Bangles for the blues

I get like this sometimes. I remember being in the dumps for a considerable period of time a few years back. I couldn’t stop watching the Granada version of Sherlock Holmes.

This time I’ve developed an almost unhealthy obsession with the Bangles. Some people have a mantra. I have “Eternal Flame” on repeat.

Website is back up

Sometime last summer I accidentally deleted my website while I thought I was backing it up. I fortunately retained my database but felt restoring my content post-by-post with a new design for the website was the way to go. Well, I was too busy (or lazy), so I never got around to it. The website has a new look but there’s nothing to look at.

As I’m simply accumulating too much work that needs to be posted, I realized I have no choice but to make my website live again. Maybe the embarrassment of an empty website will push me to get this done.

Oliver Schnyder returns to Korea with the Trio

Paik Soo Hyun, Phillipp Jundt & Oliver Schnyder Trio at Youngsan Art Hall, Seoul. 8 February 2014.

I’m really excited that Swiss pianist and RCA Sony recording artist Oliver Schnyder has returned to Korea! He and the Oliver Schnyder Trio just flew in today from Taipei, the first stop on their East Asia tour. Tomorrow evening the trio will join flutists Paik Soo Hyun and Philipp Jundt on stage for a concert at Youngsan Art Hall in Seoul.

With Oliver Schnyder after a fantastic performance at Seoul Arts Center with flutists Paik Soo Hyun and Philipp Jundt, 18 September 2014.
With Oliver Schnyder after a fantastic performance at Seoul Arts Center with flutists Paik Soo Hyun and Philipp Jundt, 18 September 2014.

The Oliver Schnyder Trio has been doing a great job of keeping in touch with their fans through Facebook. Their recordings and performances have received rave reviews, their December 2014 release of Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey, or Winter Giant to the careless speller — me) with tenor Daniel Behle being no exception. As an owner of two of Schnyder’s CDs, Haydn piano concertos with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Andrew Watkinson, cond.) and Mendelssohn piano concertos with the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur (Douglas Boyd, cond.), I was sorely disappointed at not being able to get this most recent release, unavailable in U.S. stores for download or otherwise. Let’s hope the Trio’s management works with Sony to rectify this soon. In the meantime, you can listen to samples from their album of Brahms’s Piano Trios, also recorded last year via SoundCloud. The Trio does a very cool thing by recording both Brahms’s original (1854) version of Piano Trio No. 1 and the revised 1891 version.

Among other works at tomorrow’s concert (see the program here) the Oliver Schnyder Trio will perform Winterreise with the vocal parts played by Philipp Jundt on flute. I expect it will be wonderful!