Daily Archives: February 23, 2011

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 – Second Movement

Wilhelm Kempff, Berliner Philharmoniker & Ferdinand Leitner – Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major (Mi Bemol Major), Op. 73 -“Emperor”: II. Adagio un poco mosso

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major 2nd Mov. “Allegretto”, Cond. Leonard Bernstein/WPO

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The work was premiered in Vienna on December 8, 1813 at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau, with Beethoven himself conducting. The piece was very well received, and the second movement, the allegretto, had to be encored immediately
I always enjoyed Leonard Bernstein‘s understanding of the theme in the Allegretto, that makes it memorable. It is as if someone revisits a place, that has a special meaning, and is glad that not everything in his analysis has been changed. If I were to, lets say take a walk, in a place, such as El Dorado Regional Park, I would look around in search for what ever I remember and would be satisfied upon finding it in the same place: May be a fallen tree branch, or a bench near the lake, few of the wild birds photographers, standing still looking into the ocular of the  powerful tele lens. You get the idea. Something that is present, accounted for, in course of becoming familiar.

Of course, it could also be that the Allegretto would be a sorrowful contemplation of the a battlefield, filled with corpses, and the wounded. But I would rather think about the first scenario.

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Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows

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Everybody Knows, Leonard Cohen

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that it’s now or never
Everybody knows that it’s me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you’ve done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it’s moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you’re in trouble
Everybody knows what you’ve been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it’s coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Oh everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows

Looney Tunes – the story of the three little piggs 1943

So now the secret is out: I like cartoons. One effective way to cross the ocean of life in a walnut shell. And one sure way to teach children to appreciate classical music early in life.


Bye Bye Life: All That Jazz 1979: What A Movie

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Sara Pe Deal: Madrigal Choir

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Sara Pe Deal: Mihai Eminescu (Click to enlarge)

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