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Tag: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Saturday, May 14th

If I learned I had a week to live, one afternoon, sunlight streaming through the windows, I’d listen to Mozart.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Adagio in B minor, K. 540
Mitsuko Uchida, live




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Entrance to the Public Gardens at Arles, 1888


(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Saturday, May 16th

There are a handful of pianists whose every note I’m hungry to hear—he’s one.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata No. 8 in A Minor; Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950), recording, 1950




art beat

Bruce Davidson (1933-), Palisades, New Jersey, 1958


Tuesday, July 15th


Lorin Maazel (mah-ZELL), conductor, violinist, composer
March 6, 1930-July 13, 2014

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Symphony No. 41 in C major (“Jupiter”), Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Lorin Maazel, cond.), live, Spain (A Coruña), 2012

Charlie Haden, Tommy Ramone, Lorin Maazel: their differences are dwarfed by what, as music makers, they shared.

Monday, December 16th

Something beautiful to begin the week.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, excerpt (2nd movt., Adagio); Hélène Grimaud (piano), Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra



musical thoughts

It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world and at peace with myself.

Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918-December 5, 2013)

Saturday, December 7th


Last night I was feeling glum. Then I happened upon this. Listen to this piano sing.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major; Maria João Pires (piano), Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Trevor Pinnock, cond.), live



reading table

Why love what you will lose?
There is nothing else to love.

—Louise Glück, “From the Japanese” (excerpt)

Saturday, November 9th


His sound world is so clear, so lyrical, it can be hard to leave.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Fantasia in D minor, K. 397
Yvonne Loriod (1924-2010), live, 1969



art beat

Paul Strand (1890-1976)


Saturday, March 30th

The other night, as Mitsuko Uchida was performing two of Mozart’s piano concertos (17, 27) with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, there were moments so pure, so open, I would have liked nothing more than to disappear into one of the spaces between the notes and stay there.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, KV. 466; Mitsuko Uchida (piano and conducting), Camerata Salzburg, live, Germany (Salzburg), 2001

Tuesday, March 26th

I love the way he plays Mozart. Simply. Directly. There’s nothing fussy here. Nothing fey. Melodies unfold with the ease and grace of a bird flying from branch to branch.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonatas & Fantasia,* Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Germany (Munich), 1981


*Program (courtesy of YouTube):

0:00 – Nº4 in E flat major, K.282
14:35 – Nº9 in D major, K.311
32:58 – Nº12 in F major, K.332
55:54 – Fantasia nº4 in C minor, K.475
1:06:55 – Nº14 in C minor, K.457

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