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.
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.