Daily Archives: September 24, 2011

Weeds – Season 5 Episode: Flash Mob “Say Hey” (I Love You) – Michael Franti

spontaneous spectators, at a spontaneous performance makes a Flash Mob

Mary-Louise Parker seats  at a table, opposite to a back paking youn man, in this urban outdoor water cooler, seeping on her oversized some soft drink…And then, the whole place swings and rocks, in the percussion rhythm preceding the music  of “Say Hey” (Michael Franti)  flash mob. Now the crows has become, ad hoc, spectators and performers  And then, just as spontaneously as it all started, it subtly subsided, with everybody splitting, going their own way.”What is this?”, She asks the kid. “Flash Mob”, he sais. “Why?”, she asks.  “Cause it’s cool!”, he answers her.

Johann Sebastian Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) with Karl Richter

Karl Richter performs Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) on the Organ of the Basilika in Ottobeuren

Ottobeuren Abbey has one of the richest music programs in Bavaria, with concerts every Saturday. Most concerts feature one or more of the Abbey’s famous organs. The old organ, the masterpiece of French organbuilder Karl Joseph Riepp (1710–75), is actually a double organ; it is one of the most treasured historic organs in Europe. It was the main instrument for 200 years, until 1957 when a third organ was added by G. F. Steinmeyer & Co, renovated and augmented in 2002 by Johannes Klais, making 100 stops available on five manuals (or keyboards).
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottobeuren_Abbey)

Karl Richter (15 October 1926 – 15 February 1981) was a German conductor, organist, and harpsichordist. He was born in Plauen and studied first in Dresden, where he was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor and later in Leipzig, where he received his degree in 1949. He studied with Günther Ramin, Carl Straube and Rudolf Mauersberger. In the same year, he became organist at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach once held the position as Musical Director. In 1951, he moved to Munich, where he taught at the conservatory and was cantor and organist at St. Mark’s Church. He also conducted the Münchener Bach-Chor starting in 1954 and the Münchener Bach-Orchester. In the 1960s and 1970s, he did a great deal of recording and undertook tours to Japan, the United States, Canada, Latin-America, Eastern Europe including the Soviet Union.

He conducted a wide range of music (sacred music from Heinrich Schütz to Max Reger, as well as the symphonic and concerto repertoire of the Classical and Romantic period, including Bruckner symphonies) but is best remembered today for his interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach‘s and Händel‘s music. Karl Richter avoided the fluctuations in tempo that were then characteristic of the prevailing Romantic manner of conducting Bach, but did not incorporate period instruments and performing techniques into his performances, innovations in Baroque performance practice which had not yet fully blossomed during Richter’s career.

As well as a conductor, Karl Richter is also remembered as an excellent organist. His performances of Bach’s organ pieces are known for their imposing registrations and favorable pace.

While staying in a hotel in Munich in 1981, Karl Richter died from a heart attack. He was buried in the Enzenbühl cemetery in Zurich 8 days later.

Although both of them are of German heritage, Karl Richter has no family relationship with the renowned Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Richter_(conductor)

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Cloudflake (Fulg de Nor)

Fulg de nor, de George-B.

Sprijinita doar de aer,
Sade in picioare, minunata parca
Fulg de nor, gri ca de ploaie,
Sus, pe cel mai sus
pamant stancos
Aer rar, vantul e rece, daca ploaie – biciuieste…

Fulg de nor sta sprijinit, in mirare, asteptand
un soare ce-i acol-da-nu-i aci,
Si gandeste: “Sa-l vad pot,  nu sa-l ating.”

 © by George-B.

Grammy 2011 – Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride and Florence and the Machine‘s Florence Welch took part in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the 2011 Grammy Awards

Today’s Quotation: L.Frank Baum (1856-1919)

No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home. (“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, chapter 04; Chicago, 1900)

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) Discuss

My take On this:

Some believe that “ubi patria ibi bene”, and some that “ubi bene ibi patria” but few find the two concepts in the same space-time event: “and at the entrance to those falks houses it sais, “Home Sweet Home” (which translated in latin would read something like this: “Ubi panem, ibi patria”).