Nostalghia

http://barcarole.tumblr.com/post/179308389614/he-had-a-rare-enormous-gift-of-concentration-in One of the few lesser debated works of Tarkovsky, but my personal favorite. Here a HD version with English subs from You Tube.

A little story

A few days ago I read the story on the Slippedisc blog by Norman Lebrecht about Polish dancer Franciszka Mann, who shot a SS Officer in Auschwitz on 23rd of October 1943 minutes before she would have been sent to the gas chambers. Here is some more background information. About Franciszka Mann: The SS officer […]

Eileen Joyce

Australian pianist Eileen Joyce ( 1908 – 1991 ) is a vastly underrated and nearly forgotten pianist. In my opinion she was one of the very great performers of the 20th century, and whilst having a big International career during her lifetime, reputation has since faded. Equipped with a stupendous technique and a highly individual […]

Les Fleurs du Mal

Unpublished frontispiece for Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal First separate edition of the suppressed poems not found in the first edition https://virginiavirginiavirginia.tumblr.com/post/179412142542/caballerodelatristefigura-rodin-baudelaire

Adolfo Arietta

Adolfo González Arrieta (b. in Madrid, August 28, 1942) is a spanish filmmaker, considered as the pioneer of independent film both in Spain and France, due to the artisan quality and the unique spirit of freedom of his films. He usually uses variations of his name in the credits of his films, such as Udolfo […]

Ravel

It was one of the great privileges having had lessons with Felix Galimir at the Juilliard School of Music during my studies there. Galimir was a direct connection to Maurice Ravel, as he and his Quartet were the first one to record Ravel’s String Quartet in 1934 under the supervision of the composer. Ravel’s very […]

Sans Soleil

“Sunless” is a 1983 French documentary directed by Chris Marker, a meditation on the nature of human memory, showing the inability to recall the context and nuances of memory, and how, as a result, the perception of personal and global histories is affected. In a 2014 Sight and Sound poll, film critics voted Sans Soleil […]

Kolisch

The Kolisch Quartet has always been a most unusual formation regarding the radicalism of their interpretations, especially in their Mozart, Schubert and Schoenberg recordings. One notable aspect of the Quartet was that they generally performed from memory, including difficult modern works such as the Lyric Suite of Berg ot the Schoenberg Quartets. This was not […]

Take Three part 2 “Trilogy”

At the beginning of the 1960’s Ingmar Bergman unleashed “Through a Glass Darkly”, “Winter Light”, and “The Silence” in rapid succession, exposing moviegoers worldwide to a new level of intellectual and emotional intensity. Each film employs minimal dialogue, eerily isolated settings, and searing performances from such Bergman regulars as Max von Sydow, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar […]