Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Underrated. Skrowaczewski was an underrated conductor in his lifetime. Yes the press would review the CDs he would release on smaller record labels but he was never the sensational star conductor like some of his peers. I first came across the Bruckner symphony set when I was a student. Of course, I had already heard his collaboration with Rubinstein on a famous recording of Chopin’s … Continue reading Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Igor Levit’s Variations (Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski)

Even though I had been thinking of reviewing this 3CD set, the fact that it was recently awarded the Gramophone Recording of the Year Award, made me finalise my decision. Levit’s achievement here is remarkable. He presents us immaculate performances of three of the greatest sets of variations. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Rzewski’s The People United Can Never Be Defeated! (1975). Even … Continue reading Igor Levit’s Variations (Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski)

The Bell Jar

Title: The Bell Jar Author: Sylvia Plath Originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas If Aliens were ever to visit us (if they haven’t so far) they might think that our everyday lives are simple and easy. They wouldn’t know (or maybe they do) how difficult it is to cope with problems that might seem trivial to some. I once met a counsellor friend of mine … Continue reading The Bell Jar

Argerich’s Rachmaninov 3rd

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 Martha Argerich (piano) Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Ricardo Chailly Released remastered for Philips 50 series (2001) I remember being a student in London and entering one of the record stores with the largest classical music sections. As soon as I stepped in and walked along the aisles, a feeling of happiness overwhelmed me. The speakers were playing a recording of the Rachmaninov … Continue reading Argerich’s Rachmaninov 3rd

Tokyo Story

Title: Tokyo Story Director: Yasujirô Ozu Released: 1953 One of my favourite film reviewers, Dennis Schwartz claims that, “This very well might be the best film ever made.” I concur. While this could be true for most of Ozu’s films, Tokyo Story is a uniquely mature work of art. Shot in the director’s trademark tatami style (the camera is placed and locked 3 feet above the ground … Continue reading Tokyo Story