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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 […]

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 […]