Faure update

The 13 Barcarolles have now been recorded at the WDR and its splendid Bismarck Hall in Central Cologne. Despite having being struck with a nasty virus that plagued me intensely during those 3 days once sitting at the instrument I felt suddenly as fresh a spring chicken. Amazing and unexpected that. Needless to say I crashed afterwards pretty badly, it took 2 weeks to get back to normal, but mission is accomplished. Later in the year I will meet the recording engineer an we will fine tune the editing. Can’t wait for that and hope that the result is as satisfying as I thought it sounded at the time. On a different note: what started my enthusiasm for Faure was during my student years in Munich the rehearsals and the performance of the Requiem by Sergiu Celibidache. Here is a highly interesting film about Celi’s Faure rehearsals with the London Symphony.