Édouard Leon Cortès

Looking at Post Impressionist Édouard Cortès’ quite magical paintings — evoking Paris — makes one realise in what pitiful state quite some of contemporary art seems to be. From a visit to the Astrup Fearnley Museet here in Oslo ( a pretty weird and unpleasant experience to be polite here, as I am living in […]

Nostalghia

From one of the greatest movie directors of all times here a few impressions from “Nostalghia” by Andrei Tarkovsky.

W1A

A fabulous new comedy from the BBC, mocking their own organisation. Hugh Bonneville as “Head of Values” and his team bring on the Best of British humour. Reminds me of all kind of HR nonsense and so called “Management teams” I had to endure in my life. Highly recommended ! And not to forget the […]

Frédéric Meinders

Amazing discovery. Never had heard of this pianist, composer before. What an output as a transcriber, let alone his stunning piano playing. Here a taster. Magical playing. https://www.fredericmeindersarchive.com

My Funny Valentine et al

When beauty therapist and amateur singer Alice Fredenham showed up at the ‘Britain’s got talent’ show in the UK in 2013 nobody was prepared for what was about to happen: a mesmerising, sensational performance. Suffering from very strong stage fright, as she had been thrown out of a previous other competition ( The Voice ) […]

Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize for literature for “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Here is an example of his art, “It’s alright, Ma ( I’m only bleeding ), one of his arguably greatest songs. And the 2016 Nobel Lecture. Food for thought.

WKL

Bach’s Welltempered Clavier has been recorded numerous times, and of course the work allows for a very diversified and individualist approach. In terms of displaying polyphony hardly anybody can touch Glenn Gould, but I always seem to come back for one version, which I think ranks way above the rest. There seems no ego involved […]

Choral searching

I am a longstanding Bach chorale enthusiast. That has slightly to do with the fact that I played organ in church for quite many years, though Bach chorales were not the normal diet: I had to play simplified and very plain versions of all kind of songs the church had approved of, but nevertheless: what […]

Interpretation

Schoenberg’s music, often maligned as intellectual and all too dissonant ( due to his composition method ) is in reality ( just like Anton von Webern’s music ) amongst the most expressive music ever written. A kind of Brahms on steroids, due to the extreme chromaticism, the abandonement of tonality, but — and this is […]

Die schönste Nacht

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, not only a highly original composer but also a formidable pianist can be heard here in full swing playing and humming. Quite infectious and wonderful ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXDuBKvQ8-U