Daily Archives: June 29, 2013

Syrian war refugees ill-treated in Greece

Greeks…are badly treated in Greece!

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This video is called Greece urged to stop mass round-up of ‘illegal immigrants’.

From I Can’t Relax in Greece blog:

War refugees treated as garbage

Posted on 29/06/2013 by icantrelaxingreece

Two stories with people who wanted to escape the conflicts in Syria and were treated like garbage in Greece.

By Anta Psarra

World Refugee Day today, which sounds like a short joke in the context of Greece. A four-year-old girl, and 18 Syrian soldiers who are chased by dogs in the Pedion tou Areos park every day, became witnesses of the culture and philoxenia [TN: hospitality] for the refugees of war. Another ‘small’ example of ‘Xenios [TN: hospitable] Zeus’.


One year ago in Kamisli, a Syrian city near the border with Turkey (Kurds, Christians and Arabs live there together), the gun fighting began. Faik’s family – he himself, his wife and their four-year-old daughter Delavin who was…

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Herbert von Karajan conducts The Blue Danube Waltz

Herbert von Karajan conducts The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr.

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Just a Thought: “Commercialism takes away Both Content and form Qualities….”

Just a Thought: “Commercialism takes away Both Content and form Qualities of everything it touches!”


The Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6, by Niccolò Paganini

  • Orchestra da Camera di Santa Cecilia, 
  • Uto Ughi, conductor

    The concerto is in three movements, as follows:
  1. Allegro maestoso – Tempo giusto (Cadenza by Emil Sauret)
  2. Adagio
  3. Rondo. Allegro spirituoso – Un poco più presto


One of six children born to Teresa and Antonio Paganini. He was an Italian violinist and a composer, considered by many as the greatest of all time. He received music lessons from his father before he was 6 years old and later from the best instructors in Genoa. He began to perform in public and composed his first sonata in 1790. In 1795 he went to Parma, Italy to study but the teachers there told him they could do nothing more for him. He then commenced on a course of self-training so rigorous that he often played 15 hours a day. Continue reading

Paganini -Cantabile for Violin & Piano in D major, MS.109 Op.17 – Violin – Gidon Kremer

Paganini -Cantabile for Violin & Piano in D major, MS.109 Op.17

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Beethoven / 12 Variations on “Se vuol ballare” from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro, Wo0.40: Gidon Kremer : violin Elena Bashkirova : piano Recorded in 1980, Switzerland

Beethoven / 12 Variations on “Se vuol ballare” from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro, Wo0.40:

Gidon Kremer : violin
Elena Bashkirova : piano
Recorded in 1980, Switzerland

Stravinsky Le baiser de la fée Divertimento 1 & 2 – London Sinfonietta / Riccardo Chailly

Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss) is a ballet in one act and four scenes composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1928 and revised in 1950 for George Balanchine and New York City Ballet. Based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s short story, Iisjomfruen (English: The Ice-Maiden), it is an homage to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, making use of several melodies from his early works. Stravinsky elaborated melodies from early piano pieces and songs by Tchaikovsky

The Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée is a concert suite for orchestra of music from the ballet in 4 movements that Stravinsky arranged in 1934 and revised in 1949; the 4 movements are:

  1. I. Sinfonia 
  2. II. Danses Suisses
  3. III. Scherzo (Au Moulin)
  4. IV. Pas de deux


Simply…Unforgettables: Valentina Lisitsa – Schubert Impromptu Op. 142, No.3 B, flat major (“The impromptu ended, but its atmosphere will linger for a while in the air”)

Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa is a Ukrainian-born and trained classical pianist who resides in North Carolina.

Born: 1973 · Kiev
Education: Kiev Conservatory


Franz Schubert‘s Impromptus are a series of eight pieces for solo piano composed in 1827. They were published in two sets of four impromptus each: the first set was published in the composer’s lifetime as Op. 90, and the second set was published posthumously as Op. posth. 142. They are now catalogued as D. 899 and D. 935 respectively. They are considered to be among the most important examples of this popular early 19th – century genre.[1]

Three other unnamed piano compositions (D. 946), 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 (1822) of Jan Václav Voříšek and by the music of Voříšek’s teacher Václav Tomášek.[2][3] >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>MORE 

Simply…Unforgettables: “Vacanze romane (Roman Holiday) “-1953

Roman Holiday is a 1953 romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance; the screenplay and costume design also won…

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 — 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Hepburn was ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and a place in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She was active during the Hollywood‘s Golden Age. Continue reading

Simply…Unforgettables: Roman Holiday (2/10) Movie CLIP – The Mouth of Truth (1953)

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Joe (Gregory Peck) tricks a frightened Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) into believing his hand was eaten off by a statue called “The Mouth of Truth.”

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Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn
Director: William Wyler
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Producer: Robert Wyler, William Wyler, Lester Koenig
Screenwriter: Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton, Dalton Trumbo

Bocca della Verita

Bocca della Verita

Film Description: Audrey Hepburn became a star with this film, in which she played Princess Anne, weary of protocol and anxious to have some fun before she is mummified by “affairs of state.” On a diplomatic visit to Rome, Anne escapes her royal retainers and scampers incognito through the Eternal City. Continue reading

Simply… Unforgettables: My Fair Lady: With A Little Bit Of Luck

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On The Street Where You Live – My Fair Lad

Song from the Broadway musicalMy Fair Lady” sung by the character Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Presented in its theatrical form from a video clip from the 1964 movie version and its popular standard sung by Vic Damone.

The character Freddy Eynsford-Hill was portrayed by the British actor Jeremy Brett. Although a singer in his own right, his singing voice for the film was dubbed by Bill Shirley, an American singer-actor.