Daily Archives: August 19, 2011

Zimerman plays Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 1

Zimerman plays Schubert

Franz Schubert‘s Impromptus, Opp. 90 and 142 (posth.), are a series of pieces for solo piano composed in 1827 and first published during the composer‘s lifetime (or shortly thereafter) under that name. There are eight such Impromptus in total.

Three other unnamed piano compositions, written in May 1828, a few months before the composer’s death, are alternatively indicated as Impromptus or Klavierstücke (“piano pieces”).

The Impromptus are often considered companion pieces to the Six moments musicaux, and they are often recorded and published together.

It has been said that Schubert was deeply influenced in writing these pieces by the Impromptus, Op. 7, of Jan Václav Voříšek (1822) and by the music of Voříšek’s teacher Václav Tomášek.[1][2]

Zimerman was born in Zabrze, Poland, and studied at the University of Music in Katowice under Andrzej Jasiński. His career was launched when he won the 1975 Warsaw International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. He performed with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan in 1976 and he made his debut in the United States with the New York Philharmonic in 1979. He has toured widely and made a number of recordings. Since 1996 he has taught piano at the Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland.

Zimerman is best known for his interpretations of Romantic music, but has performed a wide variety of classical pieces as well. He has also been a supporter of contemporary music. For example, Witold Lutosławski wrote his piano concerto for Zimerman, who later recorded it. Amongst his best-known recordings are the piano concerti of Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann with conductor Herbert von Karajan; the Brahms concerti with Leonard Bernstein, the piano concerti of Frédéric Chopin, one recording conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini and a later one conducted by himself at the keyboard; the Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos of Beethoven under Bernstein (Zimerman himself led the accompaniment of the Vienna Philharmonic from the keyboard in Beethoven’s First and Second Concertos); the first and second piano concerti of Rachmaninoff; the piano concerti of Franz Liszt with Seiji Ozawa, the piano concerti of Maurice Ravel with Pierre Boulez, and solo piano works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy and Franz Schubert.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krystian_Zimerman)

BRAHMS – Intermezzo op.117 no.1 (Andante Moderato) – Radu Lupu

Three intermezzi per a piano, op. 117, is a work of Johannes Brahms, written in 1892, one of the last four groups of pieces for piano composed inspired by his dear Clara Schumann.
Brahms often use the term intermezzo as a heading under which you could classify all that capricious or burning. The three Intermezzi do not require technical skill needed to interpret many of his earlier works, but his incisive musicality is Supreme for an understanding of these musical miniatures. The fact that all are marked in the Andante tempo, also presents a problem for the pianist, who must investigate the details of each piece and accentuate the elements that contrast.
The pieces were written in the summer of 1892, the same year of its publication. It is one of the rare cases in which Brahms gave him a specific title to a complete set of parts. Two of the three intermezzi featured very shortly after its creation: the first, on February 18, 1893, and the second, on January 30 of that year.
(Source: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tres_intermezzi_op_117_(Brahms)

Slideshow-Fungus Among Us_via_WebMD

Slideshow-Fungus Among Us_via_WebMD

Slideshow - Fungus Among Us_via_WebMD (click here and read on)

IF you think these images are disgusting…Well…Think about those fungal inections moving on you:  They are very contagious, and hard to treat. So if/when in doubt, see a dermatologist, get a treatment and stick with it. Remember personal hygiene.

Where Roads by Rivers Take You: It’s The Journey! (My Nature Photography Collection)

Mile 0_Pacific Ocean View

Mile 0_Pacific Ocean View


Pacific Coast Hwy Bridge_Bridge Over Calm Waters

Pacific Coast Hwy Bridge_Bridge Over Calm Waters

Quotation of the Day: Jane Austen – On Human Temerity To Adjust and Surmount

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
(from Ch. 5 of Mansfield Park)

Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss

Mansfield Park @ Project Gutemberg:

Today’s Birthday: Madame du Barry (1743)

Madame du Barry (1743) Madame du Barry was the mistress of Louis XV. She was first the mistress of Jean du Barry, who introduced her into Parisian high society. Admired for her beauty, she joined Louis XV’s court in 1769 after a nominal marriage to Jean’s brother, a nobleman, qualified her to be Louis’s official royal mistress. Though she exercised little political influence, her unpopularity contributed to the decline of the prestige of the crown in the early 1770s. What happened to her during the French Revolution? More… Discuss

The Deipnosophistae

The Deipnosophistae

Written in the 3rd-century by the Greek writer Athenaeus, the Deipnosophistae professes to be an account of three banquets held at the house of a scholar and wealthy patron of the arts. The work is invaluable for providing information about the Hellenistic leisure class of the Roman Empire, particularly in terms of food and sexuality. In the course of conversation, the banqueters quote about 700 authors, many of them otherwise unrecorded, and discuss the story behind what famous statue? More… Discuss