Daily Archives: September 30, 2013

Valentina Lisitsa: Beethoven Sonata in F minor, No.23, Op 57 “Appassionata”

Rehearsal run before recital in Musikverein, Vienna

Piano Sonata No. 23 (Beethoven)

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For the 1974 Italian film, see Appassionata (film). For the album by Maksim Mrvica, see Appassionata (album).

Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (colloquially known as the Appassionata, meaning “passionate” in Italian) is a piano sonata. Among the three famous piano sonatas of his middle period (the others being the Waldstein, Op. 53 and Les Adieux, Op. 81a), it was composed during 1804 and 1805, and perhaps 1806, and was dedicated to Count Franz von Brunswick. The first edition was published in February 1807 in Vienna.

Unlike the early Sonata No. 8, Pathétique,[1] the Appassionata was not named during the composer’s lifetime, but was so labeled in 1838 by the publisher of a four-handarrangement of the work.

The Appassionata was considered by Beethoven to be his most tempestuous piano sonata until the twenty-ninth piano sonata (known as the Hammerklavier), being described as a “brilliantly executed display of emotion and music”.[citation needed] 1803 was the year Beethoven came to grips with the irreversibility of his progressively deteriorating deafness.

I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto
Composition Year 1804–06


“Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt” – 1 week to release! :)

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Carly Fiorina and Ralph Nader debate Obamacare – Crossfire – CNN.com Blogs


Carly Fiorina and Ralph Nader debate Obamacare – Crossfire – CNN.com Blogs.

Outer Space – Digital oil painting (my Art collection)

Outer Space - Digital oil painting (my Art collection)

Outer Space – Digital oil painting (my Art collection)

POETS AGAINST WAR, #1: The Irony of War by Victoria C. Slotto

The BeZine


Smile, Jesus Loves You

He wore no smile. Square jaw, set firm,
taut muscles. Skin like latte, stubble-covered,
(more like fuzz.)
Skin too soft for who he was,
who he pretended to be.
Salvadoran sun backlit the scene
set on the borders of insanity.


Not a game he played that day,
a game his peers in other lands
and other times still play.
This was a game of war.

He stared at us, each one, with eyes
too full of sadness for an almost-child.
Compared our passport photos with reality.

And there, upon the submachine gun’s butt—
a smiley face, a message, too.

I wonder–can he smile today,
and can he still believe?

At the height of the civil war in El Salvador, the country suffered a massive earthquake that resulted in much loss of life and many injuries. I spent close to a month there, helping to nurse the…

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Drive and Die? Leading Saudi Cleric Warns Women That Driving Will Result In Damage to Ovaries and Birth Defects


saudi-sheikh-300x169Al Arabiya is reporting a bizarre warning issue by a leading Muslim cleric that women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and pelvises and birth defects. The announcement from Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Luhaydan comes as women continue to demand to be able to drive in the Kingdom and international pressure is growing for Saudi to make fundamental reforms. Judging from today’s other Saudi story, I thought the greatest danger was the religious police on the roads.

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The Untold!

the modern IRAQ - finally peace in sight!

the modern IRAQ – finally peace in sight!

Are you an ‘essential’ federal employee? – The Washington Post

Are you an ‘essential’ federal employee? – The Washington Post.


Concert of POPV – Symphonic Wind Orchestra of Premogovnik Velenje, 8.12.2012
Conductor: Matjaž Emeršič
Soloist: Davorin Dolinšek

Leroy Anderson: Concert for Piano and Orchestra in C major
Allegro Moderato [Cadenza I: at 7’39”]
Andante-Allegretto (starts at 8’35”)
Allegro Vivo (starts at 14’16”) [Cadenza II: at 18’40”]


Antonín Dvořák – Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191

Antonín DvořákCello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191 Complete All
The Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191, by Antonín Dvořák was the composer’s last solo concerto, and was written in 1894–1895 for his friend, the cellist Hanuš Wihan, but premiered by the English cellist Leo Stern
The piece is scored for a full romantic orchestra (with the exception of a 4th horn) containing two flutes (second doubling piccolo), two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, three horns, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, triangle (last movement only), and strings, and is in the standard three-movement concerto format:
Allegro (B minor then B major)
Adagio, ma non troppo (G major)
Finale: Allegro moderato — Andante — Allegro vivo (B minor then B major)


Eva Knardahl: Edward Grieg – 25 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances, Op.17 (a beautiful interpretation!)

Eva Knardahl, pianist


Edvard Hagerup Grieg: Peer Gynt – London, 1957 (Hollweg; dir. Sir Thomas Beecham)

Ilse Hollweg, soprano
Beecham Choral Society Chor
Royal Philarmonic Orchestra
dir. Sir Thomas Beecham
rec. november 1956 to april 1957


Alexander Borodin – STRING QUARTET Nº 2 Notturno

Alexander Borodin
Quartet per a cordes nº 2
Notturno (andante)

Borodin Quartet
Rostislav Dubinsky i Yaroslav Alexandrov, violins
Dmitry Shebalin, viola
Valentin Berlinsky, cello


Quotation: Mark Twain

He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it—namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss


Today’s Birthday: HÉCTOR LAVOE (1946)

Héctor Lavoe (1946)

Lavoe was a Puerto Rican salsa singer. He moved to New York City at age 17 and found fame performing with acts like Orquesta New York and Willie Colón‘s band. Lavoe recorded many hits, including “Mi Gente,” but with success came drug addiction and tragedy. After the deaths of his father, son, and mother-in-law and an HIV diagnosis, Lavoe jumped off a hotel balcony, likely in a suicide attempt. He survived and died of AIDS-related complications in 1993. Why were his remains later exhumed? More… Discuss



Vioxx Withdrawn from Market Because of Cardiovascular Concerns (2004)

Merck’s COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx (rofecoxib) was approved for use in the US in 1999 and remained on the market for just five years before being pulled due to concerns that it could raise the risk of heart attack and stroke. By that time, some 80 million people worldwide had taken the drug, primarily to treat osteoarthritis, acute pain, and dysmenorrhea. Before long, the drugmaker found itself facing thousands of lawsuits. How much did it earmark for settlements? More… Discuss



Don’t Drink the Holy Water

Holy water may be used to cleanse the soul, but the water itself is often far from clean. A vast majority of the holy springs and fonts tested at Austrian churches and chapels were found to be contaminated with fecal matter, likely the result of poor hygiene. Agricultural nitrates and diarrhea-causing bacteria were also frequently present in samples. To minimize issues of contamination, one priest has invented a holy water dispenser that releases drops of water instead of having the faithful dip their potentially dirty hands into the water.More… Discuss



The Lotus Effect

When water hits a lotus leaf, it pools up or rolls right off. This so-called lotus effect is due to a complex system of microscopic bumps on the leaf’s waxy surface. These superhydrophobic structures protect the lotus from pathogens like fungi, which are easily swept off its leaves by water droplets. Although the lotus effect has been known in Asia for millennia—and was even noted in ancient Hindu texts—it was only scientifically understood in the early 1970s, thanks to the invention of what? More… Discuss