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Prince Johann Ernst

This nephew of Bach’s employer who only lived from 1697-1715 was a very gifted composer and Bach transcribed one of his concertos for Organ. A very catchy 1st movement by an obviously highly talented composer.http://allofbach.com/en/bwv/bwv-592/

Joseph Krips

One of the most underrated conductors, particularly when it comes to Mozart. In comparison the high gloss performance of Levine and the BSO deliver relatively little food for thought. So it seems…to me at least… http://spotify:track:1hc6jYxYZSbOgMaxQ2Eedp

Wakako Zake

An interesting Japanese series, called “Wakako Zake”, about a young woman who goes out in Tokyo after work and drinks and eats alone in a restaurant. After each episode which involves mostly eating and details about the food the actual location is shared. Sort of weird, but at times quite touching and very sophisticated in […]

Cats and Schubert

As an ardent cat lover I am honoured that somebody in Japan used my recording of the Grazer Waltzer by Schubert as background music for some filmed ongoings regarding their cats. And they have good taste: that very cycle is one of the finest of all 400 Schubert dances and very ‘catty’ indeed.

Mendelssohn revisited

I have been waiting for this for years: a recording of the Mendelssohn Quartets that does away with this music just being “beautiful” and “harmonious”, or in the German sense “buergerlich”. I always felt there is a strong undercurrent in his music that is as disturbing as in Schumann or Chopin’s great works, and finally […]

Luise

Here it is: Schubert perfection ! The most sensous and expressive singing, and of course one of those truly magical Schubert songs.

Clair de Lune

…but not the one by Debussy, that famous and a bit sirupy piano piece, but instead one of the miraculous and subtle Faure songs, it is his Opus 46 Nr.2 Bernhard Kruysen and Noël Lee made some outstanding recordings in the 1960ies and 1970ies. Here is that gem in LP sound !

Elegie

The one Faure piece that got me started many years ago was his Elegie Opus 24, and it was this very recording with Jaqueline du Pre. Here is a beautiful LP sound version supplied by David Hertzberg’s fabulous You Tube channel. The mixture of elegance, depth, melancholy without any sentimentality plus the specific use of […]

Someone to watch over me

One of the most hauntingly beautiful Gershwin songs. It certainly grew on me through learning Gershwin’s piano version ( quite difficult to pull off, his demanding transcriptions show what an amazing pianist he was ). So here are a few versions of this gem. Enjoy !!!

1928

…is the year Blanche Selva ( 1884-1942 ) recorded the 1st Bach partita. She performed the complete works of Bach in 1904 in seventeen recitals.It is one of my favourite Bach recordings, eminently expressive, sometimes upside down ( the Allemande much faster then the Courante, but so what… ), but every time I come back […]