From my favorite British composer: “Paean” ( 1929 ) by Arnold Bax performed by Harriet Cohen in 1938. A great rarity of a recording and one of the most obscure works of Bax !
Singer, songwriter, composer and actor Carlos Gardel ( 1890 -1935 ), the most prominent figure in the history of tango does not need an introduction. Here a song from 1928 which was new to me. Absolutely delightful !
…is the year Blanche Selva ( 1884-1942 ) recorded the 1st Bach partita. She performed the complete works of Bach in 1904 in seventeen recitals.It is one of my favourite Bach recordings, eminently expressive, sometimes upside down ( the Allemande much faster then the Courante, but so what… ), but every time I come back […]
Gershwin’s musical “Tip-Toes” contained a handful of immortal songs. One of my favorite is “Looking for a boy” which is sung here by Dorothy Dickson in true Gerswhin style. And not to forget the master himself: here is the solo piano version played by Gershwin himself. ( I am just learning that one, will be […]
One of the truly great pianists of the XX.century. ( What happens here from 1.25 onwards cannot be explained really…)
For those who think that we live in a time where musical interpretation is at its peak ( due to the insight we have regarding period performance etc ) think twice. For me nothing in Mozart violin sonata interpretations has ever surpassed the early Heifetz recordings plus Jaques Thibaud and Marguerite Long’s versions from the […]
My obsession with Viennese dance music ( I am one of only 3 pianists who have ever recorded all 400 Schubert dances and I am fairly addicted to any Johann Strauss type music ) has a clearly defined origin: Georg Freundorfer, a Bavarian Zither player from the 1920’ies and 1930’ies, who my father adored. He […]
A very rare Faure song recording by the great French baritone Charles Panzera in a stunningly well recorded original 78 rpm recording. A true gem !
In 1904 Pol Plancon, who had one of the most beautiful bass voices ever, recorded ‘Vallons de l’helvetia’. Stunning beauty of voice and technical control. I would not know of any contemporary singer that comes anywhere near this.
The career of the Comedian Harmonists, Germany’s most revered all male close harmony ensemble ( founded in 1928 ) was cut short by the Nazis, who prevented them from performing after 1934. Here is a beautiful rendition of an old German folk song. “Good moon you are going so still…”. Reminds me of some Schubert […]