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

Watch “Natalie Cole LIVE – Unforgettable” on YouTube

Watch “Nat King Cole – Mona Lisa” on YouTube

BBC News: World’s most threatening superbugs ranked in new list

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

World’s most threatening superbugs ranked in new list – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39104411

Watch “George Enescu – Rapsodia Romana (Full)” on YouTube

Watch “Ciprian Porumbescu – Balada pentru vioara si orchestra (Ballad for violin and orchestra)” on YouTube

Watch “The Doors “Riders On The Storm (Alternate Version)”” on YouTube

Julian Assange Lawyer Fears Wikileaks Founder Could Be Evicted From Embassy Shelter – NBC News


 Will Wikileaks’ Julian Assange Be Sent to the U.S.? 10:23

A lawyer acting for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told NBC News there is “great concern” among his team that a new Ecuadorian president could force him out of the country’s London embassy and warned his health was deteriorating.

Trump: ‘Nobody knew health care could be so complicated’ – CNNPolitics.com


Now, I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” he added. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”

Watch “F. Schubert Sonata A major # 20 D.959 Valentina Lisitsa” on YouTube

Watch “Carl Sandburg Reads Poetry For Children, 1959” on YouTube

Watch “This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous – FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY” on YouTube

Watch “Tchaikovsky The Seasons Чайковский Времена года Valentina Lisitsa” on YouTube

„Nu recunosc alt semn al superiorității decât bunătatea.” – Ludwig van BeethovenNatasha Milashevich Art

„Nu recunosc alt semn al superiorității decât bunătatea.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

Natasha Milashevich Art

Mottled Wood Owl at Tadoba National Park India

Mottled Wood Owl at Tadoba National Park India

We’re never alone…someone’s always watching! 

Liceul Radu Negru, Făgăraș 

Liceul Radu Negru, Făgăraș



Leonard Cohen: The Immortal Mortal

Leonard Cohen: The Immortal Mortal



Popcorn time is movie time: “The Originals” are in town

Popcorn time is movie time: “The Originals” are in town

Motel Oak Tree: Welcome!

Motel Oak Tree: Welcome!

Bună dimineața, din Breaza de Făgăraş !

Bună dimineața, din Breaza de Făgăraş !


Bun rămas, Iarnă!La revedere, Țară a Făgărașului! Bun venit, Primăvară!

My Duck Today

My Duck Today

My Chakra Today

My Chakra Today




The lovers 

The lovers

‘I’m Running Late’ – Purple Clover


what’s goin’ on


Watch a son’s video tribute to Leonard Cohen

Three months after Leonard Cohen’s death, a poignant new video for one of his final songs, “Traveling Light,” serves as a fitting memorial to the singer-songwriter whose cagey wisdom enlightened audiences for 50 years.

The black-and-white video was co-created by Adam Cohen, the 44-year-old son of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who was 82 when he died November 7.

Adam Cohen, who co-wrote “Traveling Light,” splices together vintage clips of his father as a young man with family photos and home video to create a moving montage of poetry in motion. The song itself, a reflection on impending mortality, is preceded by a brief scene of Cohen lounging on a balcony as he discusses his failing health. “I feel a lot stronger,” he says, “but I’m actually a lot weaker.”

The self-assessment segues into the four-minute ballad from Cohen’s last album, “You Want It Darker,” which was released less than three weeks before he died.

“I’m traveling light/It’s au revoir,” he talk/sings in that familiar craggy voice as the lyrics fade in and out on screen. “My once so bright, my fallen star/I’m running late, they’ll close the bar/I used to play one mean guitar.”

Today’s Holiday:Battaglia delle Arance (Battle of the Oranges)

Today’s Holiday:
Battaglia delle Arance (Battle of the Oranges)

The highlight of the annual pre-Lent carnival—held every year for generations in Ivrea, Italy—is the massive orange-throwing battle that involves thousands of combatants in the town’s streets and squares. The battle evokes key insurrections that the townspeople launched against undesirable leaders. On the Sunday before Lent, the battle is pitted between throwers on foot, who represent the townspeople, and others on decorated horse-drawn wagons, who represent the tyrants’ officers. The fight rages all over town, continuing through the Tuesday before Lent.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Christopher Marlowe (1564)

Today’s Birthday:
Christopher Marlowe (1564)

A shoemaker’s son, Marlowe attended Cambridge University and then became an actor and dramatist in London. His plays, such as Dr. Faustus and The Jew of Malta, often center on a heroic personality ruined by his own ambition. Most critics hold that the poetic beauty of his language elevates his plays’ violence to high art, and many believe that he influenced Shakespeare’s work. At 29, he was stabbed to death in a tavern brawl, possibly due to his involvement in what covert activity?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Grand Teton National Park Established (1929)

This Day in History:
Grand Teton National Park Established (1929)

Before US President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating Grand Teton National Park, the National Park Service and homesteaders around Jackson Hole, Wyoming, fought for decades about the best way to preserve the landscape there. Much of the steep Teton Range lies within the boundaries of the park. Its peaks rise above deep valleys, called “holes” by the first white trappers and traders in the area. It has been suggested that early French trappers named the Teton Range after what body part?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Joseph Conrad

Quote of the Day:
Joseph Conrad
The sea—this truth must be confessed—has no generosity. No display of manly qualities—courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness—has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Scorpions

Article of the Day:

There are approximately 1,300 known species of scorpion, and they are all venomous. Scorpions have two types of venom: a translucent, weaker venom used to stun and an opaque, more potent venom used to kill heavier threats. Although their venom is optimized to affect other arthropods and is relatively harmless to humans, a few species have venom potent enough to be lethal. What scientific fact challenges the ancient belief that scorpions sting themselves to death when surrounded by fire?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:banneret

Word of the Day:
Definition: (noun) A knight honored for valor, entitled to display a square banner and to hold higher command.
Synonyms: knight of the square flag
Usage: The banneret proudly led his troops into battle and pressed forward unafraid.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch


” Portrait of a Young Man ” 1495 ( detail )Artist : Pietro Perugino Period : Italian RenaissanceLocation: Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy


Băile Herculane, Caraș-Severin Foto: Sebastiaenwww.facebook.com/Sebastiaen.Photography/timeline

Casinoul din Băile Herculane

Casinoul din Băile Herculane 💙💛❤

Ipolit Strambu – Maternitate

Ipolit Strambu – Maternitate

Cucurigu boeri mari:Dați punguța  cu doi bani!

Cucurigu boeri mari:Dați punguța cu doi bani!

France 24 : New IS group call to violence sparks panic among Copts

New IS group call to violence sparks panic among Copts


An IS group video targeting Coptic Christians, the discovery of a shoulder-fired missile launcher near Cairo airport and recent killings have raised fears of widening terrorist activity in Egypt and resulted in Sinai Copts fleeing their homes.

The Islamic State group released a video last Sunday declaring it would specifically target Christians in Egypt.

The recording featured the final statement of a man they said was responsible for theDecember 13 suicide bombing of Egypt’s main Coptic Christian Cathedral in which nearly 30 people—mostly women and children—were killed. Calling Copts their “favourite prey,” the video called on IS group sympathisers to attack them on sight, and pledged to bring the fight to the streets of Cairo.

The next day, a man posted a video on Facebook of a shoulder-fired missile launcher he said he found in a garbage dump near Cairo International Airport while on his way to work. If functional, the weapon has the capacity to bring down a commercial aircraft.

And in the last four days, three Christians have been brutally murdered in Sinai, an Islamic State group stronghold that has been a battleground between the Egyptian military and Islamic militants since 2011. On Wednesday, the bodies of a father and son were found in Sinai’s capital city Al-Arish, the father’s body riddled with bullets and the son’s body with signs of being burned alive. The following day, Islamist militants stormed the home of a Coptic plumber and shot him to death in front of his wife and children.

The spate of killings—at least six Coptic Christians have been murdered in Sinai in the past month—set off a wave of panic that prompted hundreds of Copts to flee the area out of fear that they could be next.

Copts, Egypt’s orthodox Christians, make up about 10 percent of the Egyptian population and are the largest Christian community in the Middle East.

IS Group expansion

The IS group video was different from previous ones in that it was labeled “Islamic State in Egypt,” as opposed to bearing the “Sinai Provence” logo that the group usually uses, highlighting the expansion of their operations into the Egyptian heartland. In addition to claiming the attack on the cathedral in Cairo, in late January the group posted online the pictures, names, and addresses of hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police officers and urged their followers to hunt them down and kill them. Some of those on the list were located outside of Sinai.

“ISIS [the IS group] is constantly trying to plant its foot on the Egyptian mainland,” said Mokhtar Awad, research fellow in the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.

With its promise to take the fight to Cairo, the video was restating a tactic already in effect and did not mark a significant shift. The IS group has claimed responsibility for seven attacks in Cairo in 2016, and four in 2015, Reuters reported.

“ISIS is not just a Sinai issue,” said H.A. Hellyer, senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Royal United Services Institute. As fighters return from Iraq, Libya and Syria, bringing with them know-how from the battle field, they may become active at home.

Nor is targeting Christians, by itself, new. The Coptic Pope raised the ire of Islamists in Egypt when he appeared on stage next to then-General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during the announcement that Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood, had been deposed. In the days following, scores of churches throughout the country were vandalised and burned.

More significantly, it marked Christians throughout Egypt as legitimate targets for anyone with the means to attack them.

“They’re trying to do this France-like, Europe-like activation of lone-wolf cells to create havoc,” Awad said, referring to the call to arms that IS group chief strategist Abu Mohammed Al-Adnani issued to his followers last May saying that, if they couldn’t make it to Syria to fight, they could be just as useful to the movement by striking in Europe and the US.

An alarming discovery

It was against this backdrop that the mysterious saga of the SA-7 anti-aircraft missile launcher discovered within shooting range of the Cairo airport unfolded. A man called the police after finding the device lying in a trash heap less than a mile from the runway, and made a video of them discussing what to do with it, which he posted on Facebook. The video made the rounds on social media, included being tweeted by Awad.

Almost as quickly, the veracity of the account came under fire. A pro-government website reported finding the same video online, and said it dated back to 2011. The military issued an order calling for the original Facebook post to be deleted. And Awad claimed he was attacked by pro-government twitter trolls—leading to the perception that the find was significant enough for the government to want to hush it up, and thus piquing the interest of some very skilled citizen journalists.

One of those was Christiaan Triebart, a researcher with the open-source journalism site Bellingcat. He used the buildings in the background of the video to geo-locate the place where the video was taken. He then found a satellite image from August 2016 in which a building that is completed in the video was still under construction, meaning the video had to have been shot in the previous six months.

Intelligence site IHS Jane’s lends further credibility to the claim that the video is more recent than 2011 by pointing out that the improvised battery pack shown in the video were not developed until 2012 or 2013.

The clear effort by the Egyptian authorities to discredit the find raises suspicions, said Wassim Nasr, FRANCE 24’s expert on jihadist movements, but without knowing how and why the weapon got there—and even if it was functional—it’s difficult to draw conclusions. Was it left there for someone to pick up and use to shoot down a plane, or had it simply been discarded because it no longer worked? After the breakup of Libya, such weapons were smuggled out of the country in large numbers. They are notoriously unreliable.

In terms of its effect on the already-tense Egyptian populace, though, the weapon’s functionality scarcely matters. In the current context of government information blackouts, IS group videos and terror attacks, finding a missile launcher so close to the airport certainly feeds public fear, Nasr said.

Destabilizing Egypt

That kind of insecurity is what the IS group hopes to fuel in Egypt as it tries to destabilize the country by increasing tensions between different societal factions, most notably Christians and Islamists.

“The church bombing was a calculated step toward inciting sectarian violence in Egypt,” Awad said. “They are trying to up the ante and create as much violence and anarchy as they can.”

Their efforts seem to be working, if not yet on the mainland then certainly in Sinai.

“The reality on the ground has changed,” said Mina Thabet, a researcher with the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms who is currently in Ismailia to help those arriving from Sinai. He said as many as 50 families arrived yesterday and still more are coming today.

Some Christians have received death threats on their phones, others say that kill lists are being circulated among Islamist militants.

“ISIS is now following a strategy of targeting individuals,” Thabet said.

BBC News: President Trump to skip White House correspondents’ dinner

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

President Trump to skip White House correspondents’ dinner – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39093434

Misu Teisanu – Lectura

Misu Teisanu – Lectura

Arikara girl. 1908. Photo by Edward S. Curtis. Source – Library of Congress.

Arikara girl. 1908. Photo by Edward S. Curtis. Source – Library of Congress.


Eu am cu mine trei comori şi le păzesc cu străşnicie; cea dintâi se cheamă blândeţea, a doua se cheamă cumpătarea, iar cea de-a treia – modestia.________Lao Tse

Come to me 

Come to me

France 24 : Mexico rejects ‘hostile’ Trump immigration rules as US talks loom

Mexico rejects ‘hostile’ Trump immigration rules as US talks loom


Mexico reacted with anger on Wednesday to what one official called “hostile” new U.S. immigration guidelines as senior Trump administration envoys began arriving in Mexico City for talks on the volatile issue.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security unveiled plans on Tuesday to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation, and will seek to send many of them to Mexico if they entered the United States from there, regardless of nationality.

The tension over the timing of the rules mirrors an outcry when President Donald Trumptweeted that Mexico should pay for his plannedborder wall shortly before Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was due at a Washington summit in January.

Trump, who took office last month, campaigned on a pledge to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, playing on fears of violent crime while promising to build the wall and stop potential terrorists from entering the country.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in Mexico City on Wednesday afternoon.

He was due to be joined by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly later for talks the White House said would “walk through” the implementation of Trump’s immigration orders.

Kelly signed the guidelines issued by his department on Monday.

Mexico’s lead negotiator with the Trump administration, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, said there was no way Mexico would accept the new rules, which among other things seek to deport non-Mexicans to Mexico.

“I want to say clearly and emphatically that the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other,” he told reporters at the Foreign Ministry.

He said the issue would dominate the talks, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday. Mexico will insist that the United States proves the nationality of any person it wants to deport to Mexico, he said.

“We also have control of our borders and we will exercise it fully,” he said.

Roberto Campa, who heads the human rights department of the Interior Ministry, said the plan to deport non-Mexicans to Mexico was “hostile” and “unacceptable.”

‘Phenomenal’ relationship

White House spokesman Sean Spicer described U.S.-Mexico ties as healthy and robust and said he expected a “great discussion.”

“I think the relationship with Mexico is phenomenal right now,” Spicer told reporters.

Homeland Security’s guidance to immigration agents is part of a broader border security and immigration enforcement plan in executive orders that the Republican president signed on Jan. 25.

In Guatemala on Wednesday, Kelly told Guatemalans the immigration crackdown ordered by Trump meant undocumented immigrants would be caught and sent back quickly, advising them to stay at home.

He denied the administration was embarking on mass deportations.

Mexico’s agenda at the talks on Thursday includes border infrastructure, deportation strategies, Central American migration, narcotics, arms trafficking and terrorism, and the North American Free Trade Agreement, a senior official with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.


BBC News: Adopted Romanian orphans ‘still suffering in adulthood’

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Adopted Romanian orphans ‘still suffering in adulthood’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39055704

Watch “O Brother, Down to the river to pray” on YouTube

Two beauties: one more alive than the other…

Two beauties: one more alive than the other…

France 24 : French anti-terror police arrest three over ‘advanced’ plot

French anti-terror police arrest three over ‘advanced’ plot


French police on Tuesday arrested three men suspected of planning a terror attack in raids in the Paris area, Marseille and the central city of Clermont-Ferrand, legal sources said.

In Clermont-Ferrand, a bomb-disposal operation was called in to sweep the home of a 37-year-old suspect for explosives, a source said.

“The suspects had a plot that was sufficiently advanced for the police to decide to arrest them,” another source said.

The raids were ordered by anti-terrorism prosecutors in Paris, according to a judicial source.

France, which has been rocked by a wave of deadly jihadist attacks from January 2015, remains on high alert.

On February 3, a 29-year-old Egyptian armed with machetes lunged at four soldiers on patrol outside the Louvre museum, crying “Allahu Akbar” (God Is Greatest).

He was shot and seriously injured by one of the soldiers.

A week later, police arrested four people in southern France, including a 16-year-old girl near Montpellier, on suspicion they were planning an “imminent” attack.

During the raid, the officers found ingredients used to make TATP, a highly unstable homemade explosive used in the November 2015 attacks in Paris.

The teenage girl, her partner and an older man described as their mentor were charged with terrorist offences.


Watch “George Enescu and Dinu Lipatti – Enescu Violin Sonata no.3 – I” on YouTube