Walt Mundkowsky was born 1944 in San Antonio, TX. As a teenager, he had a dachshund named after Hugo Wolf. Extensive writings on film (cf. his “Cinema Obscura” column in Home Theater, 1995-2001). He favors the mine-shaft approach to music listening — in-depth exploration of tiny, unrelated areas. A resident of Beverly Hills, he has lived in basements in Denver, London and Stockholm, and may very well do so again.
In the wake of Art Lange’s knowing words on Ellington, I’d like to commend a curious trio session, taped on 9-17-62 with bop titans Charlie Mingus and Max Roach.
Linking the Diabelli Variations to the Goldbergs began with Diabelli himself, but I could find only 15 pianists who’ve recorded both, never mind how successfully. Levin joins the clan1 on her second Centaur release.
Youri Pochtar boasts an encompassing technique, as well as the intellect to grasp the music’s mercurial turns.
Composer-pianist Olivier Greif (1950-2000) passed away seated at his instrument, where he was discovered days later. Despite his obscurity, Greif attracted first-rank interpreters.
Kempff recorded three intégrales — 1926-45 (on shellac), this one (mono) and a 1964-65 stereo remake.
This CD moves on alternating fronts, music in Dowland’s sphere and readings from the Corpus Hermeticum, attributed in the Renaissance to an ancient Egyptian sage.
A Winterreise with tenor and period piano arouses my interest (hinting at Schubert’s own recital for his friends?).
I’m happy to find the Italian early-music label Symphonia back in the marketplace. Here’s a glance at a Biber release (inessential but lots of fun), with others to follow.