Happy Birthday, Jascha & Fritz

Makes you think there’s something in astrology after all: two of the greatest violinists who ever lived had the same birthday, and it is today, 2 February. Felicitations to our beloved Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) and Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987).

Enjoy this astonishing performance by Heifetz of Paganini’s Caprice No.24 in the edition by Leopold Auer with piano accompaniment by Schumann. Blimey, guv, they don’t make ’em like this any more…

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

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