Daily Archives: August 27, 2013


A short history of Urban Art and other telling images from the trail (my photo collection)’

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Franz Schubert Symphonies No.4 and No.8, Avi Ostrowsky

Franz Schubert Orchestre Symphonique de Helsingborg, Avi Ostrowsky

Symphony No.4 in C minor D 417 Tragic 0:00

  1. Adagio molto – Allegro vivace
  2. Andante in A flat major
  3. MenuettoAllegro vivace – Trio in E flat major
  4. Allegro

Symphony No.8 in B minor D 759 Unfinished 34:40

  1. I. Allegro moderato
  2. II. Andante con moto

Symphonique de Helsingborg, 
Avi Ostrowsky Conductor



Nadia Boulanger Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre

Nadia Boulanger Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre

Alexander Glazunov Ruses d’Amour Op.61, Yevgeny Svetlanov

Alexander Glazunov Ruses d’Amour Op.61, Yevgeny Svetlanov
Alexander Glazunov Ruses d’Amour Op.61

1. Introduction 
2. Scene 1 
3. Mimic Recitative
4. Gavotte
5. Sarabande 
6. Farandole
7. Scene 2 
8. Puppet Dance
9. Scene 3 
10. Scene 4 
11. Scene 5
12. Variation 
13. Scene 6. March
14. Scene 7. Grand waltz
15. Scene 8 
16. Scene 9
17. Scene 10
18. Scene 11
19. Short Peasant’s Dance
20. Dance of the Groom and the Bride
21. Variation
22. Fricassee

Yevgeny Svetlanov Conductor


Debussy – Printemps, avec le choeur initialement prévu (1887)

En n’envoyant à l’Académie des Beaux-Arts, en 1887, qu’une partition pour piano à quatre mains et choeur de Printemps (suite symphonique en deux mouvements), son deuxième “envoi de Rome“, Debussy prétendit que la partition d’orchestre avait été détruite dans un incendie. Il semble plutôt qu’elle n’ait jamais existé. Et ce n’est qu’en 1912 que l’oeuvre fut orchestrée, mais par Henri Busser, qui fit abstraction du choeur. Ce qui incita beaucoup plus tard le chef d’orchestre américain Emil de Cou à réorchestrer Printemps en réintroduisant le choeur (sans paroles) prévu à l’origine. C’est cette version qu’on peut entendre ici, les interprètes étant The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra et The San Francisco Ballet Chorus, sous la direction d’Emil de Cou. 

– I. (00:00) Très modéré;
– II. (11:58) Modéré.

Quotation: James Madison about governments

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

James Madison (1751-1836) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: HELEN GIBSON (1892)

Helen Gibson (1892)

Gibson was an American film actress, producer, trick rider, and rodeo performer, but her greatest claim to fame was that she was the first professional American stuntwoman. She got her start in stunt work doubling for Helen Holmes in The Hazards of Helen adventure film series and eventually took over the role entirely. She suffered a series of setbacks in the mid-1920s but persevered and managed to revive her Hollywood career. What are some of the dangerous stunts she performed?More… Discuss



A British statesman and former naval commander, Mountbatten often spent his summers in Mullaghmore, Ireland, an area also frequented by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). In the summer of 1979, IRA member Thomas McMahon planted a bomb in Mountbatten’s boat, and it exploded as Mountbatten and some family members left on a fishing trip. Mountbatten was killed along with his grandson and another boy working on the boat. What other IRA incident happened the same day?More… Discuss



Does Facebook Breed Discontent?

Facebook connects people all around the globe, but this may not be a good thing. It appears that, in helping us keep up with what is going on in the lives of friends and family, Facebook also stirs up negative feelings about our own lots in life. Researchers found that the more young people use Facebook, the lower their sense of well-being and satisfaction with life becomes. However, there is also a growing body of research showing that Facebook positively affects its users. The conflicting findings serve as a reminder that social networking technology is still relatively new and its effects are not yet fully understood. More… Discuss



St. Pierre and Miquelon

The sole remnant of France’s once vast territory in North America, St. Pierre and Miquelon is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean south of the Canadian island of Newfoundland. France and Britain fought over control of the islands for centuries, until France finally retook them for good in 1814. The area was a hotbed of alcohol smuggling during the US prohibition era and has the odd distinction being the only place in North America where a guillotine was ever used. What is the “Mouth of Hell“? More… Discuss