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Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

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December 13, 2016 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown

No other interpretation of this piece even comes close to Zimerman’s, in my opinion. This is as good as it gets.

 

September 3, 2016 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Random stuff

I find it difficult to find the motivation to finish the half-finished drafts I have lying around, so this will have to do. Some random stuff below.

i.

(15.000 views… In some sense that seems really ‘unfair’ to me, but on the other hand I doubt neither Beethoven nor Gilels care; they’re both long dead, after all…)

ii. New/newish words I’ve encountered in books, on vocabulary.com or elsewhere:

Agleyperipeteia, disseverhalidom, replevinsocage, organdie, pouffe, dyarchy, tauricide, temerarious, acharnement, cadger, gravamen, aspersion, marronage, adumbrate, succotash, deuteragonist, declivity, marquetry, machicolation, recusal.

iii. A lecture:

It’s been a long time since I watched it so I don’t have anything intelligent to say about it now, but I figured it might be of interest to one or two of the people who still subscribe to the blog despite the infrequent updates.

iv. A few wikipedia articles (I won’t comment much on the contents or quote extensively from the articles the way I’ve done in previous wikipedia posts – the links shall have to suffice for now):

Duverger’s law.

Far side of the moon.

Preference falsification.

Russian political jokes. Some of those made me laugh (e.g. this one: “A judge walks out of his chambers laughing his head off. A colleague approaches him and asks why he is laughing. “I just heard the funniest joke in the world!” “Well, go ahead, tell me!” says the other judge. “I can’t – I just gave someone ten years for it!”).

Political mutilation in Byzantine culture.

v. World War 2, if you think of it as a movie, has a highly unrealistic and implausible plot, according to this amusing post by Scott Alexander. Having recently read a rather long book about these topics, one aspect I’d have added had I written the piece myself would be that an additional factor making the setting seem even more implausible is how so many presumably quite smart people were so – what at least in retrospect seems – unbelievably stupid when it came to Hitler’s ideas and intentions before the war. Going back to Churchill’s own life I’d also add that if you were to make a movie about Churchill’s life during the war, which you could probably relatively easily do if you were to just base it upon his own copious and widely shared notes, then it could probably be made into a quite decent movie. His own comments, remarks, and observations certainly made for a great book.

May 15, 2016 Posted by | astronomy, Computer science, history, language, Lectures, mathematics, music, random stuff, Russia, wikipedia | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

August 22, 2015 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

June 26, 2015 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

I more or less discontinued these types of posts during the last year, but I figured that given how infrequently I post these days I might as well revive these. I’m sure I’ve included some of the pieces below in previous posts, but I don’t really care – if a couple of people who read along when I first posted them still remember those pieces from my previous coverage, they probably liked them anyway.

 

February 15, 2015 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Open Thread

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these. This is where you share interesting stuff you’ve come across since the last time I posted one of these things (or perhaps it is where you don’t share interesting stuff; the latter is by far the most common decision, after all). I don’t really have anything interesting to share here myself, but I figured I should post something anyway, so… :

I was considering adding this lecture as well, but it’s not a particularly good lecture so that seemed like a bad idea.

A friend of mine recently made me aware of the existence of this resource, which one of two of you may consider to be worth checking out.

June 28, 2014 Posted by | Lectures, medicine, music, Open Thread, philosophy | 7 Comments

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

In the posts in this series which I’ve posted so far, I have never once deliberately ‘recycled’ a piece – I may have slipped once or twice, but I have actually gone to extreme lengths to avoid just that. I mention this because I have come to realize along the way that this is perhaps just a tiny bit silly. The most wonderful pieces deserve to be heard occasionally – they certainly do not deserve to be banned from the blog on account of having been shared here before. On a related note, many readers of this blog encountering these posts have not been reading along for years and have no idea if I’ve posted specific pieces here before or not because they do not explore my archives. On a more practical note, it’s also getting harder and harder for me to figure out if I’ve posted a given piece here before or not, because I have not in the past used the categories as optimally as I could have done wrt. handling this specific issue (and this is sadly way too late to rectify now, in the sense that any sort of reasonable cost-benefit analysis would tell me it would not be worth the effort..) and because wordpress do not allow you to search embedded content the same way you search other content.

So unless I hear numerous protests in the comments to this post (ha!), I’ll start caring a great deal less from now on about whether I happen to have already posted a given piece in another one of these posts years ago. I’ll try to keep adding new stuff in these posts but if I love a piece and listen to it occasionally (and want other people to know about it) I really don’t see why I would care all that much about whether or not I’ve shared it here before a long time ago. I rarely post these posts anyway – it’s been almost two months since the last one – and if you’re using a feed it’s not like these posts are hard to avoid (it’s also not that hard if you’re not, but…).

Anyway, I feel reasonably certain there are not any pieces included in this post that I’ve blogged before – I haven’t added any I’ve posted before deliberately in this post, but I have also not checked carefully as I usually do if a specific piece also featured in a previous post from 2 years ago.

Oh yes, the music:

January 19, 2014 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

(Yes, as mentioned before I now know that Wang actually isn’t that unknown (neither is Richter for that matter, however the specific recording above really needs a wider audience..) – but this is wonderful stuff… I’ve put the rest of the Wang/Harrell concerto below the fold)

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November 23, 2013 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

(Actually this interpretation is far better known than the others included in this post (and it’s far better known than the pieces I generally choose to include in posts like this), but I’d never even heard about Yuja Wang before I watched this so I’ll assume some of my readers are also unfamiliar with this pianist. There’s a weird yell by the conductor around the two minute mark; I’ve never heard anything like that before during a concerto – the commenters seem to thinks it’s a tempo adjustment request (‘slower’?), which makes sense. Anyway the rest of the concerto is quite wonderful, and nothing similar happens during the rest of the concerto.)

Update: When I wrote the post I as mentioned had never heard about Yuja Wang. I’m always hesitant to evaluate pianists based on my first experience of their works – I know that sometimes I’ll change my opinion dramatically on account of having heard a piece multiple times; sometimes flaws and imprecisions only become completely obvious to me after I’ve heard a piece a couple of times. Since I posted this post I decided at one point to have a closer look at her stuff, and at this point I now feel that I’ve heard enough of her stuff to draw some conclusions. The main conclusion to draw is that she’s not just a pretty face who’s okay at playing the piano – she is in fact a truly remarkable and incredibly talented pianist, who happens to also be quite beautiful (at least to me). The funny thing was that I was hesitant at first to know what to think in part due to the many dislikes her videos get on youtube; it’s common for her videos to get 10 percent or so dislikes, compared to likes; check out any Horowitz or Gilels video and you’ll see that that’s a high ‘dislikes’ to ‘likes’ ratio for a video like that – it’d have to be a really bad performance. At this point, after I’ve checked out some of her material online, I sort of feel that I have to assume that a significant proportion of the dislikes her videos get on youtube is due to the very fact that she happens to be a young and beautiful woman; her abilities are simply extraordinary, and I frankly am somewhat surprised these people even feel qualified to judge the quality of her material. And nope, that’s not just the halo effect talking – remember that I’ve been playing this instrument for almost a couple of decades, just as she has (and do note that the Halo effect, at least in my case, goes both ways; it’ll also make me consider her to be more attractive if she happens to be a very accomplished pianist…). For example I’d deem her Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 as right up there with my old Van Cliburn interpretation; and that’s simply as good as it gets.

I’m really happy to have ‘discovered’ her. Most of the great pianists I know are either (very) old or (very) dead. She is neither, she’s in fact younger than I am, and she’s a pure joy to (/watch and) listen to.

November 1, 2013 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

i. This one is just wonderful (..mostly because I really love the setup with the rabbit – the performance isn’t flawless..):

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(Thank you for that one, Miao!)

I don’t know what the words mean, and I don’t care. You don’t need to understand the words to appreciate the music. This is wonderful stuff.

August 10, 2013 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

I handed in my paper today – so I’ll have more time for blogging and similar activities this week than I did last week.

A few of the pieces below are not actually that unknown, but I guess I’d still like them to see them reach a wider audience..

May 27, 2013 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

The first one got a few hundred thousand views so some people might argue that it does not belong in a post like this. On the other hand I’ve heard quite a bit of Rachmaninoff over the years – I’ve even played a bit of his stuff – without ever having come across this piece before, so I’m sure some of you haven’t heard it before either:

I’ve put the rest below the fold…

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February 8, 2013 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

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(1686 and 2538 views? Seriously???)

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December 16, 2012 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

I decided to do a post with mostly just chamber stuff, I don’t think I’ve done that before (and I figured if I included ‘a Hamelin’ as well, people who don’t like chamber music should still be able to appreciate some of the stuff in the post – because, you know, Hamelin is awesome..).

The rest is below the fold…

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November 11, 2012 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

Despite the not particularly Danish-sounding last name, Winding was actually a Danish composer.

As few people ‘read’ these posts, I decided to put the rest below the fold.

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October 2, 2012 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

September 2, 2012 Posted by | music | Leave a comment

Promoting the unknown, a continuing series

I recently ‘discovered’ John Field:

July 15, 2012 Posted by | music | Leave a comment