Wolfie’s Wheel Turns

August 30, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classical Music, MUSIC |
"Where's my 'Best Of' Compilation?" - 'Mozart's Last Days' by Hermann Kaulbach (1873)

"Where's my 'Best Of' Compilation?" - 'Mozart's Last Days' by Hermann Kaulbach (1873)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) was identified in Charles Murray’s Curious historiography, Human Accomplishment, as ‘measurably’ the most eminent and significant person in Western Music (along with Beethoven). Mozart finally gets his collected hits properly done.  (Now that Mrs Gibb has passed, we can note that Andy Gibb got a greatest hits record after one hit single).  Now, we see not only Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi, et al, but just about everything the great prodigy ever scribbled, a huge undertaking that will pose a giant test of his admirers. Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Records are marking Wolfie’s…

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Stalemate

August 27, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |
"Okay, Professor, so we didn't beat Sturt...but Sturt didn't beat us." (Frederick Stuart Church's rendering of the Tiger and the Professor, after lunch)

"Okay, Professor, so we didn't beat Sturt...but Sturt didn't beat us." (Frederick Stuart Church's rendering of the Tiger and the Professor, after lunch)

Glenelg v Sturt at Peter Motley Oval, 27 August 2016 Major round contender Sturt led us all day.  The Double Blues moved through their mid-field with a dazzling series of handballs, cutting our defences up and looming as big winners.  Yet the home side squandered the best of the breeze in the first quarter, by over-use and inaccuracy before goal, yielding them leaders by 17 points despite having 11 scoring shots to 4.  Beard and Evans looked dangerous up forward for Sturt.  But for sterling work in ruck by Warwick McGinty and great defence by James Sellar, the margin would have been bigger. The…

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Songs in Our Heart # 44

August 26, 2016 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |
(photo: Jo Altmon)

(photo: Jo Altmon)

Heroes (David Bowie) (Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno, released September 1977) [An almost unique pop song – no bridge, instruments set to howl, yet awfully full of feeling.] x https://youtu.be/Tgcc5V9Hu3g

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Songs in Our Heart # 43

August 25, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |
Pink_Floyd_(1971)

Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) (Written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour; released September 1975) [“We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl, year after year…”] x https://youtu.be/IXdNnw99-Ic?list=RDIXdNnw99-Ic

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The Norman Conquests

August 23, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | THEATRE, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |
(A marriage made in hell - Norman and Ruth)

(A marriage made in hell - Norman and Ruth)

      (1977) (Written by Alan Ayckbourn; Directed by Herbert Wise) This three-part dance about a weekend in the country, set at parallel times in different rooms of a large house, is not everyone’s cup of tea by a long urn, but it satisfies in its neat construction, its gentle humour, and several rollicking performances. “Table Manners” revolves around the dining room; “Living Together” the lounge and the conclusion is “Round and Round the Garden.”  The episodes stand alone but we recommend that you watch all three consecutively, over a few nights (or one long rainy afternoon). Kudos to the…

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