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Grigory Sokolov Warsaw Sunday 27 November 2016

This morning I try to write the account of a musical evening engraved indelibly on my heart and mind. Those of you who read my extensive notes know I can usually write quite rationally about music but this morning....I am still vibrating with what was presented to us...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sonata C-dur KV 545 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Fantasia c-moll KV 475 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sonata c-moll KV 457
Robert Schumann – Arabeske op. 18 Robert Schumann – Fantazja C-dur op. 17 

How can words describe the overwhelming, profound experience of this great musical soul revealing itself....
All the Mozart was played far slower and at a more meditative tempo particularly K 457. Here was a thinking and deeply introspective, even philosophical Mozart. Ornamentation and inner details revealed as never before. The  C-minor Fantasia emerged as an improvisation of thought, searching for, touching upon harmonies and shifting emotions as an opaque sun is intermittently revealed from behind rushing wi…

Edward Cahill Biography - Long -awaited and Now Published

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This post is for those of you who may have been reading my blog over the last six years. In many posts I described my travails in writing this latest book, a biography of Edward Cahill, the glamorous but now forgotten Australian concert pianist. A long journey but a rewarding one. The book was published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in November this year.

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I managed to obtain three excellent reviews by eminent musicians of the rare private recordings of Liszt and Chopin that survived his peripatetic lifestyle. They generously made time from busy international schedules to listen via the internet to his recordings. This link will be printed in the book for readers to access. It will add a remarkable extra dimension and element of discovery to the biography of a now forgotten musician. His life was one that young pianists of today could only dream of living - a captivating social portrait of charm, leisure an…

10th International Paderewski Piano Competition November 6th -20th, 2016 Bydgoszcz, Poland

For the 10th International Paderewski Piano Competition 
6th-20th November 2016 
Bydgoszcz, Poland
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All Saints Day in Poland - 1 November 2016 - A Triumph of Humanity - A Memory Recalled

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I am sure many of you who read this post each year wonder why I cannot say something different as the years pass. I feel I have said all I can say below. Nothing has changed in my sentiments and profound respect for this national institution of commemoration of the departed. I remain in awe of it.

Except that yes, this morning, October 29th 2016, I went with 'Zosia' once again to clean the grave of autumn leaves, expired candles and withered wreaths. We placed a new set of candles and fresh wreaths on the grave which inevitably now contains the aunt herself, her husband and her mother. 

The flower arrangements and wreaths one can buy for this day in numerous stalls and shops beside the cemetery  show the greatest sensitivity, imagination and artistry. A book should be written about these talented people and how they manage this triumph.

[Polish translation of this passage in green below - scroll down]

‘Will you come with me t…