Just now I finished listening once more to one of the absolute masterpieces of classical music, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children), albeit in a version I had not heard before (by mezzo soprano Klara Takacs and the Hungarian State Orchestra under Gyorgy Lehal). Once more I was struck by the intense emotional power of this song cycle, and especially the end where the turmoil, anger and despair suddenly make way for a calm and soothing glimpse of heaven. One of the few pieces of music where I simply cannot play anything else afterwards for a while. In silence I sat and googled my way to a wonderful art-icle about this song cycle by Singaporean conductor and composer Derek Lim. It is a fascinating read, especially if you love this music as much as I do. Image sourced from here.
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
About the reconstruction:
End March 2017 I converted thousands of posts to draft, in order to sort out potential copyright issues. Many of these have been restored in the course of the year.
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