Bill Bryson

For a light hearted  and funny read try Bill Bryson’s “The Road to Little Dribbling “, an utterly charming book about England.The man is clearly in love with that particular subject ( so am I, it is by far the most inspiring and wonderfully eccentric country in Europe ) and it is ideal for creating many smiles […]

2016 has arrived !

Another year has finally arrived and I am spending a few weeks in New Zealand over Christmas. It is certainly and easily one of the most beautiful countries in the world ( I used to live there for 4 years ) and the only thing that can be bothersome is the long flight from and […]

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 […]

Mozart

Once more some more outstanding  playing by Lee Luvisi. Here are 6 sets of Variations. Particularly remarkable  seems to me the first, very early KV 179 : when played with such inspiration anything by Mozart becomes a miracle. 12 Variations in C Major on a Minuet by Johann Christian Fischer, K. 179 12 Variations in B-flat Major on an […]

Yan Svankmejer

Far from being just some ‘Klamauk’ Yan Svankmejer’s surrealist films are very well thought out statements about the human condition and its prevalent absurdities and perversions. Here is a short film that shows in an exemplary way what Svankmejer is all about:  

W G Sebald

It was one of the privileges in my life having  been in contact with W G Sebald and exchanging letters over the subject of music shortly before his untimely death. Sebald comes from the same background as I do , the so called ‘Oberallgaeu’, where the city of Sonthofen sits at its very centre, he was […]

Forgotten pianists Vol. 8

Lee Luvisi is an outstanding pianist in every respect and if it wouldn’t be for you tube I probably would never heard of him. What a superb sound he creates,  one of the most beautiful I have heard in a long time plus  unfailing musicianship, what a delight to listen to his playing ! How is it possible […]

Forgotten pianists Vol. 7

Could it be that the great art of Paderewski is nearly forgotten already ? He can definitely teach us a thing or two about Chopin and what is NOT about: flashy, self indulgent and sporty playing, but a music with a tremendous vision and power. Here is a truly breathtaking version by the old man […]