The Austrians have not only some of the best European contemporary Art Cinema ( Ulrich Seidl , Michael Haneke ), but also produce superb TV series over the last decades. When compared with the many  flat and ‘safe’ German TV productions , which often are poor in originality, low on acting talent and relying on the lowest […]

William Bolcom

Needless to say this: there is no ‘crisis’ in contemporary music composing, there never was. Its a myth perpetuated by those who lack curiosity, an open mind and the will to say Good Bye to perceived wisdoms. If anything it is astonishing how many truly amazing composers are around,  during our life time. For example Unsuk […]

Norway and New Zealand

Easily the most beautiful and unspoilt country in Europe Norway reminds one very much of New Zealand: both countries are far off any centre, have very similar beauty of nature and seem to be spared from overpopulation and other unfortunate developments such as the ones happening right now in Germany.  Here is a clip that shows […]

A You Tube channel

You tube is an incredible resource and one gets used to it, but from time one finds truly  outstanding channels. For example a channel called “MusicProf78” offers a vast library of extremely rare old 78’s, and neatly organised in folders. My favourite one is the Columbia Black Label Collection ( 116 numbers )  but see and […]

Virtuoso !

One of the  pianistically most accomplished musicians was Nikolai Petrov ( 1943 -2011 ). His technical abilities are nothing short of simply incredible. And it is all to be seen on film. He actually recorded the infamous 1st version of Liszt’s Etudes d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini, which was composed for a lighter piano than our modern keyboard […]

New Year’s Concert

After the uninspired concerts in recent years  coming from Vienna on the 1st of January ( the very recent one a particular low point ) one has to go back a few years to dig up something worthwhile listening. Of course the 2 Carlos Kleiber concerts are unique, so is Karajan’s epic appearance. But there […]

From Cradle to Grave

This  hilarious comedy of the70-ies is one of the best series of Peter Kay, who is of course one of the UK’s most talented comedians. It is stunning what wealth of talent the Brits have when it comes to comedy, outclassing any other country on earth in this department.  Well, enough said: here is a […]

Arnold Bax

My favourite English composer since I came across him,thanks to the Welsh musician Dafydd Llywelyn who played the Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra to me on a car radio, whilst driving through Munich. From then on I was sold to Arnold Bax’s music and subsequently recorded all of his 4 piano sonatas plus the […]