My favourite English composer since I came across him,thanks to the Welsh musician Dafydd Llywelyn who played the Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra to me on a car radio, whilst driving through Munich. From then on I was sold to Arnold Bax’s music and subsequently recorded all of his 4 piano sonatas plus the […]
The best British series in recent times, by far. Both series are available on DVD. Mackenzie Crook, who played also in The Office has finally taken off !!! Utterly charming classic British underdog humour, this production exemplifies all the best qualities in Britcom.
One of Gershwin’s greatest songs here performed by Helen Morgan, whose life ended tragically at age 41 due to severe alcoholism.A superbly rare and special recording that illustrates that irresistible charm Gershwin’s music has. And here is Gershwin himself in his piano solo version:
It is decidedly rare that a spin-off series of a truly excellent and deservedly highly successful movie works, but the talent pool behind the Series “Fargo” managed exactly that. It is somewhat difficult to praise all the qualities of this astounding series. The currently transmitted series 2 combines ravishingly aesthetic visual imagery with a nightmarish […]
For a light hearted and funny read try Bill Bryson’s “The Road to Little Dribbling “, an utterly charming book about England.The man is clearly in love with that particular subject ( so am I, it is by far the most inspiring and wonderfully eccentric country in Europe ) and it is ideal for creating many smiles […]
One of Mozart’s greatest works. Nothing more needs to be said, just listening is required.
Another year has finally arrived and I am spending a few weeks in New Zealand over Christmas. It is certainly and easily one of the most beautiful countries in the world ( I used to live there for 4 years ) and the only thing that can be bothersome is the long flight from and […]
The contemporary of Bach was a highly original composer, it is wonderfully fresh music and makes a perfect alternative to more mainstream baroque. A huge amount of his music can be found on Spotify and You Tube. Here a beautiful Aria sung by Miriam Feuersinger. The near absence of Vibrato and her crystal clear voice are […]
Once more some more outstanding playing by Lee Luvisi. Here are 6 sets of Variations. Particularly remarkable seems to me the first, very early KV 179 : when played with such inspiration anything by Mozart becomes a miracle. 12 Variations in C Major on a Minuet by Johann Christian Fischer, K. 179 12 Variations in B-flat Major on an […]
Far from being just some ‘Klamauk’ Yan Svankmejer’s surrealist films are very well thought out statements about the human condition and its prevalent absurdities and perversions. Here is a short film that shows in an exemplary way what Svankmejer is all about: