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 “.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 !
The 13 Barcarolles have now been recorded at the WDR and its splendid Bismarck Hall in Central Cologne. Despite having being struck with a nasty virus that plagued me intensely during those 3 days once sitting at the instrument I felt suddenly as fresh a spring chicken. Amazing and unexpected that. Needless to say I […]
Via Walter Aue’s ‘Zappa’ books I have come across the blind photographer Evgen Bavcar. What struck me was the idea that the Originals of these photos are stored in his imagination only and we get to see the possible realisation of these imaginary works. Here is a link to his website. http://v1.zonezero.com/exposiciones/fotografos/bavcar/index.html#
As my recording session with the complete set of Faure’s Barcarolles is now only a bit more than a week away I am sampling more of his utterly addictive music. And here are two finds of the highest quality: the song “Adieu” sung by Gérard Souzay and one of Faure’s most mesmerising songs: “Les Roses […]
Born in Belgium, Jaques Brel was one of the most influential and iconic Chanson singers and artists in the Francophone world. Here a song from his very last album, made in 1977.