Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Music for the soul

Central Market, Budapest. March 2013
Ligeti's Lontano at the Royal Festival Hall (the Royal Philharmonic conducted by Michail Jurowski).
Broadcast  live on Radio 3 (dismantled mobile phone so nervous was I in the front row pf a random call/alarm).
Jurowski, interviewed beforehand, said it was a gritty programme - Lontano followed by Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto and Schnittke's Symphony No 1.

But Lontano was a quiet start  - still and reflective - 'music for the soul'.

Hungarian composer György Sándor Ligeti  (1923 – 2006).

Reading and watching

  • Foot by Foot to Santiago de Compostela/Judy Foot
  • The Testament of Mary with Fiona Shaw at the Barbican
  • The Testament of Mary/Colm Toibin
  • Schwanengesang/Schubert - Tony Spence
  • Journals/Robert Falcon Scott
  • Fugitive Pieces/Ann Michaels
  • Unless/Carol Shields
  • Faust/Royal Opera House
  • The Art of Travel/Alain de Botton
  • Mad Men Series 6
  • A Week at The Airport/Alain de Botton
  • The Railway Man/Eric Lomax
  • Bright Lights, Big City/Jay McInerney
  • Stones of Venice/John Ruskin
  • The Sea, the Sea/Iris Murdoch
  • Childe Harold/Lord Byron
  • All The Pretty Horses/Cormac McCarthy
  • Extreme Rambling/Mark Thomas
  • Story of my Life/Jay McInerney
  • Venice Observed/Mary McCarthy