Dec 23

Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life ? to ?? ?
This is actually a set of four shorts. The first receives a 4-star, (It’s a Wonderful Life), the story of a tormented Franz trying to write the Metamorphosis, but constantly being disturbed by neighbors and people knocking at the door. It finally ends in a “Wonderful Life” fashion, with all the playors now quite happy. The second film (Seven Gates) was a rather boring story of two brothers as they drive home after years of being away. The third film (The Deal) was awful and too obscene to even finish watching. The fourth (Mr. McAllister’s Cigarette Holder) was an entertaining story of a southern hick affixed to his cigarette holder. All in all, only the first was really funny, so wouldn’t advise anyone wasting their time to watch.

 

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Dec 23


Yehudi Menuhin Mendelssohn & Bruch Violin Concerti, Israel Philharmonic ?????
As compared to the Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Khatchaturian and Shostakovich violin concerti, I am relatively unfamiliar with the Bruch violin concerto. I wouldn’t be able to compare this recording with other performances. The Mendelssohn performance is virtually stupendous, and Menuhin shows a mastery of this concerto equalled by few others. His is a sweet, melodic, flowing performance. His style reminded me of the playing of the wife of a very good friend of mine (Anita H.) in the song-like delivery of even the technically most demanding portions of a piece. Both are delightful pieces worthy of a humble collection.
 

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