The difference between real Beethoven interpretation and merely efficient, instrumentally accomplished playing can be studied by listening to Carlos Kleiber and the Concertgebouw Orchestra when compared with the WDR orchestra and Jukka Pekka Saraste. Although the WDR orchestra is a good band, the energy and rhetoric that comes from this concert is over vast stretches […]
Franz Schubert’s piano sonata D 566 in e-minor is virtually unknown. It is an unfinished 2 movement work, but contains some of Schubert’s most special music within his sonata output. And there is one exceptional recording with beautiful LP sound by Russian pianist Alexei Nasdekin which I have held in highest esteem since I heard […]
Now I was lucky enough to see my second film with Nebojsa Glogovac in the leading role, by director Srdjan Koljevic. And it reminded me quite of “The constitution” which I had seen recently here in Oslo in the cinema. Nebosja Glogovac is again the center of the film and his acting alone makes it […]
Fascinating discussion about W G Sebald, one of my favourite German authors in the 20th century, whom I had the privilege to exchange some letters with shortly before his untimely death. Sebald considered himself a sort of ‘exiled’ writer, but more in the context of “The Emigrants”, the title of one of his books, as […]
A fabulous find on You Tube ! One of the greatest, though not really that widely known Golden Age crime writers was Gladys Mitchell. Due to my rather unhealthy obsession with classic crime novels ( they make up more than half of my library, many in precious first editions with their striking dustjackets ) I […]
Singer, songwriter, composer and actor Carlos Gardel ( 1890 -1935 ), the most prominent figure in the history of tango does not need an introduction. Here a song from 1928 which was new to me. Absolutely delightful !
This is a repost, but it had to be done. I was lucky in the 80ies to be able to listen to many of Sergiu Celibidache’s rehearsals and concerts. And there were a few that stuck out, and Bruckner’s f-minor mass was one of them. I remember I sat here through half a dozen rehearsals […]
I just have learnt that Nebojša Glogovac, the main actor in “The Constitution”, Rajko Grlic’s remarkable film from 2016, has died at the age of 49 in February 2018, after having been diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2017. He was a very characterful and strong actor, not very well known in the West, though […]
“This Country” is just getting better all the time ! What a pity it is not out on DVD and can only be seen on BBC Iplayer. Here is the comic relief special 2017. Priceless !
Only for German speaking readers ( my apologies ) and only for the few who are interested in Arno Schmidt ( that means virtually nobody ): starting from 56.49 min. is an excellent new documentary about Arno Schmidt, part of a series about the “Lueneburger Heide” by R. Altmüller. Arno Schmidt, who was estranged from […]