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Arthur 27.01.2018

Born in Bransgore,Dorset,UK, where he lived for 15 years before migrating to Berlin and finally to sunny New Zealand. An amazing coincidence: our street in Bransgore was originally “Brick Kiln Road”, the place he got laid to rest was “Brick Kiln Road” at my mother-in-laws house in Rangiora, NZ. He was a very gentle, modest […]

Cats and Schubert

As an ardent cat lover I am honoured that somebody in Japan used my recording of the Grazer Waltzer by Schubert as background music for some filmed ongoings regarding their cats. And they have good taste: that very cycle is one of the finest of all 400 Schubert dances and very ‘catty’ indeed.

Clair de Lune

…but not the one by Debussy, that famous and a bit sirupy piano piece, but instead one of the miraculous and subtle Faure songs, it is his Opus 46 Nr.2 Bernhard Kruysen and Noël Lee made some outstanding recordings in the 1960ies and 1970ies. Here is that gem in LP sound !

Édouard Leon Cortès

Looking at Post Impressionist Édouard Cortès’ quite magical paintings — evoking Paris — makes one realise in what pitiful state quite some of contemporary art seems to be. From a visit to the Astrup Fearnley Museet here in Oslo ( a pretty weird and unpleasant experience to be polite here, as I am living in […]

Kaiser versus Reich Ranicki

From the days when in Germany intellectual debates were still possible on TV: here a solid 2 hour one with leading literary critic Marel Reich Ranicki und music critic Joachim Kaiser. Topic was the relationship between text and music in operas. A sell-out during the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch.( In German )

Italy and UK

The beauty of Tuscany and South England. 3 simple shots from the vacation 2017. Needless to say: Italy and UK have been in many ways my favourite countries for decades now. The magic of those old, often hard to reach villages in Italy, the charm of the English south coast, the architectural beauty of both […]

Blind Images

Via Walter Aue’s ‘Zappa’ books I have come across the blind photographer Evgen Bavcar. What struck me was the idea that the Originals of these photos are stored in his imagination only and we get to see the possible realisation of these imaginary works. Here is a link to his website.

New Zealand part 2

These photos have been taken today, 4th of January 2016 with my Smartphone. It is indeed impossible to describe the beauty of the landscape here at Cable Bay at the tip of the South Island. ( Click on photos to enlarge. )