Thursday, 17 November 2011


This is what happens when you go a few nights without attending a concert. You get bored and a little crazy, and then you start surfing the web for amusement, and you find some classical musicians who remind of someone else. So here goes for another whacky instalment of musical lookalikes...

Someone referred to Sir Georg Solti as the "screaming skull" when he rehearses orchestras, so that is quite appropriate that Captain America's nemesis The Red Skull takes his place alongside one of music's greats.

Classical music's first couple, Gramophone Award winning Sir Simon Rattle and his mate Magdelena Kozena, as played by The Duchess of Alba and Oscar winning Meryl Streep.

Conductor Helmuth Rilling and Formula One supremo
Bernie Ecclestone.

Founder of modern Vietnam Ho Chi Minh and founder conductor of the Bach Collegium Japan Masaaki Suzuki. The VC and the BC in perfect harmony.

Give or take 20 years, the British organist, music lecturer and Gramophone critic Marc Rochester (and my colleague with The Straits Times) bears a certain resemblance to the late great East German conductor Kurt Sanderling.

It is said that Romanians originally came from India, so it isn't too far fetched to suggest that conductors Sergiu Celibidache and Singapore's pioneering maestro Paul Abisheganaden are somehow related.

Pretty Women: Julia Roberts and Helene Grimaud. One loves Richard Gere and the other loves wolves.

A young Ronald Stevenson, great Scottish composer-pianist, looking like the great cartoon magician Mandrake.

I've always thought that George the loser from Seinfeld (played by Jason Alexander) was a splitting image of the love-forlorn composer of Lieder Franz Schubert. Both were particularly bad with women.

For those familiar with the Singapore and Taiwan musical scene, I thought that the teenage pianistic prodigy Tsai Min Hao could be the kid brother of the conductor Wang Ya-Hui.

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