Iiro Rantala - Aria And Goldberg Variation
Composed By - Johann S. Bach – arr. by Iiro Rantala; Vilhelm Hammershøi paintings
Fom the album JAZZ AT BERLIN PHILHARMONIC I (2013 - ACT 9556-2)
Leszek Możdżer - Piano. Michael Wollny - Piano Iiro Rantala – Piano
Recorded live in concert at the Berlin Philharmonic (Kammermusiksaal), December 11, 2012
Kontor ; New Media
Vilhelm Hammershøi, often written in English Vilhelm Hammershoi (15 May 1864 – 13 February 1916), was a Danishpainter. He is known for his poetic, low-key portraits and interiors. In 1997, Denmark issued a postage stamp in his honor.
Hammershøi's early works, with their simplicity and recording of the "banality of everyday life", enjoyed critical acclaim. He was sought out by artists and literary figures of the time, among them Emil Nolde and Rainer Maria Rilke, who both remarked on his retiring manner and reluctance to talk. After a trip to Paris, his work became overly detailed. According to art critic Souren Melikian, his "painterly skill remained but the magic was lost."
Hammershøi’s melancholic vision has now regained its place in the public consciousness. He is now one of the best-known artists in Scandinavia, and comprehensive retrospectives of his work have been organized by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2008, theRoyal Academy of London hosted the first major exhibition in Britain of Hammershøi’s work, Vilhelm Hammershøi: The Poetry of Silence. Hammershøi’s only painting on constant display in Britain is 'Interior' in the National Gallery.
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