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


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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)


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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

Phylospher’s Stone CURSING AND PROFANITY

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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

BBC News: Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine


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

Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40925343

Watch “Salieri “Requiem”” on YouTube


Today’s Holiday: Chief Seattle Days


Today’s Holiday:
Chief Seattle Days

This three-day inter-tribal festival honors Chief Seattle (1786-1866), for whom Seattle, Washington, is named. He was head of the Suquamish and Duwamish Indian tribes in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Besides featuring traditional Indian dances and drumming and dancing contests, the festival has a distinctive northwestern flavor, with salmon and clam bakes and canoe races. Other highlights are a horseshoe tournament, storytelling, and the election of a Chief Seattle Days Queen. The festival closes with the blessing of Chief Seattle’s grave. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Antonio Salieri (1750)


Today’s Birthday:
Antonio Salieri (1750)

Italian composer and conductor Antonio Salieri moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1766 with his music teacher, imperial court composer Florian Gassmann. When Gassmann died, Salieri took his position and went on to become Vienna’s most popular opera composer for the remainder of the 18th century. Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt were among his most famous students. Though Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were rivals, the story that he poisoned Mozart is likely untrue. How did their rivalry begin? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Genghis Khan Dies (1227)


This Day in History:
Genghis Khan Dies (1227)

Though infamous for slaughtering entire cities and destroying fields and irrigation systems, Genghis Khan is admired for his military brilliance. The emperor-warrior consolidated nomadic tribes into a unified Mongolia and led them to conquer much of Asia from the Pacific coast to Eastern Europe. He died on a military campaign in China, and the empire was divided. The circumstances of his death are unclear. According to legend, how did his descendants ensure that his grave would remain hidden? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Miguel de Cervantes


Quote of the Day:
Miguel de Cervantes

From reading too much, and sleeping too little, his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: William James Sidis: Child Prodigy


Article of the Day:
William James Sidis: Child Prodigy

Sidis was an American child prodigy who could read The New York Times by the time he was 18 months old. By age eight, he had taught himself eight languages and had invented one of his own. It is said that in his adult years he could speak more than 40 languages and learn a new one in a single day. In 1909, he became the youngest person ever to enroll at Harvard College and began lecturing on higher mathematics the following year. What became of Sidis after he graduated in 1914, at age 16? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: not know (someone) from a bar of soap


Idiom of the Day:
not know (someone) from a bar of soap

To be completely unaware of or know nothing about someone; to have never met the person indicated. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: gullible


Word of the Day:
gullible

Definition: (adjective) Easily deceived or duped.
Synonyms: fleeceable, green
Usage: Maddie was a gullible young girl, and we easily convinced her that our homely history teacher was actually a runaway princess in disguise.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Watch “W. A. Mozart – Requiem (fantastic performance) [Arsys Bourgogne] [HD]” on YouTube


Watch “Wagner: Siegfrieds Trauermarsch / Dudamel · Berliner Philharmoniker” on YouTube


Watch “Marvel’s The Defenders | Official Trailer 3 [HD] | Netflix” on YouTube


From Wikipedia: Richard II of England


Portrait Richard II of England

Portrait Richard II of England

Richard II (6 January 1367 – c. 14 February 1400), also known as Richard of Bordeaux, was King of England from 1377 until he was deposed on 30 September 1399. Richard, a son of Edward, the Black Prince, was born in Bordeaux during the reign of his grandfather, Edward III, and while his father was Prince of Aquitaine. Richard was the younger brother of Edward of Angoulême, upon whose death Richard, at three years of age, became second in line to the throne after his father. Upon the death of Richard’s father prior to the death of Edward III, Richard, by primogeniture, became the heir apparent to the throne. With Edward III’s death the following year, Richard succeeded to the throne at the age of ten.

Quick facts: Richard II, King of England (more…) …
During Richard’s first years as king, government was in the hands of a series of councils. Most of the aristocracy preferred this to a regency led by the king’s uncle, John of Gaunt, yet Gaunt remained highly influential. The first major challenge of the reign was the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381. The young king played a major part in the successful suppression of this crisis. In the following years, however, the king’s dependence on a small number of courtiers caused discontent among the influential, and in 1387 control of government was taken over by a group of aristocrats known as the Lords Appellant. By 1389 Richard had regained control, and for the next eight years governed in relative harmony with his former opponents.

In 1397, Richard took his revenge on the appellants, many of whom were executed or exiled. The next two years have been described by historians as Richard’s “tyranny”. In 1399, after John of Gaunt died, the king disinherited Gaunt’s son, Henry of Bolingbroke, who had previously been exiled. Henry invaded England in June 1399 with a small force that quickly grew in numbers. Although he initially claimed that his goal was only to reclaim his patrimony, it soon became clear that Henry intended to claim the throne for himself. Meeting little resistance, Bolingbroke deposed Richard and had himself crowned as King Henry IV. Richard died in captivity in February 1400; he is thought to have been starved to death, although questions remain regarding his final fate.

Richard was said to have been tall, good-looking and intelligent. Less warlike than either his father or grandfather, he sought to bring an end to the Hundred Years’ War that Edward III had started. He was a firm believer in the royal prerogative, which led him to restrain the power of the aristocracy, and to rely on a private retinue for military protection instead; in contrast to the fraternal, martial court of his grandfather, he cultivated a refined atmosphere at his court, in which the king was an elevated figure, with art and culture at its centre.

Richard’s posthumous reputation has been shaped to a large extent by William Shakespeare, whose play Richard II portrayed Richard’s misrule and his deposition by Bolingbroke as responsible for the 15th-century Wars of the Roses. Modern historians do not accept this interpretation, while not exonerating Richard from responsibility for his own deposition. While probably not insane, as historians of the 19th and 20th centuries believed, he may have had what psychologists today identify as a personality disorder, particularly manifesting itself towards the end of his reign. Most authorities agree that, even though his policies were not unprecedented or entirely unrealistic, the way in which he carried them out was unacceptable to the political establishment, and this led to his downfall. <a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_II_of_England?wprov=sfla1“>Read entire article

” Dusk ” 1524- 1531 detail at the tomb of Lorenzo de Medici by Italian High Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarotti at Sagrestia Nuova , San Lorenzo, Florence


” Dusk ” 1524- 1531 detail at the tomb of Lorenzo de Medici by Italian High Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarotti at Sagrestia Nuova , San Lorenzo, Florence

Watch “Liszt Chasse-neige Transcedental Etude #12 Valentina Lisitsa” on YouTube


Watch “Khachaturian Toccata – Pablo Arencibia” on YouTube


Watch “Wireless Warfare Exposed – Declassified Military Doc Proves Smart Phones Are Killing Mankind” on YouTube


The beautiful River Lune in Lancaster, England.


The beautiful River Lune in Lancaster, England.

The beautiful River Lune in Lancaster, England.

” Foundation of the Library ” 1477 Fresco by early Renaissance artist Melozzo da Forli at Pinacoteca in Vatican


” Foundation of the Library ” 1477 Fresco by early Renaissance artist Melozzo da Forli at Pinacoteca in Vatican

” The Passion Pulpit ” 1460-1465 Artist: Donatello Period: Early Renaissance Location: San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy It is made from marble and Bronze


” The Passion Pulpit ” 1460-1465 Artist: Donatello Period: Early Renaissance Location: San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy It is made from marble and Bronze

Să iubești pe cineva care nu te iubeşte…


Să iubești pe cineva care nu te iubeşte...

Să iubești pe cineva care nu te iubeşte…

Țara mea e Țara Făgăraşului


Țara mea e Țara Făgăraşului

Țara mea e Țara Făgăraşului

‘Sunrise’ detail ~ Claude Monet


'Sunrise' detail ~ Claude Monet

‘Sunrise’ detail ~ Claude Monet

A cave on a beach in Greece


A cave on a beach in Greece

A cave on a beach in Greece

A Lakota man. ca. 1895-1899. South Dakota. Photo by Jesse H. Bratley. Source – Denver Museum of Nature and Science.


A Lakota man. ca. 1895-1899. South Dakota. Photo by Jesse H. Bratley. Source - Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

A Lakota man. ca. 1895-1899. South Dakota. Photo by Jesse H. Bratley. Source – Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

My unique butterfly


My unique butterfly

My unique butterfly

Watch “The stories behind The New Yorker’s iconic covers | Françoise Mouly” on YouTube


Today’s Holiday: Gabon Independence Day


Today’s Holiday:
Gabon Independence Day

Gabon gained official independence from France on August 17, 1960, after more than a century of domination. August 17 is a public holiday, but celebrations often extend to the days before and after Independence Day, with parades and dancing. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Mae West (1893)


Today’s Birthday:
Mae West (1893)

West was an American stage and movie comedienne who started her career in burlesque and vaudeville. In 1926, she began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, which were often replete with sexual innuendo. A master of the double entendre, she treated sex with broad humor in popular films such as I’m No Angel. As a result, she constantly battled the censorship of the motion picture Production Code. What was dubbed a “Mae West” during World War II? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue Is Released (1959)


This Day in History:
Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue Is Released (1959)

Recorded in just two sessions in the spring of 1959, Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue is widely considered to be one of the most important jazz albums ever produced. Davis assembled a group of talented musicians—including saxophonist John Coltrane and pianist Bill Evans—and gave them minimal instructions before recording. Possibly the best-selling jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue is notable for having left out something considered to be the backbone of earlier jazz composition—what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Ambrose Bierce


Quote of the Day:
Ambrose Bierce

I is the first letter of the alphabet, the first word of the language, the first thought of the mind, the first object of affection. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake


Article of the Day:
The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake

The Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is a 200-year-old competition held annually in the Cotswolds region of England. Drawing both local and international participants, the race begins when a round of Double Gloucester cheese is set loose at the top of a steep hill. Competitors dash after it, risking sprained ankles, broken bones, and concussions in the chase. Even spectators risk injury, as the cheese reaches speeds of 70 mph (113 km/h). What does the first person over the finish line win? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: know every trick in the book


Idiom of the Day:
know every trick in the book

To be aware of or knowledgeable in every possible way to do or achieve something, especially ways that are clever, cunning, or ethically questionable. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: laic


Word of the Day:
laic

Definition: (adjective) Of or relating to the laity.
Synonyms: lay, secular
Usage: He was a laic leader, but many of his followers believed him to be a prophet.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

It’s a perfect day on Convict Lake right now!


It's a perfect day on Convict Lake right now!

It’s a perfect day on Convict Lake right now!

My pistachio ice cream cone


My pistachio ice cream cone

My pistachio ice cream cone

My freshly squeezed orange juice


My freshly squeezed orange juice

My freshly squeezed orange juice

My cactus in flower


My cactus in flower

My cactus in flower

Biertan


Biertan

Biertan

Mărgineni: E lângă Făgăraș


Mărgineni : E lângă Făgăraș...

Mărgineni: E lângă Făgăraș…

Two men in a boat


Two men in a boat

Two men in a boat

My Duck today


My Duck today

My Duck today

France 24 : Trump disbands business councils after CEOs quit in protest over Charlottesville comments


Trump disbands business councils after CEOs quit in protest over Charlottesville comments

US President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after corporate CEOs quit in protest at his remarks blaming “both sides” for last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170816-trump-disbands-business-councils-ceos-quit-protest-charlottesville

France 24 : Elvis fans mark 40 years since death of ‘The King’


Elvis fans mark 40 years since death of ‘The King’

Tens of thousands of Elvis Presley fans gathered at Graceland, his iconic Memphis mansion, on Wednesday to honour “The King of Rock” on the 40th anniversary of his death.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170816-elvis-presley-fans-mark-40-years-death-anniversary-graceland-memphis

More than 600,000 fans visit Graceland each year, paying tribute to the icon of popular culture of whom John Lennon once said, “Before Elvis there was nothing.” Forty years after his tragic death at age 42, floral tributes from around the world still line the Meditation Garden, where the king of rock ‘n’ roll is buried at his Memphis home. Tens of thousands attended a candlelight vigil on Tuesday to mark the anniversary. Among them was Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie, who thanked the crowd and lit candles for fans.

BBC News: Bush presidents wade into Trump furore over Charlottesville


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

Bush presidents wade into Trump furore over Charlottesville – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40946386

Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci – Uffizi Gallery


http://lovefromtuscany.com/adoration-of-the-magi-by-leonardo-da-vinci/

From Leonardo da Vbinci to Botticelli, Michelangelo and Titian. Here’s a shortlist of all most famous Renaissance paintings to be found at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Hope you’ll enjoy it!

Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo, details – Uffizi Gallery

Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo, details – Uffizi Gallery

Today’s Holiday: Daimonji Okuribi


Today’s Holiday:
Daimonji Okuribi

In Japan, the belief that the souls of the dead return to earth during the Obon Festival gave rise to the custom of lighting great bonfires to guide the souls back to heaven after their yearly visit. This custom is known as Daimonji Okuribi, the Great Bonfire Event. In the city of Kyoto, an enormous flammable structure, built in the shape of the Chinese character dai, meaning “big,” is set on fire on the hill in back of the Zenrinji Temple. The character is 530 feet tall and 510 feet wide, providing a spectacular display for city residents. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888)


Today’s Birthday:
Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888)

Lawrence was a British adventurer, soldier, and scholar popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia. He learned Arabic while on an archaeological expedition in Mesopotamia, then served in intelligence for the British army in Egypt during WWI. After conceiving a plan to support an Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire—a German ally—he joined the Arab forces and became a leader in the revolt, but he failed to achieve the formation of an independent Arab state. What did he later do under false names? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: First Issue of Sports Illustrated Is Published (1954)


This Day in History:
First Issue of Sports Illustrated Is Published (1954)

The first issue of Sports Illustrated—featuring Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat—was published in 1954. The brainchild of Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, it became one of the most influential sports magazines in America. Though Sports Illustrated originally covered a wide range of sports, including hunting and yachting, today it focuses on major sports, such as football and baseball. When was the annual swimsuit issue first published? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Francis Bacon


Quote of the Day:
Francis Bacon

By indignities men come to dignities. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch