People and music

Queen and huntress, chaste and fair

Here’s a fantastic piece of music that I recently had the pleasure to play. Didn’t know this one before and I really fell in love with it. Made me remember also an amusing thing I heard once in a chamber music lesson, playing some English pieces to a fantastic Czech musician. He admitted he was not the biggest fan of English music, saying it was a bit too bland for his taste… that all those Elgars and Vaughan Williamses lackedRead More

Hilde Güden, my new girl crush

24 October 2018 In English, People and music

The other day back home in Poland, my dad put on a recording of Le Nozze di Figaro, his favourite one. The one with Vienna Philharmonic, Erich Kleiber and a bunch of amazing singers. I had never heard this one before (shame on me, apparently everyone says it is THE recording of Le Nozze), and my attention was immediately caught by the voice of Susanna. I wonder if I listen to opera often enough to issue such criticism, but I’llRead More

Human faces

27 January 2018 In English, People and music

A friend invited me to join a community project. It is organised in a small town school near Brussels, the students of which are performing an opera written specially for them by a young composer. The school – I will clarify for my Polish readers, who might smile with disbelief – is a “normal” school, not a music one. My dear Polish readers, let’s take a moment to imagine executing a music-theatre performance with a complete amateur orchestra and choirRead More

Music in public spaces

Yesterday I was running errands with my boyfriend (some may think, seeing as I keep mentioning him, that writing about him is the raison d’être of this blog :-)) and one of our to-do items was visiting the maison communale, a sort of town hall in our district. The building itself is magnificent, constructed in the beginning of the 20th century in Neo-Renaissance style, with fancy staircases, sculptures and plenty of marble. The hall where we had to wait isRead More