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Leonard Cohen Live – A Thousand Kisses Deep (“A light that doesn’t need to live and Doesn’t need to die”)



The poem is about accepting things we can’t change, and accepting a path we didn’t exactly envision for ourselves. Believe there is a quiet courage in accepting the path that is laid ahead of you, as you gather up your heart and go a thousand kisses deep.. 

[Thanks so much Monsieur Leonard Cohen!]

A Thousand Kisses Deep (poem) Lyrics

Leonard Cohen

You came to me this morning
And you handled me like meat.
You´d have to be a man to know
How good that feels, how sweet.
My mirror twin, my next of kin,
I´d know you in my sleep.
And who but you would take me in
A thousand kisses deep?

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat.
You see, I´m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet,
Who loved you with his frozen love
His second-hand physique -
With all he is, and all he was
A thousand kisses deep.

I know you had to lie to me,
I know you had to cheat.
To pause all hot and high behind
the veils of sheer deceit
Our perfect porn aristocrat
So elegant and cheap
I’m old, but I’m still into that
A thousand kisses deep

I’m good at love, I’m good at hate
It’s in between I freeze
I’d work it out but it’s too late
It’s been too late for years
But you look good, you really do
They love you on the street
If you were here I’d kneel for you
A thousand kisses deep

The Autumn moved across your skin
Got something in my eye
A light that doesn’t need to live and 
Doesn’t need to die
A riddle in the book of love
obscure and obsolete
To witness tear and time and blood
A thousand kisses deep

And I’m still working with the wine
Still dancing cheek to cheek
The band is playing Auld Lang Syne
But the heart will not retreat
I ran with Diz I sang with Ray -
I did not have their sweep -
But once or twice, they let me play
A thousand kisses deep

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat
You see, I´m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet,
Who loved you with his frozen love
His second-hand physique -
With all he is and all he was
A thousand kisses deep

But you don’t need to hear me now
And every word I speak
It counts against me anyhow
A thousand kisses deep

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Regina Spektor – “Samson” [OFFICIAL VIDEO]



Regina Spektor “Samson” Directed by Peter Sluszka

Regina’s new album ‘What We Saw from the Cheap Seats‘ is available now:
http://smarturl.it/whatwesawitunesyt

For more Regina:
http://Facebook.com/ReginaSpektor 
http://ReginaSpektor.com
http://myspace.com/ReginaSpektor

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Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (Original Studio Version)



Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah (Original Studio Version)

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VOCES8-Fever


VOCES8 performs Fever, arranged by Jim Clements for the group, at the NCPA in Beijing in 2009. For more information, visit http://www.voces8.com

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Analog Fagaras-Cat esti omule pe lume



Analog Fagaras si studioul ZooM Recordings
http://www.formatia-analog.ro

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Maybe, Maybe, poetic thought by George-B


Maybe, Maybe,  poetic thought by George-B

I waited for the right wave, too long,
unlike Papillon I discovered
no particular sequence.
Wave washed on the sand at my feet, 
waves crushed against the shore, 
always remodeling…

I waited for the right wind, the one that would propel me
away from the shore, for too long…
many a wind came, whistling their way through space
brushing and polishing the face of stone, the Sphinx:
He seems to have been witness to all, since it was carved
by demigods or perhaps antediluvian human-like creature,
my ancestors…
Maybe, one day the perfect wind will bring the perfect wave

Maybe, maybe…

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15 Great Quotes From Voltaire – Listverse


1039 Image Voltaire
15 Great Quotes From Voltaire – Listverse.

Just a thought: Imagine going to sleep in your sovereign country, and waking up in as annexed to the neighboring one: Such is the fate of Ukrainian Citizen….What a shame!


click on image to access the report at CNN

click on image to access the report at CNN

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JOYEUSES PAQUES!


horreur j’ai râté le début, il y a pas la musique gggrrrrrr !!!
Je vous prie de bien vouloir m’en excuser, je sais pas ce qu’il s’est passé, je l’ai fait vite ce matin parce que après pas le temps.
Ben voilà je voulais juste vous faire plaisir, pffff !!!!

Une petite Vidéo pour vous souhaiter, petits et grands de très bonne fêtes de Pâques
Soyez sage sur le chocolat et bonne chasse aux oeufs 
Prenez soin de vous
Bisous
AGNES

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Vivaldi – Concerto No. 1 in E Major, OP. 8, RV 269 : The Four Seasons: Spring


Vivaldi – The Four Seasons: Spring

J.S. Bach – Easter Oratorio, BWV 249


J.S. BachEaster Oratorio, BWV 249

The Amsterdam Baroque Choir
The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Ton Koopman

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King’s College Cambridge Easter #12 Rise, Heart, Thy Lord is Risen, Vaughan Williams


King’s College Cambridge Easter #12 Rise, Heart, Thy Lord is Risen, Vaughan Williams

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MAKE MUSIC PAST OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Messiah-Part III: Worthy is the Lamb-


Messiah-Part III: Worthy is the Lamb-George Frideric Handel-bekhit

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by His blood, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Revelation 5 : 12-13)

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MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Georges Bizet – Petite suite d’orchestre. Jeux d’enfants


Georges Bizet - Petite suite d’orchestre. Jeux d’enfants

La Folle Journée de Varsovie 2013, Szalone Dni Muzyki w Warszawie,
The Grand Theatre in Warsaw, Poland, September 28
Symphony Orchestra of the Tadeusz Szeligowski Music School in Lublin, Poland
Iwona Borcuch – conductor

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The Holy Father presides over the Holy Mass of Easter Day, St. Peter’s Square: HRISTOS A INVIAT!


The Holy Father presides over the Holy Mass of Easter Day, St. Peter’s Square

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ARTICLE: ASBESTOS (SPECIAL CLIP FROM “DUST TO DUST” ON TREMOLITE ASBESTOS AND MESOTHELIOMA VICTIMS IN LIBBY, MONTANA)


Asbestos

Nowadays, the idea of being exposed to asbestos strikes fear in the hearts of most. But just a couple of generations ago, people embraced asbestos-containing materials for their fire-and corrosion-resistant properties. Asbestos—a product obtained from a family of fibrous hydrated silicates—was used in fireproofing, electrical insulation, and various other building materials as well as safety apparel, brake pads, and countless other products. When was it discovered to be a serious health hazardMore… Discuss

In this short scene from our feature documentary, LIBBY, MONTANA, three former WR Grace employees talk about what it was like to work for the company in Libby. Les Skramstad worked in the mill only two years, but died of mesothelioma in 2007. Bob Wilkins was the local union rep for mine workers. He died of asbestos related disease in 2002. Dru Carr and I shot the interviews with Les and Bob in 2000. Earl Lovick was the plant manager for many years. His commentary here is from a videotaped deposition recorded during a civil case against WR Grace in the 1990s. Lovick died in 1996. For more information about the film, trailers, audio downloads, external links, reviews, blogs and more please visit the two official web pages for the movie: http://www.highplainsfilms.org/fp_lib…http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2007/libbym…

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NEWS: E-CIGARETTE NICOTINE POISONINGS ON THE RISE


E-Cigarette Nicotine Poisonings on the Rise

Marketed as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes because they do not expose users to smoke or tar, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have seen a major upsurge in popularity in recent years. However, many people do not realize the hazards the liquid nicotineused in these devices pose. In the past few years, calls to US poison control centers involving e-cigarettes have risen sharply. About half of these calls involve children ages 5 and under. More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: KOREAN AIR FLIGHT 902 SHOT DOWN BY SOVIET FIGHTERS (1978)



Korean Air Flight 902 Shot Down by Soviet Fighters (1978)

Korean Air Flight 902 was a civilian flight attacked by Soviet fighter jets after it violated Soviet airspace and failed to communicate with interceptors. One rocket caused heavy damage to part of the left wing and punctured the fuselage, causing rapid decompression and killing two passengers. After rapidly descending, the plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a nearby frozen lake. What happened when another Korean Air flight accidentally penetrated Soviet airspace in 1983? More… Discuss

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Paschal Troparion ‘Christ is risen” in different languages part 2


Paschal TroparionChrist is risen” in different languages part 2

It is probably the most known and beautiful Orthodox Christian hymn. It is sung at the Feast of Feasts – the Holy Pascha (Easter) that’s the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In this part the troparion is chanted by various choirs in different melodies in such languages:
French – Christ est ressuscité

Ukrainian:
Христос воскрес із мертвих,
смертю смерть подолав,
і тим, що в гробах,
життя дарував

Swedish – Kristus är uppstånden

Filipino (Tagalog):
Si Kristo ay nabuhay mula sa mga patay,
Sa pamamagitan ng kanyang kamatayan,
nilupig niya ang kamatayan,
At ang mga nasa himlayan
Ay binigyan niya ng buhay

Spanish (espanol) – ¡Cristo ha resucitado!

Greek:
Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν,
θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας,
καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι,
ζωὴν χαρισάμενος

Old Church Slavonic (the version of Old Believers) – Christos woskresie!
Swahili – Kristo Amefufukka
Arabic – المسيح قام
Romanian – Hristos a înviat
Afrikaans (Paasfees) – Christus het opgestaan

Finnish (Pääsiäinen):
Kristus nousi kuolleista,
kuolemallaan kuoleman voitti
ja haudoissa oleville elämän antoi 

Latin – Christus resurrexit
German – Christus ist auferstanden
Albanian (Pashka) – Krishti u ngjall!
English
Church Slavonic – Христос воскресе
Catalan – Crist ha ressuscitat
Romanian
Church Slavonic – Hristos voskrese
Hungarian

Dutch:
Christus is opgestaan uit de doden,
door Zijn dood vertreedt Hij de dood
en schenkt het Leven
aan hen in het graf

Greek:
Christos anesti ek nekrón,
thanáto thánaton patísas,
ké tís en tís mnímasi,
zoín charisámenos

Armenian – Քրիստոս յարեաւ ի մեռելոց՜ 
K’ristos haryav i mereloc’.
Mahvamb zmah koxeac’
yev merelyac’
kyank pargevec’av

Czech:
Vstal z mrtvých Kristus,
smrtí smrt překonal
a jsoucím ve hrobech,
život daroval

Coptic – Pikhristos Aftonf

Italian:
Cristo è risorto dai morti,
Con la morte ha vinto la morte,
E a quelli nelle tombe
Ha donato la vita

English
Georgian – ქრისტე აღსდგა
Kriste aghsdga mkvdretit,
sikvdilita sikvdilisa damtrgunveli,
da saplavebis shinata
tskhovrebis mimnichebeli

Church Slavonic:
Христос воскресе из мертвих, 
смертију смерт поправ 
и сушчим во гробјех живот даровав

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Hristos a înviat – Cor Ion Pelearcă: Hristos a Inviat!


♫ Hristos a înviat ♫ – Cor Ion Pelearcă

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The Burning Question: Is freedom of speech equated with forced exposure and therefore adherence to speech?


The Burning Question: Is freedom of speech equated with forced exposure and therefore adherence to speech?

And furthermore acceptance of ideas and actions proclaimed by said speech?

Can any company force you to be associated with ideas and ideologies that are erroneous, by not providing a means to separate and insulate yourself from such ideas?

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aka john galt and wordpress myth of Discussion settings allowing blacklisting of offensive sites (when Akismet overrules your freewill choice)


aka john galt - Why I chose not to be associated with his site? -  Because it is my right and any blogger to not be associated with abusive sites (it is in WordPress.com policy: why is it that they fsil to implement it?

aka john galt – Why I chose not to be associated with his site? – Because it is my right and any blogger to not be associated with abusive sites (it is in WordPress.com policy: why is it that they fail to carry it out ?)

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Die Weihe Des Hauses, Op. 124 – Ludvig van Beethoven (Consecration of the House) Overture


Title: Die Weihe Des Hauses, Op. 124, Overture.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven.
Artist: Claudio Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Painting by Thomas Cole.

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Great Compositions/Performances: Franz Liszt: Liebeslied S 566 (Schumann: Widmung)




Franz Liszt: Liebeslied S 566 (Schumann: Widmung)

Lang Lang

Berlin, April 28, 2011
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Fabulous Compositions: Antonín Dvořák – Humoresque No. 7, Op. 101



Conductor: Jiři Stárek
Orchestra: SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern

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Great Compositions/Performances: “The Wild Dove” , Antonin Dvorak , Alexander Rahbari with London Philharmonic Orchestra


The Wild Dove op.110 (Symphonic poem)
Composer : Antonin Dvorak
Conductor :Alexander Rahbari
London Philharmonic Orchestra , Henry Wood Hall 
Sound Engineer : Mike Clements

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59 [Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber, piano]



Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber, piano

Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59

1. Allegretto non troppo, quasi andantino [D minor] 3’03
2. Molto moderato [G major] 4’08
3. Allegro giusto [G minor] 4’11
4. Molto maestoso [C major] 5’30
5. Allegro giusto [A flat major] 4’16
6. Allegro con moto [C sharp minor] 4’21
7. Allegretto grazioso [A major] 2’14
8. Un poco allegretto e grazioso, quasi andantino [F major] 3’16
9. Andante con moto [D major] 2’27
10. Andante [B flat minor] 3’14

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SAINT OF THE DAY: ST. ALPHEGE April 19


SAINT OF THE DAY

April 19 Saint of the Day

ST. ALPHEGE
April 19: Archbishop and “the First Martyr of Canterbury.” He was born in … Read More

April
19
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Pope Francis leads the Way of the Cross at Rome\’s Colosseum


A worker and a businessman carried the Cross, as well as the sick, children and the homeless.

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Tale of two Easters: Holy Land Catholics, Orthodox to celebrate as one


Tale of two Easters: Holy Land Catholics, Orthodox to celebrate as one


Christian pilgrims carry palm branches during the traditional Palm Sunday procession last year on the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. (CNS/Debbie Hill)

By Judith Sudilovsky
Catholic News Service

JERUSALEM (CNS) — Ghassan Rafidi, 53, remembers enjoying celebrating Easter twice as a child in his village of Jifna. 

“We had two times to celebrate and two vacations. My father’s family gave us gifts on the Greek Orthodox date, and my mother’s family on the Catholic,” said Rafidi, the son of a Catholic mother and a Greek Orthodox father. 

But today the Christian community has shrunk, and it is important that the celebrations be united, he said. Employers honor vacation on only one of the celebrations, putting pressure on families to decide which to celebrate, he said. 

“The Muslims always ask us how many Jesuses do we have,” he said. 

There are many families like Rafidi’s, both in Israel and the Palestinian territories, with members belonging to the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Protestant churches.

For the past 15 years, Catholic parishes throughout the Palestinian territories and many in Israel have been celebrating Easter on the Greek Orthodox date. Now, following a directive from the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, within two years all Eastern Catholics and the Latin Patriarchate in the Holy Land will officially adopt the Greek Orthodox Julian calendar date.

The Latin Patriarchate calls the move a “decisive step toward ecumenism.” The official directive will take place after completion of the decree and approval by the Vatican.

“The main reason for the unification of the Easter celebration is for members of the same family, village and parish to be able to have one celebration, and one calendar, and to show the unity and enjoy the unity. We want to give a good example of unity to our non-Christian neighbors,” said the Latin Patriarchate chancellor, Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali.

The Latin-rite diocese of the Holy Land includes Israel, the Palestinian territories and Cyprus. Parishes in Jerusalem and the Bethlehem, West Bank, area will be exempt this year because of the Status Quo, the 1852 agreement that preserved the division of ownership and responsibilities of various Christian holy sites. The parish in Tel Aviv has also received an exemption for this year since there are many foreign workers who are members of the parish.

The Greek Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar and did not adopt the Gregorian calendar, which was implemented by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to correct a miscalculation in the rotation of the earth. 

Next year, Easter falls on the same day according to both calendars, so the change by decree will only be adopted in 2015.

The spirit of the holiday is lost if it is celebrated on separate dates, said Father Raed Abusahlia of Holy Family Parish in Ramallah, West Bank. Easter in the Eastern church is all of Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday, and includes special prayers during the week, he said.

“The liturgy is very beautiful if done together as a family. It can’t be spiritual if it is only part of the family,” he said. During the week following Easter there are traditional holiday family visits as well, he added.

Father Ilario Antoniazzi of St. Anthony Parish in Rameh, Israel, has been celebrating Easter with the Greek Orthodox for 15 years; he said the date is not important. 

“The most important thing is to be together on the feast, to give a good example of our love and to show that we are united in our love,” he said.

In the northern Israeli port city of Haifa, the change did not come easily for some parishioners, said Father Agapios Abu Saada of St. Elijah Melkite Catholic Cathedral, who has been pivotal in pushing for unifying the celebration.

“My experience in seeking solidarity … was not a smooth one,” he said. “The decision was not unified even within the same congregation.” 

He said those initially opposed to the idea were swayed by the joint religious processions during Holy Week.

“Unifying the feast is a vivid Christian testimony in a multicultural and multireligious society,” he said. “Christians in the Holy Land are a minority that keeps dividing itself to inner minorities within the minority, creating diverse subcommunities … which deteriorate the goal of Christians as one unrestricted community living in a multicultural and multireligious society.”

Father Abusahlia said some of his parishioners are “a little bit disturbed” because the Greek Orthodox Easter comes so late this year: May 5. 

“In the past years, we celebrated it together or with a difference of one week, so they didn’t feel it. Now it is very late, with a difference of 35 days. But we will celebrate together, it is good and important,” said he said.

The change also involves celebrating Lent and the period between Easter and Pentecost, said Bishop Shomali.

“Christmas is just Christmas and Epiphany, but when we unify the calendar (on Easter) we are unifying 90 days of the year. It is important,” he said.

He said he would be happy to see the unified celebration adopted universally by all Christians.

“The solution is to fix one Sunday in April as the date,” he said.

Bishop Shomali said although the Catholics did not ask the Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar, he expects they will do so to unite Christians for that feast.

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield


Primrose Day

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, novelist, and twice prime minister of England, died on this day in 1881. When he was buried in the family vault at Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe, Queen Victoria came to lay a wreath ofprimroses—thought to be his favorite flower—on his grave. Two years later, the Primrose League was formed to support the principles of Conservatism that Disraeli had championed. The organization’s influence ebbed after World War I, but Primrose Day is remembered in honor of Disraeli and his contribution to the Conservative cause. More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: H.G. Wells


Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: LARRY WALTERS, LAWN CHAIR PILOT (1949)


Larry Walters, Lawn Chair Pilot (1949)

“Lawnchair Larry” was an American adventurer who built a homemade aircraft out of a patio chair and dozens of helium-filled weather balloons and lifted off from his girlfriend’s Los Angeles backyard in July 1982. He quickly shot up to over 15,000 ft (4,572 m) and then drifted toward a nearby airport, where passing pilots reported him to the control tower. When he was ready to return to solid ground, he began shooting out the balloons with a pellet gun, but then he dropped it. What happened next? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ACTRESS GRACE KELLY MARRIES RAINIER III OF MONACO (1956)


Actress Grace Kelly Marries Rainier III of Monaco (1956)

Kelly was an Oscar-winning American actress who appeared in many films, including Dial M for Murder andRear Window. In 1956, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and became Her Serene Highness Princess Grace, an event that marked her retirement from acting. The couple had three children, one of whom, Albert II, is Monaco’s reigning Sovereign Prince. Kelly died in a car accident in 1982. Why did Frank Sinatra reportedly choose to skip his former costar’s wedding? More… Discuss

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Voces8 performs ‘Maria’ from West Side Story



International award winning a cappella octet, Voces8 performs ‘Maria’ from West Side Story. The arrangement was written especially for Voces8 by Composer in Residence, Jim Clements and was recorded live in Spain in November 2007.

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Leonard Bernstein – Maria (from “West Side Story”)


Leonard Bernstein – Maria (from “West Side Story”)

Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) was probably best known to the public as the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic, for conducting concerts by many of the world’s leading orchestras, and for writing the music for West Side Story, a musical based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

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Great Compositions/Performances: Fauré / Jacqueline du Pré, 1962: Elegie in C minor, Op. 24 – Gerald Moore, piano


Fauré / Jacqueline du Pré, 1962: Elegie in C minor, Op. 24 – Gerald Moore, piano

In this performance recorded April 1, 1969, twenty-four year-old Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987), accompanied by Gerald Moore, performs the Élégie in C minor, Op. 24 (1880) by Gabriel Fauré , Op. 24, by Gabriel Faure. I created this music video from the LP, “A Jacqueline du Pré Recital,” issued on the Angel label, serial number S-37900. All images are taken from the LP and LP jacket.
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More great cello performances:

JS Bach / Jacqueline du Pré, 1962: Adagio, from the Toccata in C, BWV 564 – Angel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQqukn…

Samuel Barber / Raya Garbousova: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 22 – Decca, 1966 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OR_ID…

Brahms / Isaac Stern / Leonard Rose, 1956: Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102 (Allegro): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vREWf…

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Great Compositions/Performances: Mendelssohn / Frank Pelleg, 1954: Quartet in B minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 3


Mendelssohn / Frank Pelleg, 1954: Quartet in B minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 3

Frank Pelleg (1910-1968) is joined by Peter Rybar (1913-2002, violin), Heinz Wigand (viola), and Antonio Tusa (cello) — all members of the Winterthur String Quartet — in this 1954 recording of the first movement of the Mendelssohn piano quartet in B minor, Op. 3. I created this video from the LP depicted above, issued on the Concert Hall Society label, serial number E4KP 1420, Concert Hall release H-5.

Movement 1: Allegro molto
Movement 2: Andante
Movement 3: Allegro molto
Movement 4: Finale – Allegro vivace

(Note: Late last year I had uploaded this performance in four separate segments.)

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More from Mendelssohn:

Arthur Grumiaux, 1974: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 – Complete - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LURD7h…

Mendelssohn / Igor Oistrakh: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 – Movement 1, early 1950s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igqdql…
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Details about this LP are available at the Library of Congress website here: http://lccn.loc.gov/r54000657

More information about Pelleg here: http://www.doremi.com/pelleg.html

Rybar’s obituary is available for review here:http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2002/o…

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Pope Francis: Jesus asked us to always be at the service of others


Pope Francis: Jesus asked us to always be at the service of others

On Holy Thursday Mass, he tenderly washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people. Pope Francis celebrated one of the most important ceremonies of the year surrounded by the sick. His Holy Thursday Mass took place at the St. Mary of Providence Center, for the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation.

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Saint of the Day: ST. APOLLONIUS THE APOLOGIST (April 18)


SAINT OF THE DAY

April 18 Saint of the Day

ST. APOLLONIUS THE APOLOGIST
April 18: Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered … Read More

April
18
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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: ZIMBABWE INDEPENDENCE DAY


Zimbabwe Independence Day

Like much of Africa, the area that is now Zimbabwe was long controlled by Europeans. In 1922, the 34,000 European settlers chose to become a self-governing British colony, Southern Rhodesia; in 1923, Southern Rhodesia was annexed by the British Crown. A fight for independence took place in the 1970s. An independent constitution was written for Zimbabwe in London in 1979, and independence followed on April 18, 1980. Independence Day is celebrated in every city and district of the nation with political rallies, parades, traditional dances, singing, and fireworks. More…Discuss

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QUOTATION: Aesop – “Wit has always an answer ready.”


Wit has always an answer ready.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: LUCREZIA BORGIA (1480)


Lucrezia Borgia (1480)

Lucrezia was an Italian noblewoman and daughter of the future Pope Alexander VI. Her family came to epitomize the ruthless Machiavellian politics and sexual corruption allegedly characteristic of the Renaissance papacy, but rumors of her participation in her family’s poison plots and of incestuous relations with her father and brother have not been proved. Nevertheless, Lucrezia is often viewed as a femme fatale and has been portrayed as such in many works of art. What are a few examples? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: “BRITISH BANG” ON GERMAN ARCHIPELAGO (1947)


“British Bang” on German Archipelago (1947)

Heligoland is a pair of small German islands located in the North Sea, comprising the main island and the smaller island of Düne. The main island is commonly divided into three geographic sections, the last of which came into being in 1947, when the British Royal Navy detonated 6,700 tonnes of explosives on the island, actually changing its shape. The so-called British Bang was one of the largest non-nuclear single detonations in history. Why did the British bomb the island? More… Discuss

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NEWS: HUNDREDS STILL MISSING IN SOUTH KOREA FERRY DISASTER


Hundreds Still Missing in South Korea Ferry Disaster

Hundreds of people, many of them high school students on a field trip, are still missing after a South Korean ferrytraveling from the northwestern port of Incheon to the southern resort island of Jeju capsized on Wednesday morning. There have been about 20 confirmed casualties so far, and at least 179 people have been rescued; still, more than half of the ferry’s 475 passengers and crew remain unaccounted for. Rescue divers have attempted to enter the now-submerged floors of the five-story vessel, where they believe many of the missing may be trapped—and possibly alive in air pockets—but difficult conditions have prevented them from reaching those areas. More… Discuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: VERRAZANO DAY


Verrazano Day

Observed in New York state, Verrazano Day commemorates the discovery of New York Harbor by the Italian navigator Giovanni da Verrazano on April 17, 1524. With the backing of King Francis I of France, Verrazano sailed his ship to the New World, reaching the Carolina coast in March 1524, and then sailing northward, exploring the eastern coast of North America. He also discovered Block Island and Narragansett Bay in what is now Rhode Island. In naming the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, New York gave Verrazano official recognition.More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Daniel Defoe


And of all plagues with which mankind are curst, Ecclesiastic tyranny’s the worst.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) Discuss

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV (1894)


Nikita Khrushchev (1894)

In the power struggle that followed Joseph Stalin’s death, Nikita Khrushchev emerged as leader of the USSR. He became First Secretary of the Communist Party in 1953 and the Soviet premier five years later. He was highly critical of Stalin’s rule and oversaw many reforms. Jovial in manner and often deliberately uncouth, he had a brash, extraverted style of diplomacy that became his trademark. Before his removal from office, the Communist Party accused him of mishandling what event in 1962? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: PEACE TREATY ENDS 335 YEARS’ WAR (1986)


Peace Treaty Ends 335 Years’ War (1986)

When hostilities between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago located off the southwest coast of England, ended, the warring parties recalled their troops, and the conflict was forgotten. Without a treaty declaring its end, however, the 1651 war peacefully became the world’s longest, technically lasting 335 years. Despite questions regarding the validity of the declaration of war, peace was officially declared in 1986. What 45-minute war is considered the world’s shortest? More… Discuss

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