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 […]
One of Mozart’s greatest works. Nothing more needs to be said, just listening is required.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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:
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 […]
Here is some wonderfully idiomatic Gershwin playing, performed by Terry Harrington on an electric keyboard. What an amazing grasp of the music: I give it 100 out of 100.
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 […]
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 […]