The amazing flamenco guitarist José Fernández Torres (Tomatito) is joined here by his daughter, Mari Ángeles Fernández Torres, on vocals.
This is one of my (many) favorite poems by the Polish poet Wisława Szymborska, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1996. I found this great reading of the poem out there on SoundCloud a while back.
A little while back I wrote a post on the Fleet Foxes Maida Vale session recording of “The Shrine / An Argument“. I was thinking back on the little Yeats reference in the song, and that early Romantic and Irish folklore-inspired era of his poetry, so I thought I’d follow it up with this track… Read More ›
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothing to do…
Daniil Trifonov, Verbier 2012 performance. Plus a few words on his Nov. 2016 Kauffman Center concert in Kansas City
Daniil Trifonov plays Chopin, Debussy, and Stravinsky at the 2012 Verbier festival in this video (not mine, just found it out there in the wild). I added a track list below. (The SoundHound app is great for digging up information on pieces you know but can’t recall the name of). 0:00 Chopin. Étude, Op. 10 No. 11… Read More ›
Track of the Day: Fleet Foxes, The Shrine/An Argument (BBC Maida Vale Session). Plus a few words on Yeats.
My favorite among the Fleet Foxes songs from the sessions recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios (actually, among any of their recordings). This one has a transcendent quality; everything is still for a little while when it ends. For me, anyway. I find myself charmed by the little inner reference to Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” it’s done sweetly and without… Read More ›
I prefer this version of the song even above the version on their album Helplessness Blues (if you use Spotify, you can use the link to go right to the album). Maybe one part of my fondness for this song stems from the fact that I grew up in a town called Montezuma. Only part of it, though; for… Read More ›
After hunting around for a while for a piano piece that suits my current abilities and tastes, I decided I’ll learn this Brahms piece next. Finally, after an unreasonably long initial struggle, I’ve found the finish line on Claude Debussy’s La fille aux cheveux de lin. Learning that piece was much more difficult than I expected,… Read More ›
Sviatoslav Richter playing Maurice Ravel’s “Le Gibet,” the second of the suite of pieces for solo piano titled Gaspard de la Nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d’après Aloysius Bertrand. Recorded live in Moscow, 1954. “Le gibet” is composed around a grisly subject: in the original poem, the dead occupant of the gibbet (gallows) is described in painstakingly lurid detail. The poem seems to… Read More ›