), live, New York, 2016

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 15th

alone

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Air for solo flute (1995); John McMurtery (flute), live, 2007

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, February 13th

never enough

Looking for something to lift your spirits?

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 550; Matthias Havinga (1983-), live, Netherlands (St. Bravo’s Church, Haarlem), 2016

 

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this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, February 11th

How about something different?

Clara Iannotta (1983-), Limun (2011); International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, New York, 2016

 

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yesterday, Chicago

Saturday, February 8th

passings

Peter Serkin, pianist, January 24, 1947-February 1, 2020

Live, Tokyo, 2003: Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Rain Tree Sketch (1982)

 

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Live, New Jersey (Ridgewood), 2017: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Adagio in B minor, K. 540

 

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yesterday, Chicago, Ill.

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reading table

Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Saturday, February 1st

If you learned you had a month to live, what would you want to listen to? This would be on my list. (Whatever you do, don’t miss the third movement.)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat (Op. 110); Solomon (AKA Solomon Cutner, 1902-1988), piano, 1950s

1st mvt.

 

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2nd mvt.

 

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3rd mvt.

 

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Another take.

Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), piano, 1930s

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, January 29th

what’s new

Max Richter (1966-, compositions, piano, keyboard) with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (Clarice Jensen, cello & artistic director; Ben Russell, violin; Laura Lutzke, violin; Isabel Hagen, viola; Claire Bryant, cello), “On the Nature of Daylight,” “Vladimir’s Blues,” “Infra 5,” live, Washington, D.C., 1/22/20

 

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musical thoughts

I’m very interested in the idea of a piece of music being a place to think.

—Max Richter

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, January 16th

Want a break from the 21st century?

Jordi Savall (1941-, viola da gamba), playing pieces by Le Sieur de Machy (late 17th century), Marin Marais (1656-1728), Madrid, 2014

 

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random sights 

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 13th

What not start the week with something small, mournful, beautiful?

Komitas (AKA Soghomon Soghomonian, 1869-1935), Krunk (The Crane); Sergey Khachatryan (1985-, violin), live, France (Toulouse), 2015

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 11th

timeless

This I could listen to all day.

Erik Satie (1866-1925), Gnossiennes 1-6 (1889-97); Reinbert de Leeuw (piano), live, Netherlands (Utrecht), 2018

 

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yesterday, Chicago

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