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Entries by Dionysios Dervis-Bournias

The miraculous Diabellis of Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky

(2) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 8:52 AM

How many recordings make you feel that one single performer practically owns a musical work? Schubert's waltzes 'belong' to Marcelle Meyer, Brahms's Intermezzi to Katchen, the Goldberg Variations to Gould, Der Rosenkavalier to Kleiber, Tristan to Furtwängler and Flagstad. From now on, you could add to the list Beethoven's Diabelli...

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Umberto Eco, the Rose and the Laughter

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 4:28 PM

'When someone looks at my library and asks if I have read everything, I reply: "Absolutely not. The books I've already read are stored in the basement. Here, you barely see what I'll read during the weekend,"' Umberto Eco related with delightful self-irony.

Eco was one of the most erudite...

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On tweeting rage: Charlie Hebdo/Aylan

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 3:49 AM

The Oxford dictionary gives the following origin of the verb "recognize": from the Latin recognoscere: "know again, recall to mind". It's probably unpleasant and certainly disconcerting but it's a gain of time to realize from the very beginning this simple fact: in order to recognize something, we need to already...

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Pierre Boulez, a genious made of ice and fire

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 10:19 AM

Pierre Boulez was one of those figures who leave a lasting, indelible mark on the chronology of their art with a 'pre-' and a 'post-'. As a composer, he bequeathed a catalogue of boundless richness, which nurtured and influenced some of his greatest contemporaries. His inspired, fascinating music was of...

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Lang Lang and London's Pen Quartet

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 4:02 AM

Debunking the cliché of a critic being nothing more than a failed artist is an understandable demand on the part of this noble guild, which includes many imposing personalities. It conceals a great modesty that I propose to reveal by mentioning the innumerable examples of great pianists, violinists or conductors...
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Pianist HJ Lim: At Last, a Presence!

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 6:59 PM

Before talking about music, let's make a detour via literature. Far from his controversial scenario, which has caused so much ink to flow, it is the definition of what a writer is that I remember from Soumission, Michel Houellebecq's latest political thriller:

[...] in the end, whether he writes very...

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Amal Clooney for the Sculptures of the Parthenon

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 11:30 AM

On the eve of human rights barristers Amal Alamuddin Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson's visit to the Greek prime minister, Antonis Samaras, it would seem that Melina Mercouri's dream for the return of the Parthenon sculptures, sadly known as 'the Elgin Marbles', might actually come true in the...

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Mozart & OAE: Don't Wait Until the End for a Standing Ovation

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 4:27 AM

Should we wait for the end of a symphony or a concerto before applauding? Yes indeed, if we want to avoid the condescending sshhh! of our neighbours at Salle Pleyel, Carnegie Hall or any other concert hall.

Yet... applauding not only between the movements of a symphony but even during...

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Le destin de la Grèce moderne ou le malaise de l'Europe actuelle

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Le destin de la Grèce moderne ou le malaise de l'Europe actuelle

(un texte prémonitoire du philosophe Kostas Axelos récemment réédité)

Désormais, on commence à en prendre conscience : la "crise grecque" n'est que le sommet de l'iceberg, car une crise plus profonde, une crise européenne...

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Bond, Bond James

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 9:33 AM

La nouveauté de ce 23e James Bond n'est pas le (presque) remplacement du traditionnel "shaken, not stirred" martini par une bière. Mais le moment où un Javier Bardem très inspiré glisse ses doigts sur le torse d'un Bond inconfortablement bandé sur une chaise en lui faisant...

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Lionnel Luca, Βάβριος et moi

(36) Comments | Posted August 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Contrairement à Lionnel Luca, Babrios (Βαβρίας ou Βάβριος) a sacrément besoin de présentations.

Mais comment faire et que dire ?
Romain ?
Grec ?
Romain hellénisé dont le nom fut Valerius ?
Exceptée une version en vers de mythes d'Ésope qu'il a composé en grec et...

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Does Bachar el-Assad like Mozart?

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 5:52 PM

'Emotion can be the most reactionary of feelings.'

I was 28 when I left an interpretation class at Alfred Brendel's London residence with this phrase from the Master, pronounced during the dinner that followed, etched in my memory with an enormous question mark.

For me, emotion was synonymous...

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