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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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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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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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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

 

Saturday, February 11th

If I knew I had a week to live, this is one of the recordings I would want to hear.

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


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dizzying, adj. making you feel dizzy. E.g., reading a John Ashbery poem.

Listen to it the way everybody
here was naughty today,
of how broad it is.

Foreign man with an affluent cigar,
he used to live on top of this bed
on the local rails he was so proud of
among the recyclables, this morning,
spouting words that I thought were other.
Yes, and they became addictive. Oh,

make me a boy again! Do something!
But the little candle just stood there,
reflected in its lozenge-shaped mirror.
Maybe that was “something,”
a lithe sentence.

He’s only going to do it for the first time.
It’s snowing hard.

Hand me the orange.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “Just So You’ll Know,” New Yorker, 2/13 & 20/17

Thursday, November 17th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes; Ivan Moravec (1930-2015), piano

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), The Monkey Bridge in Winter

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*Tracklist (courtesy of YouTube):

00:00 1 Agitato – C major
00:53 2 Lento – A minor
02:53 3 Vivace – G major
03:59 4 Largo – E minor
06:36 5 Molto allegro – D major
07:15 6 Lento assai – B minor
09:42 7 Andantino – A major
10:44 8 Molto agitato – F-sharp minor
12:51 9 Largo – E major
14:05 10 Molto allegro – C-sharp minor
14:42 11 Vivace – B major
15:32 12 Presto – G-sharp minor
16:47 13 Lento – F-sharp major
20:23 14 Allegro – E-flat minor
20:47 15 Sostenuto – D-flat major (“Raindrop”)
26:48 16 Presto con fuoco – B-flat minor
27:58 17 Allegretto – A-flat major
31:35 18 Molto allegro – F minor
32:28 19 Vivace – E-flat major
33:51 20 Largo – C minor
35:24 21 Cantabile – B-flat major
37:22 22 Molto agitato – G minor
38:12 23 Moderato – F major
39:10 24 Allegro appassionato – D minor

Tuesday, August 2nd

more

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor; Martha Argerich, live, 1966


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It is like what we imagine knowledge to be . . .

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), from “At the Fishhouses”

Monday, March 14th

sounds of 1926

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude No. 15 (“Raindrop”); Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948), piano, 1926


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Bessie Smith (1894-1937), “Young Woman’s Blues,” 1926


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Whatever it is,
I cannot understand it,
although gratitude
stubbornly overcomes me
until I’m reduced to tears.

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Tuesday, December 8th

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Nocturne in E flat (Op. 55, No. 2); Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948), piano, 1936

The Friedman performance of Chopin’s E flat Nocturne (Op. 55, No. 2) is considered by many to be the greatest single recorded performance of any Chopin nocturne.

Harold C. Schonberg, New York Times, 9/23/90

Monday, November 23rd

I never tire of these tiny, gemlike pieces.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes (1835-1839); Sergio Fiorentino (1927-1998), piano, 1959

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Awake at night—
the sound of the water jar
cracking in the cold.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

 

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