Celebration of Sibelius’ 150th Birthday

The Finnish composer Sibelius  1865 – 1957, has been celebrated all year culminating yesterday at his birthday. Never before have I heard so much of his music in one day. All day via my Danish Radio and in the evening live transmission from the town Hämeenlinna he was born not far from Helsinki. All over Finland flags were raised for his sake […]

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Our old Radio House

The so-called Radio House / ( Radiohuset) was almost completed in 1941. The architect is Vilhelm Lauritzen and the style is very functional “Funkis Style”. The concert hall was not completed until 1945. As far as I know the Danish authorities did not want the occupying Germans to misuse this new venue. The last 6 years we have a new concert hall in another […]

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Looking for Art Nouveau While Travelling

I am so fascinated by that style very modern a hundred years ago in Europe. At that time they believed that wars were not necessary after a long calm period! The beautiful époque thrived on that idea. I have found buildings and decorations in that style in London, Prague and Paris. We even have a few buildings in Copenhagen of the style. […]

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Memory Exercising

Photo from Angela Hewitt’s annual Trasimeno music festival.  Loving classical music I combine the passion with training my brain to remember things. Before I got to know and appreciate classical music I unconsciously did the same memory game as a teenager. What did I hear and which band was playing? The Beach Boys? The Kinks or the Animals? The Doors […]

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Studying Hard Leads to Promotion!

The other night I attended a classical concert in our fine concert hall of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The conductor was a young Spanish musician playing percussion until two years ago in the famous Koncertgebouw orchestra in Amsterdam. He was so keen on studying the scores so always when playing his role as a percussionist he would  thoroughly study […]

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