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Forgotten British composers 3

George Dyson wrote a substantial large scale symphony and violin concerto among many choral works and an oratorio. I was always particularly fond of his ‘Concerto leggiero’ for piano and orchestra. Here is a Spotify link to this charming work. spotify:album:5eFzlVrku98TiqoqaF9SyN Information about Dyson can be found here: http://www.dysontrust.org.uk

David Foster Wallace in HD

Finally I found that great and extensive interview DFW gave for the German TV channel ZDF in HD Quality. A fascinating film showing one of the foremost American authors in recent decades before his untimely death in 2008.

Chopin from 1946

If I would have to take one piano recording to a desert island it would be a comparatively clear choice for me. For years on end I have never stopped being amazed and moved by Maryla Jonas and her version of some Chopin Mazurkas recorded in 1946. Hard to say what to admire most: the […]

A Strauss surprise

For all the connaisseurs out there who thought Josef Lhevinne’s legendary version of Schulz Evler’s Arabesque on ” An der schoenen blauen Donau ” could never have been surpassed by anybody ever : think twice. An astonishing version is to be found by Lous Kentner. Kentner is extremely charming and catches the Viennese style, whereas […]

Babyn Yar 29th/30th September 1941

Exactly 75 years ago, between the 29th and 30th of September 1941 the Nazis killed 33.000 Jewish people outside Kiew in an mass execution that lasted 36 hours. This massacre was one of many only and there were only 29 survivors. In Dmitri Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony the first movement ( titled ‘Babi Yar’ ) deals […]

Bottom’s Dream

A major literary event has taken place ( unbeknownst to the main stream literary circles ): John E. Woods has finally translated the Opus Magnum by Arno Schmidt “Zettel’s Traum” ( Bottom’s Dream ). One of the seminal books in the 20th century.The price is amazingly low,far cheaper than the German original. I would rank […]

Car Share

One of the many ingeniously gifted British comedians Peter Kay here in a series that plays basically inside a car during a commute to work. Fabulously light hearted and enjoyable. The Brits have the gift to poke at the little miseries in life in a way that makes one cringe with delight…

Opening and Closing Scene

From “The Third Man”, directed by by Carol Reed, one of the classics of cinema here a re-visit to the opening and closing scenes. Cinema does not get more atmospheric than that. The menacing opening theme and the improvisational ending, both set the tone and evoke Vienna in all its glorious and sinister facets.

Lee Luvisi

So far everything I have come across from this pianist was hugely enjoyable, sometimes truly revealing interpretations ( eg the Mozart Variation set ). His total command of the structure in combination with a most beautiful piano sound is a rare quality. And he has a hugely diverse repertoire. So here is a recording of […]

Forgotten British composers part 2

One of the most curious phenomena in classical music is the undervaluation of British composers. Neither the Brits themselves, who are often blasé about their own composers nor the European continent take much notice of the richness in British music. Here is another nearly completely forgotten gem: Hubert Parry, and as a taster his 2nd […]