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This is a priceless document: German baritone Heinrich Schlusnus in the only existing film document. His singing here shows his qualities: unpretentious and totally natural singing combined with great seriousness. The film shows some images from  war ravaged Berlin, which are in stark contrast to the words ending  Hugo Wolf’s song. ( ”Gruess Dich Deutschland aus Herzensgrund […]

Mozart Haffner Symphony

Here is a link to the most recent concert of the Barrat Due Chamber Philharmonic, that is the student orchestra of the Barratt Due Music Institute  in Oslo, the institution I work at.  

Mendelssohn

For anybody interested in Mendelssohn, a composer that still is undervalued and underestimated, here comes a lecture about how to play ( and how NOT to play ) Mendelssohn  by Menahem Pressler. Full of invaluable insights. As an added bonus you will find Mozart’s early B-flat Trio at the end.

Ken Russell

Ken Russell ( 1927 -2011 ) was an English film maker, who is particularly interesting for his eccentric portraits of composers, amongst them Mahler, Elgar, Tschaikowsky, Liszt and Delius. The Delius film is enchanting, full of quirkyness and a must for admirers of this great English composer. The DVD’s with these films are now available, but also […]

The Kurtags and Bach

Here is one of the most remarkable music videos I have come across a long time ( thanks to Norman Lebrecht and his always informative and  inspiring site ‘Slipped Disc’ ): the eminent Hungarian composer  György Kurtág   and his wife Márta, both in their Nineties play some of their own  Bach transcriptions. No need for […]

English Music

I have been a lifelong admirer of British music. Composers like Arnold Bax ( whose sonatas and 1st symphony in its pianoversion I recorded ), Edward Elgar, Arthur Bliss, Frederic Delius, Vaughan Williams, Granville Bantock, Ernest Moeran, George Dyson to name a few  always meant a lot to me. Here is one I never heard […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]