Sound the trumpet: Here comes 007!

Tamas Palfalvi - a promising trumpeter from Hungary. © Charles Thibo
Tamas Palfalvi – a promising trumpeter from Hungary. © Charles Thibo

How well do you know James Bond? He drinks vodka martini, likes woman, fast cars and oysters. How about music? Ian Fleming is silent about it, and as far as I remember, music does not play a major role in the plot of any James Bond movie, even though most of them have fantastic sound tracks. So what? Well, there is that young Hungarian trumpeter Tamas Palfalvi, who has just released his first album “Agitato”.  It features Laszlo Dubrovay’s Trumpet Concerto No. 3 which would have made a great sound track for “Spectre”, the new Bond movie released today. So check it out!

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Sketches for Four Hands and a Piano

Gavrilin's cadences are quick as a carousel. © Charles Thibo
Gavrilin’s cadences are quick as a carousel. © Charles Thibo

Hey, someone is having fun here! Actually, two people are. Two pianists, Fanny Solter and Eva-Maria Rieckert, playing Gavrilin’s “Piano Sketches for Four Hands”. Listen to this – it’s halfway between romanticism and jazz! Made in Russia. Who would have thought that?

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Bells Speaking of Joy, Love, Terror and Death

Lento lugubre - Rachmaninov's 4th movement of "The Bells". © Charles Thibo
Lento lugubre – Rachmaninov’s 4th movement of “The Bells”. © Charles Thibo

Today, our journey takes us to Rome. The Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov stayed here at the Piazza de Spagna in 1913 for two months in the flat of Modest Tchaikovsky, where his brother Pyotr Tchaikovsky had composed several of his works. At the time, Rachmaninov was deeply worried about his personal future, suffering from frequent diseases, tiredness, a lack of inspiration and the fact that his home country was moving to the edge of civil war. He had left Russia hastily towards the end of 1912 and moved first to Switzerland, then to Italy. Continue reading!