Forgotten pianists Vol.3

Swiss pianist Albert Ferber ( 1911-1987 ) left a small recorded legacy and it is above all bis Faure and Rachmaninov recordings that seem unsurpassed until today ( see blog entry about Faure ). His first sonata by Sergej Rachmaninov is what I would call a perfect version of this highly difficult and somewhat problematic […]

Website problems

Sorry about the continuing website problems ! I am trying to improve this ASAP.The Google translate buttons are useless and produce garbled language, hence its best just to read the original postings in English. Some links do not work either, others do. Some updates, like the inclusion of the new Mendelssohn CD Album hasn’t happened […]

Paintings in Proust

Recommending books is a tricky business, and tastes are wildly different. Interest in serious literature can be a conversation killer these days, intellectual discourse  increasingly getting frowned upon. But  for those who have munched their way through one of the greatest novels in literary history, the “A la Recherche du temps perdu ” by Proust,  here is […]

Forgotten pianists Vol 2

For those who thought Ignaz Friedman’s truly spectacular Mazurkas couldn’t be matched: think again. Maryla Jonas has left a very small legacy of recordings, but her Mazurkas have — particularly in the more sombre pieces –a quality which I have not heard by any other pianist ever.I wonder whether this profound depth, which is a hallmark […]

Forgotten pianists Vol.1

It is always astonishing what gems are waiting to be unearthed  ! For example: Grete Scherzer, a totally obscure pianist without hardly any information on the net. But a sensational Gaspard de la Nuit  by Maurice Ravel , one of the best ! For the connoisseur : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixdE4gCTPrc Here is all that’s known about this extraordinary pianist: […]

Schumann last works

Here is an example  of the elusive late style of Robert Schumann. The Fughetten Opus 126 illustrate a desperate attempt to control the voices and onsetting confusion Schumann was struggling with . One of his last works it is clearly not a piece of music with an audience in mind ,rather a self dialogue and […]

Update

Only a few days to go until Oslo and Norway ! Preparations are in  full swing now.Departure: 1st of March ! Here is a link to my new  College: http://www.barrattdue.no/eng/ Leaving the University of Canterbury was a necessity as all of its full time performance  teachers had already  left  the University  which –in line with government […]

Gabriel Faure

I was always extremely fond of  Gabriel  Faure’s music and I am particularly interested in the evolution of his style,from the elegant romantic early pieces to the enigmatic late style. His music is extremely subtle and does not fare well unless played with the highest level of  pianism  and stylistic  awareness. A true Faure expert was the Swiss […]

Golden Age

Between roughly 1920 and 1950 was the time of the so called  Golden Age of the Crime Novel  which I have been interested for  many years now. One of its most interesting representatives was “Locked Room ” specialist John Dickson Carr. The meeting of the Internet based John Dickson Carr society in London was quite […]