Saturday, 24 March 2012

A grey heron and a Pearl in the Sound

This photo of a grey heron and the Copenhagen - Oslo ferry Pearl Scandinavia (now renamed Pearl Seaways) in the Sound I shot already on the October 6, 2010. I hope you also like it.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Chemical tanker Olympus in Øresund

The dubble hulled chemical tanker Olympus, one of the ships in the Sirius Rederi AB fleet, passed Helsingør/Helsingborg at about 10 A.M. The 124,5 x 18 m ship was built by the Turkish RMK Marine in 2006. The wind strenght was probably close to 10 m/s.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

The magic of Yuja Wang´s fingers

This is what one critic wrote after Ms. Wang´s recent recital in New York:
"An amazing phenomenon happened at the Massry Center Saturday evening. A charming little 24-year-old Chinese doll dressed in a tight, floor-length black gown tottered in stiletto heels to the Steinway piano. By the second phrase, she had transformed into one of the most powerful, masterful pianists ever to appear in the Capital Region, and had mesmerized the whole audience."

She is only 24, and already a big star in classical music. That kind of stardom, with all the publicity and public attention it usually brings, is often difficult to handle, particularly at a young age. But judging from what one has seen and heard about the Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, she seems to be able to handle her fame with the same amazing professionality she displays when making music. Ms.Wang also likes to appear in beautiful dresses - sometimes described as "tight and skimpy". However, it is easy to agree with the New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini, who commented: "she is a lovely young woman. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. What matters is that Ms. Wang has got it as a pianist."

The beautiful red dress Ms. Wang wore at the Verbiers festival in 2010 was rather classical

The magic of Yuja Wang´s fingers:
"Ms. Wang’s virtuosity is frankly unbelievable–mainly because she uses it as a tool, not for virtuosity in itself."

One only needs to listen to last encore of Yuja Wang´s recital in Verbier 2010 in order to understand the magic of her fingers:

This effortless performance of the almost impossible transcription of "The Flight of the Bumblebee" went viral on the internet: