Opus 123

Beethoven’s difficult and often impenetrable late “Missa Solemnis” can be seen and heard here in a performance from the biggest and most splendid classical musical festival in the world, the BBC proms. This amazing concert was performed by the Monteverdi Choir, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and John Eliot Gardiner, conductor in 2014. Gardiner’s expertise […]

Fleabag

I have said it before and I will say it again: when it comes to humour the Brits are in their own league and produce a never-ending array of fabulously innovative comedies. One of the many new ones is “Fleabag”, on BBC for the ones who live either in the UK or have a VPN, […]

Safari

The great Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl has done it again: a new film is hitting the screens in September: SAFARI. Of course the viewer is in for some of the seemingly endless perversities of the human mind, here the shooting of wild animals in parks in Africa and Asia. And Seidl doesn’t hold back when […]

Gabriel Faure Les Barcarolles Les Nocturnes

There is hardly more sophisticated and understated music imaginable than Faure. And only very few pianists capture that special charm and elegance, the unique colour that his music possesses. Among his piano works the 13 Nocturnes and the 13 Barcarolles form the most exquisite group of piano pieces within his oeuvre. One can also follow […]