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Regina Spektor – Great Voice, Great Songs – Three…

I have recently discovered Regina Spektor when the cellist of her band Daniel Cho was tragically drowned before a concert in Montreux, Switzerland.

Regina Spektor grew up in Moskow where she began to play the piano. When she was 9 they emmigrated to the USA. Regina has studied the piano and composition, and she began to write her own songs and started her carreer as a singer/songwriter. She has produced several CDs, the latest CD is Far.

She plays the piano or the guitar to accompany her songs, but sometimes she just uses drum sticks to play the rhythm, or she has a band to play with her. Her songs have been used for TV series and movies. She writes interesting songs that are often influenced by her classical education as a musician.

NPR has produced several concerts with Regina Spektor, three concerts are available:

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2009

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2009: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120250919

New York-based singer, pianist and songwriter Regina Spektor returns to Mountain Stage for the second time to perform songs from her recent album, Far. The album was recorded with three high-profile producers — Mike Elizondo, Jeff Lynne and Garrett “Jackknife” Lee — in addition to David Kahne, who worked on Spektor’s critically acclaimed 2006 album Begin to Hope. As Mountain Stage host Larry Groce notes, Far sounds concise thanks to Spektor’s distinct style and approach to singing, writing and playing.

With assists from Daniel Hae-Wan Cho on cello, Kaoru Ishi Bashi on violin and John McKenzie Smith on drums, Spektor’s rhythmic, nimble piano style and acrobatic, unconventional vocals are unifying factors in her thought-provoking songs. The latest single from Far, the powerful “Laughing With,” is included in this performance.

  • “The Calculation”
  • “Eet”
  • “Folding Chair”
  • “Machine”
  • “Laughing With”
  • “Dance Anthem of the ’80s”
  • “I Don’t Want to Live Without You”
  • “Blue Lips

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2008

Regina Spektor on Mountain Stage 2008: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94889309&ps=rs

September 22, 2008 – In the early 2000s, Russian-born Regina Spektor was making music in tucked-away clubs on New York’s Lower East Side. By 2003, she’d landed a record deal with Sire, and her self-released album Soviet Kitsch was reissued by the label.

Spektor’s tantalizing piano playing and her quirky character pieces helped land her widespread exposure, particularly after the 2006 release of Begin to Hope. Buoyed by the hit song “Fidelity,” the album was critically acclaimed, and helped cement Spektor’s place as a pop-music phenomenon.

Regina Spektor in Concert 2006

Regina Spektor in Concert 2006: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6161219&ps=rs

October 3, 2006 – Regina Spektor makes quirky, artfully orchestrated music with hip-hop rhythms, inspired pop melodies and the passion of punk rock. On tour for her latest CD, Begin to Hope, Spektor visited the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. for a night of music, originally webcast live on NPR.org Oct. 3.

One of my favorite songs by Regina Spektor is Machine. I have added two videos of this song to this post – she plays together with her band including Dan Chon on cello:

Regina Spektor – Machine – Live Paris Bataclan 01-07-09

Regina Spektor – Machine Live (Bonnaroo 2010)

Additional information about Regina Spektor

Homepage: http://www.reginaspektor.com/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/reginaspektor

Fan-page: http://www.reginaspektor.org/

Wikipedia (Engl.) about Regina Spektor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regina_Spektor

laut.de about Regina Spektor (German) with bio and CD reviews: http://www.laut.de/Regina-Spektor

This post in German:

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Hallelujah Junction – John Adams

I am currently reading Hallelujah Junction, an autobiograhical book by the important US American composer John Adams, and so I checked the CBC concerts on demand section for works by John Adams.


A performance of Hallelujah Junction – a composition for two pianos by John Adams is availble on youtube:

J. Adams – Hallelujah Junction Part 1

Piece for two pianos by John Adams
performed by Piano Duo Gerwig & Gonzalez
Christine Gerwig – Germany & Efraín González – Mexico



J. Adams – Hallelujah Junction Part 2


Official homepage of John Adams:


Hallelujah Junction by John Adams (amazon partnerlink)

mandolin and piano

Richard Walz – Beethoven, Hummel and Neuling – Works…

CD Works for Mandolin and Piano with Richard Walz, Mandolin, and Viviana Sofronitzki, Piano

I have just discovered the following videos with recordings by Richard Walz. These are recordings from a CD Works for Mandolin and Piano with Richard Walz, Mandolin, and Viviana Sofronitzki, Piano, recorded in 1998.

This CD is probably no more available, and I do also not know how long those videos will be available at youtube – so if you want to hear it, do it soon!

Tracklist of the CD:

  • Sonata for mandolin or violin and harpsichord or piano in C minor, Op. 37a, Johann Nepomuk Hummel
  • Sonatina for mandolin and piano in C minor, WoO 43/1, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Adagio for piano and mandolin in E flat major, WoO 43/2, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Sonatina for mandolin and piano in C major, WoO 44/1, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Sonata for mandolin and piano in G major, Vincent Neuling

all pieces played by:  Mandolin: Richard Walz / Piano: Viviana Sofronitzki

Richard Walz has a homepage about his biography and his instruments, and about bowlback mandolin in general.

Another interesting site is the site of luthier Daniel Larson who built a mandolin for Richard Walz. You can find several pieces played on this mandolin on the following homepage:


More classical music for the mandolin (Amazon partnerlink)

Madrugada – Marilynn Mair, Mandolin