Ruth Leon recommends…Fly on the Wall music shorts

Ruth Leon recommends…Fly on the Wall music shorts

Ruth Leon recommends

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August 24, 2021

Fly on the Wall music shorts
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Here are some delicious short videos of great musicians making music. No big deal? Well, this simple, fly-on-the wall performance of pianist Marc Andre Hamelin playing a spectacular improvisation on Gershwin’s Liza stopped me in my tracks.

More conventionally, Angela Hewitt playing Beethoven is no less arresting, (  as is Steven Isserlis with Holst (

All these are produced by Fly on The Wall. You’ll see why. They’re shot on one camera, which is not always in the right place, and often somewhat jerky. No matter. Watch anyway. These little 4-minute musical interruptions to your day can’t help but give you a lift.

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  • Petros Linardos says:

    I sampled Angela Hewitt and found her playing wonderful. The sound through my computer, however, is nowhere as good as the sound from my CD’s through my hi-fi system. This begs some questions:
    – Why should I trade my CDs for my computer and put up with a vastly inferior sound quality?
    – Is there a way to listen to streams at CD (or SACD!) quality?
    – Vinyl enthusiasts pooh pooh the CDs. What do they think of streaming?

  • Paul Carlile says:

    Has John Borstlap’s hi-perched collaborator buzzed off in a jealous sulk?