Daily Archives: June 22, 2013

Walter Gieseking plays Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces 1/7

Book 1, Op. 12- No. 02 Waltz
Book 1, Op. 12- No. 07 Album-leaf
Book 2, Op. 38- No. 01 Cradle Song
Book 2, Op. 38- No. 03 Melody
Book 3, Op. 43- No. 01 Butterfly
Book 3, Op. 43- No. 02 Lonely wanderer
Book 3, Op. 43- No. 03 In my native land

Puccini: Tosca – Arena di Verona

Puccini’s tragic opera Tosca is set in Rome amid the political and religious upheavals of the turn of the eighteenth century.
This production features the outstanding performances of Eva Marton in the title role, with Ingvar Wixell as a superbly wicked Scarpia and Giacomo Aragall as the ill-fated Cavaradossi.

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Bach – Perlman / Zukerman – Concerto for Two Violins BWV 1043

Bach – Concerto for Two Violins BWV 1043 in D minor
Itzhak Perlman
Pinchas Zukerman
Daniel Barenboim , conductor

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HOROWITZ AT CARNEGIE HALL 5-Schumann Arabesque in C major, Op.18

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Sviatoslav Richter, 1976: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1

Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) performs Beethoven’s first piano sonata in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1. From the LP you see above, issued in 1977 on the Angel label, serial number RL-32085.
Richter recorded this work while on tour in France in June 1976. So that listeners are assured of the provenance and authenticity of this and similarly important recordings, I rely principally on images of the LP label (1:22) and jacket (front, 11:22, reverse, 18:16) in the creation of these videos. (Note: the front of the jacket had the remnants of a large sticker on the left side, so I used some image editing software to cover it up.)

1. Allegro
2. Adagio (5:33)
3. Minuetto (10:09)
4. Prestissimo (14:06)

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We were everything, poetic thought by George-B

We were everything, poetic thought by George-B

Our love was like making bread
We would stop the mixing of the dough, 
long enough to put our senses together and add taste…
Then we would watch, together the dough rise, 
the yeast working its magic…
It was time to break the dough and shape it into loaves
you liked the long slim baguettes, A la French, 
I, the the round shape of the half full moon…
we would slice, blade deep, the top of the loaves
you like the oblique, I just one slice, deep in the middle…
the oven was preheated by now, and ready to bake…
The aroma could be sensed for a good distance…

Our home was blessed by the home make bread and with it…Us.

Those were the happy times of our bread making, bread breaking:
We were the Bread of the Earth, we were everything…

Four loaves.

Four loaves. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


An Intro to CSS, or How to Make Things Look Like You Like

SOmething I always wanted to know more about!

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How to Use the Image Galleries

Dvořák – Czech Suite, Op. 39 (playlist)

Czech Suite (Böhmische Suite), Op. 39

bust at Antonín Dvořák's tomb, Vyšehrad, Prague

bust at Antonín Dvořák’s tomb, Vyšehrad, Prague (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Composer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra: North German Radio Symphony Orchestra

Adolf Čech conducted the first performance in Prague on May 16, 1879

I. Preludium (Pastorale) – Allegro moderato
II. Polka – Allegretto grazioso
III. Sousedská (Minuetto) – Allegro giusto
IV. Romance (Romanza) – Andante con moto
V. Finale (Furiant) – Presto

Leopold Hofmann (1738-1793) Cello Concerto in D major (Badley D3) Tim Hugh Cello

Leopold Hofmann Cello Concerto in D major (Badley D3) Tim Hugh Cello

1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio un poco andante
3. Allegro molto

Tim Hugh Violoncello, Conductor
Northern Sinfonia
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Joseph Haydn / Symphony No. 49 in F minor “La passione” (Solomons)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Symphony No. 49 in F minor “La passione”, Hob. I:49 (1768)

English: House of Joseph Haydn in Vienna, now ...

English: House of Joseph Haydn in Vienna, now a Haydn museum. Español: La casa donde vivió Joseph Haydn durante sus últimos años en Viena fue convertida en museo. ATWien1060 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

00:00 – Adagio
10:25 – Allegro di molto
17:04 – Menuet & Trio
22:59 – Finale. Presto

L’Estro Armonico, dir. Derek Solomons (1982)

“This dark-hued, somber — even tragic — Symphony, in the unusual key of F minor, stands in the center of the ‘Sturm und Drang‘ movement.
It is also Haydn’s last symphony in the sonata da chiesa form, and unquestionably the greatest.

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Arthur Rubinstein – Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

English: Arthur Rubinstein, pianist, in Prague...

English: Arthur Rubinstein, pianist, in Prague 1914 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Franz Krommer – Clarinet Concerto in E flat major

Franz Krommer (1759-1831) – Clarinet Concerto in E flat major 
1. Allegro

2. Adagio

3. Rondo (allegro Moderato)

David Glazer, clarinet
Würtembergisches Kammerorchester, Dirigent: Jörg Faerber
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Simply Red – Holding Back The Years

Atoms for peace at war here!

Quotation: Jerome K. Jerome

Clothes have more effect upon us than we imagine. Our deportment depends upon our dress.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ERICH MARIA REMARQUE (1898)

Erich Maria Remarque (1898)

Drafted into the German army at age 18, Remarque served in World War I and was wounded several times. From his experience of trench warfare, he drew a grimly realistic picture of the horror of battle in his first novel and masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front. It was an immediate international success, and Remarque went on to write several other novels. All Quiet on the Western Front was later burned by the Nazis, who guillotined which of his family members in 1943? More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: THE HAMMOND CIRCUS TRAIN WRECK (1918)

The Hammond Circus Train Wreck (1918)

On the morning of June 22, 1918, a locomotive pulling empty passenger cars rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train near Hammond, Indiana. The wreck and subsequent fire—likely ignited by the oil lamps in the circus train’s wooden sleeping cars—resulted in 86 deaths and 127 injuries. Most of the dead were buried five days later in a nearby cemetery, their graves marked with nicknames like “Baldy” and “Smiley” since many bodies could not be formally identified. What caused the collision? More… Discuss



Kids of Depressed Mothers Could Benefit in Daycare

Researchers have known for some time that children ofdepressed mothers are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders themselves, but they are just now learning that being in childcare, particularly in a group setting, could have something of a protective effect. Researchers say that young children of depressed mothers who attended daycare had a 79 percent lower risk of developing emotional problems than those who were cared for at home by their mothers. Their findings suggest that childcare can be a helpful intervention method in cases of maternal depression. More…Discuss



Balaam is an Old Testament diviner whose story appears in the Book of Numbers. He was asked by Balak, the king of Moab, to curse the Israelites as they approached Moab near the end of their 40 years of wandering. The Israelites had already defeated two kings in their travels, and Balak feared he would be next. According to the account, when Balaam opened his mouth, he was only able to bless the Israelites. In one part of the narrative, Balaam’s donkey speaks to him. What does it say? More… Discuss