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Talking Goldberg

The new Jeremy Denk recording of the Goldberg Variations comes with a DVD on which he speaks about the work. Lovely idea! Here he is talking about the aria in a really illuminating way.

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My Brain Isn’t Worth Much

György Kurtág (b. 1926), a great Romanian composer, is being interviewed. Asked “Are you a believer?” he replies, “I do not know. I toy with the idea. Consciously, I am certainly an atheist, but I do not say it out … Continue reading

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A New Mandolin

I just bought a mandolin – mostly for my daughter, who plays violin (which is fingered like a mandolin). We’ve both been having fun figuring it out. Neither of us is quite up to this yet.

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“It sounded almost like it was written out in advance.”

James Garson, an American philosopher, took Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, the virtuoso sitarist, to a concert of Bach’s Cello Suites as performed by the great Mstislav Rostropovich. Asked afterward if he enjoyed the concert, Banerjee said, “He played out of tune … Continue reading

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Happy 80th, GG

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