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Wednesday, May 30th

more sounds of Iceland

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Aeriality (2011); Iceland Symphony Orchestra, live, 2011, Iceland (Reykjavik)

 

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random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, April 23rd

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Violin Concerto (1939); BBC Symphony Orchestra (David Robertson, cond.) with Gil Shaham (violin), live, London, 2013

 

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random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, April 14th

serendipity

Yesterday, while working on an appeal for a client convicted of attempted murder, I bumped into this on the radio (WFMU, Bryce’s show). One-word review: Wow!

Peter Ruzicka (1948-), Metastrofe (1971), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Michael Gielen, cond.)

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Xu Longsen (1956-), from Light of Heaven (through June 24th)

Saturday, December 23rd

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

 

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Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 6 in D major; Mischa Maisky (cello), live

 

Thursday, March 16th

more

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major (“Coronation”); Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with Friedrich Gulda (conducting, piano), live, 1986


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reading table

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

Tuesday, March 14th

never enough

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor; Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with Friedrich Gulda (conducting, piano), live


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random sights

today, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, March 7th

can’t wait

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

Saturday, March 4th

never enough

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

Tuesday, September 20th

serendipity

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


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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)

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Saturday, August 20th

Close your eyes.

Listen—just listen.

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

 

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Come, see
real flowers
of this painful world.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto

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