This must be the most interesting all-round website in English language for all matters regarding cultural and political affairs. Founded by the late Dennis Dutton, a former colleague of mine at the University of Canterbury and a world wide renowned cultural philosopher ( I most highly recommend his seminal book ‘The Art Instinct’ . http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/books/review/Gottlieb-t.html?_r=0 ). […]
To play Baroque repertoire on the modern piano is not without its problems particularly when one looks at the colourful works by Francois Couperin. Zuzana Růžičková, the great Czech Harpsichordist has a highly impressive recorded legacy and a particular gem is the Supraphon recording from 1966 with a selection of Couperin. ( Thanks to David Hertzberg […]
For me the greatest Italian film director in the 20th century. My favorite film of his always has been ”Il Deserto Rosso”. The film operates on so many levels that it requires multiple viewing. I always felt the literary equivalent of Antonioni was Cesare Pavese, whose books also are multi layered affairs. Antonioni’s ”Le Amiche” was […]
This is a priceless document: German baritone Heinrich Schlusnus in the only existing film document. His singing here shows his qualities: unpretentious and totally natural singing combined with great seriousness. The film shows some images from war ravaged Berlin, which are in stark contrast to the words ending Hugo Wolf’s song. ( ”Gruess Dich Deutschland aus Herzensgrund […]
Here is a link to the most recent concert of the Barrat Due Chamber Philharmonic, that is the student orchestra of the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo, the institution I work at.
Probably my two favorite UK comedians, here a few flicks from the most highly recommended ”Trip to Italy”, where they travel around Italy visiting one fantastic restaurant after another ( Italy of course is an incomparable food destination, in a different stratosphere when compared to its more Northern neighbours ). I believe all their rants are improvised.
For German speaking folks: ”Jetzund kömpt die Nacht herbey – Ansichten aus dem Leben und Sterben des Immanuel Kant” is the title of the only so far unpublished film script by the German writer W G Sebald. The WDR ( West German Broadcast ) has produced a radioplay based on this script by Claudia Johanna Leist. A remarkable […]
For anybody interested in Mendelssohn, a composer that still is undervalued and underestimated, here comes a lecture about how to play ( and how NOT to play ) Mendelssohn by Menahem Pressler. Full of invaluable insights. As an added bonus you will find Mozart’s early B-flat Trio at the end.
Ken Russell ( 1927 -2011 ) was an English film maker, who is particularly interesting for his eccentric portraits of composers, amongst them Mahler, Elgar, Tschaikowsky, Liszt and Delius. The Delius film is enchanting, full of quirkyness and a must for admirers of this great English composer. The DVD’s with these films are now available, but also […]
Here is one of the most remarkable music videos I have come across a long time ( thanks to Norman Lebrecht and his always informative and inspiring site ‘Slipped Disc’ ): the eminent Hungarian composer György Kurtág and his wife Márta, both in their Nineties play some of their own Bach transcriptions. No need for […]