Friday, October 30, 2009

Rene Goscinny _ A Genius behind Asterix and Iznogoud

We have all known about Asterix's adventures through the mind of Rene Goscinny. But few days back, I was introduced to his other masterpiece work by my wife, 'The Iznogoud' series with brilliant drawings by Jean Tabary. He created these series in 1962 and believe me, even today they seem as fresh as the desert sand they represent. Iznogoud is the "Is No Good" Vazir of Haroun Al Plassid somewhere in the bowels of Baghdad. His dream is "How to become the Caliph instead of the Caliph" and each adventure is as wicked and seam bursting as the other. It is a laugh riot with superb drawings and I am thoroughly enjoying each work of Goscinny on these series as I have done with the Asterix.
A section of the Muslim Community seems to get offended by the sharp cynicism of Goscinny in making fun of the Caliph and the Commander of the Faithful but these critics don't know their arse from their elbow and do not know how to accept reality and laugh at themselves. The British and the Dutch and the French have shown us the way in how to laugh at yourself and create a masterpiece in writing and art.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bruckner's Romantische

This is the definitive Bruckner Fourth. It has taken me 53 years to discover this.Those who have ears to hear will be convinced by Celibidache that this is the greatest performance of this symphony. There have been many fine recordings of this score particularly by Zubin Mehta, Otto Klemperer and Jesus Lopez Cobos but this will change your life. What tempi and what space! You owe it to yourself to acquaint yourself with this remarkable performance.