Sunday Music

Sunday Music

You turn your head, and time is gone.
It is Sunday evening already. Finally a friendly thunderstorm with a lot of gentle rain arrived, cleaning the air from pollen dust, sweeping it all away.
But it just was Thursday …
Back to work tomorrow morning, the usual the usual. Nothing happened over the last days, I mostly slept & read. I should take the book-heap down before it falls to the ground, so this will lead to another “Look here, I read a book !”-post in the coming days.
This Sunday Music is a Gassenhauer, the ever popular La Campanella (Ger., Eng.) by LISZT Ferenc. Alexey SYCHEV rings the little bell, mastering the technical challenges masterly, adding at the same time something I can not express, something other interpretations lack. I found SYCHEV by pure accident while looking for an interpretation of a little piece by SIBELIUS by Leif Ove ANDSNES (Ger., Eng.) that I had heard in the radio. ANDSNES receives some air-play at the local classical radio station promoting his new cd – and this is well deserved, he is an outstanding pianist. I looked around and found Mr SYCHEV playing the same little piece, and for whatever reasons, I liked his version better. And SYCHEV shows that even in a tune like The Little Bell – that may be considered as “all too often heard” – tension, joy, life after all, can be found.
I hope you enjoy the music. May we head into a peaceful week !

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Sunday Music

Sunday Music, Monday Edition

Chances are small that it is still Sunday anywhere. Excuses for being late. I did not feel very communicative over the weekend.
So without further ado, here is a small piece by Alfred SCHNITTKE (Ger., Eng.) (1934-1998), the menuet from his Suite in Old Style, performed by E. SHULKOV and T. FEDOSEEVA from the Moscow Virtuosi (about). I hope you like this little tune. May this week be good to all of us.

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Sunday Music

Sunday Music

Spring arrived last week, even æstival temperatures of 30°C and more were reached. We should enjoy it while it lasts, because for the next weekend and the following days rain is forecast. But who looks so far ahead anyway ?
While life was easily and uneventfully burbling along in my world, our friend LẌ was hit hard this week by the untimely death of his cat Nikko.
LẌ likes bossa nova, so in the hope to distract him from dark thoughts, this Sunday Music is a version of JOBIMs Wave for clarinet and guitar, performed by Danila MUSIKHIN & Max PEGOLI. Sadly I could not find more information about both artists.
I hope you enjoy the music. May the coming week spare us from blows of fate, it’s enough “as is”.

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Sunday Music

The last week simply was. I drove, it rained, I slept. Some days it rained at bit earlier, on others a bit later. Besides this nothing noteworthy happened in my world.
I do not feel like bringing some music today, so a little film must do. It shows what hand-crafted cameras & tubes are good for, and what “contribution to our way of life” television may have.
And while we are at it and have a look into the stone age of telecommunications – have you ever heard about PLATO (Ger., Eng.) ? Me not, until I read this book review (sorry, German only) of Mr Brian DEARs The Friendly Orange Glow. The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture, NewYork 2017. (And because anything these days must be gendered, have a look at this too. It is about the fine art of interpreting source material.)
If you find all this too boring, just skip it please, and start to think where you’ll put your “Utiliscope”. Btw, if these tubes are really nearly indestructable, is it possible that some survived ? Is there a big black, slightly rusted, sixty year old metal case pointed at your house ? Don’t worry – it’s all safe. Chances are good that somewhere a grey haired friendly smiling nurse is watching over all of us.
What reminds me that I miss Nurse Myra, who was not grey haired, and her corsets. Ach, all is intertwined these days …
I hope you’ll have a carefree week.

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