music clip of the day


Category: Germany

Thursday, October 17th

lucid, adj. clear, transparent, luminous. E.g., Víkingur Ólafsson playing Bach.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A minor; Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), live, Berlin, 2018




random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.


reading table

[B]y the latest count, there are 70 million persons displaced from their homes worldwide.

—J. M. Coetzee, “Australia’s Shame” (review of No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani), New York Review of Books, 9/26/19

Tuesday, September 10th


Jürg Frey (1953-), Extended Circular Music No. 4 (2011-2014); Flex Ensemble (Kana Sugimura, violin; Anna Szulc-Kapala, viola; Martha Bijlsma, cello; Endri Nini, piano) with Yoann Trellu (video art), live, Germany (Hannover aka Hanover), 2017




reading table

Moon, plum blossoms,
this, that,
and the day goes.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Saturday, February 16th

Want to be swept away?

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Violin Concerto in D major; Frankfurt Radio Symphony (Paavo Järvi, cond.) with Hilary Hahn (violin), live, Frankfurt, 2014




random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, June 26th


Lonnie Johnson (vocals, guitar), “Another Night to Cry” (Sonny Boy Williamson II, introduction; Otis Spann, piano; Willie Dixon, bass; Fred Below, drums), live, Germany, 1963




art beat

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill. (artist unknown)

Thursday, September 7th

another take

Morton Feldman (1927-1986; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Markus Creed (cond.), SWR Vokalensemble (Vocal Ensemble), et al., live, Germany (Cathedral of Speyer, Schwetzinger), 2017




art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Cup Decorated with the Figure of a Bathing Girl, 1887-88 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)


reading table

John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

What will it all be like in five years’ time
when you try to remember?

—”For John Clare” (fragment)

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.

Tuesday, 12/25/12

Merry Christmas!

Steel drummers, “Silent Night,” London, 12/11


Glasses player, “Jingle Bells,” Bonn, 12/06


Brass band, “This Christmas” (1:55-, D. Hathaway), New Orleans, 12/09

Saturday, 12/15/12

A reader writes:

Dear Richard:

I think you should check out the YouTube link below. From Dore Stein who is the host of a great radio show on Sat. nights on the SF United School District’s radio station, KALW.

Melos: Mediterranean Songs (filmed in Tunisia and Germany, 2011)*


taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.


*With Dorsaf Hamdani & Ensemble (Tunisia), En Chordais (Greece), Juan Carmona & Ensemble (Spain), Keyvan Chemirani (France/Iran), et al.

Saturday, 9/15/12


Anton Bruckner (1824-96), Symphony No. 5 in B flat major; Berlin Philharmonic (Wilhelm Furtwangler, cond.), live, Berlin, 1942

(Yeah, I realize this performance took place in Nazi Germany during World War II and, no, I don’t have anything profound, or even interesting, to say about how such beauty and such horror could coexist.)

Tuesday, 12/27/11

more favorites from the past year

Wild Flag, live, SXSW (Austin, Texas), 3/11

“Romance” (Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop)


“Future Crimes” (IFC Crossroads House)

Someday an all-female band will seem no more remarkable than an all-male one.

(Originally posted 10/24/11.)


She’s going to be a big star someday.

Nneka, live

Vodpod videos no longer available.

(Originally posted 2/15/11.)

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