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Monday, July 17th

sounds of Ireland

Sean Leahy (guitar) & Jeremy Spencer (violin), live, Ireland

“Darley’s” / “Bógan Nua,” 2014

 

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O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, Dingle, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Ireland (outside Dingle)

Tuesday, June 20th

more

Johann Sebastian Bach, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, mvmts. 1-2 (Adagio, Fugue); Niek Baar, live, Berlin, 2016

 

Monday, June 19th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach, Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, 3rd mvmt. (Largo); Isabelle Faust, live, New York, 2013

 

Thursday, June 1st

more

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A major; Hagen Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live

1st movt.


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2nd movt.


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3rd movt.


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4th movt.


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Thursday, May 25th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 in D minor
Itzhak Perlman (violin), live, London, 1978


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bullfinch on a camellia branch

Tuesday, April 18th

sounds of Russia

Alfred Schnittke (1934-98), Piano Quintet (1972-76), live (Katya Apekisheva, piano; Boris Brovtsyn, Julia-Maria Kretz, violins; Amihai Grosz, viola; Torleif Thedéen, cello), Netherlands, 2010


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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Chicago Botanic Garden)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Thursday, April 13th

old school

Tommy Jarrell (fiddle, vocals), “Cripple Creek,” live, Mt. Airy, N.C., 1983

Wednesday, April 5th

Another take.

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

1st movt.

2nd movt.

3rd movt.

4th movt.

Tuesday, April 4th

Sometimes I just want to be swept away.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903), 1st Mvt.
Takács Quartet, live, New York, 2017

 

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lagniappe

reading table

cloud becomes a mountain
becomes
a cloud

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue

Monday, March 13th

Saturday night, in Chicago, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, I heard the Spektral Quartet. They performed a single piece, this one, which lasted not one, or two, or three, or four, but five hours. Awash in sounds and silences, I got up out of my metal chair, I looked at my watch, I checked my text messages, my email, not once.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame*), String Quartet No. 2 (excerpt), Flux Quartet, live, 2013


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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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*With saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill; trumpeter Lester Bowie; drummer Hamid Drake; gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates; poets John Berryman, William Bronk, and Wislawa Szymborska; and photographer Helen Levitt.

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