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New Year’s Concert

After the uninspired concerts in recent years  coming from Vienna on the 1st of January ( the very recent one a particular low point ) one has to go back a few years to dig up something worthwhile listening. Of course the 2 Carlos Kleiber concerts are unique, so is Karajan’s epic appearance. But there […]

Arnold Bax

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 […]

Maybe

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:    

Christoph Graupner

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 […]

Mozart

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 […]

Forgotten pianists Vol. 8

Lee Luvisi is an outstanding pianist in every respect and if it wouldn’t be for you tube I probably would never heard of him. What a superb sound he creates,  one of the most beautiful I have heard in a long time plus  unfailing musicianship, what a delight to listen to his playing ! How is it possible […]

Forgotten pianists Vol. 7

Could it be that the great art of Paderewski is nearly forgotten already ? He can definitely teach us a thing or two about Chopin and what is NOT about: flashy, self indulgent and sporty playing, but a music with a tremendous vision and power. Here is a truly breathtaking version by the old man […]

Musical perfection

Musical perfection is a rare beast , but sometimes artists can achieve it. The truly incomparable soprano Kathleen Battle sang in 1987 three spirituals as encores  at the Salzburg Festival with James Levine at the piano.The second of those spirituals ‘Witness” is such an event. Starting at 4.30 min.