Fabulous Performances: Sayaka Shoji – Tchaikovsky : Violin Concerto in D major op.35 (YouTube Viral – 2,429,203 [posted: Oct 14, 2011]

Sayaka Shoji is the first Japanese and youngest winner at the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1999.
She was born into an artistic family and spent her childhood in Siena, Italy. She studied at Hochschule für Musik Köln under Zakhar Bron and graduated in 2004. Her other teachers have included Sashko Gawrillow, Uto Ughi and Shlomo Mintz.

Zubin Mehta has been her strong supporter. When Shoji auditioned for him in 2000, he immediately changed his schedule in order to make her first recording with the Israel Philharmonic possible in the following month, then invited her to perform with Bavarian State Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

New at euzicasa: Valentina Lisitsa – Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No 12

[Quelle: Servus TV]

“The summer has finally arrived to Paris: balmy 30 degrees, sweaty tourists…. It is even more amazing that the moment music begins sounding all those people who a minute ago were hurrying along busily , those people suddenly stop in their tracks and dive into the magic of sound, like it was a cool pool. Enjoy this short report for http://www.streetpianos.com and next time you suddenly hear piano sounds on a hot summer day on a street – it’s not an aural mirage , it’s for real – come and join in !” Continue reading

WordPress.com: Should “Settings” Be Your Choice? (Please take part in this important survey)

I have recently experienced some unwanted activity on my website. To be more specific, some of the followers have associated with you too, my very welcome and followers.

In today’s world ,  I should think that the most fundamental right as a blog administrator would be to decides, upon revising the content who will, or not be approved to become your blogging family.
As I requested several times and through different avenues, WordPress.com so far dismissed my requests to implement Setting choices, allowing us to decide who will, or will not follow us, based upon subject matter, interests, language, and so many other valid criteria in existence here at WordPress.com.  

At this time WordPress.com has no way to allow us the choice of moderating access, compared to Twitter, or even Facebook.

I think that Twitter services have a direct, easy to use, friendly way of empowering a member to freedom of association, and everyone of us is entitled to, without having o ask WordPress.com administration to do that for us upon request (which as I said earlier does not work, or even worse to have to directly contact such followers, which is beneath me (at least).

Here is how Twitter deal with this issue, at a immediate action of the twitter user (highlighted in yellow): 

Twitter v. WordPress Settings

Twitter v. WordPress Settings

Following is a Poll (my first) asking for your input in this issue, and the question is:

“Should the administrator of a WordPress.com be allowed to decide upon the membership at their site?”

Should you need further clarification on this matter, please feel free to comment, before voting! 

Thank you Friends! (as you can see this is NOT about you, it is about us all, I am sure you can too see why

Following is one example for the reasons I requested that word.press.com, allow for administrators’ settings. It would save time, and allow one the peace and tranquility of not having to interact with unwitty profane and vulgar characters!

Phylospher's Stone


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Hello World!

Air bridge overheadWelcome to: euzicasa.wordpress.com 

        This website is about art, artists and the way some of them  have influenced my whole life.
If at times the content may seem nostalgic, is only when it resonate in quality, in message and in power to influence human knowledge of one’s feelings.
        I am reminded of the little time we have to meditate upon the beauty around us, in an infinity of forms.
It is a duty, I think to share values, like leaflets over a monotonous life, and troubled civilization, away from the roll of coins that cannot buy neither a soul, nor that which makes us human.
        So happy trails, and I hope you too will find something in theses pages that you’ll like to share with others.

Thank You Friends,

George. Continue reading

Danee Robinson – Debussy’s 1883 “Mandoline”, L 29 (The poem of Paul Verlaine)

Danee Robinson is gifted with a pure, soprano angelic voice. She is an evolving presence in the world of classical music, and is getting more and more attention in the world of music, from an ever larger audience. 

How to describe in words her presence in the universe that’s larger than any imagination, the universe of music:

‘I am therefore I sing’

I feel  her  message  throughout her musical career, in her album “Canto di Gioia” (Song of Joy) on stage, and in this beautiful interpretation of “Mandoline”, composed by Claude Debussy, in 1883, for piano and soloist on the poem of Paul Verlaine. A composition exuding youth, and its capacity of playfulness, freedom and happyness…Of love everlasting. Continue reading

Day in pictures: 30 July 2014

Day in pictures: 30 July 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-28567376

Smart home kit proves ‘easy to hack’

Smart home kit proves ‘easy to hack’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28569342

Somali ‘killed for not wearing veil’

Somali ‘killed for not wearing veil’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28564984

Anger mounts as Gaza toll rises

Anger mounts as Gaza toll rises http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28573674

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Dozens of baby turtles hatch and head home – WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports


A Tour of the Ancient Life Still Trapped in Amber | Motherboard


US Imposes Visa Ban on Venezuelan Officials – ABC News


Israeli Shells Said to Hit Shelter at Gaza U.N. School – NYTimes.com


Text of Lois Lerner’s email exchange – seattlepi.com


F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live): make music part of your life series

from:  thiagoblanco:
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)

Suite – “Ein Sommernachtstraum” op. 61 / Suite – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)

- Overture
- Scherzo
- Intermezzo
- Nocturne
- Wedding March

Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Conductor: Ton Koopman
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847)



Saint-Saëns – Violin Sonata No. 1 – Heifetz, Smith: Great compositions/performances

from:  ryan teall:

Saint-Saëns – Violin Sonata No. 1 – Heifetz, Smith

Camille Saint-Saëns, Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 75 (1885)

I. Allegro agitato
II. Adagio (6:45)
III. Allegro moderato (12:33)
IV. Allegro molto (16:13)

Jascha Heifetz, Brooks Smith

today’s Saint, July 30, 2014: St. Peter Chrysologus (Feastday: July 30)






Pedro crisologo01.jpgSt. Peter Chrysologus
Greek: Ἅγιος Πέτρος ὁ Χρυσολόγος, Petros Chrysologos meaning Peter the “golden-worded”)
He is revered as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.


Feastday: July 30
Birth: 380
Death: 450


St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast-July 30) Born at Imola, Italy in 406, St. Peter was baptized, educated, and ordained a deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola. St. Peter merited being called “Chrysologus” (golden-worded) from his exceptional oratorical eloquence. In 433, Pope Sixtus III consecrated him bishop of Ravenna. He practiced many corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and ruled his flock with utmost diligence and care. He extirpated the last vestiges of paganism and other abuses that had sprouted among his people, cautioning them especially against indecent dancing. “Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil,” he remarked, “cannot rejoice with Christ.” He also counseled the heretic Eutyches (who had asked for his support) to avoid causing division but to learn from the other heretics who were crushed when they hurled themselves against the Rock of Peter. He died at Imola, Italy in 450 and in 1729 was made a Doctor of the Church, largely as a result of his simple, practical, and clear sermons which have come down to us, nearly all dealing with Gospel subjects.


When in 1729 he was declared a Doctor of the Church, his feast day, not already included in the Tridentine Calendar, was inserted in the General Roman Calendar for celebration on 4 December. In 1969 his feast was moved to 30 July, as close as possible to the day of his death, 31 July, the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.


A contemporary portrait of Saint Peter Chrysologus, found in the mosaics of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Ravenna, depicts him among the members of the eastern and western imperial family, showing his extraordinary influence.




today’s holiday: Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an annual saltwater roundup of the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island off the Delmarva Peninsula. The volunteer firemen of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, ride to Assateague, round up as many as 300 ponies, and then guide them into the water to swim across the channel to Chincoteague. The next day some foals are sold at auction and the rest of the herd swims back to Assateague. A week of festivities surrounds the roundup, and tens of thousands come to watch the excitement from land and small boats. More… Discuss

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947)

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947)

An Austrian-born bodybuilder, Schwarzenegger won the first of his five Mr. Universe titles in 1967 and went on to become a Hollywood action star. An increasingly politically active Republican during the 1990s, he was elected governor of California in 2003. Schwarzenegger ran for re-election in 2006 and, despite the numerous criticisms of his first term, defeated Democrat Phil Angelides. Why did an Austrian politician demand that Schwarzenegger be stripped of his Austrian citizenship in 2005? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Jimmy Hoffa Disappears from a Detroit Parking Lot (1975)

Jimmy Hoffa Disappears from a Detroit Parking Lot (1975)

Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was an influential US labor leader with alleged ties to the Mafia. He led with brawn and charisma and made toughness his policy—whether dealing with management or with rival unions. In 1964, he was convicted of jury tampering and fraud and sentenced to 13 years in jail, but President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971. Hoffa’s unexplained disappearance in 1975 prompted decades of speculation. What evidence surfaced in 2001? More… Discuss

All’s Fair in Love and Dating Websites?

All’s Fair in Love and Dating Websites?

Researchers are held to a strict code of ethics when carrying out experiments on human subjects. For example, they are expected to obtain informed consent from participants. Yet, the obligations of websites remain murky, and some are using this to their advantage. On the heels of Facebook‘s revelation that it manipulated users’ feeds to study emotions, dating website OKCupid admitted to carrying out its own experiments, one of which involved falsifying compatibility information to see how it would impact users’ likelihood of initiating communication. OKCupid defended its actions, saying the data collected will help them improve on the site, but many remain outraged. More… Discuss



Seismology is the scientific study of earthquakes—their origins, geographic distribution, and effects. Much of what we now know about the composition of the Earth and its internal structure comes from seismologic research. In recent years, seismologists have focused intense efforts on developing ways to predict earthquakes in hopes of minimizing casualties caused by seismic events. Unfortunately, a reliable method has yet to be developed. Why were six seismologists recently indicted in Italy? More… Discuss

word: nonpareil


Definition: (noun) A person or thing that is unsurpassed or unmatched; peerless example.
Synonyms: nonesuch, apotheosis, ideal, paragon, saint
Usage: An ‘Only’ is a nonpareil, the feller that does one kind of a turn better’n any other feller. Discuss.

Death threats to Amazon tribe leader

Death threats to Amazon tribe leader http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28554806

Colombian city on alert after attack

Colombian city on alert after attack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28558909

Astronomers weigh up Milky Way

Astronomers weigh up Milky Way http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-28545437

‘Quantum Cheshire Cat’ observed

‘Quantum Cheshire Cat’ observed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28543990

Birds beat machines in hover test

Birds beat machines in hover test http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28563737

Red in tooth and claw

Red in tooth and claw http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-28548297

Argentina in denial over debt dispute

Argentina in denial over debt dispute http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28541071

Ebola virus: Twitter Q&A

Ebola virus: Twitter Q&A http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28559715

Instagram reveals new Bolt photo app

Instagram reveals new Bolt photo app http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/28558220

Netflix pays AT&T to ensure quality

Netflix pays AT&T to ensure quality http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28560106

UN accuses Israel over Gaza shelter

UN accuses Israel over Gaza shelter http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28558433

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


Saving lives on the Ebola front line

Saving lives on the Ebola front line http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28544605

Russia offers $110,000 Tor bounty

Russia offers $110,000 Tor bounty http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28526021

Car firms sued over CD ‘rip’ system

Car firms sued over CD ‘rip’ system http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28547853

Android ID flaw exposes smartphones

Android ID flaw exposes smartphones http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28544443

France offers Iraq Christians asylum

France offers Iraq Christians asylum http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28521778

Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting Lifespan


Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens


US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty – The Washington Post


Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain, Study – News of the World


As Profits Roll In, Aetna To Expand On Obamacare Exchange In 2015 – Forbes


BlackBerry Buys Anti-Eavesdropping Tool Used by Merkel – Businessweek


Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza

Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28539528

Migration changes ‘to put UK first’

Migration changes ‘to put UK first’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28537663

Migrant benefits to be tightened

Migrant benefits to be tightened http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28537663

Kerry, Israel and shuttle diplomacy

Kerry, Israel and shuttle diplomacy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28532866

Bird-plucking woman on Montreal train

Bird-plucking woman on Montreal train http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-28526460

The prisoners who grew 33,000 lettuces

The prisoners who grew 33,000 lettuces http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28420676

Emmanuel Chabrier: Le Roi malgré lui – Danse slave [Choeur et scène] (Acte III): make music part of your life series

Emmanuel Chabrier: Le Roi malgré lui – Danse slave [Choeur et scène] (Acte III)


The “Danse slave” at the beginning of Act III from the comic opera “Le Roi malgré lui” (King in spite of himself) by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894).

The libretto of this opera is a real mess, as it was written by in collaboration by two mediocre playwrights Emile de Najac and Paul Burani, partially revised by the poet Jean Richepin and later by Chabrier himself after Richepin gave up the work, disgusted. Chabrier called the libretto a “a bouillabaisse of Najac and Burani, cooked by Richepin, into which I throw the spices.” A synopsis of this convoluted opera can be found here:

Nonetheless, the music of “Le roi malgré lui” is truly wonderful. Maurice Ravel wrote that when the opening bars of the Prelude were first played, harmony in French music completely changed course. In this series of videos, I will present selections from the opera. The famous Fête polonaise from the beginning of Act II was already posted on this channel and can be found here:

You can follow along with a vocal score here:

Minka: Barbara Hendricks
Alexina: Isabel Garcisanz
Henri: Gino Quilico
Comte de Nangis: Peter Jeffes
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Chœurs de Radio France

Quotations 101: Henry Miller (tropic of capricorn, tropic of cancer)

“To walk in money through the night crowd, protected by money, lulled by money, dulled by money, the crowd itself a money, the breath money, no least single object anywhere that is not money, money, money everywhere and still not enough, and then no money or a little money or less money or more money, but money, always money, and if you have money or you don’t have money it is the money that counts and money makes money, but what makes money make money?”

“No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.”

“Take a good look at me. Now tell me, do you think I’m the sort of fellow who gives a fuck what happens once he’s dead? “

Read more about Henry Miller, here