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Thursday, September 26th

never enough

This kaleidoscopic collection of miniatures—many lasting less than a minute—I return to again, and again, and again.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes, Op. 28; Shura Cherkassky (1909-1995, piano), 1968

 

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lagniappe

reading table

just one
but he goes honking . . .
departing goose

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

Wednesday, August 28th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1; Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997, piano), live, Moscow, 1972

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Only thing
the thief left behind—
moon in my window.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Wednesday, August 21st

another take

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2; Martha Argerich (1941-, piano), live, Germany (Saarbrücken), 1972

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, August 20th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2; Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950, piano), 1947

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Consonants are the body; vowels are breath.

—Sadiqa de Meijer, “The Ebbing Language,” Poetry, 9/19

Monday, August 5th

spellbinding (part two)

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Daniil Trifonov (1991-, piano), live (Chopin, Prelude No. 15 [“Raindrop”])

 

Saturday, August 3rd

spellbinding

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

 

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lagniappe

reading table

the rice planter’s
sunshade . . .
billowing cloud

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

Monday, February 4th

If told you had a week to live, what recordings would you want to listen to in your waning days? This, for me, would be one.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes (Op. 28); Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), piano, 1933/34

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 26th

timeless

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude in C-sharp minor (Op. 45); Alfred Cortot (1877-1962), piano, 1949

 

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lagniappe

random sights

today, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, August 24th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude No. 15 in D flat major (“Raindrop”); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), piano

 

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lagniappe

reading table

dragonfly—
flying two feet,
then two feet more

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

Tuesday, May 2nd

He’s one of a handful of pianists who keep me on the edge of my seat.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Ballades No. 1 (0:00-), No. 2 (8:41-), No. 3 (16:05-), No. 4 (23:08); Sviatoslav Richter (piano, 1915-1997), Prague, 1960

 

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