Here we are locked away in our homes at a time of year that’s just about perfect for travel, particularly across Europe, and now before the summer heat arrives.
|Gifted Imre Antal... Sadly no longer with us, though YouTube reminds all of his magic.|
May is the perfect month to tour old favourites like Italy and Spain and France.
Interestingly, though, a friend today highlighted Hungary as a really interesting virtual Paradise, and his recommendation tempts me from the regular happy route.
Well, it would if the new television, er, personalities would/will unlock us and let us go.
The friend shares a passion for piano music and offered it as a real lure to ensure Hungary will be the destination, when we are permitted to leave home, of course.
He reminded me of his extraordinarily gifted countryman, the concert pianist, Imre Antal.
|Thanks to the wonder of recordings and the web, his music lives on. He plays marvellously fellow Hungarian Bartók’s wonderful An evening in the village here »»|
A second astonishing gift
Hard to imagine a better reason for some sort of suicide, yet the astonishing Mr Antal didn't give in to despair. Quite the opposite.
He worked on a second astonishing gift and became an accomplished television presenter. He hosted a comedy show for 14 years on Hungary’s national channel, Szeszélyes évszakok, which apparently translates as Capricious Seasons.
Then Lady Luck struck him down again, and this time even more cruelly - with dreaded cancer of the severest form. It ended his life in 2008.
Thanks to the wonder of recordings and the web, his music lives on. He plays marvellously two minutes and forty-five seconds of fellow Hungarian Béla Bartók’s wonderful An evening in the village here »».
It is well recommended.
Imre Antal plays Béla Bartók’s An evening in the village
Wikipedia: Imre Antal
Wikipedia: Composer Bartok