Luise

Here it is: Schubert perfection ! The most sensous and expressive singing, and of course one of those truly magical Schubert songs.

Clair de Lune

…but not the one by Debussy, that famous and a bit sirupy piano piece, but instead one of the miraculous and subtle Faure songs, it is his Opus 46 Nr.2 Bernhard Kruysen and Noël Lee made some outstanding recordings in the 1960ies and 1970ies. Here is that gem in LP sound !

Elegie

The one Faure piece that got me started many years ago was his Elegie Opus 24, and it was this very recording with Jaqueline du Pre. Here is a beautiful LP sound version supplied by David Hertzberg’s fabulous You Tube channel. The mixture of elegance, depth, melancholy without any sentimentality plus the specific use of […]

Someone to watch over me

One of the most hauntingly beautiful Gershwin songs. It certainly grew on me through learning Gershwin’s piano version ( quite difficult to pull off, his demanding transcriptions show what an amazing pianist he was ). So here are a few versions of this gem. Enjoy !!!

1928

…is the year Blanche Selva ( 1884-1942 ) recorded the 1st Bach partita. She performed the complete works of Bach in 1904 in seventeen recitals.It is one of my favourite Bach recordings, eminently expressive, sometimes upside down ( the Allemande much faster then the Courante, but so what… ), but every time I come back […]

Xi Xi

An exceptional movie. Taiwanese director Edward Yang ( 1947 – 2007 ) shot it in 2000 and it was his final work. It is virtually impossible to describe the subtlety, humour, dignity, humanity that permeates this work of art. Below you’ll find a ( not so good ) trailer, but for real movie buffs: there […]

Yasujirô Ozu

One of Japan’s most iconic movie directors, he lived from 1903 – 1963 and produced over 50 films. I have just watched 12 works and this was one of the most sophisticated movie experiences ever. Here is an excellent introduction into his very special art. Highly recommended.

Tip-Toes

Gershwin’s musical “Tip-Toes” contained a handful of immortal songs. One of my favorite is “Looking for a boy” which is sung here by Dorothy Dickson in true Gerswhin style. And not to forget the master himself: here is the solo piano version played by Gershwin himself. ( I am just learning that one, will be […]

Alltagsgeschichten

The eminent Jewish documentary filmer Elisabeth T. Spira has produced more than 60 episodes of Austrian life in the series Alltagsgeschichten between 1985 and 2006 for the ORF. Here is an example about life in a Jewish Viennese old people’s home. Very moving are the last 2 interviews. From 38.04 min on. A Mengele survivor […]

Detectorists 3

I have said it before: the UK’s quality and originality of its comedies is unparalleled. When compared with the talentless waffle that comes from e.g. Germany ( not a ‘humour destination’ in any case, and the same goes for art cinema ), or the manufactured and predictable US humour, then a series like “Detectorists” is […]