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The sounds of a different world. Review of „The Music of the Temporalists“ by André Pogorillofsky.

Sometimes there are books that are impossible to categorize and impossible to describe. André Pogoriloffsky’s “The Music of the Temporalists” is such a book. I have read it, and I honestly cannot say what it is (is it a travelogue? A science fiction novel? A true account? A literary experiment?...

La Traviata Remixed (Video from Grachtenfestival Amsterdam) 1

La Traviata Remixed (Video from Grachtenfestival Amsterdam)

The world knows hundreds of Wagner pastiches and mash-ups, and his original operas are of course still played. But strangely enough very little has been done with Verdi’s music, not even parodies.
So I would recommend: If you want to see your nice 19th century „Traviata“ as your grandfather knew it just go to any opera house in your vicinity, chances are good that they will play it at some point.

Everything that is wrong in „Mozart in the Jungle“, Season 2, Episode 10: „Home“ 0

Everything that is wrong in „Mozart in the Jungle“, Season 2, Episode 10: „Home“

So we’re onto season 2 of “Mozart in the Jungle” now! MIJ is a great show – it has perfect casting, witty scripts, great actors…and screenwriters who try to unsuccessfully imagine how the classical music scene works. Actually it sometimes even adds to the fun that they don’t have a...

Everything that is wrong in „Mozart in the Jungle“, season 2, episode 9: Amusia 3

Everything that is wrong in „Mozart in the Jungle“, season 2, episode 9: Amusia

So we’re onto season 2 of “Mozart in the Jungle” now! MIJ is a great show – it has perfect casting, witty scripts, great actors…and screenwriters who try to unsuccessfully imagine how the classical music scene works. Actually it sometimes even adds to the fun that they don’t have a clue, as we become witnesses to scenes and dialogue that would never happen in real life. Isn’t that what TV is about?
But as it is fun to nitpick here is a rundown of all the mistakes in season 2, episode by episode….

Everything that is wrong in Mozart in the Jungle Season 2, Episode 8: „Leave everything behind“ 1

Everything that is wrong in Mozart in the Jungle Season 2, Episode 8: „Leave everything behind“

So we’re onto season 2 of “Mozart in the Jungle” now! MIJ is a great show – it has perfect casting, witty scripts, great actors…and screenwriters who try to unsuccessfully imagine how the classical music scene works. Actually it sometimes even adds to the fun that they don’t have a clue, as we become witnesses to scenes and dialogue that would never happen in real life. Isn’t that what TV is about?

Terra Nova (A Video Diary), Part 6 0

Terra Nova (A Video Diary), Part 6

Content: Chu arrives. Interviews. Costumes and Lighting are there! Final corrections. Nervosity mounts. Electric Sheep, Electric Sheep, Baah, Baah! A scene that looks like the 3 astronauts in „Alien“. Takeshi sings from the side.

Terra Nova (A Video Diary), Part 5 0

Terra Nova (A Video Diary), Part 5

The stage orchestra rehearsals are over and now is the last chance to correct things. Do alien sheep dream of electric composers? How many languages are spoken by the production team? Will the audience care? Will somebody get lost crossing the stage?
These questions are not answered by this video. But everything else will. Just trust me.

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Terra Nova (A Video Diary), Part 4

Press conferences are a staple of any opera premiere. To lighten things up, Carlus opened a bottle of water and emptied it over his head, declaring that he was now an immortal alien. That certainly got the attention of the journalists, but unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough to catch it on film.

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Terra Nova (A Video Diary), Part 3

The most exciting but also nerve-wracking period of any opera production are the Stage/Orchestra rehearsals, where the singers try to cope with the situation on the stage while lighting and direction are usually frustrated about the many things they still have to work on. It is also the last opportunity to make final decisions about the presentation…