I’m slowly exploring new friends I met on my recent tour of Germany and Holland, truly a feast of beautiful people. Today I mention Felix Justen, who I encountered promoting his new guitar support at the Berlin International Guitar Academy & Festival. It’s a very simple and effective design – check it out. Felix can be heard solo in this lovely work by Diabelli.
Given our mutual interest in song, Felix and I had much to talk about, including his long and very productive relationship with Elizabeth Parcells as The Duo for Voice and Guitar. At this link you will find the extensive catalogue of their recordings as well as biographical information on both artists. Elizabeth sadly passed away in 2005 from a battle with colorectal cancer. I single out this piece as a memoriam to a wonderful singer. Please read her history at her site – I am humbled, but glad to know of this great woman even in spirit only. Thank you Felix for introducing me to her and for your work together.
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1915-1976)
“A Ceremony of Carols” Opus 28
Hodie Christus Natus Est