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Monday, May 10th

sounds of Paris

Why not begin the week with something unlike anything else?

Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris and Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction; Paul Fitzsimon, direction; Bruno Mantovani, direction), live, Paris, 2016: Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), Gruppen for three orchestras (1955-1957)

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Claude Monet, 1840-1926, Luncheon under the Tent, Giverny, c. 1883-86, detail (Monet in Chicago, through 6/14/21)

Monday, May 3rd

timeless

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Six Pieces for Large Orchestra, (Op. 6; 1909-10, revised 1928), Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) conducting an unidentified orchestra, live, Japan

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Illinois Prairie Path)

Monday, March 29th

timeless

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Five Pieces for orchestra, op. 10 (1911-13); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction), live, Paris, 2018

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Saturday, February 13th

timeless

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), Five Pieces for Orchestra (1909, revised 1949); Vienna Philharmonic (Bernard Haitink, cond.), live, Tokyo, 1997

 

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), City Landscape, 1955 (detail)

Monday, November 9th

Feel like losing yourself?

John Luther Adams (1953-), Become Ocean (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 2014); Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Leonard Slatkin, cond.), live (performance begins at 6:45), Detroit, 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, July 1st

never enough

Need a break from America 2020?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major (K. 467); Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Herbert von Karajan, 1908-1989, cond.) with Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950, piano), live, Switzerland (Lucerne), 1950

 

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

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reading table

The undisguised brutality of our time is weighing heavily on us.

—Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), letter to Oskar Pfister, 1/27/20, two days after his daughter Sophie died of Spanish flu

Monday, June 8th

wake up!

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), Notation II (1945-1980); Berlin Philharmonic (Pierre Boulez, cond.), live, Berlin, 2009

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, March 31st

passings

Krzysztof Penderecki, composer, conductor, November 23, 1933-March 29, 2020

Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (1960), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Krzysztof Urbański, cond.), live, Helsinki, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, March 23rd

like nobody else

His sound-world seems just right for these strange times—beautiful and solemn in equal measure.

Arvo Pärt (1935-), Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (Tõnu Kaljuste, cond.), live (Fratres, 1:30-; Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, 13:49-; Adam’s Lament, 22:10-; Salve Regina, 45:40-; Te Deum, 59:30-), Germany (Hamburg), 2/18/20*

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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*ECM Records founder/producer Manfred Eicher (1943-), who has long championed Pärt’s music, joins the others onstage at the end.

Thursday, August 8th

Maybe, in these dark times, someone is creating something wonderful, somewhere.

Bela Bartok (1881-1945), Concerto for Orchestra (1943, rev. 1945); Orchestra of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar (Nicolás Pasquet, cond.), live, Germany (Weimar), 2011

 

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