- Primarily, I wish to thank all visitors / readers: I’m amazed to see how many people keep visiting my blog, even in periods when I haven’t posted many new articles — the number of visits is a great motivator for upcoming blog posts!
- I also would like to thank readers who made comments to blog posts, and/or who stay in contact with me via channels such as Twitter or Facebook.
- Thanks for the people at Bachtrack.com for getting me into concert reviewing — my blog would look entirely different without that,
- The concert reviewing led to several, extremely inspiring and stimulating contacts with artists—I’m infinitely grateful for each one of these encounters: they have boosted my motivation in the area of concert reviews.
- Thanks to my daughter Deborah — she has been the initial trigger for getting me started in blogging, back in 2011.
- Thanks to Deborah, as well as to my wife Lea, who have helped with comments and with reviewing posts.
- Also, many thanks to Deborah for motivating me to switch to WordPress as blogging platform, and to Lea for supporting me in the transition.
- Music ownership: With the obvious exception of concert reviews, all music discussed in this blog has either been purchased as physical CD (the vast majority, actually), or purchased and downloaded from Apple’s iTunes store, from amazon.com, or (rarely) from magnatune.com, i.e., all music is legally purchased (hopefully with the artist getting a share of the purchasing price) — I would not even consider gray or black channels such as BitTorrent and the like, and I’m also not a friend of subscription models such as Spotify, as it does not suit my listening habits & needs.
- I may occasionally refer to YouTube videos as “external references” — assuming that such videos are either legal or would be taken down if challenged for legal concerns. It is entirely possible that there are links to YouTube videos in my blog that have been taken down since my posting; feedback about such dead links is welcome, of course: I can’t periodically re-check all these links for their validity, but will remove dead links when notified.
- Concert reviews: I have been invited to write concert reviews for Bachtrack.com. These reviews are in German, the rights for these reviews remain with Bachtrack (small segments may be quoted with indication of the copyright). In cases where I write a separate blog post about such concerts (in English), these are not translations of the review for Bachtrack. I’m not earning money with this, but Bachtrack organizes the press tickets for such concerts.
- Music Scores: wherever possible, I use pocket scores to follow the music I’m listening to. In case I don’t already have a score, and particularly for smaller and older works, I use downloaded scores (PDF format) from IMSLP.org, provided downloading is free and legal in Europe. I have started adding information on printed scores that I used (with links towards amazon.com); I merely want to provide information on which score I used — I have not compared different scores, and so, such information cannot mean endorsement, except for stating that the score I used covered my needs as a listener (I’m not a musicologist!). As for the scores from the IMSLP project: note that those scores which are freely available are typically older editions that are no longer covered by copyright protection — those can definitely not serve the needs of a musicologist, or of a serious artist.
- Amazon links: Wherever possible, the “—Buy CD(s) from amazon—” links point to the exact CD discussed in the blog — with a few exceptions:
- Occasionally, the CD label shown in the linked page looks different, as I may have an older release of the same recording, or the label may have changed since I purchased the music. I stuck to this rule even in cases where a complete edition has become available (likely at a better price per CD), while I was discussing individual CDs (e.g., for some recordings of the Beethoven piano sonatas or string quartets).
- Conversely, in the case of the “Arthur Rubinstein Complete Album Collection” I’m referring to that collection (which is what I have), even though individual CDs may also be available fort some of the recordings.
- In some cases, a CD is no longer available, so I selected a (supposedly) equivalent recording from the amazon catalog without extra remarks.
- In rare cases, an individual recording may no longer be on the market, but it may now be available as part of a bigger collection — in this case, I marked the link accordingly.
Note: As the biggest share of the blog visitors reside in North America, the amazon links point to amazon.com, i.e., the U.S. branch.
- The UPC-A and EAN-13 bar code graphics are created using the free service from
- QR codes for URLs are included for iTunes, amazon.com or similar downloads where I can’t locate a valid UPC-A or EAN-13 barcode. These QR codes are created using the open source QR code generator at ZXing
- Metronome numbers are determined either by tapping into an OS X application such as “Subdivide”, or tapping into an iOS app such as “Pro Metronome” on an Apple iPad, or alternatively calculated from the time taken for a given number of beats — in either case looking for a section without too much rubato, and typically not the very beginning of a movement.
- Durations are typically without eventual applause, and possibly corrected for excess blank trails at the end (or at the beginning) — they may therefore deviate from the actual (CD or download) track duration.
- Most metronome & timing tables are generated as MS Excel spreadsheets that I export to PDF and then convert into a suitable graphics format (typically PNG) — how I do the color coding in MS Excel is far too quirky to be explained here.
- Update: CD & Booklet front pages for ripped CDs from my collection are typically scanned and processed through Adobe Photoshop using the following procedure:
- scan at 1200 dpi (HP OfficeJet Pro 276dw MFP)
- straightening & cropping
- possible removing spots etc. / image repair
- Gaussian blurring (“Filter” -> “Blur” -> “Gaussian Blur”, just enough to remove print pattern, typically with a radius of 3 – 4 pixels), possibly followed by selective sharpening (“Filter” -> “Sharpen” -> “Sharpen Edges”)
- the Color gamut is expanded using “Image” -> “Image adjustments” -> “Curves”
- scaling down to 150 dpi (final size around 700 x 700 pixels),
- saving in high-quality JPEG format
Last update to this page: 2017-05-06