Here is Emil Gilels playing Brahms’ Intermezzo in A minor – a soulful piece. It is like Brahms is thinking through some philosophical question here:
I just went to Kinokuniya’s bookstore at Siam Paragon. It’s a huge shopping center in the middle of Bangkok close to my office. I found out that they had just put a nice collection of sheet music of all kind, piano, violin, voice, etc. And the price was very reasonable. So I bought a collection of Chopin’s Scherzi and the Fantasia. The fourth Scherzo is one of my favorites, but it looks like the least popular of the four. In any case here it is, played by none other than Sviatoslav Richter:
It’s Saturday and I have nothing much to do. So I played around in YouTube and found this gem. It’s the great Arturo Michelangeli playing Debussy’s “Reflections on the Water”. This piece is typical of impressionistic music. Debussy is “painting” the image of water and its reflections with the piano.
Here is a piece by Johannes Brahms, played by Wilhelm Kempff. It’s Romance in F, op. 118 no. 5. This is a very beautiful little piece.
I am now attending to a seminar on critical thinking and philosophical practice held at the Department of Philosophy here at Chula. There was one commentator who had the view that those who practice or teach critical thinking is an ‘epistemic machine,’ by which he means some kind of automaton that processes information only but with no heart, no feeling at all. I was a bit sickened by this view (to tell the truth), so I fiddled with my (luckily) internet-connected computer and found this gem. It’s an interpretation of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor from Book II of the Well Tempered Clavier. Of course I can’t listen to the music, but I know this by heart and can imagine what it actually sounds like. So I would like to share this to everyone. Enjoy 🙂
I just learned that today is Beethoven’s birthday, his 238th to be exact. So what would be better than to enjoy some of his sublime music, and here is the Casals Trio playing the first movement of the Archduke Trio. The cello is played by none other by the great Pablo Casals himself:
Taking a break from meditating on bones, here is a YouTube video of Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor for piano four hands. I think this is one of the most beautiful pieces in the entire piano literature. Enjoy…