Daily Archives: November 9, 2013

Peter Illich Tschaikowsky, Serenade for Strings, op. 48



Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie
Philip Greenberg, Dirigent
Aufgenommen im Mozarteum, Salzburg
Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky (1840-1893)
Serenade für Streicher, op. 48

Bavarian Chamber Orchestra
Philip Greenberg, Conductor
Performed live in the Mozarteum, Salzburg
Peter Illich Tschaikowsky (1840-1893)
Serenade for Strings, op. 48

 

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Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 – Aria (Heitor Villa-Lobos) – Salli Terri & Laurindo Almeida



Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 (Aria)
music – Heitor Villa Lobos
lyrics – Ruth V Correa

Salli Terri (vocal)
Laurindo Almeida (guitar)

producer: Robert E Myers
recording engineer: Sherwood Hall, III

“Duets with the Spanish Guitar”
US Capitol 8406 (recorded 1958)

The sheet music (with fingering by Andres Segovia) is published by Associated Music Publishers (G Schirmer Inc).

1959 grammy nominations –
Best Engineered Record, Classical (winner)
Best Classical Performance, Vocal Soloist

Villa Lobos considered this version of the Aria, by Salli Terri and Laurindo Almeida, to be the best recorded performance. He originally scored it for voice and eight cellos, and later arranged it for voice and guitar.

“Tarde, uma nuvem rosea lenta e transparente,
sobre o espaco sonhadora e bela!
Surge no infinito a lua docemente,
Enfeitando a darde, qual meiga donzela
Que se a presta e alinda sonhadoramente,
Em anseios d’alma para ficar bela,
Grita ao ceo e a terra toda a Natureza!!!
Ca la a passarada aos seus tristes queixumes,
E reflete o mar to da a sua riqueza…
Suave a luz da lua desperta agora,
A cruel saudade que ri e chora!
Tarde uma nuvem rosea lenta e transparente,
Sobre o espaco sonhadora e bela!”

“Lo, at midnight clouds are slowly passing, rosy and lustrous,
o’er the spacious heav’n with loveliness laden.
From the boundless deep the moon arises
wondrous, glorifying the evening like a beauteous maiden.
Now she adorns herself in half unconscious duty,
eager, anxious that we recognize her beauty,
while sky and earth, yea all nature with applause salute her.
All the birds have ceased their sad and mournful com-plaining;
now appears on the sea in a silver reflection
moonlight softly waking the soul and constraining hearts
to cruel tears and bitter dejection.
Lo, at midnight clouds are slowly passing rosy and lustrous
o’er the spacious heavens dreamily wondrous.”

(English translation – Harvey Officer)

 

Great Musical Moments: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli – Debussy – Préludes, Book 1



Claude Debussy
Préludes, Book 1

00:00 I Danseuses de Delphes. Lent et grave
03:08 II Voiles. Modéré
07:07 III Le vent dans la plaine. Animé
09:19 IV Les sons es les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir. Modéré
12:55 V Les collines d’Anacapri. Très modéré
16:09 VI Des pas sur la neige. Triste et lent
20:13 VII Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest. Animé et tumultueux
23:51 VIII La fille aux cheveux de lin. Très calme et doucement expressif
26:17 IX La sérénade interrompue. Modérément animé
28:53 X La cathédrale engloutie. Profondément calme
35:17 XI La danse de Puck. Capricieux et léger
38:12 XII Minstrels. Modéré

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano

 

Marais: Bells of St. Genevieve (Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks, viola da gambist)



“Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris (“The Bells of St. Genevieve” in English) is a work by Marin Marais written in 1723 for viol, violin and harpsichord with basso continuo. It can be considered a passacaglia or a chaconne, with a repeating D, F, E bass line. Being a student of Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, it is perhaps Marais’ most famous composition that explores the various techniques of the viol.
The work begins with 4 measures of the bass line played by the continuo and viol, then, on the 5th measure the violin takes over the melody. Throughout the piece, the violin and viol take turns with the melody.

The viol part is of great difficulty because of Marais’s mastery of that instrument. The centerpiece is not the melody, the violin, but the viol. His work can be thought of as something to showcase the violist‘s skill, despite that it does not always have the melody.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonnerie…

This piece is performed by viola da gambist Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks. This and other albums by this artist can be downloaded at Magnatune.com.

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Great Musical Moments: Rubinstein-Chopin-Piano Concerto No.2



Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto N.º 2 Op. 21 in F minor: Maestoso-Larghetto-Allegro Vivace-Arthur Rubinstein, Pianist
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minorOp. 21, is a piano concerto composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1830. Chopin wrote the piece before he had finished his formal education, at around 20 years of age. It was first performed on 17 March 1830, in WarsawPoland, with the composer as soloist. It was the second of his piano concertos to be published (after the Piano Concerto No. 1), and so was designated as “No. 2”, even though it was written first.
The work contains the three movements typical of instrumental concertos of the period:
Maestoso,
Larghetto and
Allegro vivace.  Continue reading

Quotation: George Bernard Shaw about governing Peter and Paul


A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: BENJAMIN BANNEKER (1731)


Benjamin Banneker (1731)

Banneker was a free African American who was largely self-educated in astronomy and mathematics. In 1761, he drew attention by building a wooden clock that kept precise time for some 50 years. He accurately predicted a solar eclipse in 1789 and began publishing annually thePennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Almanac and Ephemeris, sending an early copy to Thomas Jefferson to counter the belief that African Americans were intellectually inferior. How did Jefferson respond? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: GREAT LAKES STORM REACHES PEAK FEROCITY (1913)


Great Lakes Storm Reaches Peak Ferocity (1913)

The deadliest and most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the Great Lakes region, the “Big Blow,” “Freshwater Fury,” or “White Hurricane,” as it is variously known, was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that battered parts of the US and Canada for several days in November 1913. Approximately 250 people died in the violent storm—all of them sailors who perished when their ships were wrecked or sunk on the lakes. How tall were the swells that vessels had to contend with during the storm? More… Discuss

News: WINE AND DINE, MINUS THE WINE


Wine and Dine, Minus the Wine

The world is in the midst of a wine shortage, and it does not look like it will be letting up any time soon. Global wine production has been on the decline since it peaked in 2004. Last year, the demand for wine exceeded the supply by 300 million cases. Part of the problem is that European wine production has plummeted 25 percent since 2004. Winemaking in other parts of the world, like the US, Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and New Zealand, has been stepped up, but it is not yet able to keep up with global demand. More… Discuss

 

Article: THE HOUSE OF YI


The House of Yi

In the 13th century, Mongol forces from China invaded the nation that would become Korea. Peace came when Korea accepted Mongol suzerainty, but in 1392, Yi Songgye, a general who favored the Chinese Ming dynasty, seized the throne. He was the first of the House of Yi, or Joseon Dynasty, that ruled Korea until 1910. That year, Korea was formally annexed by Japan following the Sino-Japanese War, effectively ending the dynasty. Who are the living descendants of the House of Yi? More… Discuss