Probably my two favorite UK comedians, here a few flicks from the most highly recommended ”Trip to Italy”, where they travel around Italy visiting one fantastic restaurant after another ( Italy of course is an incomparable food destination, in a different stratosphere when compared to its more Northern neighbours ). I believe all their rants are improvised.
For German speaking folks: ”Jetzund kömpt die Nacht herbey – Ansichten aus dem Leben und Sterben des Immanuel Kant” is the title of the only so far unpublished film script by the German writer W G Sebald. The WDR ( West German Broadcast ) has produced a radioplay based on this script by Claudia Johanna Leist. A remarkable […]
For anybody interested in Mendelssohn, a composer that still is undervalued and underestimated, here comes a lecture about how to play ( and how NOT to play ) Mendelssohn by Menahem Pressler. Full of invaluable insights. As an added bonus you will find Mozart’s early B-flat Trio at the end.
Ken Russell ( 1927 -2011 ) was an English film maker, who is particularly interesting for his eccentric portraits of composers, amongst them Mahler, Elgar, Tschaikowsky, Liszt and Delius. The Delius film is enchanting, full of quirkyness and a must for admirers of this great English composer. The DVD’s with these films are now available, but also […]
Here is one of the most remarkable music videos I have come across a long time ( thanks to Norman Lebrecht and his always informative and inspiring site ‘Slipped Disc’ ): the eminent Hungarian composer György Kurtág and his wife Márta, both in their Nineties play some of their own Bach transcriptions. No need for […]
A collection of interesting Film documents about Thomas Bernhard, the most important postwar German speaking writer in the 20th century. His last major novel ”Ausloeschung” is one of the true great books of modern literature. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinction_(Bernhard_novel)
I have been a lifelong admirer of British music. Composers like Arnold Bax ( whose sonatas and 1st symphony in its pianoversion I recorded ), Edward Elgar, Arthur Bliss, Frederic Delius, Vaughan Williams, Granville Bantock, Ernest Moeran, George Dyson to name a few always meant a lot to me. Here is one I never heard […]
Norabakken is one of 2 buildings of the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo. It’s where the pianists sit and practice, eat and somehow seem to live. A great place, unusual and despite some unfinished renovation work ( a euphemism for the state the building is in ) I wouldn’t want to change it for any […]
For German speaking folks : the great Austrian cabarettist Josef Hader has produced a 2 part dark black comedy about hospitals. He plays a pathologist and it is the usual wild Austrian scenario that goes with it: eccentric characters, death,love, misery,cranky women,useless men… A great achievement and once more: for top quality TV one has […]
I had two teachers in my life that influenced me a great deal. Here comes one of them : Jacob Lateiner, with whom I studied at the Julliard School in a masters program for 2 years. I used to have lessons with him as well before and after that in Europe. We had met at […]