Gathering clouds in Switzerland

Gathering clouds in Switzerland

Sils-Maria is a Swiss village below the Moloja pass. A meteorological phenomenon known as the Moloja Snake brings low cloud creeping over the pass. In Clouds of Sils Maria (cert. 15) there’s a technical explanation, and clips from a beautifully eerie film made in 1924 https://goo.gl/6RYKNY, as a play within a play unfolds. “The Moloja […]

CD of the Week: Marcin Wasilewski Trio

CD of the Week: Marcin Wasilewski Trio

  Spark of Life Marcin Wasilewski Trio (with Joakim Wilder) (ECM) This disc promised enormously after the first couple of minutes – and delivered fully. Forcing similarities with label-mates Tord Gustafsen Quartet, it echoes the latter’s chilled mood, cymbal work, melodious lines, and – in the case of “Sudovian Dance” – a soulful bluesiness. While […]

Feminine choices in Hardy’s novel

Feminine choices in Hardy’s novel

Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd gets a fairly straight treatment (cert. 12A) by David Nicholls in his adaptation for BBC Films, directed by Thomas Vinterberg. There’s a lot of sheep, at least until a sheepdog fails to grasp his job description and drives the flock over a cliff, ruining owner Gabriel Oak […]

CD Choice: Marcin Wasilewski Trio (with Joakim Wilder) – Spark of Life (ECM)

This disc promised enormously after the first couple of minutes – and delivered fully. Forcing similarities with label-mates Tord Gustafsen Quartet, it echoes the latter’s chilled mood, cymbal work, melodious lines, and – in the case of “Sudovian Dance” – a soulful bluesiness. While it was my first listen to Wasilewski, his is not a […]

CD Choice: The Choir – Shadow Weaver (Galaxy 21)

Always good for intelligent, observant, honest and well grounded lyrics, The Choir have had a resurgence in recent years. Their last couple of discs have been very strong and this one continues the thread of songs tackling the breadth of human life, lit by the divine. Drummer Steve Hindalong writes about saying ‘Goodbye;’ experiencing suffering; […]

The search for the Woman in Gold

The search for the Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold (dir. Simon Curtis, cert. 12A) tells the true story of a painting by Gustav Klimt stolen from its Jewish owners after the Anschluss in Austria. It is (its original title) a Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer; Adele was a wealthy socialite and patron of the arts in early 20th century Vienna. A second […]

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