For some moments of culture and sanity, I went here a day or two after Paris:
My favourite piece of Chopin, because I want a longer argument. The opening (more in some performances) is like being abruptly woken up. Startled into the argument which follows.
Maria João Pires. I agree with the comment on the “plasticity in her phrasing, imaginative approach, control of what she wants to do”. “Not your usual bombastic, jet-propelled mindless virtuoso reading. I love the freer, more contemplative, vividly imaginative approach.”
Andrew Marr recorded this discussion about the French and Zola (and other matters) in Paris for BBC radio a few hours before the crimes. With Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Agnès Desarthe, Robert Gildea, Karim Miské.
They don’t mention Zola’s La curée, but this is his novel about the destruction of medieval and early modern Paris by Baron Haussmann, the rebuilding which started to push poverty into the banlieues.
Malraux continued the push in the ’60s. Curée has nothing to do with parish priests, but means “killing” and is related to “quarry”.
Marr wondered whether his programme should be aired yesterday, after Paris, but decided that it should.