Short Stories Of A Different Kind

Short Stories is an album with music from various composers performed beautifully by two young German musicians: Mark Schumann (cello) and Martin Klett (piano).

The short stories in this CD are encore pieces by a variety of performers and composers. Like an author’s collection of short stories, these pieces delight or thrill for a brief moment and do not require the commitment and engagement of a novel or, in this case, of a full concerto or a set of complete sonatas.

Short Stories is suitable to anyone who loves the sound of the cello or to someone who would like a gentle, elegant introduction to classical music. Read my full review.

Christiane Karg: A Real Breath of Fresh Air!

Christiane Karg is a young German soprano (33) with a flourishing international career, which has naturally developed from her already celebrated, distinguished work in Germany and Austria. She is the owner of a delightful voice, with crystal clear tone and easy, very warm high notes, a solid, accomplished technique and an admirable enunciation and intonation of whatever language she happens to be singing. Her personality is cheerful, straight-forward, open and honest but at the same time she is vivacious, spontaneous and there is a quiet strength that emanates from within her once she begins to speak about her work.

She is an honest, determined, passionate singer and a charming, spontaneous, warm and genuine human being. Her energy and vivacity are contagious; her knowledge and professionalism commendable. Whether she is speaking about herself, her colleagues or her work, she is always open in her opinions, truthful and appealingly natural. In a world where image and perception seem to be everything, Ms Karg was to me a real breath of fresh air. Read my full interview with Christiane Karg. Enjoy!

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Photos of Christiane Karg by Gisela Schenker, courtesy of Ms Karg’s management

Flower Powered Mozart!

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Michael Grandage’s production of Mozart’s opera “Le nozze di Figaro” for Glyndebourne transports the action to the 1960s. It is a different, refreshing approach and it generally works well as far as the comedy is concerned; however, the political ideas embedded in the piece by Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, are lost. Nevertheless, it is entertaining and pleasing, as most of the audience warmly showed with their enthusiastic applause, last Saturday, 8th June when I had the pleasure of attending the opera and review it for Seen and Heard International.

It was a lovely sunny day and alongside Mozart’s sublime, faultless music and Glyndebourne’s beautiful settings, it all contributed for a wonderful summer evening of music. Read my review here.

The Dark Side of Dawn – Available now on an Amazon near you!

My new novel “The Dark Side of Dawn” launched yesterday on all amazon websites for the Kindle. It is the story of Vera, a thirty-something year old concert pianist who was abused and beaten by her husband. After a messy divorce and court restraining orders, she is recovering in the home of her childhood. Out of the blue, Vera receives a letter from a solicitor in the Azores, informing her that her aunt has recently died and has left her everything. The problem is that Vera didn’t know she had an aunt. She travels to the Azores to uncover her aunt’s story but she gets more than what she bargained for: Unexpectedly, she finds amidst her enigmatic aunt’s music sheets, a manuscript, signed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, dated 1770…

The novel is introduced by Lucy Mauro, a real pianist, who kindly agreed to write a foreword for me. If you love music and Mozart; if you like a good, suspenseful and intriguing story; then, THE DARK SIDE OF DAWN is for YOU!

If you own a Kindle, check the novel at Amazon UKAmazon.com or in any other Amazon site. If you own a Nook, don’t be sad! It is available for it too! Check it here at Barnes & Noble.

 

Cover photo courtesy of Malcolm Bull