Benjamin Frankel : British composer of string quartets, symphonies and concertos

Benjamin Frankel (31 January 1906 – 12 February 1973) was a British composer. His best known pieces include a cycle of five string quartets, eight symphonies, and concertos for violin and viola. Born in London to parents of Polish-Jewish origin. His apprenticeship to a watchmaker at the age of 14 lasted for only about a year when … Continue reading Benjamin Frankel : British composer of string quartets, symphonies and concertos

“Loving Vincent” : Beautifully animated film describes last weeks of Van Gogh’s life through his art

Last evening my wife and I saw the new movie Loving Vincent and thoroughly enjoyed it. The film is unique in that it is animated in the style of Van Gogh.  Since all the characters were the subjects of paintings, watching as Van Gogh's art comes alive is a majestic viewing experience.  Lest you think it … Continue reading “Loving Vincent” : Beautifully animated film describes last weeks of Van Gogh’s life through his art

Two Portraits of Bob Dylan

For most, if not all, Bob Dylan fans his tenth studio album, Self Portrait, released on June 8, 1970, was infuriating and a disappointment.  Over the years the response has softened somewhat, but the recording stubbornly remains one of his least popular. "What is this shit?" – kicked off Griel Marcus' infamous review of Self Portrait in Rolling … Continue reading Two Portraits of Bob Dylan