Daily Archives: June 11, 2012

Beautiful Ballet Class Dance & Piano Music “The Music Box” Video by Tom Van Dorn


Light Cavalry Overture (Suppé) – Herbert von Karajan [HQ]


Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry) is an operetta in three acts by Franz von Suppé, with a libretto by Karl Costa. It was first performed in the Carltheater, Vienna on 21 March 1866.

Herbert von Karajan was an Austrian orchestra and opera conductor. To the wider world he was perhaps most famously associated with the Berlin Philharmonic, of which he was principal conductor for 35 years. Although his work was not universally admired, he is generally considered to have been one of the greatest conductors of all time, and he was a dominant figure in European classical music from the 1960s until his death. Part of the reason for this was the large number of recordings he made and their prominence during his lifetime. By one estimate he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records. File:Zentralfriedhof,Suppe,Franz,von.jpg

Franz von Suppe: Poet and Peasant Overture – Georg Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Franz von Suppé

 
 

Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé or Francesco Suppé Demelli (April 18, 1819 – May 21, 1895) was an Austrian composer of light operas who was born in what is nowCroatia during the time his father was working in this outpost of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.[1][2] A composer and conductor of the Romantic period, he is notable for his four dozen operettas.
Two of Suppé’s comic operas – Boccaccio and Donna Juanita – have been performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but failed to become repertoire works. He composed about 30 operettas and 180 farces, ballets, and other stage works. Although the bulk of Suppé’s operas have sunk into relative obscurity, the overtures – particularly Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant, 1846) and Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry, 1866) – have survived and some of them have been used in all sorts of soundtracks for moviescartoonsadvertisements, and so on, in addition to being frequently played at symphonic “pops” concerts. Some of Suppé’s operas are still regularly performed in Europe; Peter Branscombe, writing in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians,characterizes Suppé’s song Das ist mein Österreich as “Austria’s second national song“.
 

 

Genocid roman in Dacia (Roman Genocide in Dacia)


France Open Tennis Tournament, Paris, June 6, 2012 (from Daily Source): Sports Photography


Open Tennis Tournament, PAris, June 6, 2012 (from Daily Source): Sports Photography

Open Tennis Tournament, PAris, June 6, 2012 (from Daily Source): Sports Photography (click to access the photo gallery)

Fontana di Trevi – per il restauro serviranno almeno 200mila euro (from El Corriere della serra)


Fontana di Trevi - per il restauro serviranno almeno 200mila euro (from El Corriere della serra)

Fontana di Trevi – per il restauro serviranno almeno 200mila euro (from El Corriere della serra)

This day in History: THE BATTLE OF JARGEAU BEGINS (1429)


The Battle of Jargeau Begins (1429)

After helping break the English siege of Orléans during the Hundred Years’ War, teenage heroine Joan of Arc set her sights on recapturing the Loire River valley, beginning with the town of Jargeau. Though the post was heavily fortified and well defended, the French soon gained the upper hand. After Jargeau, a number of other English strongholds fell in quick succession, paving the way for Charles VII‘s coronation at Rheims. What nearly killed Joan as she scaled a ladder during the battle? More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: W. Somerset Maugham on “When pretending catches”


Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss