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flu & Bach

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 14, 2013 by xi'an

As the cold I caught in England (maybe) last week was getting more severe, I went to see my doctor yesterday and he diagnosed a flu… So expect delays on the ‘Og in the coming days. (Interestingly, I have reached the part in Nate Silver’s book, The Signal and the Noise, about epidemics and the poor predictions related to the swine flu a few years ago.) What about Bach?! Well, my doctor always has classical music in his waiting room and Bach’s 6th Brandenburg concerto was playing while I was waiting, sneezing, and coughing. This piece is associated with my early childhood as it was on the only vinyl record my parents owned for quite a while, so we ended up listening to it very regularly… (In case you wonder, I still enjoy it very much!)

Cello+piano recital

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , on June 14, 2010 by xi'an

On Friday night, I attended a cello and piano recital in Paris, given by Jessie Ann Richardson (cello) and Lynn Carter (piano), both from the Royal Academy of Music. I had not been to a classical music concert for ages and I was very much impressed by the talent and depth of both artists. They played together pieces for cello and piano by Schumann and Rachmaninov, as well as the famous solo cello Bach’s suite no. 1 and Ligeti‘s sonate, and the piano version of the Dance Macabre by Saint-Saëns. The contemporary sonata of Ligeti was quite astounding in its complex rendering (I had never heard this piece before) and I very much like the Bach suite (of course!) but also the aggressive version of the Dance Macabre. It is quite wonderful to see artists of that age achieving such a mature mastering of their art. Both are part of emerging ensembles, the Piatti Quartet and the Liberta Trio

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