Daily Archives: July 18, 2013

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1



Earl Wild – Jascha Horenstein – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace

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Tabakova Suite in Old Style part 2



Maxim Rysanov is performing a new exiting work by Dobrinka Tabakova Suite in Old Style

Strike Up The Band / TEIKYO JAZZ ORCHESTRA(George Gershwin)



Performed on Christmas charity concert in Tokyo, 14, December. 2012.
By Teikyo Jazz Orchestra(TJO) “Swinging Honey Bees” Jr.(1st year students)
Comp. by George Gershwin
(Rec. on Linear PCM 16bit, 44.1kHz)

Marina Tomei – Sonata Mexicana IV Movimento, Manuel Maria Ponce


Arthur Rubinstein – Chopin Nocturnes Op. 48, No. 1 in C minor


Bartók: Dance Suite – Fischer/RCO



Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Dance Suite Sz.77
Iván Fischer
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 12 12/2004

Triumphal March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi



Triumphal March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. Metropolitan Opera House,1989.

Wagner – Tannhauser: Arrival of guests at Wartburg: MET, James Levine Director


Arrival of guests at Wartburg MET. James Levine Director

Silver-spotted Skipper


STAY IN THE WORKFORCE TO STAVE OFF DEMENTIA (so…with no retirement there would be no dementia?)


Stay in the Workforce to Stave off Dementia

Many people nowadays are delaying retirement for economic reasons, but new research suggests this could actually be doing wonders for their cognitive health. Medical records from nearly half a million people in France indicate that remaining in the workforce can reduce the risk of developing dementia by 3.2 percent per year. The findings add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that lifestyle factors such as physical activity, social engagement, and mental stimulation—all of which employment tends to provide—have a protective effect on the brain. More…

Today’s Birthday: ROSALYN YALOW (1921)


Rosalyn Yalow (1921)

Yalow was a medical physicist who developed the technique of radioimmunoassay (RIA)—a simple way to measure tiny concentrations of substances such as hormones, enzymes, or drugs in blood or other bodily fluids. She originally applied RIA to study blood insulin levels in diabetes mellitus, but the method soon found hundreds of other applications. For these discoveries, she shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in medicine, becoming only the second woman to win the award in this field. Who was the first?More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: SYNGMAN RHEE, FIRST PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA, DIES IN EXILE (1965)


Syngman Rhee, First President of South Korea, Dies in Exile (1965)

Born in Korea shortly before it was occupied by Japan, Rhee was condemned to life in prison in 1897 for anti-Japanese activity. Amnestied and released in 1904, he went on to become the first Korean to earn a doctorate from a US university. In 1919, he was elected president of a provisional government in exile. Following WWII, he was elected the first president of Korea, with US backing. Ruling as an anti-Communist dictator, Rhee went to war against North Korea in 1950. Why did he resign in 1960? More… Discuss

 

INDIAN SCHOOLCHILDREN SICKENED AND KILLED BY CONTAMINATED LUNCH


Indian Schoolchildren Sickened and Killed by Contaminated Lunch

At least 25 schoolchildren in the Indian state of Biharhave died and dozens of others have been hospitalized after consuming a school-provided lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide. India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme is the world’s largest school feeding program, providing free meals to 120 million children. Regrettably, it seems the entire incident could have been avoided if the headmistress had simply heeded the cook’s warning that something smelled funny about the food. Instead, she demanded that it be served anyway. Once news of the mass poisoning broke, the headmistress fled. It is not yet known whether the contamination was intentional. More… Discuss

 

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME


All Roads Lead to Rome

The proverb “All roads lead to Rome” was once a literal statement. During the height of the Roman Empire, a road system of about 50,000 miles (80,000 km) linked Rome with its many provinces. The roads often ran in straight lines despite obstacles and were typically constructed in four layers. The road system improved travel for the Roman army, aided commercial ventures, and allowed a postal service to thrive. Some parts still survive today. What modern highways run along ancient Roman routes?More… Discuss

From National Geographic: Ship Made without Nails is Mighty (Published on Jul 18, 2013)


Published on Jul 18, 2013

Can a ship built without blueprints, power tools—or even nails—survive the sea? Four years in the making, this 150-foot ship, called a “dhow,” can withstand powerful monsoon winds, and it’s ready for action.

 

Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones – ProPublica


Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones – ProPublica.

Zimmerman Prosecutor Angela Corey Under Fire For Alleged Professional Breaches


JONATHAN TURLEY

AngelaCoreyI have previously stated that I believe that Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey over charged the case as second degree murder and in my view contributed heavily to the defeat in the case. What many people described as the evidence for conviction is actually evidence of manslaughter. Had the case been framed as manslaughter or negligent homicide, it might have turned out differently. However, that was in my view an error in prosecutorial discretion. More serious questions have arisen over Corey’s ethics and that of her office. These allegations include her conduct following the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

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JPMorgan bank advocating dictatorship


Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA is called Crony Capitalism: After Lobbying Against New Financial Laws, JPMorgan Loses $2B in Risky Bet.

By Solomon Hughes in Britain:

JP Morgan’s nostalgia for fascism

Thursday 18 July 2013

The world’s second-largest bank JP Morgan thinks it knows why Europe is in economic trouble.

According to JP Morgan, the problem is that southern European countries strayed too far from fascism.

JP Morgan says European countries that ousted vile dictatorships ended up with too many rights for workers and too much right to protest.

The bank’s London economists put out an analysis of the euro crisis in May – a paper I became aware of thanks to journalist Leigh Phillips highlighting the nasty side of the bankers’ diagnosis.

JP Morgan’s report says it wants more “sovereign deleveraging,” “competitiveness adjustments,” “structural reform” and “national political reform.”

These are bankers’ words for cutting government spending…

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DETROIT GOES BROKE


Tarpon's Swamp

LIBERAL Detroit files for Ch. 9 bankruptcy:

… Chapter 9 bankruptcy is for “municipalities,” which refers to cities, towns, taxing authorities, municipal utilities, and other governmental entities. This type of bankruptcy is usually very contentious, complex, political, and expensive. Right now, the city of Stockton in California is contemplating Chapter 9 bankruptcy. It may be the case that due to the economy, more and more municipalities will be filing for Chapter 9 in the future.

Can the Federal Government go bankrupt?

And another one hits the fire …

Lot for sale, has house …. cheap…

Largest municipal bankruptcy in history…

 

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NSA seeks to stop leaks following Edward Snowden case – latimes.com


NSA seeks to stop leaks following Edward Snowden case – latimes.com.

‘impromptu in D minor’ oil painting (My Art Collection)


'impromptu in D minor' oil painting (My Art Collection)

‘impromptu in D minor’ oil painting (My Art Collection)

Napolitano voted head of University of California despite protests | Reuters


 

Napolitano voted head of University of California despite protests | Reuters.

Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise


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Phil Collins Another Day In Paradise Lyrics
Songwriters: COLLINS, PHIL

She calls out to the man on the street
Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?”

He walks on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he can’t hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

Oh
Think twice
‘Cause it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh
Think twice
‘Cause it’s another day for you
You and me in paradise

(Think about it)

She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she’s been crying
She’s got blisters on the soles of her feet
She can’t walk but she’s trying

Oh
Think twice
‘Cause it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh
Think twice
It’s just another day for you
You and me in paradise 

Just think about it

Oh lord!
Is there nothing more anybody can do?
Oh-oh whoa lord!
There must be something you can say

You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she’s been there
Probably been moved on from every place
Cause she didn’t fit in there

Oh
Think twice
‘Cause it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh
Think twice
It’s just another day for you
You and me in paradise (Another day in paradise, ooh)

Just think about it
Hmm-mmm
Think about it

It’s just another day
For you and me
In paradise
It’s just another day
For you and me
In paradise
(Para, paradise)

(Paradise) It’s just another day
For you and me (Ooh-ooh)
(Just think about it) In paradise
(Paradise) It’s just another day
For you and me 
(Just think about it) In paradise
(Para, paradise)

(Ooh-ooh, in paradise) It’s just another day
For you and me
(Hmm-mmm, paradise) In paradise
It’s just another day (Paradise)
For you and me (Just another day)
(In paradise) In paradise
(Para, paradise)

 Send “Another Day In Paradise” Ringtone to your Cell 

 

Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight (Official Video)


I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord 
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord 
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord 

Well if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand 
I’ve seen your face before my friend, but I don’t know if you know who I am 
Well I was there and I saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes 
So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been 
It’s all been a pack of lies 

And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord 
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord 
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord 
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord 

Well I remember, I remember, don’t worry, how could I ever forget 
It’s the first time, the last time we ever met 
But I know the reason why you keep your silence UP, oh no you don’t fool me 
Well the hurt doesn’t show, but the pain still grows 
It’s no stranger to you and me 

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord 
Well been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord 
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh lord 
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord 
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord 
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord 
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh lord, oh lord, oh lord 
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh lord, oh lord 

I can feel it in the air tonight, oh lord, oh lord, oh lord, oh lord 
Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh lord, oh lord, oh lord

 

Antonín Dvořák – Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 09


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Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, as the story goes….
While out riding, a king happens upon a young lady, Dornička (Dornichka), and falls in love with her. He requests her step-mother to bring her to his castle. The step-mother and step-sister set out taking Dornička to the king’s castle. On the way, they murder her, hack off her feet and hands, and cut out her eyes. The step-sister poses as Dornička soon marrying the king, after which, he is called away to battle.

Meanwhile, in the forest, a magician has found Dornička’s remains and he decides to bring her back to life. He sends a page to the castle to persuade the step-sister to part with “two feet” in return for a golden spinning wheel, “two hands” for a golden distaff, and “two eyes” for a golden spindle. The body complete again, the magician brings Dornička back to life.

The king returns from battle to hear the golden spinning wheel tell the gruesome details of Dornička’s murder. The king goes off into the forest to be reunited with her.

 

Detroit files for bankruptcy protection – latimes.com


Detroit files for bankruptcy protection – latimes.com.

BBC News – Egypt President Adly Mansour in first public address


 

BBC News – Egypt President Adly Mansour in first public address.

The story of how a Milan CIA station chief became a fugitive, now caught in Panama


 

The story of how a Milan CIA station chief became a fugitive, now caught in Panama.

Antonín Dvořák – Slavonic Dances, Op. 46



Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Farrer
Antonín DvořákSlavonic Dances, Op. 46
1. No.1 in C major 4’00
2. No.2 in E minor 6’00
3. No.3 in A flat major 5’22
4. No.4 in F major 7’59
5. No.5 in A major 3’16
6. No.6 in D major 5’15
7. No.7 in C minor 3’34
8. No.8 in G minor 4’05

 

ARTUR SCHNABEL: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto #21 in C major, K 467 “Elvira Madigan”



The great Austrian-born pianist Artur Schnabel, one of the most highly esteemed players of his time, performs Mozart’s popular concerto #21 in fine style; this music was later used in the movie Elvira Madigan.

Rossini – Il Turco in Italia (A Turk in Italy) – Sinfonia (Overture)



La Scala Orchestra, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor (1954). This is the wonderful Maria Callas recording of this opera, although Callas does not sing on this instrumental overture….

Georg Friedrich Händel – Music for the Royal Fireworks – I. Overture



Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson. Paint, Firework Display at the Castel Sant’ Angelo in Rome by Joseph Wright

Valentina Lisitsa plays Mozart: Fantasia in C Minor, K . 475 at “Bonn Beethoven-Haus”


From Valentina:

“No comments , really 🙂   It is one of the most sublime and disturbing pieces of all times. Beethoven borrowed a lot from it – just listen to the place just before the first theme comes back – and then to the same place in 1st movement of Appasionata , before the Coda. This was an opening piece in concert that took place in Beethoven Museum , Beethoven -Haus in Bonn , September 8th 2011. The piano , as you can see , ‘Bosy Imperial’ – is a new piano I am going to record my Liszt later this year.” 

Carter: The United States Has No Functioning Democracy


Oh but it does…Democracy of the Lion!

JONATHAN TURLEY

carterWe have been discussing the collapse of the American civil liberties movement and the attacks on the free press and privacy under the Obama Administration. As discussed in prior columns, we continue to refer to the United States as the “land of the free” despite a comprehensive reduction of civil liberties and due process in this country. The Snowden affair has put that record in sharp relief as the White House and Congress has joined together in barring the prosecution of perjury by high ranking officials and pursuing Snowden with close to unhinged rage. As previously discussed, our governing class has created a new American Animal farm. Long ago, American politicians adopted a type of dismissive paternalism toward the public as shepherds to so many sheep. Then one sheep goes and spooks the flock. The response has been bipartisan rage that has included demands to cut off aid to…

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Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly ( 1973 )



Studio version, lyrics, pics. http://www.robertaflack.com/

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

I heard he sang a good song
I heard he had a style
And so I came to see him
To listen for a while
And there he was this young boy
A stranger to my eyes

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

I felt all flushed with fever
Embarassed by the crowd
I felt he found my letters
And read each one out loud
I prayed that he would finish
But he just kept right on

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

He sang as if he knew me
In all my dark despair
And then he looked right through me
As if I wasn’t there
And he just kept on singing
Singing clear and strong

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

[Break]

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

Killing Me Softly with His Song

Killing Me Softly with His Song (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me

He was strumming my pain
Yeah, he was singing my life
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly
With his song

As Negotiations Begin, Advocates Decry Secrecy and Substance of U.S.-EU Trade Agreement | Center for Effective Government


 

As Negotiations Begin, Advocates Decry Secrecy and Substance of U.S.-EU Trade Agreement | Center for Effective Government.

Twitter / ReutersWorld: Russia jails anti-corruption …


 

Twitter / ReutersWorld: Russia jails anti-corruption ….

Friedrich II The Great Flute Concertos and Symphonies


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Twitter / BBCBreaking: US military judge refuses to …


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PAULA SELING – Timpul



MUSIC: Marius Moga
LYRICS: Marius Moga, Paula Seling
DIRECTOR: Dragos Buliga
CAMERA: Serban Ionescu

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La radio se-anunta ploi, 
Furtuna e-n ochii mei
Vreau sa dau timpul inapoi
Eram copii si ne iubeam
Mi-aduc aminte cand in brate ne tineam
In sufletul meu era soare, ma-ncalzeam langa tine
Si astazi iubesc o amintire.

De-as putea cumva intoarce timpul
Sa-ti mai vad doar o data chipul
Dulce-ar fi durerea 
De-as putea sa dau timpul inapoi
Nu mai stiu de e zi sau noapte
Parc-o viata intreaga ne desparte
Dulce-ar fi durerea
De-as putea sa dau timpul inapoi.

Zambesc sau plang, nici nu mai stiu
In inima mea e frig si totul pare asa pustiu
As vrea sa dau timpul inapoi
Sa simt iubirea ce ne-a legat pe amandoi.
Era soare, ma-ncalzeam langa tine
Si astazi iubesc o amintire.

De-as putea cumva intoarce timpul
Sa-ti mai vad doar o data chipul
Dulce-ar fi durerea 
De-as putea sa dau timpul inapoi
Nu mai stiu de e zi sau noapte
Parc-o viata intreaga ne desparte
Dulce-ar fi durerea
De-as putea sa dau timpul inapoi.

Fiecare secunda e-un chin
Si la fel zilele ce vin
Tot ce-mi doresc e sa fim amandoi
(As vrea) As vrea sa dau timpul inapoï

De-as putea cumva intoarce timpul
Sa-ti mai vad doar o data chipul
Dulce-ar fi durerea 
De-as putea sa dau timpul inapoi
Nu mai stiu de e zi sau noapte
Parc-o viata intreaga ne desparte
Dulce-ar fi durerea
De-as putea sa dau timpul inapoi.

 

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466




1. Allegro
2. Romanze
3. Allegro assai
The Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1785. The first performance took place at the Mehlgrube Casino in Vienna on February 11, 1785, with the composer as the soloist. A few days after the first performance, the composer’s father, Leopold, visiting in Vienna, wrote to his daughter Nannerl about her brother’s recent success: “[I heard] an excellent new piano concerto by Wolfgang, on which the copyist was still at work when we got there, and your brother didn’t even have time to play through the rondo because he had to oversee the copying operation.” It is written in the key of D minor. Other works by the composer in that key include the Fantasia K. 397 for piano, Requiem, a Kyrie, and parts of the dark opera Don Giovanni. It is the first of two concertos written in a minor key (No. 24 being the other).

The young Ludwig van Beethoven admired this concerto and kept it in his repertoire. Famed conductor Daniel Barenboim contends that this concerto was Joseph Stalin‘s favorite piece of music. Cadenzas for this popular concerto written by famous composers include Beethoven (WoO 58), Johannes Brahms (WoO 16), Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Feruccio Busoni and Clara Schumann. The concerto is scored for solo piano, flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings. As is typical with concertos, it is in three movements:

The first movement starts off the concerto in the dark tonic key of D minor with the strings restlessly but quietly building up to a full forte. The theme is quickly taken up by the piano soloist and developed throughout the long movement. A slightly brighter mood exists in the second theme, but it never becomes jubilant. The timpani further heightens the tension in the coda before the cadenza. The movement ends on a quiet note. 

The ‘Romanze’ second movement is a five-part rondo (ABACA) with a coda that begins brightly with a strong B-flat major melody. The second episode (part C) is galloping section in the relative minor key of G minor which greatly contrasts the peaceful mood of the rest of the movement. The final movement, a rondo, begins with the solo piano rippling upward in the home key before the full orchestra replies with a furious section. (This piano “rippling” is known as the Mannheim Rocket and is a string of eighth notes (d-f-a-d-f) followed by a quarter note (a). A second melody is touched upon by the piano where the mood is still dark but strangely restless. A contrasting cheerful melody in F major ushers in not soon after, introduced by the orchestra before the solo piano rounds off the lively theme. A series of sharp piano chords snaps the bright melody and then begin passages in D minor on solo piano again, taken up by full orchestra. Several modulations of the second theme (in A minor and G minor) follow. Thereafter follows the same format as above, with a momentary pause for introducing the customary cadenza. After the cadenza, the mood clears considerably and the bright happy melody is taken up this time by the winds. The solo piano repeats the theme before a full orchestral passage develops the passage and thereby rounding up the concerto with a jubilant D major finish. 

 

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Reflection: Oscar and George, George and Oscar


The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.
-Oscar Wilde

Just a thought: “True perfection of a man lies not in what a man has, but i what a man lost to become who he is.”
-George-B

Just a thought: “Happiness doesn’t grow in trees”


Just a thought: “Happiness doesn’t grow in trees”

India to probe school meal scheme after 23 children die | Reuters


 

India to probe school meal scheme after 23 children die | Reuters.