Daily Archives: January 7, 2014

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Georges Bizet Menuet & Farandole/L’Arlésienne, suite nr. 2 – DR Symfoniorkestret – de Burgos

Georges Bizet (1838-1875) L’Arlésienne, suite nr. 2 (1872): Menuet og Farandole – Danmarks Radio SymfoniOrkestret – Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos


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PORTLAND “Joan of Arc” tour debut, Leonard Cohen with Hattie Webb, Nov 11.12 Rose Garden Arena

Published on Nov 12, 2012

Leonard Cohen performed a tour debut of “Joan of Arc” featuring an exquisite duet with Hattie Webb of the Webb Sisters backing singers. (Portland, OR at the Rose Garden Arena, Non 11.12). Leonard Cohen and the band all wore Poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day (Armistice Day)

Leonard Cohen – Joan Of Arc Lyrics


Now the flames they followed Joan of Arc
As she came riding through the dark;
No moon to keep her armour bright,
No man to get her through this very smoky night.
She said, “i’m tired of the war,
I want the kind of work I had before,
A wedding dress or something white
To wear upon my swollen appetite.”

Well, I’m glad to hear you talk this way,
You know I’ve watched you riding every day
And something in me yearns to win
Such a cold and lonesome heroine.
“and who are you? ” she sternly spoke
To the one beneath the smoke.
“why, I’m fire,” he replied,
“and I love your solitude, I love your pride.”

“then fire, make your body cold,
I’m going to give you mine to hold,”
Saying this she climbed inside
To be his one, to be his only bride.
And deep into his fiery heart
He took the dust of joan of arc,
And high above the wedding guests
He hung the ashes of her wedding dress.

It was deep into his fiery heart
He took the dust of joan of arc,
And then she clearly understood
If he was fire, oh then she must be wood.
I saw her wince, I saw her cry,
I saw the glory in her eye.
Myself I long for love and light,
But must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?


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St. Gudula’s Day

St. Gudula (or Gudule) is the patron saint of Brussels, Belgium. According to legend, Satan was so envious of her piety and influence among the people that he often tried to extinguish her lantern as she returned from midnight mass. But as she prayed for help, an angel would re-light the candle. Her relics were moved to Brussels in 978. Since 1047 they have remained in the church of St. Michael, thereafter called the Cathedral of St. Gudula. Her feast day is observed with great solemnity in Brussels, particularly at the cathedral that bears her name. More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Charlotte Bronte

I don’t think, sir, you have a right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss


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Frank Nelson Doubleday (1862)

Doubleday was an American publisher best known for founding the Doubleday & McClure Company. Doubleday was so fascinated with printing as a boy that he saved up and bought his own printing press, and he began working at famed publishing house Charles Scribner’s Sons at age 14. In 1897, he formed his own company with Samuel S. McClure, publisher of McClure’s Magazine, and their firm became a prominent publishing house. What strange nickname did Rudyard Kipling give Doubleday? More… Discuss


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The African National Congress Is Founded (1912)

The African National Congress (ANC) is a South African political party and black nationalist organization. Founded as the South African Native National Congress in 1912, the ANC began as a nonviolent civil rights group. After government massacres of demonstrators, however, the ANC began carrying out acts of sabotage and guerrilla warfare. As a result, its leaders were exiled, but in 1994, the ANC swept the country’s first elections based on universal suffrage. Who was the ANC’s famous leader? More… Discuss


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Meditate the Pain Away

Proponents of meditation say that it can have a measurable benefit on the psyche, and the data seem to support this. A meta-analysis of 47 studies finds moderate evidence that mindfulness meditation can help treat anxiety, depression, and pain and low evidence of stress reduction and improvement to overall mental health. In fact, when it comes to depression, mindfulness meditation appears to be as effective as antidepressantsMore… Discuss


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Free Falling

Though often associated with skydivers, a free fall in physics is any motion of a body upon which gravity is the only force acting—such as a ball thrown up in the air. Though free falls from great heights are incredibly dangerous for humans, they can be survivable, especially if one lands on a surface of high deformity, like snow or water. In 1972, a flight attendant miraculously survived—despite 27 days in a coma—after the plane she was on exploded, hurtling her how many feet to the ground? More…Discuss

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Arctic Blast 2014 – a gallery on Flickr: Arctic Blast 2014

Cedar Fire12Arctic Blast 2014 – a gallery on Flickr.


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Photo by kidicarus222: The sunset at the Huell Howser memorial at Grifith Observatory

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Antonín Dvořák – From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 68

Published on Sep 23, 2012

Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber, piano

Antonín Dvořák – From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 68

  • In the Spinning Room,  Allegro molto [D major] 
  • By the Black Lake,  Lento [F sharp minor/major] 
  • Walpurgis Night,  Molto vivace [B falt major] 
  • In Wait,  Allegro comodo [F major
  • Silent Woods,  Lento e molto cantabile [D flat major
  • From Troubled Times,  Allegro con fuoco [A minor]


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Alexandr Glazunov – Oriental Rhapsody for Orchestra in G major, Op. 29, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra – Antonio de Almeida

Alexandr Glazunov – Oriental Rhapsody for Orchestra in G major, Op. 29, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra – Antonio de Almeida


The highly-skilled Glazunov had as his primary weakness that he did not fully synthesize his many influences – Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Wagner, and Brahms – and hence remained a derivative rather than original composer. Here, he is in Rimsky-Korakov territory, reveling in the opportunities for exoticism afforded by Russia’s 19th Century expansion into neighboring Turkic and Mongol territories. At the time he wrote this piece, the genre was still fresh, and the result is a sparkling and piece fit to be a companion to the more famous such pieces of the time. The music is in the same exciting vein as that of Rimsky and Borodin. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/oriental-rhapsody-for-orchestra-in-g-major-op-29#ixzz2pklK3jzJ


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Boboteaza la fagaras 2011

Boboteaza la fagaras 2011


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Joc de Boboteaza, la Vistea de Jos – Tara Fagarasului

“Boboteaza 2011 in Feleac” si “O noapte la Cetatea Fagarasului”

Slujba de Boboteaza si imagini de noapte in Cetatea Fagarasului


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Gheorghe Dinica – Ionel, Ionelule

#Baking The Humble, Beatific #Biscuit

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biscuit7We don’t have gluten problems, so I used regular old white flour.

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Fukishima fall-out fears as DOUBLE the normal amount of radiation is found in Missouri snow and San Francisco beach busts safety levels prompting investigation

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Double: Radiation counts per minute (CPM) taken in the snow this week in St Louis, Missouri, show levels double the normal numbers

Double: Radiation counts per minute (CPM) taken in the snow this week in St Louis, Missouri, show levels double the normal numbers

  • A San Francisco beach has five times the safe level fueling concerns over Fukushima’s impact
  • The findings – reaching over 150 micro-REM per hour – prompted federal officials to launch an investigation
  • Officials said they were ‘befuddled’
  •  Snow in Missouri has been found to contain double the normal radiation amount
  • In September, a BBC report said radiation readings around the Fukushima power plant were 18 times higher than previously reported

By Marie-louise Olson


A beach in San Francisco contains five times the safe levels of radiation fueling concerns that Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant’s crisis is impacting areas across the country.

It comes just days after radiation readings were found to be double the normal amount…

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BBC News – Botswana Bushmen: Modern life is destroying us

Bushmen herders in New Xade, BotswanaBBC News – Botswana Bushmen: Modern life is destroying us.

Pacific Symphony : Concert Detail

Nadja Plays MendelssohnPacific Symphony : Concert Detail.

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EXTRA! Extra!: US weather in pictures: polar vortex freezes faces

Greg Rohde has an ice and snow encrusted beard

US weather in pictures: polar vortex freezes faces (click to access the 12 more photos at “The Telegraph)


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Voluntary government checkpoints spark backlash

checkpointVoluntary government checkpoints spark backlash.

Spanish court summons king’s daughter over financial crimes – France – France 24

Spanish court summons king’s daughter over financial crimes – France – France 24.

Schumann, Albumblatt op. 124 Nr. 16 (Schlummerlied), Wolfgang Weller 2012.

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Albumblätter op. 124 Nr. 16 “Schlummerlied”
Wolfgang Weller

Tempo Giusto

This recording is part of the ongoing Schumann-Project:


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Unforgettable compositions: Hommage à Frédéric Chopin – KRAKOWIAK Op.14 [1/2] – Alexis Weissenberg

Krakowiak, grand rondo de concert,Op.14 –
Alexis Weissenberg, Klavier – 
Orchestre de la Societé des Concerts du Conservatoire –
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Leitung –


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Great Performances: Herbert von Karajan conducts Richard Strauss’s – Don Juan Overture Op. 20 ( – Osaka 1984)

Richard Strauss:  Don Juan, Symphonic Poem Op. 20
Herbert von Karajan conducting
Osaka, Japan 1984


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Claudio Arrau

Claudio Arrau

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Claudio Arrau in 1974, by Allan Warren

Claudio Arrau León (February 6, 1903 – June 9, 1991)[1] was a Chilean pianist known for his interpretations of a vast repertoire spanning from the baroque to 20th-century composers, especiallyBeethovenSchubertChopinSchumannLiszt and Brahms. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century.


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Great Performances: Claude Debussy, Sarabande pour le Piano, L95. Claudio Arrau, piano. — Lista de reproducción Claude Debussy: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Claude Debussy
Sarabande pour le Piano, L95. 
Claudio Arrau, piano.

Lista de reproducción Claude Debussy:

  • Claudio Arrau
  • Claudio Arrau León was a Chilean pianist known for his interpretations of a vast repertoire spanning from the baroque to 20th-century composers, especially Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms. Wikipedia

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Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Sergei Rachmaninov – Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

SERGEI RACHMANINOV – Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

In this 1994 recording, Michael Grebanier plays the cello while Janet Guggenheim plays the piano. Naxos is the official owner of this recording.

1. Lento/Allegro Moderato (0:00)
Photo #1: Autumn Leaves, by maddox74
Photo #2: The Nature of Leaves, by gapa66

2. Allegro Scherzando (10:54)
Photo: Deciduous Tree, by Hans

3. Andante (17:29)
Photo: Weser Uplands, by AnnaER

4. Allegro mosso (23:43)
Photo #1: Autumn Colors, by giani
Photo #2: Alpine Mountains, by stux

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Saint John the Baptist

John the Baptist

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John the Baptist
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John the Baptist by Bartolomeo Veneto, 16th century
Prophet, Martyr, Saint
Born Late 1st century BCE
Herodian Judea
Died CE 31 – 36[1][2][3][4][5]
Honored in Aglipayan ChurchAnglicanism,Assyrian Church of the East,Bahá’í FaithEastern Orthodox ChurchIslamLutheranism,MandeanismOriental Orthodox ChurchesRoman Catholic Churches
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Majorshrine Church of St John the Baptist,Jerusalem
Feast June 24 (Nativity),
August 29 (Beheading),
January 7 (Synaxis,
Eastern Orthodox),
Thout 2 (Coptic Orthodox Church)
Attributes Camel-skin robe, cross, lamb, scroll with words “Ecce Agnus Dei“, platter with own head, pouring water from hands orscallop shell
Patronage Patron saint of JordanPuerto RicoKnights Hospitaller of Jerusalem, French Canada,NewfoundlandCesenaFlorence,GenoaMonzaPortoSan Juan,TurinXewkija, and many other places.

John the Baptist (Hebrew: יוחנן המטביל, Yoḥanan ha-mmaṭbil, Arabic: يوحنا المعمدان‎ Yuhanna Al-Ma’madan,[6] Aramaic: ܝܘܚܢܢ Ioḥanan, Classical Armenian: Յովհաննէս Մկրտիչ Yovhannēs Mkrtičʿ,Greek: Ὁ Ἅγιος/Τίμιος Ἐνδοξος Προφήτης, Πρόδρομος καὶ Βαπτιστής Ἰωάννης Ho Hágios/Tímios Endoxos, Prophḗtēs, Pródromos, kaì Baptistḗs Ioánnes)[3][7][8][9][10] was an itinerant preacher[11] and a major religious figure[12] in ChristianityIslam,[13] the Bahá’í Faith,[14] and Mandaeism.

John is described as having the unique practice of baptism for the forgiveness of sins.[15] Most scholars agree that John baptized Jesus.[16][17] Scholars generally believe Jesus was a follower or disciple of John[18][19][20] and several New Testament accounts report that some of Jesus’s early followers had previously been followers of John.[21] John the Baptist is also mentioned by Jewish historianJosephus.[22] Some scholars maintain that John was influenced by the semi-ascetic Essenes, who expected an apocalypse and practiced rituals corresponding strongly with baptism,[23] although no direct evidence substantiates this.[24]

According to the New Testament, John anticipated a messianic figure greater than himself,[25] and Jesus was the one whose coming John foretold. Christians commonly refer to John as the precursor or forerunner of Jesus,[26] since John announces Jesus’ coming. John is also identified with the prophetElijah.[21]


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The Christmas celebration in Ethiopia (observing theCoptic Orthodox calendar), which is officially called Leddat, is more popularly known as Ganna, after the game that is traditionally played on this day by boys, young men, and occasionally elders. According to legend, the shepherds were so happy when they heard about the birth of Jesus that they used their hooked staffs to play ganna—a game similar to field hockey. Pilgrims gather in the spectacular medieval churches in Lalibela for services, music, and food. More… Discuss


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QUOTATION: L. Frank Baum about brains and happiness and thinking about…

Brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) Discuss


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Ludwig III of Bavaria (1845)

Ludwig III, the last king of Bavaria, took an unusual path to the crown. His father Luitpold had ruled Bavaria for his insane nephews Ludwig II—a brilliant eccentric who was ultimately confined to a château—and Otto I. Ludwig III succeeded Luitpold as regent and reigned as king from 1913 to 1918. Ludwig’s brief rule was tumultuous, coinciding with World War I and the German Revolution. He was the first monarch to be deposed in the revolution and fled Munich in November 1918. Where did he die?More… Discuss


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“CQD” Distress Signal Adopted (1904)

“CQD” was one of the first Morse code distress signals adopted for radio use. The Marconi Marine Communication Company began using it in 1904, but by 1908, “CQD” had largely been supplanted by “SOS,” a simpler code. Contrary to popular belief, “CQD” does not stand for “Come Quick, Danger” or “Come Quickly: Distress.” Rather, it combines the call “CQ“—a general call to all stations stemming from the French word sécurité—with “D” for “distress.” What was its most famous use? More… Discuss


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The Maypole

The maypole is the center of activity during the celebration of May Day. The tall wooden pole is often decorated with flowers, greenery, and streamers. Dancers hold the loose ends of the streamers and weave intricate patterns as they encircle the pole and pass each other in dance. May Day festivities also include a May king and queen and people carrying garlands. The maypole probably originated in ancient fertility rites, but its symbolism has long been debated. What are some interpretations? More…Discuss


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