Thursday, February 04, 2016

Ripped in January

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

Gilbert Kaplan (74), American businessman and amateur conductor. Probably the only amateur to have landed a recording on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label (Mahler's second symphony) - in our CD collection. 
Vilmos Zsigmond (85), Hungarian-American cinematographer. Famous for his work on timeless classic movies like Close encounters of the third kind and The deer hunter.
Michel Delpech (69), French singer-songwriter and actor. Hits like the upbeat Pour un flirt and the beautiful Ce Lundi la are on our car USB stick.
Pierre Boulez (90), French composer and conductor. We have half a dozen of CD's with his compositions, including Pli selon pli, and Explosant fixe, as well as dozens of CD's with him conducting works of Debussy, Mahler, Webern and others. One of the most important figures in classical music for the past 60-70 years.
David Bowie (69), British art rock legend. One of the greatest of all time. Favourite albums from a career of almost 50 years: Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Low, Heroes, Black star. Favourite songs: Space Oddity, Life on Mars?, Rock and roll suicide, Ashes to ashes, Under pressure, Loving the alien, and many more. His acting career, although less extensive, should be mentioned as well, especially his role in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Alan Rickman (69), British actor, He starred in many TV series and movies, for me most notably in the eight Harry Potter movies as Severus Snape.
Hubert Giraud (95), French song writer and lyricist. He gave us evergreens like Sous le ciel de Paris and Mamy blue.
Elisa Pegreffi (93), Italian violinist and founder member of the famous Quartetto Italiano. My first choice for the middle and late string quartets of Beethoven.
Glenn Frey (67), American singer/song writer, founding member and one of the main vocalists of the Eagles. Responsible for some of the best pop/rock songs of all time, including Desperado, Lyin' eyes and Tequila sunrise.
Leila Alaoui (33), French-Moroccan photographer and video artist, killed in terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Denise Duval (94), French soprano, best known for her roles in the premieres of several works by Poulenc, including the opera Les mamelles de Tirésias.
Colin Vearncombe, better known as Black (53), British singer/song writer who had a world wide hit with Wonderful life in 1987.
Paul Kantner (74), American guitarist and vocalist, co-founder of Jefferson Airplane.
Signe Anderson (74), American vocalist, co-founder of Jefferson Airplane, lead singer before Grace Slick.
Aurèle Nicolet (90), Swiss flautist, arguably one of the very best of the 20th century. Stars on many classical CD's in my collection.
Frank Finlay (89), acclaimed British actor. I will remember him for his role as Porthos in the Three Musketeers movies, and the Witchsmeller Persuivant character in the first season of Blackadder.