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!

A band of green and silver runs through Bohemia

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!

In love with a German violinist

If I hadn't my iPod... © Charles Thibo
If I hadn’t my iPod… © Charles Thibo

I will start with a confession: I am in love with the German violinist Julia Fischer. Be reassured, it is a strictly platonic thing, but nevertheless: I am full of admiration for her talent, amazed about her musical career, captivated by her words whenever she gives interviews and I am certainly not the only man on earth struck by her natural beauty. This said, I had the chance to hear a brilliant performance by Mrs. Fischer in Zurich (Switzerland) a few months ago and my memories focus on that joy she radiated when she played. And joy is today’s keyword!

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