In 1904 Pol Plancon, who had one of the most beautiful bass voices ever, recorded ‘Vallons de l’helvetia’. Stunning beauty of voice and technical control. I would not know of any contemporary singer that comes near this.
A fascinating study here about what one can do with just 2 voices by the great Conlon Nancarrow. Truly mind-blowing.
A detour, as this is filed under ‘British comedy”: the most interesting US comedian by far is Louis C K. Impossible to describe this dark humour in a short description, so it’s best to introduce him by a few selected clips !!
One of my favorite authors, a writer alongside the ranks of Joyce, Beckett and Proust. And here is a rarissimum of some kind: a recording with her voice. Fascinating talk about language and words… !!
“Little Britain” was a groundbreaking, bizarre series which made you cringe throughout during sketches. ( ‘Fatfighters’ being such a recurring episode ). Here are all the deleted scenes from the US themed part of the series ! Enjoy !
The 10 Zappa books have arrived !!! Walter Aue, a 87 year old writer living in a tiny village in East Germany http://www.walter-aue.de has written over a period of 2 years essays relating to any imaginable subject regarding culture, which often took him across the world during his fascinating rich and interesting life. These particular […]
The career of the Comedian Harmonists, Germany’s most revered all male close harmony ensemble ( founded in 1928 ) was cut short by the Nazis, who prevented them from performing after 1934. Here is a beautiful rendition of an old German folk song. “Good moon you are going so still…”. Reminds me of some Schubert […]
Here a not so known Tango with the great Rina Ketty.
Foe me soprano Edith Wiens belongs to the very finest singers in the 20th/21st century. Many of her interpretations of Schubert,Schumann,Brahms and Strauss songs are in a league of their own. Here 2 examples of her art.
Schumann’s greatly underrated piano cycle “Nachtstuecke Opus 23”, an old favourite of mine, has been interpreted in an exemplary way by Emil Gilels. Unfortunately the Melodya LP ( in its unedited version ) has not resurfaced yet on you tube, only some ghastly CD transfers, which capture little of Gilels’ wonderfully rich sound. But here […]