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Wednesday, September 14th

alone

No matter how often I hear these tiny pieces, no matter how many pianists I hear play them, they remain perpetually fresh.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Preludes, Op. 28 (1835-1839); Seong-Jin Cho (1994-, piano), live, 2017

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art beat: more

William Klein (1926–2022), Candy Store, Amsterdam Avenue, New York, 1955

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Tuesday, May 3rd

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Preludes, Op. 28 (1835-1839); Alfred Cortot (1877-1962, piano), 1933

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, December 30th

spellbinding

Daniil Trifonov (1991-, piano), live, Verbier (Switzerland), 2012: Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849), Eight Études (Op. 10, No. 11; Op. 10, No. 6; Op. 25, No. 1; Op. 25, No. 5; Op. 10, No. 5; Op. 25, No. 6; Op. 25, No. 7; Op. 25, No. 11)

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Look, look greedily,
when dusk approaches,
look insatiably,
look without fear.

—Adam Zagajewski (1945–2021), from “Mountains” (translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh)

Friday, August 13th

never enough

One of the greatest pianists alive—now seventy-nine.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Ballade No. 1 in G minor (1831); Maurizio Pollini (1942-, piano), live, Milan, 6/25/21

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, July 10th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor; Martha Argerich (1941-, piano), live, Germany (Hamburg), 6/25/20

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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, February 27th

These tiny pieces I tire of never.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes (1835-1839); Vladimir Ashkenazy (1937-, piano), live, England (Essex), 1980

(Note: After posting this clip, I found that it cannot be viewed here; however, it can be at YouTube.)

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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Not much more than being,
Thoughts of isolate, beautiful

—Louis Zukofsky (1904-1978), from “2”

Wednesday, December 2nd

alone

One-word review: Wow!

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (1957-, piano) plays Etudes by Debussy, Ligeti, Chopin, Bartok, Scriabin; live, England (Aldeburgh), 2014*

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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*Program (courtesy of YouTube): 0:00-, Debussy: Étude 1 pour les cinq doigts d’après Monsieur Czerny L. 136; 03:42-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 3: White on white (1995–2001); 07:56-, Debussy: Étude 9 pour les notes répétées L. 136; 11:16-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 2: Der Zauberlehrling (1988–1994); 13:40-, Debussy: Étude 3 pour les quartes L. 136; 18:57-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 2: Fém (1988–1994); 22:08-, Chopin: Trois nouvelles études: I. in F minor (1839); 24:29-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 2: En Suspens (1988–1994); 26:35-, Chopin: Trois nouvelles études: III. in A major (1839); 28:50-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 1: Arc-en-ciel (1985); 32:20-, Chopin: 12 etudes: II. in F minor (Op. 25); 34:03-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 1: Touches bloquées (1985); 36:14-, Bartók: 3 etudes: I. Allegro molto Sz. 72; 38:45-, Bartók: 3 etudes: II. Andante sostenuto Sz. 72; 42:17-, Bartók: 3 etudes: III. Rubato-Molto sostenuto Sz. 72; 44:25-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 2: Entrelacs (1988–1994); 47:20-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 1: Fanfares (1985); 50:56-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 1: Automne à Varsovie (1985); 55:39-, Scriabin: 3 etudes: I. Allegro fantastico Op. 65; 59:25-, Scriabin: 3 etudes: II. Allegretto Op. 65; 01:01:44-, Scriabin: 3 etudes: III. Molto vivace Op. 65; 01:03:30-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 2: Galamb Borong (1988–1994); 01:06:30, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 1: Cordes à vide (1985); 01:10:03-, Ligeti: Etudes: Book 2: L’escalier du diable (1988–1994).

Thursday, September 3rd

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Nocturne in B major (Op. 62, No. 1); Daniil Trifonov (1991-, piano),  live, Warsaw, 2010

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, May 26th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Ballade No. 1 in G minor; Krystian Zimerman (piano, 1956-), live, Vienna, 1987

 

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this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, May 9th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes, Op. 28; Maria João Pires (1944-, piano), live, Portugal (Évora), 1987

 

More? Her wonderful 1994 recording of these pieces is available on Spotify.

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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