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Saturday, February 1st

If you learned you had a month to live, what would you want to listen to? This would be on my list. (Whatever you do, don’t miss the third movement.)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat (Op. 110); Solomon (AKA Solomon Cutner, 1902-1988), piano, 1950s

1st mvt.

 

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2nd mvt.

 

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3rd mvt.

 

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Another take.

Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), piano, 1930s

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 21st

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet No. 13, excerpt (Mvt. V, Cavatina), 1826; Guarneri Quartet

 

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musical thoughts

During a fraught 17-day stay in the hospital because of post-surgical infections 10 years ago, Beethoven’s Cavatina furnished the only moments during which I was released from suffering.

—Susan Gubar, “When Music Is the Best Medicine,” New York Times, 9/26/19

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Saturday, March 25th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor
Daniil Trifonov, live, New York, 2014

 

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lagniappe

art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), View from Hotel Window—Butte, Montana, 1955/56

 

Saturday, March 4th

never enough

This took my breath away—more than once.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Violin Concerto; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Philippe Herreweghe, cond.) with Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), live, 2014

Thursday, October 20th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major (“Hammerklavier”); Daniel Barenboim (piano), live, Berlin, 2005


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lagniappe

baseball: Chicago Cubs

After last night’s 10-2 win (following two shut-out losses) over the Dodgers:

When you try to do less, you’re going to have more success.

catcher/outfielder Wilson Contreras

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I’m not a cleanup hitter. I’m just batting fourth.

outfielder/infielder Ben Zobrist

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Nobody is above the game.

outfielder Justin Hayward

Thursday, August 25th

more

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor
Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997), live, Moscow, 1975

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lagniappe

reading table

Here in my house
a square of light—
moon through the window

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

Wednesday, August 24th

more

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major (“Waldstein”); Daniel Barenboim (piano), live, Berlin, 2005

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lagniappe

reading table

Moon woke me up
nine times
—still just 4 a.m.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

Tuesday, August 23rd

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor
Jonathan Biss, live, New York, 2011


One of the things I admire about this performance is its immediacy: it feels not like recitation but spontaneous utterance.

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lagniappe

reading table

One insect
asleep on a leaf
can change your life

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

 

Wednesday, July 20th

more

One-word review: Wow!

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor (“Pathetique”); Annie Fischer (1914-1995), live


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lagniappe

reading table

To be alive – is Power –
Existence – in itself –
Without a further function –
Omnipotence – Enough –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 876 (Franklin), excerpt

Tuesday, July 19th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor; NHK Symphony Orchestra (Miltiades Caridis [1923-1998], cond.) with Annie Fischer (1914-1995), piano, live


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reading table

Even now one is amazed
by transience: how it
outlasts us all.

—Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016), from “Scenes with Harlequins” (TLS, 7/8/16)

 

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