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Thursday, May 25th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 in D minor
Itzhak Perlman (violin), live, London, 1978


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bullfinch on a camellia branch

Wednesday, May 24th

How can something so solid make sounds so liquid?

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Bunita Marcus (1985), excerpts; Marc-André Hamelin (piano), 2017


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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Japanese white-eyes on a maple branch, 1854

Tuesday, May 16th

more

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

 

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lagniappe

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

more

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


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lagniappe

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


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lagniappe

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

 

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