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Kaiser versus Reich Ranicki

From the days when in Germany intellectual debates were still possible on TV: here a solid 2 hour one with leading literary critic Marel Reich Ranicki und music critic Joachim Kaiser. Topic was the relationship between text and music in operas. A sell-out during the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch.( In German )

Hiroshi Teshigahara ( 1927-2001 )

One of the most interesting discoveries in this year has been the work of Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara, particularly his groundbreaking ‘New Wave’ film ” Woman in the Dunes”( 1964 ). A fascinating film, works on many levels, a contender for the top 10 for sure !

Roy Andersson

Not for the faint hearted, Roy Andersson is one of my favorite film directors. A far cry from wanting merely ” to entertain” his films are relentlessly grim, but also have a sense of comical element, that reminds me of the Kaurismakki brothers. Very dark, very Scandinavian ! Here an unknown work:” World of Glory”. […]

Schubert’s 10th Symphony

The fragmentary 10th symphony. Here is the 2nd movement, which exists only in a unfinished piano sketch. Highly interesting, it clearly resembles other late works such as the Unfinished Symphony !

Dave Allen

A splendid representative of British humour was comedian Dave Allen, an Irishman, who can be seen here in a sketch regarding “First contact with God “.

Italy and UK

The beauty of Tuscany and South England. 3 simple shots from the vacation 2017. Needless to say: Italy and UK have been in many ways my favourite countries for decades now. The magic of those old, often hard to reach villages in Italy, the charm of the English south coast, the architectural beauty of both […]

Teresa Stich-Randall

Quite a discovery: American soprano Teresa Stich-Randall ( 1927 – 2007 ). Haven’t heard of her before, but it seems to me that she possessed one of the most natural and beautiful voices.

The Death of Mr Lazarescu

Ion Fiscuteanu is the main actor in “The Death of Mr Lazarescu”, a stunning film by Romanian director Cristi Puiu. It shows the last hours of an elderly man in Bucharest going through the hospital machinery. And it was the only role Fiscuteanu ever got international acclaim for, whilst suffering from cancer himself during the […]

KV 414

At Barratt Due Music Institute where I teach we have a pre college division and a college. Here is my 11 year student Sophia Mina Friedensburg with the 1st mvt. of Mozart’s piano concerto KV 414 accompanied by the pre college chamber orchestra.

This Country

A splendid new Brit comedy !! It is really a spoof documentary, but for the initiated it will be a feast for the senses ! On BBC-I player or on you tube. Here is the first episode !