A Kiss and a Concerto

Haydn’s Cello Concerto #1 in C Major, 3. Allegro molto I never tire of the pure joy surrounding this whole group of talented musicians. Isserlis is a masterful performer – a treat! Do you see the magnificent mural on the wall behind the orchestra?  Read more about the mural in Edvard Munch and The Suns …

Balalaika: Art and Music

Thorvald Hellesen, Balalaika (NOR), 1916, oil on canvas, 61 x 50 cm, Source: Nasjonalmuseet, The Fine Art Collections The balalaika has its origins in Russian folk music and is often used to articulate a quick, repetitive rhythm, and both musicality and rhythm typify Hellesen’s painting. Anastasiia Tiurina (7 years) “Valenki” balalaika, Start 4:12 Although we…