Monthly Archives: January 2012

Schubert – Symphony no. 5 in B flat major IV. Allegro vivace, Macau Youth SO & Veiga Jardim


Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer. Although he died at an early age, Schubert was a prolific 

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composer, having written some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies (including the famous “Unfinished Symphony“), liturgical music, operas, some incidental music, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. Appreciation of Schubert’s music during his lifetime was limited, but interest in his work increased Franz Schubertsignificantly in the decades following his death at the age of 31. Franz LisztRobert Schumann,Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn, among others, discovered and championed his works in the 19th century. Today, Schubert is seen as one of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music and he remains one of the most frequently performed composers.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Schubert)

Franz Schubert: Simphony No. 8, “The Unfinished”



Schuman: The trout Quintet


Schubert – Die schöne Müllerin – Der Neugierige, Michael Schade


Schubert: Der Lindenblaum


Schubert: Serenade


Happy Birthday Schubert: Soprano Angela Gheorghiu interpreting Ave Maria by Schubert


Today’s Birthday: Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)(Sviatolav Richter plays Schubert: Impromptu No. 2 E flat major D899 (Recorded in Moscow 1950)


Biologist earns penguins’ trust, educates public (from SFGate_ The San Francisco Chronicle)


Biologist earns penguins' trust, educates public (from SFGate)

Biologist earns penguins' trust, educates public (from SFGate) (click here to learn more!)

Deutsche Bank Analyst Sounded Alarm When Asked To Alter Numbers In Quest For AAA Rating – ProPublica Investigation (from The Daily Bail)


Deutsche Bank Analyst Sounded Alarm When Asked To Alter Numbers In Quest For AAA Rating - ProPublica Investigation (from The Daily Bail)

Deutsche Bank Analyst Sounded Alarm When Asked To Alter Numbers In Quest For AAA Rating - ProPublica Investigation (from The Daily Bail)

Today’s Show (from Democracy Now January 31, 2012)


Today’s Show (from Democracy Now January 31, 2012)

Today’s Show (from Democracy Now January 31, 2012) (click here to learn more from Democracy Now)

WORLD BANKER MAKES STUNNING CONFESSION


FDA staffers sue agency over surveillance of personal e-mail (from The Washington Post)


FDA staffers sue agency over surveillance of personal e-mail (the Washington Post)

FDA staffers sue agency over surveillance of personal e-mail (the Washington Post) (click here to access the rest of the report)

The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes


Freddie Mac Bets Against American Homeowners (from ProPublica)


Freddie Mac Bets Against American Homeowners (from ProPublica)

Freddie Mac Bets Against American Homeowners (from ProPublica) (click here to learn more about this report)

Today’s Quotation: Goethe (About Freedom, Fundamental)


“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Invisible War : New Film Exposes Rape, Sexual Assault Epidemic in U.S. Military


The Invisible War : New Film Exposes Rape, Sexual Assault Epidemic in U.S. Military

The Invisible War : New Film Exposes Rape, Sexual Assault Epidemic in U.S. Military (click here to learn more)


Heard not to feel!

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Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Monday, January 30, 2012


Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Monday, January 30, 2012

Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Monday, January 30, 2012 (click here to access Democracy Now)

Spring Is Here! (El Dorado Park)


Spring Is Here!

Spring Is Here!

Suzanne Vega Interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s “Story of Issac”


 Story of Isaac (Leonard Cohen)
The door it opened slowly,
my father he came in,
I was nine years old.
And he stood so tall above me,
his blue eyes they were shining
and his voice was very cold.
He said, “I’ve had a vision
and you know I’m strong and holy,
I must do what I’ve been told.”
So he started up the mountain,
I was running, he was walking,
and his axe was made of gold.
Well, the trees they got much smaller,
the lake a lady’s mirror,
we stopped to drink some wine.
Then he threw the bottle over.
Broke a minute later
and he put his hand on mine.
Thought I saw an eagle
but it might have been a vulture,
I never could decide.
Then my father built an altar,
he looked once behind his shoulder,
he knew I would not hide.

You who build these altars now
to sacrifice these children,
you must not do it anymore.
A scheme is not a vision
and you never have been tempted
by a demon or a god.
You who stand above them now,
your hatchets blunt and bloody,
you were not there before,
when I lay upon a mountain
and my father’s hand was trembling
with the beauty of the word.

And if you call me brother now,
forgive me if I inquire,
“Just according to whose plan?”
When it all comes down to dust
I will kill you if I must,
I will help you if I can.
When it all comes down to dust
I will help you if I must,
I will kill you if I can.
And mercy on our uniform,
man of peace or man of war,
the peacock spreads his fan.

The Guests – Leonard Cohen (Photos by Henri Cartier Bresson)


One by one, the guests arrive 
The guests are coming through 
The open-hearted many 
The broken-hearted few 
And no one knows where the night is going 
And no one knows why the wine is flowing 
Oh love I need you 
I need you 
I need you 
I need you 
Oh . . . I need you now 

And those who dance, begin to dance 
Those who weep begin 
And “Welcome, welcome” cries a voice 
“Let all my guests come in.” 

And no one knows where the night is going … 

And all go stumbling through that house 
in lonely secrecy 
Saying “Do reveal yourself” 
or “Why has thou forsaken me?” 

And no one knows where the night is going … 

All at once the torches flare 
The inner door flies open 
One by one they enter there 
In every style of passion 

And no one knows where the night is going … 

And here they take their sweet repast 
While house and grounds dissolve 
And one by one the guests are cast 
Beyond the garden wall 

And no one knows where the night is going … 

Those who dance, begin to dance 
Those who weep begin 
Those who earnestly are lost 
Are lost and lost again 

And no one knows where the night is going … 

One by the guests arrive 
The guests are coming through 
The broken-hearted many 
The open-hearted few 

And no one knows where the night is going …

The Window – Leonard Cohen


The Window,  Leonard Cohen

Why do you stand by the window 
Abandoned to beauty and pride 
The thorn of the night in your bosom 
The spear of the age in your side 
Lost in the rages of fragrance 
Lost in the rags of remorse 
Lost in the waves of a sickness 
That loosens the high silver nerves 
Oh chosen love, Oh frozen love 
Oh tangle of matter and ghost 
Oh darling of angels, demons and saints 
And the whole broken-hearted host 
Gentle this soul 

And come forth from the cloud of unknowing 
And kiss the cheek of the moon 
The New Jerusalem glowing 
Why tarry all night in the ruin 
And leave no word of discomfort 
And leave no observer to mourn 
But climb on your tears and be silent 
Like a rose on its ladder of thorns 

Oh chosen love, Oh frozen love… 

Then lay your rose on the fire 
The fire give up to the sun 
The sun give over to splendour 
In the arms of the high holy one 
For the holy one dreams of a letter 
Dreams of a letter’s death 
Oh bless thee continuous stutter 
Of the word being made into flesh 

Oh chosen love, Oh frozen love… 

Gentle this soul, Gentle this soul

 

Faith – Leonard Cohen


Faith

The sea so deep and blind
The sun, the wild regret
The club, the wheel, the mind,
O love, aren’t you tired yet?

The club, the wheel, the mind
O love, aren’t you tired yet?
The blood, the soil, the faith
These words you can’t forget
Your vow, your holy place
O love, aren’t you tired yet?

The blood, the soil, the faith
O love, aren’t you tired yet?

A cross on every hill
A star, a minaret
So many graves to fill
O love, aren’t you tired yet?
So many graves to fill
O love, aren’t you tired yet?

The sea so deep and blind
Where still the sun must set
And time itself unwind
O love, aren’t you tired yet?

And time itself unwind
O love, aren’t you tired yet?

 (Source – http://www.kovideo.net/the-faith-lyrics-leonard-cohen-482674.html)

True Love Leaves No Traces – Leonard Cohen


 As the mist leaves no scar 
On the dark green hill 
So my body leaves no scar 
On you and never will 
Through windows in the dark 
The children come, the children go 
Like arrows with no targets 
Like shackles made of snow 

True love leaves no traces 
If you and I are one 
It’s lost in our embraces 
Like stars against the sun 

As a falling leaf may rest 
A moment on the air 
So your head upon my breast 
So my hand upon your hair 

And many nights endure 
Without a moon or star 
So we will endure 
When one is gone and far 

True love leaves no traces 
If you and I are one 
It’s lost in our embraces 
Like stars against the sun

[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/l/leonard-cohen-lyrics/true-love-leaves-no-traces-lyrics.html ]
 

Leonard Cohen Poem (Live) – A Thousand Kisses Deep



The poem is about accepting things we can’t change, and accepting a path we didn’t exactly envision for ourselves. Believe there is a quiet courage in accepting the path that is laid ahead of you, as you gather up your heart and go a thousand kisses deep…

[Thanks so much Monsieur Leonard Cohen!]

Leonard Cohen – A Thousand kisses deep

(Spoken poem)

Don’t matter if the road is long
Don’t matter if it’s steep
Don’t matter if the moon is gone
And the darkness is complete
Don’t matter if we lose our way
It’s written that we’ll meet
At least, that’s what I heard you say
A thousand kisses deep

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat
You see, I’m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet
Who loved you with his frozen love
His second hand physique
With all he is and all he was
A thousand kisses deep

I know you had to lie to me
I know you had to cheat
You learned it on your father’s knee
And at your mother’s feet
But did you have to fight your way
Across the burning street
When all our vital interests lay
A thousand kisses deep

I’m turning tricks
I’m getting fixed
I’m back on boogie street
I’d like to quit the business
But I’m in it, so to speak
The thought of you is peaceful
And the file on you complete
Except what I forgot to do
A thousand kisses deep

Don’t matter if you’re rich and strong
Don’t matter if you’re weak
Don’t matter if you write a song
The nightingales repeat
Don’t matter if it’s nine to five
Or timeless and unique
You ditch your life to stay alive
A thousand kisses deep

The ponies run
The girls are young
The odds are there to beat
You win a while, and then it’s done
Your little winning streak
And summon now to deal with your invincible defeat
You live your life as if it’s real
A thousand kisses deep

I hear their voices in the wine
That sometimes did me seek
The band is playing Auld Lang Syne
But the heart will not retreat
There’s no forsaking what you love
No existential leap
As witnessed here in time and blood
A thousand kisses deep


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At the Beach (Late January)


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Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne with, Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Francoise Harding and Leonard Cohen





Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)

Suzanne takes you down
to her place near the river

You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she’s half crazy
But that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you’ve always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind.
And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said “All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind.

Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.

In Suzanne, the great song by Leonard Cohen, he refers to “Our Lady of the Harbour”. Well, here she is, on top of the cathedral Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, here in Montreal. Around the base (below) and on domes on either side are angels. Angels also figure prominently in that song, as well as other Cohen songs and poems. 

(Source: http://briancampbell.blogspot.com/2009/08/our-lady-of-harbour.html)  

UKIP Nigel Farage on Michael Coren, Canadian TV – Jan 2012


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Sundance film weighs into US tax debate (from France 24 Intenational News)


Sundance film weighs into US tax debate (from France 24 Intenational News)

Sundance film weighs into US tax debate (from France 24 Intenational News) (click here to access story)

Greece ‘will not cede budget control to EU’ (from France 24 International News)


Greece 'will not cede budget control to EU' (from France 24 International News)

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Mozart Symphony 41 C Major “Jupiter”– KV 551 —


1. Allegro Vivace

2. Andante Cantabile 


3. Menuetto Allegretto

4. Molto Allegro

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Conducted BY Sir Charles Mackerras

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
41st Symphony IN C MajorKV 551 “Jupiter”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, on 10 August 1788. It was the last symphony that he composed.

The work is nicknamed the Jupiter Symphony. This name stems not from Mozart but rather was likely coined by the impresario Johann Peter Salomon in an early arrangement for piano.

The symphony is scored for flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns in C, two trumpets in C, timpani in C and G, and strings.

The 41st Symphony is the last of a set of three that Mozart composed in rapid succession during the summer of 1788. The 39th was completed 26 June and the 40th 25 July. Around the same time, Mozart was writing his piano trios in E and C major, his sonata facile, and a violin sonatina.

It is not known whether the 41st Symphony was ever performed in the composer’s lifetime. According to Otto Erich Deutsch, around this time Mozart was preparing to hold a series of “Concerts in the Casino” in a new casino in the Spiegelgasse owned by Philipp Otto. Mozart even sent a pair of tickets for this series to his friend Michael Puchberg. But it seems impossible to determine whether the concert series was held, or was cancelled for lack of interest.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._41_(Mozart))

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Mozart – The Piano Sonata No 16 in C major K. 545(Allegro, Andante, Rondo)


The Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was described by Mozart himself in his own thematic catalogue as “for beginners,” and it is sometimes known by the nickname Sonata facile or Sonata semplice.

Mozart added the work to his catalogue on June 26, 1788, the same date as his Symphony No. 39. The exact circumstances of the work’s composition are not known, however. Although the piece is well-known today, it was not published in Mozart’s lifetime and first appeared in print in 1805.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_Sonata_No._16_(Mozart)

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Meet ACTA, your worst Internet censorship nightmare since SOPA and PIPA (from Blog.GSMArena)


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Yesterday, 22 European countries ratified a little something called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Japan. The list includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

They joined Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and, of course, the United States, all of which had signed it October 1, last year.
(Source: http://paper.li/GildasApCaw/1307987087)

 

Today’s Show – Democracy Now


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Today’s Birthday: Donna Reed


Donna Reed (1921)

Reed was an American film and television actress. In 1946, she starred in Frank Capra‘s It’s a Wonderful Life, playing Mary Bailey—the wife of James Stewart’s character, George Bailey. She went on to win the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in From Here to Eternity and later received a Golden Globe for Best Female TV Star for her performance as Donna Stone in The Donna Reed Show. Why did Reed once sue the producers of the TV show Dallas?

This Day in History: The national Geographic Society (1888)


National Geographic Society Founded (1888)

The National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. It was founded in 1888 by a small group of eminent explorers and scientists and, by the turn of the 21st century, boasted approximately nine million members. It has supported more than 7,000 major scientific projects and expeditions, including those of the Leakey family, Jacques Cousteau, and Jane Goodall. What journalistic methods were pioneered by its magazine? More… Discuss


JONATHAN TURLEY

We have previously discussed the rising anti-intellectualism in the GOP race from the rejection of basic science principles to the demonification of academics and higher education. Rick Santorum this week ramped up on the attacks on colleges and universities with a speech that seemed to call for voters to avoid supporting — or even attempting — college. Santorum appears to be proudly embracing the pledge of Will Rogers that “America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty. I will belong to the select few.”

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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