Showing posts from January, 2013

Lutosławski Centenary Concert Warsaw 25 January 2013 - Anne-Sophie Mutter performs works dedicated to her

It was during my earliest remarkable encounters with Poland and working in Warsaw in the early 1990s that I first encountered the music of Witold Lutosławski. Already ill with cancer and frail, in his last public performance he conducted his Fourth Symphony at the 1993 Warsaw Autumn Festival. I have never forgotten this profound musical experience. 
During this concert I was accelerated back to my rather unusual reverse exposure to classical music. In the 1960s, long before I was at all familiar with the conventional classical repertoire, I had attended concerts, listened to recordings and studied the fascinating 'avant-garde' (so-called at that time) scores of only living composers such as Pierre Boulez, Henri Pousseur, Iannis Xenakis, Mauricio Kagel, Cornelius Cardew, Krzysztof Penderecki, Luciano Berio, Luigi Nono and John Cage. In 1968 I spent months in Cologne as a writer, not a musician,  observing the astounding course and development of the work of Karlheinz Stockhausen…

'Regardless of Risk' - My Motoring Days in Classic Cars

It is unlikely many of you who read my classical music blog also share my passion for classic cars, but I have recently begun writing for a new, rather glamorous, Polish, large format quarterly car magazine called 'RAMP'
The first article they asked for was about my life with classic cars - a tall order. I entitled it 'Regardless of Risk' - the risks were mainly financial I might add.
I will not burden my blog with what is probably a minority interest compared to the music of Chopin but if you would like to read about this subject and see some excellent photographs of a 1949 concours MG TC in action click on:     (English language version)        (Polish language version)