Weeping with the violin of Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer is my favorite violinist. © Felix Broede
Julia Fischer is my favorite violinist. © Felix Broede

Sadness. The feeling of being deeply hurt. Tragedy. The violin says it with a single, beautiful weeping melody. The violin – Julia Fischer. The piece – Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53. The outlook seems bleak, no hope, only desolation and despair. And yet… sadness can be overcome. Towards the middle of the first movement, there seems to be a spark of light, a ray, a beam. The violin no longer cries or moans, but sings a sweet, consoling, a comforting tune…

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Entangled in Janacek’s tragedies and love affairs

The Quatuor Zaïde is a promising French ensemble. © Jean-Pierre Domingue/NoMadMusic
The Quatuor Zaïde is a promising French ensemble. © Jean-Pierre Domingue/NoMadMusic

What a loss! On August 12, 1928 the Czech composer Leos Janacek died. And shortly before his death, he produced two of the works that I am tempted to label as the best he wrote. Who knows, what masterpieces Janacek would have composed, had he lived on! The Quartet for strings No. 2 was completed in 1928, five years after the Quartet for strings No. 1. We have met Janacek already as the composer of that beautiful piano cycle “On an overgrown path”, performed by the Luxembourg pianist Cathy Krier. Today I would like to present the French Quatuor Zaïde and it’s interpretation of the two mentioned chamber music works. Continue reading!

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!