Time Traveller - Mozart, Hummel and Feliks Dobrzyński - The Polish Musical Renaissance - National Chopin Institute Recording Review
Johann Nepomuk Hummel
1. Molto allegro
3. Menuetto. Allegretto – Trio
4. Allegro assai
Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński
5. Allegro moderato
7. Andante doloroso ma non troppo (Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła)
8. Finale. Vivace assai
As this frightful pandemic has reduced live concerts to a trickle of audience-free online experiences, I thought I might 'use well the interval' and write some reviews of the outstanding National Chopin Institute recordings that have recently been released. This present period can only be described as a veritable Renaissance in Polish music. You really should listen to them to relieve the dragging hours of enforced isolation.
I have been to Weimar at least three times and consider it one of the most remarkable small cities in Europe, an ideological capital if you will, but now harbouring only the ghosts of Europe's squandered Enlightenment ideals. Ah, dearest Weimar ! What a history you have and as a city are such symbolic representation of Europe! Surely no small place has experienced such a concentration of resident musical (Bach, Anton Rubinstein, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss) literary (Goethe, Schiller, the setting for a romantic novel by Thomas Mann) and architectural genius (the Bauhaus movement) as well as attracting so many illustrious musical visitors.
The city had only a population of perhaps 12,000 souls when Liszt chose to live so scandalously with Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein at the Villa Altenberg and teach at his renowned school in the town. Marlene Dietrich even studied the violin in Weimar and became embroiled in a love affair with her teacher. Then came the Weimar Republic, the calamity of the Nazis and the Third Reich, the construction of their bombastic buildings and ultimately Buchenwald...
|Goethe's idyllic Summer House in Weimar by the River Ilm|
|Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778 – 1837)|
|The grave of |