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Norabakken

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 […]

Aufschneider

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 […]

Jacob Lateiner

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 […]

Trautmann

The Austrians have not only some of the best European contemporary Art Cinema ( Ulrich Seidl , Michael Haneke ), but also produce superb TV series over the last decades. When compared with the many  flat and ‘safe’ German TV productions , which often are poor in originality, low on acting talent and relying on the lowest […]

William Bolcom

Needless to say this: there is no ‘crisis’ in contemporary music composing, there never was. Its a myth perpetuated by those who lack curiosity, an open mind and the will to say Good Bye to perceived wisdoms. If anything it is astonishing how many truly amazing composers are around,  during our life time. For example Unsuk […]

Norway and New Zealand

Easily the most beautiful and unspoilt country in Europe Norway reminds one very much of New Zealand: both countries are far off any centre, have very similar beauty of nature and seem to be spared from overpopulation and other unfortunate developments such as the ones happening right now in Germany.  Here is a clip that shows […]

A You Tube channel

You tube is an incredible resource and one gets used to it, but from time one finds truly  outstanding channels. For example a channel called “MusicProf78” offers a vast library of extremely rare old 78’s, and neatly organised in folders. My favourite one is the Columbia Black Label Collection ( 116 numbers )  but see and […]

Virtuoso !

One of the  pianistically most accomplished musicians was Nikolai Petrov ( 1943 -2011 ). His technical abilities are nothing short of simply incredible. And it is all to be seen on film. He actually recorded the infamous 1st version of Liszt’s Etudes d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini, which was composed for a lighter piano than our modern keyboard […]