Kurt Weill

In the days when hifi stereo long playing vinyl records were the ultimate when matched with a good cartridge, tone arm, turntable, amplifier and speakers, and parallel tone arms were arguably better, the Bette Midler album simply titled Bette Midler came out in 1973 and I bought a copy from John Stagg at the Regent … Read more

Berlioz – Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale

I first heard of and listened to Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triumphale by Hector Berlioz when the LP shown below was sent to me in 1969 as a member of the World Record Club.  I was enthralled by the work on my first hearing, and nearly 50 years later it still excites and moves me when I … Read more

Trooping the Colour – 2017

A year has gone past since my last post, and because of that I was going to skip posting a video of Trooping the Colour this year. But this afternoon, just out of interest I had a look at the video this year, and I was so impressed that I decided to post it. The … Read more

Florence Foster Jenkins – Part 2

This is my second post about Florence Foster Jenkins.  The first can be found here.   In it I wrote that there were plans to make a movie about her life in 2015 staring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.  As it turned out, two movies inspired by her life were released in 2016.  The first was a … Read more

Note By Note – The Making of Steinway L1037

From the Dreamweaver old JTHonline site   Hmmm. Richter has played a 7 min 51 sec (or longer) piece in 5 min 54 secs? The official website can be visited HERE and it has the Pounding Room Intro, followed by a slide show of scenes and review hightlights. You can control the speed of the … Read more

JPS Harmonic Synthesizer

My interest in keyboard synthesizers and computer music began in 1990 when I bought a Korg M1 and already had an Commodore Amiga computer at home. That was my first experience with what is now called a DAW – Digital Audio Workstation. On the Amiga I used several of Dr T’s music programs including KCS … Read more