Peter Ruzicka (1948-), Metastrofe (1971), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Michael Gielen, cond.)
art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago
Xu Longsen (1956-), from Light of Heaven (through June 24th)
Tonight, at 1 a.m. (EST), one of the year’s great musical events begins: the annual Bach Festival—now in its 40th year—broadcast on WKCR-FM (Columbia University). All Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve. Hope, beauty, inspiration: they aren’t luxuries; they’re necessities.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Mass in B minor (excerpt, “Dona nobis pacem”); Berlin Philharmonic (Ton Koopman, cond.) with RIAS Chamber Choir (Justin Doyle, chorus master), live, Berlin, 10/28/17
Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 6 in D major; Mischa Maisky (cello), live
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major (“Coronation”); Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with Friedrich Gulda (conducting, piano), live, 1986
How I wish I’d been a painter . . . that must really be the best profession—none of this fiddling around with words—there are a couple of Daumiers at the Phillips that make me feel my whole life has been wasted.
—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter, 1977
Tonight he’s conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, John Adams’ Scheherazade.2, and this.
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), The Rite of Spring (1913); Los Angeles Philharmonic (Esa-Pekka Salonen [1958-], cond.), live, Los Angeles
This took my breath away—more than once.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Violin Concerto; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Philippe Herreweghe, cond.) with Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), live, 2014
This I just bumped into this morning.
What would we do if we could never hear anything new?
Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994), Livre pour orchestre (1968)
RTVE Symphony Orchestra (Gunther Herbic, cond.), live
art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)
Stuart Davis (1892-1964), The Paris Bit, 1959 (Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, through 9/25/16)
Close your eyes.
If you don’t have time for this, what do you have time for?
Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), From me flows what you call Time (1990); La Jolla Symphony (Steven Schick, cond.), live, San Diego, 2008
of this painful world.
—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto