Perahia French Suites

Μπαχ, «Γαλλικές Σουίτες», Perahia

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Είναι δύσκολο να πει κανείς ότι κάποιος ερμηνευτής προσεγγίζει την ψυχή της μουσικής του Μπαχ στο πιάνο – κι όμως για μένα αυτό κατορθώνει ο Perahia. Οι ερμηνείες του αγγίζουν την τελειότητα και δεν...
Levit Bach Beethoven Rzewski

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

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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...
Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

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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...
Rachmaninov Argerich Chailly

Argerich’s Rachmaninov 3rd

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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...
Tokyo Story, Ozu, film review

Tokyo Story

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Title: Tokyo StoryDirector: Yasujirô OzuReleased: 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...

Cemetery of Splendour

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Title: Cemetery of Splendour Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Released: 2015 Well, this film is impressive in its ability to seem completely unimpressive, as is the case with most of the Thailandese director’s films. Unimpressive, that is, in a...

Szymanowski First Violin Concerto

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Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto can be described as sumptuous, lush, exotic. It is said that the composer himself was inspired by the Polish poet Tadeusz Miciński, and specifically his poem Noc Majowa (A Night...

The Luminaries

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Title: The Luminaries Author: Eleanor Catton Published: 2013 The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is massive book: massive in size, scope and depth. Set in 19th century New Zealand it tells the story of Walter Moody, a Scotsman,...

Το Άλογο του Τορίνο, Ταρ

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  Τίτλος: A Torinói ló (Το Άλογο του Τορίνο) Σκηνοθέτης: Béla Tarr Παραγωγή: 2011 «Στο τέλος, τα φώτα είχαν σβήσει…και η σκέψη να δω κάποια άλλη ταινία, εκείνη τη στιγμή ή ποτέ ξανά, φάνηκε σχεδόν παράλογη». Αυτό...
Ο Λόγος, Ντράγιερ, Dreyer, κριτική ταινίας

Ο Λόγος

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Τίτλος: Ordet (Ο Λόγος) Σκηνοθέτης: Carl Theodor Dreyer Παραγωγή: 1955 Το να παρακολουθείς το Ordet είναι σαν να ακούς τις Παραλλαγές Goldberg του Μπαχ: μια καθαρτική εμπειρία. Όταν η αρχική άρια επιστρέφει στο τέλος, ξέρεις πώς είναι...