Daily Archives: October 5, 2013


Quand trois cannes vont au champ (my photo collection)

This gallery contains 7 photos.

Franco GULLI @ SCHUMANN-BRAHMS-DIETRICH Sonata FAE (complete) E.Cavallo,1990

F.A.E. – Violin Sonata (1853) – “In Erwartung der Ankfunt des verehrten und geliebten Freundes JOSEPH JOACHIM, schrieben diese Sonate – Robert SCHUMANN, Johannes BRAHMS, Albert DIETRICH”
0:10 / DIETRICH (1829-1908) – I. Allegro, in A minor [13’40”]
13:37 / SCHUMANN (1810-1856) – II. Intermezzo (Bewegt, doch nicht zu Schnell) WoO 22 [2’26”]
16:16 / BRAHMS (1833-1897) – III. Scherzo (Allegro) in C minor WoO 2 [5’36”]
21:53 / SCHUMANN (1810-1856) – IV. Finale (Markirtes, ziemlich lebhaftes tempo) WoO 22 [6’58”]
Franco GULLI, violin – Enrica Cavallo, piano 
(rec: June 1990, Dynamic Studio, Genova)
Duo Gulli-Cavallo – STRAUSS: http://youtu.be/l8H081NCP7c


Zimerman Beirnstein Beethoven piano concerto No. 3, in C major, Op. 15 (Live)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major,Op, 15 Performed by Krystian Zimerman and Wiener Philharmoniker Soloist & Conductor – Leonard Bernstein 

1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3.Rondo, Allegro scherzando


Title page, first edition

The Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1800 and was first performed on 5 April 1803, with the composer as soloist. It was published in 1804. During that same performance, theSecond Symphony and the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives were also premiered.[1] The composition was dedicated to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia. The first primary theme is reminiscent of that of Mozart’s 24th Piano Concerto.

The concerto is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B-flat, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in E-flat, 2 trumpets in C, timpani,strings and piano soloist.


Leonard Cohen – Anthem (“Every heart, every heart to love will come but like a refugee.”)



The birds they sang 
at the break of day 
Start again 
I heard them say 
Don’t dwell on what 
has passed away 
or what is yet to be. 
Ah the wars they will 
be fought again 
The holy dove 
She will be caught again 
bought and sold 
and bought again 
the dove is never free. 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in. 

We asked for signs 
the signs were sent: 
the birth betrayed 
the marriage spent 
Yeah the widowhood 
of every government — 
signs for all to see. 

I can’t run no more 
with that lawless crowd 
while the killers in high places 
say their prayers out loud. 
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up 
a thundercloud 
and they’re going to hear from me. 

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offerings
There is a crack, a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in. 

You can add up the parts 
but you won’t have the sum 
You can strike up the march, 
there is no drum 
Every heart, every heart 
to love will come 
but like a refugee. 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack, a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in. 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack, a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in. 
That’s how the light gets in. 
That’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen – Anthem


Johann Sebastian Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (the stairway to Heaven)

Johann Sebastian BachToccata and Fugue in D Minor (the stairway to Heaven)


Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Op. 20, Act IV No. 29, Scene finale

TchaikovskySwan Lake Op. 20, Act IV No. 29, Scene finale

Charles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra


J.S. Bach French Suite No.5 in G Major BWV 816 Svetlana Ponomareva piano

Extract from Svetlana Ponomareva plays Schnittke / Bach CD
Recorded in 2008 at CBC Studio One in Vancouver yet never played on CBC Radio 2

For those who do not care about musical name dropping and want to listen to a fine and informed articulation of the French Suite No.5

(Finally available for download, “Touching a Mystery” the book on rules of articulation for Baroque Clavier Music:
http://ponomarevapianist.com/news.php… )

This CD commemorates Alfred Schnittke‘s 10th passing anniversary. The selected “Five Aphorisms” written in 1990 and Sonata No. 3 written in 1992 are among his late works for piano solo, rarely performed. Svetlana’s performing of Schnittke solo piano is among the finest.

The CD also focuses on Bach’s music as the result of Svetlana’s serious work based on several in-depth researches by Alexandrov, Teregulov and Nosina from Russia on Baroque music – in particular, about articulation in Bach’s Clavier music and the symbolism of his music. Svetlana chose the Prelude and Fugue BWV 849 from the Well Tempered Clavier book 1 and the French Suite No. 5 BWV 816 to illustrate this research and demonstrate how through the rules of articulation the polyphony is serving a complex dramaturgy that is both true to the epoch -in style- and still quite personal to the performer.



Prokofiev – Romeo And Juliet – Juliet As A Young Girl (wonderful, expressive composition)

Prokofiev – Romeo And Juliet – Juliet As A Young Girl


Quotation: Gilbert Chesterton

Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? … He grows a forest to hide it in.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss


Chevalier d’Éon (1728)

The inspiration for the now-obsolete term “eonism,” describing the adoption of female dress and behavior by a male, the Chevalier d’Éon was a French noble, soldier, and spy who lived first as a male and then as a female. His cross-dressing appears to have begun as part of his covert activities, but by the 1770s, rumors reached France that the Chevalier was actually a woman masquerading as a man, and he was ordered to live as a woman thereafter. When was it proven that he was anatomically male? More… Discuss


This Day in the yesteryear: BRITISH AIRSHIP CRASHES NEAR BEAUVAIS (1930)

British Airship Crashes near Beauvais (1930)

In 1920s Britain, airships were envisioned as a way to make the most remote parts of the British Empire accessible. Two starkly different teams of engineers were employed to create two crafts for passenger travel, one conservative and one more experimental. However, British use of airships effectively ended when the ambitious R101 crashed in France during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 people—12 more than the infamous Hindenburg disaster. What was R101’s destination?More… Discuss



Car Chase, Shooting Outside US Capitol

The United States Capitol was briefly locked down and Congress members inside instructed to shelter in place yesterday when shots were fired outside the building. It appears that a female driver struck security barricades near theWhite House, possibly in an attempt to ram through them, then fled the scene, leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that ended with gunfire outside the Capitol. A number of people were hurt, including at least one law enforcement officer injured in a crash during the chase. The suspect was shot and possibly killed by police. A 1-year-old child in the car was reportedly unharmed. More… Discuss




Definition: (adjective) Cloyingly sweet or sentimental.
Synonyms: saccharinetreacly
Usage: I can appreciate a sentimental or romantic film, but syrupy “chick flicks” are another thing altogether. Discuss.