Archive for the Music Category

Ida Levin In Memoriam

Posted in Music with tags on November 18, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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As we were posting the preceding epitaph we received sad news of the untimely death of the brilliant violinist Ida Levin. We had the honour some years ago of meeting her and hearing her play and even on such a brief acquaintance her great character and musicality left an unforgettable impression. May her memory be a blessing.

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Leonard Cohen’s Hydra

Posted in Music, Photo with tags on November 13, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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Not knowing quite how to respond to the death of an artist who has meant so much to us we have chosen, in no particular order, some photographs from Leonard Cohen’s life on Hydra, the Greek island where we also have lived many ancient and instantaneous hours. And yes we have sung Suzanne there, in an open boat in the old harbour under the Milky Way. May his memory be a blessing.

Magic Mirror

Posted in Music, Photo with tags on November 13, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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Leon Russell In Memoriam

Posted in Music with tags , on November 13, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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Still trying to assimilate the death of Leonard Cohen, we were dismayed today by the passing of the great Leon Russell. A legendary backroom boy in the Sixties, Russell was more of a cult figure than a superstar, though this did not prevent him from being the top concert attraction of 1973 according to Billboard Magazine. We grew up on his most famous album, the immortal Carney, which has a proud place on our wall. And like our mama and grandma, he was from Oklahoma. May his memory be a blessing.

Now Playing #41

Posted in Music, Now Playing with tags , on November 12, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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A stunning, magisterial recording from the late master, while we adjust to a world without Leonard Cohen
Hear it on YouTube

Kocsis Zoltán In Memoriam

Posted in Album Art, Music with tags on November 9, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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Kocsis Zoltán
30 May 1952 – 6 November 2016
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We were saddened to learn of the death of the brilliant Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltán Kocsis, who passed away last Sunday in his native Budapest at the age of 64. Kocsis made many fine recordings and here we present a selection of vintage album covers in tribute to him. His untimely death is a great loss to music. May his memory be a blessing.

Reliques de Chopin

Posted in Art, Music, Object with tags , on November 6, 2016 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

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The sculptor Auguste Clésinger was a prominent member of the bohemian art world of mid-19th century Paris, and particularly of the circle of Frédéric Chopin and George Sand, whose daughter Solange he married in 1847. When Chopin died on 17 October 1849, Clésinger made his death mask and a cast of his hands. He also sculpted, in 1850, the marble funerary monument of Euterpe, the muse of music, for Chopin’s grave.

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