Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Warszawska Opera Kameralna (Warsaw Chamber Opera) - A Story of Unrequited Love

Contemplating the present disheartening turmoil at the Warszawska Opera Kameralna and my heartrending attendance at the next to last performance of Mozart's delightful confection La Finta Semplice, I feel that much of what I wrote five years ago concerning the turmoil of those years remains essentially relevant to the present case. I cannot remain silent and nostalgically look back to the 'golden years'.

Below are links to my extensive blog entries of that period and I suggest that those who are as appalled as I am by the apparent demise of this inspirational European artistic treasure should read with an air of nostagia what I wrote all those years ago - essentially we have returned to a most uncertain future. Stefan Sutkowski has left the building. Can his creative spirit return?


Monday, 20 February 2017

The Pocket Paderewski - Interview with Michael Cathcart on ABC RN 'Books & Arts' Programme Monday February 20 2017

It may appear as if I am neglecting my internet journal and I suppose I must admit to this. There have been few outstanding concerts or opera in Warsaw since the Sokolov recital although many fascinating relays of concerts in Poland and elsewhere in Europe by the superb Polish classical station Dwojka (Radio 2 of Polish Radio). A description of this blog could be accurately described as 'the labours of an intermittent Hercules'. Reviews of concerts are not encouraged in Poland. A complete mystery....

Over recent weeks I have been rather preoccupied with my further attempt to master the fiendish Polish language through attendance at a course at Warsaw University. 

Naturally the promotion of my most recent book in Australia has taken up a great deal of time.

'...this is better than most musical biographies. Moran's portrait of his sometimes enigmatic relative has immediacy and the images of Europe between the wars are vivid.'

                                                   Sydney Morning Herald and The Age  17 February, 2017

'He [Edward Cahill] witnessed the great events of European history from the Dress Circle. Not just a journey through a man's life but a journey through the twentieth century. Written evocatively and powerfully about music.'

                      Michel Cathcart, ABC RN Books & Arts, transmitted 20 February, 2017

You are able to hear and download the 20 minute interview if you wish using this link:

The book is available from Australian Scholarly Publishing 

Dwojka (Radio 2, the classical and cultural national broadcaster in Poland) and the technicians there were very helpful in patching through the interview I recently gave with the excellent ABC RN presenter Michael Cathcart on his Books & Arts programme in Melbourne.

There is also a less obvious link in the book at the end of the contents page which allows the reader to preview or download free the recordings of Liszt and Chopin by Edward Cahill that miraculously survived his peripatetic lifestyle.

                                                                     Edward Cahill

Also quite out of the blue I have been given an award by the University of Florida and the Eric Friedheim Foundation in the US for ‘outstanding contributions to travel literature’. They are generously flying me from Warsaw to NYC then Orlando for the award ceremony at the end of April. I received this extraordinary news during the closing stages of the Paderewski Competition I was covering in Bydgoszcz. You could have knocked me over with a feather!

Blog of the Paderewski Competition, Bydgoszcz :   www.michael-moran.org/blog