Bax: “In memoriam”

A splendid early orchestral work in memory of the Irish uprising in 1916. One of my personal favourites by this underrated English composer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zznTaL61lBo PS For German readers: you might need to use a proxy browser ( Chrome Zenmate is highly recommended ) to escape from the GEMA, who blocks 70% of all you tube […]

Ulysses for us all

For the few souls out there who are interested in Joyce’s Opus magnum “Ulysses” ( ‘Finnegans Wake’ being the almost too cryptic successor and probably not in the same league due to its extreme private language ), there is a splendid work by one of the most eminent Joyce scholars: Declan Kiberg : “Ulysses and Us: The Art […]

“Let’s talk about the rain”

Some  of the most amusing comedies in recent years have been directed and acted by Agnes Jaoui. “Let’s talk about the rain” is one of them, a fantastically entertaining movie, intelligent and witty, a real delight. As always with her films some discreetly placed  exquisite music is to be heard ( here some subtle choral music […]

“Potter”

For connoisseurs of British comedy here an absolute rarity ( only available on Australian region 4 DVDs ) : the great Arthur Lowe in a charming old-fashioned series “Potter”, where he plays a character similar to the immortal Captain Mainwaring in “Dad’s Army”. Highly recommended. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nJn19sLChU

Unknown musical delicacies Vol.1

Johann Adolph Hasse ( 1689-1783) , from the opera “Didone Abbandonata” ( 1742-1743 ) : forwarding  to 2h 09′ 20″ reveals a truly sublime Aria sung by the  beautiful voice of Maria Celeng. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U40Q-9op7QI

“God’s pocket”

One of the last films of the great Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died 2 weeks after its premiere. A dark comedy drama with Hofmann in top form, acting with his irresistible integrity. The film didn’t get rave reviews, but I consider it a masterstroke creating  a credible balance between comedy and drama. American film at its […]