Something for Nothing

I don’t know for sure, but I think it might be nearing the last day to stream Ligeti/Beethoven for free on NPR. So break out the champagne, set out the canapés, dim the lights, pull your honey closer to you on the couch, let your arm drift around his/her shoulders, and put this album on; you are sure to get a reaction.

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  1. Posted May 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful. I love the Ligeti Etudes. Thanks!

  2. David Boxwell
    Posted May 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to seeing and hearing your phenomenal rendition of Book I on Saturday the 19th in DC.

  3. Benson
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    As I listen, I am filled with an ever-increasing lack of regret for pre-ordering this album.

  4. jean
    Posted May 15, 2012 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Thank you! I just listened to the whole album from the link. Wow, that’s quite a workout for you and your fingers….especially the Ligeti’s ffffffff. Yes, the light is dim and the dog is on the couch which I don’t dare to disturb her, so I could sit quietly at my study table and tilted my head backward to rest on the wall to listen to the music, in peace. But then my mind also was thinking of your photo at the lemon section. You seem to always carry the sheet music with you; it’s very amazing, isn’t it? My little lemon tree has first four lemons at once. I remember my mom said not to count because that may make them to fall off (superstitious). Wow, I didn’t know that after all the petals fell off, there’s a tiny lemon appears. I used to see my parents’ lemon tree full of lemons as a whole, but I never observed the process. I guess it’s just like the music, always there’s a new discovery….

  5. Justus Schlichting
    Posted May 15, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I did exactly what you recommended – champagne, canapés, lights, couch, shoulders , album – and man, did I get a reaction. Helen boogie-woogied right off the loveseat. It’s always an adventure with you.

  6. jean
    Posted May 16, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Last night I read every word from your CD note of a very solid analysis Ligeti’s Etudes….Now I know.

  7. Posted May 16, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Started playing your new Ligeti/Beethoven album just now. Cat ran away in terror. I’m loving it, though.

  8. anna martina sodari
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    happy belated birthday on may 16!!!

  9. Douglas Rathbun
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Enjoyed turning the pages for the Ligeti. During the Mozart I lifted some of your fingerings–hope you don’t mind the potential competition now.

  10. anna martina sodari
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    the giant rosemary plant in the southern front yard has taken on the shape of a plump heart. maybe the prayer garden is taking down heart disease? rosemary is wonderful for inflammation. 1/4 c. of herb to 1 c. water, boiled as a tea for your bath or hair rinse. prayer gardens must be listening to some awesome divine super-string classical music:-)

  11. Walt Campbell
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to you and NPR for making this album available for a first listen — it’s absolutely brilliant, and I’ve enjoyed all my repeated listenings. Ligeti and Beethoven seem (and are) an odd pairing, but this album works beautifully!

  12. Art Leonard
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    I came across the CD release last week at J&R Music in NYC and had to get it, even though I was going to hear you play at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. It is addictive. I can’t get enough of those fabulous Ligeti etudes! Thanks!

  13. jean
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Just read the article in Newsweek mag about you. I can not imagine you wearing the white lab coat sticking the needles in us or giving us the bitter pills. Thank God you’re a music doctor; just give us our daily sonata tablets.

    I’m still analyzing the Legeti Etudes. Although admiring it, I need a little more time to digest this modern classical piece….Two lemons, the size of a lemon seed, fell off for some reason. Now there’re only two lemons left on the tree, but these are two good ones, slightly larger than the ones on the ground. And there’s another flower is on the way.

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