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Category: Italy

Friday, August 13th

never enough

One of the greatest pianists alive—now seventy-nine.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Ballade No. 1 in G minor (1831); Maurizio Pollini (1942-, piano), live, Milan, 6/25/21

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, April 15th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita for Lute in C minor; Evangelina Mascardi (lute), live, Italy (Mondovi), 2/26/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

From every direction
cherry blossom petals blow
into Lake Biwa

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, April 13th

what’s new

Andrea Bocelli (1958-, voice), Music for Hope (“Panis Angelicus” (from “Messe Solennelle” Op. 12, FWV 61), César Franck; “Ave Maria,” CG 89a (arr. from Johann Sebastian Bach, “Prelude” no. 1, BWV 846), Charles-François Gounod; “Sancta Maria” (arr. from “Cavalleria Rusticana”, Intermezzo), Pietro Mascagni; “Domine Deus” (from “Petite Messe Solennelle”), Gioachino Antonio Rossini; “Amazing Grace,” John Newton), live, Italy (Milan), 4/12/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 314 (Franklin)

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