Viennese noir... with red tinges
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Wednesday 03 March 2010
It’s interesting, not to say alarming, how variable the great Vienna Philharmonic can be.
Friday 12 February 2010
A weepie like they don't make them like anymore.
Friday 22 January 2010
The writer Frank Tallis is a clinical psychologist, but he is not often to be seen at conferences for Jungian therapists. He is also a writer of disturbing crime fiction set in Sigmund Freud's Vienna (a city where murder and twisted sexuality apparently ran riot), but he is not to be seen at crime fiction conventions.
Miep Gies: Office secretary who helped to hide the Frank family from the Nazis before rescuing Anne's diary
Thursday 14 January 2010
Going underground or into hiding has become as routine as the proverbial pipe and slippers that used to await the man of the house after a long day at work." So wrote 14-year-old Anne Frank in her diary in January 1944 during 25 months' refuge in a "Secret Annex". This was on the other side of a door hidden by a bookcase in the Amsterdam office of the spice-dealers Opekta, to which her father, Otto, had previously travelled from home to deal in spices. Crowded together, resolutely silent by day, were two families, along with a later arrival, a dentist, Fritz Pfeffer, a friend of Miep Gies. Gies, two decades older than Anne, has died at 100 – six decades after events which she would remember on every subsequent day of her life.
Monday 11 January 2010
Some lucky composers attract scholars of such assiduity of purpose that their names become linked from then on: one thinks of Henry-Louis de La Grange's work on Mahler or David Cairns' on Berlioz. That Joseph Haydn is now universally accepted as one of the great composers is down largely to the spadework of H. C. Robbins Landon – the music had long since slipped from view when he first began the pioneering research which would restore the reputation Haydn had enjoyed in his own lifetime.
Friday 01 January 2010
Walter Jonathon Foster was an Austrian who as a teenager fled from the Nazis and went on to spend a lifetime dedicated to advancing relations between his homeland and Britain, his adopted country. The Nazis killed most of his family, the Second World War propelling him on a hazardous journey which took him to England and Australia, then Austria, and finally to England again. His post-war efforts brought him both an OBE and the Republic of Austria's highest civil award for his work in promoting cultural and political understanding between the two countries.
Friday 18 December 2009
Friday 11 December 2009
Pains of Youth, NT Cottesloe, London<br/>If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, Bush, London<br/>Mrs Klein, Almeida, London
Sunday 01 November 2009
Friday 02 October 2009
Friday 25 September 2009
More a Mahler scherzo than a Bruckner dirge, Waugh's family portrait of a gifted, accursed Viennese dynasty and their times finds delirious tunes of doom in the alternation of high achievement with grim blows of fate. Three children of steel magnate Karl Wittgenstein killed themselves.
Friday 11 September 2009
The Vienna Philharmonic playing Haydn and Schubert is what you might call keeping it in the family – an all-Austrian affair – with even the conductor, Franz Welser-Möst (replacing Nikolaus Harnoncourt) returning like the prodigal son from exile in Cleveland.
Tuesday 01 September 2009
Austrian international striker Stefan Maierhofer, a former chef who only became a professional footballer when he was 22, has became Wolverhampton Wanderers ninth new signing since they won promotion.
Thursday 20 August 2009
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has warned his players Rapid Vienna will be no pushovers as the midlands club look to book their place in the group stages of the Europa League.
Wednesday 19 August 2009
The Aston Villa manager, Martin, O'Neill has admitted he needs to bring in further players after being "a wee bit surprised" at statistics relating to the workload of his squad last season. O'Neill recently attended a meeting of Premier League managers and discovered he used fewer players in the competition than any other club.
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