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Category: string quartet

Saturday, June 13th

One-word review: Wow!

Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), String Quartet No. 1 (1971); Armida Quartet (Martin Funda, violin; Johanna Staemmler, violin; Teresa Schwamm, viola; Peter-Philipp Staemmler, cello) with Manaho Shimokawa (dance), live, Berlin, 2018

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

With dewdrops dripping,
I wish somehow I could wash
this perishing world

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

Saturday, May 30th

never enough

Don’t “listen” to this.

Close your eyes: let the sounds inhabit you.

Then you will inhabit the sounds.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Clarinet Quintet, K. 581; Armida Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live, Italy (Merano [aka Meran]), 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Come out to view
the truth of flowers blooming
in poverty

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

Wednesday, April 1st

His sound-world, full of foreboding, I return to, gratefully, in dark times.

Bela Bartok (1881-1945), String Quartet No. 4 (1928); Quatuor Ebène, live, France (Wissembourg), 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, March 2nd

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903); Hagen Quartet, live, Austria (Salzburg), 2000

1st movt.

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2nd movt.

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3rd movt.

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4th movt.

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Untitled (watercolor), c. 1915

Monday, December 23rd

Why not begin the week with something that will take you somewhere you haven’t been before?

Philippe Manoury (1952-), Melencolia (third string quartet), 2012; Arditti Quartet

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 21st

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet No. 13, excerpt (Mvt. V, Cavatina), 1826; Guarneri Quartet

 

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musical thoughts

During a fraught 17-day stay in the hospital because of post-surgical infections 10 years ago, Beethoven’s Cavatina furnished the only moments during which I was released from suffering.

—Susan Gubar, “When Music Is the Best Medicine,” New York Times, 9/26/19

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Thursday, November 21st

One-word review: Wow!

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), String Quartet No. 3, 1st movt.; Danish String Quartet, live (studio), Seattle, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, November 12th

sounds of Haiti and Chicago

Nathalie Joachim (vocals, electronics) with Spektral Quartet, “Papa Loco” (trad.), live (studio), New York, published 10/29/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

She cries. Oh no. Oh no no no.

—Eimear McBride, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

Thursday, October 31st

never enough

Bela Bartok (1881-1945), String Quartet No. 4 in C major (1928); Quatuor Ebène, live, France (Wissembourg), 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Domestic as
an empty shopping cart
parked on a ledge
above a freeway.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Hang On” (New Yorker, 10/21/19)

Monday, October 21st

Why not begin the week with something new?

Nathalie Joachim (vocals, flute, electronics) with the Spektral Quartet and a Haitian children’s choir (recorded), “Suite pou Dantan: Prelid” (Fanm d’Ayiti [Women of Haiti]), 10/8/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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