spellbinding (part two)
Why not begin the week with something beautiful?
Daniil Trifonov (1991-, piano), live (Chopin, Prelude No. 15 [“Raindrop”])
Daniil Trifonov (1991-, piano), live (Chopin: “Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66”; Schumann: “Chopin. Agitato” (from Carnaval); Grieg: “Hommage à Chopin, Op. 73, No. 5”; Chopin: “Variations on ‘Là ci darem la mano’ (from Mozart’s Don Giovanni) – Coda. Alla Polacca”), Washington, D.C., 2018
the rice planter’s
sunshade . . .
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)
He played as if his life depended on it.
Glenn Gould (1932-1982, piano), playing Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C minor (The Art of Piano, 1999)
Happiness has never been one of my great aspirations.
—poet W.S. Graham (1918-1986, quoted in London Review of Books, 7/18/19)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita for keyboard No. 6, excerpt (Toccata); Glenn Gould (1932-1982, piano), live (studio)
Happy Fourth of July!
Professor Longhair (1918-1980), “Big Chief,” live, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), 1973
Charles Ives (1874-1954), A Symphony: New England Holidays, Third Movt. (“The Fourth of July”); GSW Orchestra (Orlando Cela, cond.; Alex Blake, guest cond.), live
Tommy Jarrell (1901-1985), “Let Me Fall,” live, North Carolina (Mount Airy), 1983
Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder (with John Leventhal [guitar], Joachim Cooder [drums], et al.), live, last night, Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
“Long Black Veil” (Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin)
“Ring of Fire” (June Carter Cash, Merle Kilgore)
like-nobody-else x 2
Cecil Taylor Trio (CT, 1929-2018, piano; Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone; Sunny Murray, drums) with Albert Ayler (1936-1970, tenor saxophone), “Four,” excerpt (C. Taylor), live, Copenhagen, 1962
A Bomb upon the Ceiling
Is an improving thing –
It keeps the nerves progressive
Conjecture flourishing –
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1150 (Franklin)
soundtrack to a dream
Clara Iannotta (1983-), The people here go mad. They blame the wind. (2013-14); Uusinta Ensemble and Clara Iannotta (music boxes), live, Helsinki, 2018
The Spirit is the Conscious Ear –
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 718 (Franklin)