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Tag: Dmitri Shostakovich

Thursday, January 29th

string quartet festival (day four)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (1960); Borodin Quartet, live

Monday, October 6th

alone

These pieces, inspired by Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, were dedicated to her.

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), 24 Preludes and Fugues (1950-51); Tatiana Nikolayeva (1924-1993), live (BBC studio), 1992

Nos. 4 and 5

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Nos. 10 and 11

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No. 24

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lagniappe

art beat

Helen Levitt (1913-2009), Mexico City, 1941

helen-levitt-new-york-black-and-white-street-photography-people-looking-opposite-ways

Saturday, 7/30/11

The four familial instruments seem to whisper directly into our ears, communing with us about our personal sadnesses and anxieties.

—Wendy Lesser, Music For Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets (2011)

Dmitri Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 14 in F-Sharp Major (1972-73)
Fitzwilliam String Quartet

1st Movement (Allegretto)

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2nd Movement (Adagio)

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3rd Movement (Allegretto)

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More? Here.

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musical thoughts

I think he [President Obama] needs to listen to some jazz. Maybe the entire capital needs it to calm down.

—Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 7/28/11

Sunday, 6/5/11

Some folks sing when they speak.

Bishop Robert Manley, Jr., Bethesda Temple Church of the Living God, Frankfort, Kentucky, 2008

Part 1

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Part 2

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musical thoughts

I think there are certain aspects of music which do not have any equivalent in speech, in particular the pulse of music, the steady rhythm, and its synchronization with movement.

Oliver Sacks, M.D.

With all due respect to Dr. Sacks (whom I admire greatly), I think maybe he should get out more often—to, for instance, churches in Harlem.

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listening room: what’s playing

Professor Longhair, Crawfish Fiesta (Alligator); House Party New Orleans Style (Rounder); No Buts, No Maybes: The 1949-1957 Recordings (Hoodoo Records)

Arthur Russell, Calling Out Of Context (Audika)

Theo Parrish, Sound Sculptures Volume 1 (Sound Signature)

Eddie Jefferson at Ali’s Alley with Rashied Ali Quintet (Blue Music Group)

• Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet, Tabligh (Cuneiform)

• Henry Grimes & Rashied Ali, Going To The Ritual (Porter Records)

Paul Motian, Lost In A Dream (ECM) (with Chris Potter, Jason Moran); Rarum (ECM); Garden of Eden (ECM); Time and Time Again (ECM) (with Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell)

Jason Moran, Ten (Blue Note)

• Various Artists, Gospel Music (Hyena Records)

The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi: 1947-1954 (Acrobat)

Brother Claude Ely, Ain’t No Grave (Dust-to-Digital)

The Skatalites, Ball of Fire (Island)

Tinariwen: Imidiwan: Companions (World Village)

Ali Akbar Khan, Peerless (Navras)

Bach: Cello Suites, Nos. 1-3, Jean-Guinen Queyras (Harmonia Mundi)

Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 15, Borodin Quartet (BMG Classics/Melodiya)

Music of Stefan Wolpe: Volume Six, David Holzman (Bridge Records)

Gyorgy Ligeti: String Quartets and Duets, Arditti String Quartet (Sony)

Morton Feldman: For Bunita Marcus, Stephane Ginsburgh (Sub Rosa); John TilburyMorton Feldman, All Piano (London HALL)

WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University)
Bird Flight (Phil Schaap, jazz [Charlie Parker])
Out to Lunch (Various, jazz)
Afternoon New Music (Various, classical and hard-to-peg)
Eastern Standard Time (Carter Van Pelt, Jamaican music)

WFMU-FM
Mudd Up! (DJ/Rupture, “new bass and beats”)
Sinner’s Crossroads
(Kevin Nutt, gospel)
—Give The Drummer Some
(Doug Schulkind, sui generis)
—Reggae Schoolhouse
(Jeff Sarge)
Transpacific Sound Paradise (Rob Weisberg, “popular and unpopular music from around the world”)
Daniel Blumin (sui generis)
—Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona (live sets)

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mail

Richard:

Thanks and despite its brevity it is quite touching.

David [Holzman, in response to an email letting him know that he was featured here yesterday]

Saturday, 5/14/11

three takes

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), String Quartet No. 15 in E flat minor (1974)
Excerpt (1st Movement)

‘Play it so that flies drop dead in midair, and the audience starts leaving the hall from sheer boredom,’ the composer told the players preparing its premiere in 1974.

—Edward Rothstein, New York Times, 5/6/11

Emerson String Quartet, live

Part 1

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Part 2

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Borodin String Quartet

Part 1

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Part 2

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Taneyev Quartet
(gave the premiere performance [Leningrad, 1974])

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Want to hear the rest?

Emerson String Quartet, live

2nd & 3rd Movements

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4th & 5th Movements

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6th Movement

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