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.
…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 !
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 […]
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 )
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 […]
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. http://v1.zonezero.com/exposiciones/fotografos/bavcar/index.html#
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. )
In May 2017 I will record the 13 Barcarolles by Gabriel Faure for the West German Broadcast with the potential release on CD later. Faure has been the one composer I always was so fond of that – with the exception of his chamber music – I hardly dared to go near him. Sounds weird […]
Paul K.Feyerabend gave this interview one year before his death in 1994. One of the most interesting statements regarding philosophy I have come across ( In German ).
Back in New Zealand ( with my lovely wife ) which is without a doubt one of the most beautiful countries one could imagine. I am spoilt working in Norway, another country with very special and unspoilt nature. Here are some impressions from my Mother-in-law’s house in Rangiora as of today, 26th of December 2016. […]