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Saturday, January 15th

passings

Stephen Sondheim, composer, March 22, 1930–November 26, 2021

Terry Teachout, critic (among other things), February 6, 1956–January 13, 2022 (this was his “favorite Sondheim,” according to Scott Simon on this morning’s Weekend Edition Saturday [NPR])

Bernadette Peters, “Not a Day Goes By” (Merrily We Roll Along), live, London, 1998

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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.

Saturday, October 16th

like nobody else

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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reading table

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

Friday, October 1st

only rock ‘n’ roll

Kinks, live (“Victoria,” “Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues,” “Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” “Lola,” “Holiday,” “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the Night,” “Waterloo Sunset,” “Village Green Preservation Society”), London, early 1970s

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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Friday, September 3rd

sounds of England

These three sisters, it seems, could sing the phone book (remember the “phone book”?), and it would sound wonderful.

The Staves, live (“Nothing’s Gonna Happen,” “Good Woman,” “Satisfied,” “Waiting on Me to Change”), England (Watford), published 9/1/21

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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What, in this moment, is lacking?

Zen master Rinzai (aka Linji Yixuan), unknown – 866

Friday, July 30th

sounds of London

Shame, live (“Snow Day,” “Born in Luton,” “Human, for a Minute”), published today

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this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, July 26th

like nobody else

Nina Simone (1933-2003), “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life” (J. Rado, G. Ragni, G. MacDermot), live, London, 1968

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Rising from sickness, I lean on a cane and stand by the river.
Countless peach petals flow downstream.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), from “Upon getting up from sickness in late spring” (translated from the Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi)

Tuesday, June 8th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suites No. 1 in G major and No. 3 in C major for Unaccompanied Cello; Steven Isserlis (cello), live, London, 2020

Thursday, June 3rd

alone

One-word review: Wow!

Mitsuko Uchida (1948-, piano), live (performance begins at 2:45), London, yesterday: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), 4 Impromptus (D899), 4 Impromptus (D935)

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, May 29th

never enough

András Schiff (1953-, piano), playing Bach and Beethoven, London, yesterday*

*Program:

Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier (“WTC”), Book I, Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A flat major 

Bach: WTC, Book II, Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A flat major 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat (Op. 26)

Bach: WTC, Book I,  Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor

Bach: WTC, Book II, Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor (Op. 31)

Bach: WTC, Book I,  Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor 

Bach: WTC, Book II,  Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor 

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp (Op. 78)

Encore: Bach, Invention No. 8 in F 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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