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Rediscovering Classical


I studied classical singing and also played violin for 8 years and piano for 3, so classical music is by no means foreign territory. At some point though it just started to seem, well, uncool. Although I still listen to opera sometimes, I’ve mainly drifted off into the land of jazz, somtimes sprinkling in a little bit of blues, latin and classic country. Berlin unfortunately is not a good city to hear great jazz, but with three opera houses, a ballet and several orchestras (including one of the world’s best, the Berlin Philharmonic) it is a fabulous place for classical. Have been rediscovering some great pieces recently that I’d like to share here:

Even if you know next to nothing about classical music, it’s pretty likely you’ve heard this piano trio by Franz Schubert ┬áin some tear jerker film at some point. So beautiful.

I doubt I could ever get tired of listening to Pergolsi’s Stabat Mater….

Nothing like a true contralto, such a rare voice type (probably close to 70% of all women are sopranos with another 25% mezzo sopranos leaving a true contralto voice at around 5% at most…)

Glenn Gould may be the most famous for Bach’s Goldberg Variations, but I personally prefer this to his version.

So very, very glad I discovered Claudio Arrau. Don’t know the first thing about piano playing really, but I love the intimacy he creates. Thanks YouTube!

When I was studying music, Beethoven’s late sonatas were amonst my very favorites. Opus 110 still makes me cry.

Have heard versions I like better, but you still can never go wrong with Satie.

Just took my daughters to see a ballet of the Wizard of Oz that used Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 1. Fantastic!

Love Granados. Here he is playing his own music in 1913.

Just realized this is all heavy on piano which has always been my favorite instrument. Maybe it’s time to take lessons again….


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Canvas Me

A few weeks ago I finally made some handmade canvas prints of my work. It’s an idea I’ve had for a while but I was never quite sure how I wanted to do it.

A few months ago I found this great natural weave cotton at the Turkish Market here in Berlin. I didn’t have a plan for what to do with it, but I knew I had to have it when I saw it (craft stores, hardware stores and fabric markets can be a very dangerous thing for a natural-born experimenter like me…)

A few weeks ago I finally bought something I’ve wanted to play with for a long, long time: a stapler gun (being kept most definitely out of the hands of my children!) I decided to then staple the natural cotton onto canvas frames and add a photograph with a transfer and voile. The results can be seen in this post.

I only have two of the canvas pieces listed in Augenblick right now, but many more are still to come and to be made (especially with a triangular canvas I’m very excited about playing around with…) I have a big editing job to do over the next few weeks in my “real world” job so things might be slow in progressing, but definitely stay tuned.

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