Daily Archives: September 24, 2013

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61


Suite – “Ein Sommernachtstraum” op. 61 / Suite – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 

– Overture
– Scherzo
– Intermezzo 
– Nocturne 
Wedding March

Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Conductor: Ton Koopman
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847)

 

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Mozart – String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421 / K. 417b



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s String Quartet No. 15 in D minor K. 421/417b, the second of the Quartets dedicated to Haydn and the only one of the set in a minor key, is believed to have been completed in 1783. The quartet is, however, undated in the autograph. It is in four movements:
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante (F major)
3. Menuetto and Trio (the latter in D major). Allegretto
4. Allegretto ma non troppo
The first movement is characterized by a sharp contrast between the aperiodicity of the first subject group, characterized by Arnold Schoenberg as “prose-like,” and the “wholly periodic” second subject group. In the Andante and the Minuet, “normal expectations of phraseology are confounded.” The main part of the Minuet is in minuet sonata form, while “the contrasting major-mode Trio … is … almost embarrassingly lightweight on its own … [but] makes a wonderful foil to the darker character of the Minuet.” The last movement is a set of variations. 

 

Lenárd conducts Glazunov – The Seasons” (complete ballet)



Ondrej Lenárd conducts the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

About the composer: – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexande…

About the ballet: – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seas…)

WINTER
Introduction 
Four Variations – begins 2:14
Frost – 3:38
Ice – 4:39
Hail – 5:55
Snow – 6:48
Coda – 7:39

SPRING – begins 10:04

SUMMER
Scene – begins 15:21
Waltz of the Cornflowers and the Poppies – 17:55
Barcarolle – 19:54
Variations – 22:03
Coda – 23:07

AUTUMN
Bacchanale and Appearance of the Seasons – begins 27:17
Adagio – 31:03
Scene and Apotheosis – 34:48

Henryk Wieniawski Scherzo Tarantelle Op. 16 Igor Oistrakh – violin, Inna Kallegorskaya – piano



… from CD album attached to a book “Henryk Wieniawski. Klasyka na CD” [Henryk Wieniawski. Classics on CD]. Recorded in 1952 by Radio Merkury and published by Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society in 2001. 

Igor Oistrakh – violin
[1st Prize Winner at 2nd International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition
1952]
Inna Kallegorskaya – piano

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Quotation: Arthur Conan Doyle about LIFE


Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: FRANCES ELLEN WATKINS HARPER (1825)


Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825)

Born free in Baltimore, Maryland—where slavery was still in place—Harper was raised by an abolitionist uncle and published her first volume of poetry when she 20 years old. In 1854, she gave her first anti-slavery lecture. Her second volume, Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects, made her the best known African-American poet of the era. Her short story, “The Two Offers,” was probably the first such published work by any African American. How old was she when she published her first novel? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: GERTRUDE OF MERANIA KILLED BY DISCONTENTED HUNGARIAN NOBLES (1213)


Gertrude of Merania Killed by Discontented Hungarian Nobles (1213)

The first wife of Andrew II of Hungary, Gertrude played an active role in the political machinations of his early reign. She used her influence to advance her German relatives at court and gifted Hungarian lands to them, angering the Hungarian nobility and inciting them to action. While her husband was off on a military campaign, Gertrude was murdered by a group of discontented nobles. The unsavory affair served as the inspiration for what Hungarian composer’s famous opera, Bánk bánMore… Discuss

 

In the News: KENYAN FORCES GAINING GROUND IN NAIROBI MALL ATTACK


Kenyan Forces Gaining Ground in Nairobi Mall Attack

Kenyan authorities claim to have gained control of a mall that was the site of a days-long attack by (al-Shabaab) terrorists that killed at least 62 people and injured at least 170 more. The massacre in the upscale Nairobi shopping center began at about noon on Saturday and is believed to be in its final stages, with all of the hostages now thought to be out of harm’s way and Kenyan forces combing the building for remaining gunmen. The group behind the attack claims it was retaliation for Kenyan military operations in SomaliaMore… Discuss

DEKOTORA


Dekotora

A uniquely Japanese phenomenon, Dekotora—or “Decoration Trucks”—are dump trucks, tractor-trailers, or buses that have been customized with large amounts of lights, metallic ornamentation, and elaborate artwork. Popularized in the 1970s, Dekotora are retrofitted to reflect their owners’ tastes, incorporating intricate chrome and steel work and designs ranging from dragons to flowers, mountain scenes, Buddhist symbols, pop stars, and anime characters. What 1975 film made Dekotora popular? More…Discuss