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SCHUBERT: Impromptu in A-flat Major; Sonata in c minor – Luisa Guembes-Buchanan, p. – Del Aguila

SCHUBERT: Impromptu in A-flat Major; Sonata in c minor – Luisa Guembes-Buchanan, p. – Del Aguila

A much-respected pedagogue performs Schubert in a manner thoroughly sympathetic to the Viennese style. SCHUBERT: Impromptu in A-flat Major, D. 899, No. 4; Sonata in c minor, D. 958 – Luisa Guembes-Buchanan, p. – Del Aguila DA 55312, 40:00 [L4muse@comcast.net] ****: Pianist Luisa Guembes-Buchanan enjoys a reputation as an able pedagogue and Professor of Piano who has volunteered for more than 15 years at the “Summer School Wust” in Germany, an inspirer especially of young students of that instrument from the new “Länder” in central Germany. She has recorded the complete Beethoven piano sonatas and lectured extensively on the significance of the late sonatas. This all-Schubert disc, featuring Ms. Guembes-Buchanan’s artistry on a Fazioli instrument, was recorded in Cambridge, MA in 2015. The Schubert A-flat Major Impromptu of 1828 receives a fluent and vibrant reading: from its opening a-flat minor, the music progresses, Allegretto, in ¾, with felicity and assurance. The pianist prepares us, through canny pedal, lyrical runs, and adjusted dynamics, for the transition into c-sharp minor, where Schubert plays his wonted enharmonic tricks with the melodic tissue. The slightly disruptive repetition of minor seconds in the designated Trio section achieves a sonorous turn via the Fazioli’s special particular […]

American Friends (1993)

American Friends (1993)

American Friends (1993)   Cast: Michael Palin, Alfred Molina Director: Tristram Powell Producers: Patrick Cassavetti and Steve Abbott Screenplay: Michael Palin
 Studio: MGM (2/16/16)
 Video: for 16:9 screens Audio: PCM Stereo
 Language: English, no subtitles
 All regions 
Length: 96:00
 Rating: ***1/2 “And now, for something completely different.” I couldn’t resist the analogy. It is doubtful that Michael Palin (and John Cleese, et al) will ever shake off their renown from the iconic British comedy from the 1970s, Monty Python’s Flying Circus; and nor should they, brilliant as it was. This very soft, quiet and lightly amusing story, written by and starring Michael Palin, is one of the few times he has gone out and tried to do some largely ‘serious’ acting. For the most part, it succeeds, on the strength of Palin’s measured but quirky performance as a buttoned up college professor. Palin is the Reverend Francis Ashby, a fairly stodgy professor at St. John’s College Oxford, who goes off on a walking holiday in Switzerland. While high up in the Swiss Alps, Ashby comes across two American women: Caroline Hartley and her beautiful eighteen-year-old ward, Elinor. He begins to find the company of the women a welcome change from […]

Experimenter – The Stanley Milgram Story, Blu-ray (2016)

Experimenter – The Stanley Milgram Story, Blu-ray (2016)

Not at all your usual movie. Not fantastic but worth seeing. Experimenter – The Stanley Milgram Story, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder Director: Michael Almereyda Studio: Magnolia Home Ent. 10908 [1/5/16] Video: 1.78:1 1080p HD color for 16:9 screens Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Subtitles: English, French, Spanish Extras: “The Making of Experimenter,” “Designing Experimenter,” Interview with Joel Milgram on understanding Stanley Milgram Length: 98 min. Rating: **** The famous experiment designed by associate professor Stanley Milgram in the Yale psychology department consisted of various subjects giving what they think are painful electric shocks to the same affable stranger who is strapped to a chair in another room. The subjects are supposedly divided in random fashion into “teacher” and “learner,” but it is fixed so the same actor plays the stranger supposedly getting the shocks. Despite his pleas for mercy, most of the “teachers” do not stop the experiment and administer what they think a near-fatal higher and higher electric shock, just because they have been told to. Both the scientific community and pop culture became suddenly aware of the experiments, and in some circles Milgram was accused of being a deceptive and manipulative monster – when actually […]