Flying and Dying with the White Swan

The swan - majestic, elegant, fragile. © Charles Thibo
The swan – majestic, elegant, fragile. © Charles Thibo

Swan lake – If I were to pick a moment of extraordinary magic while enjoying classical music, it would certainly be Tchaikovsky’s ballet (Op. 20) being performed in Vienna in the Staatsoper. What an experience! What a masterpiece! What a production! Words fail me when I try to describe the intense sensations I had during those three hours.  Perfection all over the place, Kiyoka Hashimoto as Odette/Odile, Denys Cherevychko as Siegfried, the orchestra, the little swans, Luisa Spinatelli’s stage design…
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Staying Up Late with Janacek

The light of a candle hasn't lost its magic and mirrors the magic of Janacek's music. © Charles Thibo
The light of a candle hasn’t lost its magic and mirrors the magic of Janacek’s music. © Charles Thibo

Cherchez la femme! A woman is leading again our way on this journey through the world of classical music. Today, it is the Luxembourg pianist Cathy Krier. She has recorded in 2013 a wonderful album with the piano cycle “On an Overgrown Path”, composed between 1902 and 1908 by the Czech composer Leos Janacek. Continue reading!

Russian Beauties and Black Chocolate

A sunset as melancholic as Rachmaninov's Trio. © Charles Thibo
A sunset as melancholic as Rachmaninov’s Trio. © Charles Thibo

If music would have a taste, the “Trio élégiaque No. 1”, composed by the Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninov, would taste like black chocolate. Bittersweet.  Melting on your tongue and exploding in a firework of sensations.
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A Silver-Green Ribbon Runs Through It

Bedrich Smetana translated the rippling of the waves into music. © Charles Thibo
Bedrich Smetana translated the rippling of the waves into music. © Charles Thibo

Water, light, morning mist, magic by the moonlight, fairies – we have seen all that already, right? Well, those are the eternal subjects of the Romantic era, which hasn’t halted before the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and what is today the Czech Republic. And all those elements appear in another piece of music, that has fascinated me since I heard it first at school. Eternal gratitude again to my music teacher. Continue reading!