Daily Archives: January 9, 2014

Sviatoslav Richter plays Grieg Lyric Pieces – Op.65 No.6 ‘Wedding day at Troldhaugen’

Sviatoslav Richter plays Grieg Lyric Pieces – Op.65 No.6 ‘Wedding day at Troldhaugen

  • The image of Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richte...

    The image of Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Sviatoslav Richter

  • Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter was a Soviet pianist well known for the depth of his interpretations, virtuoso technique, and vast repertoire. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Wikipedia


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Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Overture.

A spectacular fireworks display set to the ever so apropos Handel: Music for the Royal fireworks. Album details can be found here;http://musicalconcepts.net//component…

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Great Performances: Barenboim plays Mendelssohn Songs Without Words Op.30 no.6 in F sharp Minor – Venetian Gondellied

Mendelssohn aged 12 (1821) by Carl Joseph Begas

Mendelssohn aged 12 (1821) by Carl Joseph Begas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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Duo Palissandre – duo n°3 opus 31 2ème mouvement Antoine de Lhoyer




Edouard Manet: Harbour at Bordeaux, 1871

Edouard Manet: Harbour at Bordeaux, 1871 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Le duo de guitare Palissandre (Vanessa Dartier & Yann Dufresne) interprète le 2ème mouvement du Duo n°3 opus 31 de Antoine de Lhoyer en août 2013 au Petit Théâtre à Bordeaux (France)




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Glazunov – The Seasons Op.67 Autumn:Petit Adagio

Prominent Russians: Aleksandr Glazunov

August 10, 1865 – March 21, 1936
Фотограф Альфред Федецкий. Портрет русского композитора и дирижёра Александра Константиновича Глазунова. Фотография. Харьков. 1899гPortrait photo of Aleksandr Glazunov taken by Alfred Fedetsky. 1899, Kharkov, Ukraine

Aleksandr Glazunov was a Russian composer, professor and rector of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. His works of the late Russian Romantic period reconciled nationalism and cosmopolitanism in Russian music.

Child musical prodigy

Glazunov was born into a wealthy merchant family – his father was a prominent publisher and book trader in St. Petersburg. Glazunov’s mother was a good pianist and had a major influence on Aleksandr’s music education. She hired the best piano teachers for her son. To her great satisfaction, Glazunov was an eager student and as early as 13 he revealed a great talent for composition. In 1879 he met Mily Balakirev, one of the founders of the Russian nationalist school of composers known as The Five or The Mighty Handful.

Impressed by Glazunov’s talent, Balakirev recommended him to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, a composer and a member of The Five. Rimsky-Korsakov took it upon himself to teach Glazunov the theory of composition, harmony and instrumental accompaniment. Glazunov was a bright student and was able to cover the whole Conservatory program in just a year and a half.

Glazunov composed his first symphony at the age of 16, which was first played at a free school concert. It was also later performed at the Moscow Exhibition, conducted by Rimsky-Korsakov. Glazunov’s symphony was very well received and was followed by other works, which were just as fine as his first piece.

Glazunov with Fedor Chaliapin and Vladimir Stasov

Glazunov with Fedor Chaliapin and Vladimir Stasov
Portrait of the composer Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov. Portrait of Alexander Glazunov.


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Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 – Furtwängler, BPO, 1953 (Remastered 2012)

Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Symphonies of Robert Schumann
Legendary Recordings LR002
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Robert Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (Revised 1851 version)
1. First Movement – Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft 11:51
2. Second Movement – Romanze: Ziemlich langsam 05:20
3. Third Movement – Scherzo: Lebhaft 05:55
4. Fourth Movement – Langsam; Lebhaft 8:01
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Studio Recording, Berlin, May 14, 1953

Restoration notes –

Wilhelm Furtwängler (timbre Berlin-Ouest / Bri...

Wilhelm Furtwängler (timbre Berlin-Ouest / Briefmarke Westberlin) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Widely considered to be the greatest recording of Schumann’s 4th symphony ever made, it is quite fortunate then that the original audio was quite good to begin with. I focused on reducing the harsh edge on the violins, trying to make them sound more natural, and giving a more rounded sound to the orchestra. The result is fantastic.

Audio Restored and Remastered by Rudolf Ondrich, 12-13 October 2012.”

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Wilhelm Kempff PlaysBeethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 16 Op. 31 in G major

Piano: Wilhelm Kempff

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1, was composed between 1801 and 1802.
The sonata consists of three movements. A typical performance lasts about 20 minutes.

  1. Allegro vivace
  2. Adagio grazioso
  3. Rondo, allegretto – presto

Although it was numbered as the first piece in the trio of piano sonatas which were published as Opus 31 in 1803, Beethoven actually finished it after the Op. 31 No. 2, the Tempest Sonata. [From Wikipedia]

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Benin National Vodoun Day

Vodoun is an ancient, African, pantheistic religion. When it was brought to the Americas by African slaves, it was blended with elements of Christianity into what is known as “Voodoo.” The present African country of Benin, situated on the former kingdom of Dahomey, is known as a center of Vodoun culture. The day is celebrated throughout Benin with processions, Vodoun rituals, dances, and even an international film festival. The celebration’s central activity, however, is the re-enactment of the journey from the slave auction block in the center of town to the ships in the harbor. More… Discuss


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QUOTATION: George Eliot (1819-1880)

It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium.

George Eliot (1819-1880)


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Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835)

Japanese author, educator, and publisher Fukuzawa Yukichi grew up during a tumultuous time in Japan, as Western powers began infiltrating the country and the Japanese people‘s hostility toward the ruling shogunate grew. Fukuzawa—who was intrigued by the West—traveled to the US on a diplomatic mission in 1860 and afterward became involved in Japan’s Meiji Restoration, which restored the emperor to power and rapidly modernized the country. What is considered Fukuzawa’s most important contribution? More… Discuss

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28,800 Floating Bath Toys Topple into Ocean (1992)

Children’s bath toys may seem an unlikely source of oceanographic data, but that is just what they have been since 1992, when a shipment of Friendly Floatees from China went rogue while en route to Tacoma, Washington. It all began when 12 shipping containers went overboard during a storm in the Pacific. One broke open, releasing 28,800 toy ducks, beavers, frogs, and turtles into the water. Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer began tracking their progress after the first Floatees washed ashore where? More… Discuss


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Color Blindness

People with color blindness are not blind in the most common sense of the word; their condition can perhaps be more accurately described as a color vision deficiency. Those who suffer from it tend to see colors in a limited range of hues—most commonly they are unable to distinguish red and green—while a rare few may not see colors at all. The condition is often genetic, but it can also be acquired through eye disease. When did the scientific community first acknowledge color blindness? More… Discuss


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Definition: (noun) A food rich in sugar.
Synonyms: sweet
Usage: One of the perks of working in a candy shop is getting to try all the new confectionsDiscuss.


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Ridichea neagra, leac excelent impotriva tusei – Yahoo Ştiri România

Ridichea neagra, leac excelent impotriva tuseiRidichea neagra, leac excelent impotriva tusei – Yahoo Ştiri România.

Pâine fără coloranţi pentru români: ANPC interzice E-urile în compoziţia produselor de panificaţie – Yahoo Ştiri România

Pâine fără coloranţi pentru români: ANPC interzice E-urile în compoziţia produselor de panificaţie – Yahoo Ştiri România.

Cum se făcea şcoală în România, în 1940. Formidabila evaluare a unui elev, de către profesori – Yahoo Ştiri România

Cum erau evaluaţi elevii români la începutul anilor 40Cum se făcea şcoală în România, în 1940. Formidabila evaluare a unui elev, de către profesori – Yahoo Ştiri România.

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America Abandons Afghanistan to Drug Lords

1-10-2014_FE0102_Poppies_03America Abandons Afghanistan to Drug Lords.

11 Banned Food Ingredients Still Allowed in the U.S. | LIVESTRONG.COM

11 Banned Food Ingredients Still Allowed in the U.S. | LIVESTRONG.COM.

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10 Things Your Gym Wont Tell You | LIVESTRONG.COM

10 Things Your Gym Wont Tell You | LIVESTRONG.COM.


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National Geographic: Snake Bite

Published on Jan 9, 2014

What would you do if a Western Diamondback bite you? DO OR DIE AIRS THURSDAYS at 10P.


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Best Classical Music YouTube Collection: Classical Music Mix – Best Classical Pieces Part II (2/2)

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Published on Mar 29, 2013 – 751,382 view to date

A mix with some of the best classical pieces in the world. Part II

Compositions name list:

00:00 – Amilcare Ponchielli – Dance of the Hours
05:20 – Bach – Tocata And Fugue In D Minor
12:03 – Beethoven – 5th Symphony (1st movement)
19:08 – Beethoven – 9th Symphony (Ode To Joy)
25:23 – Beethoven – Für Elise (piano version)
28:18 – Carl Orff – O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)
30:57 – Georges Bizet – Habanera
33:06 – Frederic Chopin – Funeral March
38:16 – Delibes – The Flower Duet (Lakmé)
42:49 – Edvard GriegIn the Hall of the Mountain King
45:17 – Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 (orchestra version)
55:48 – Georges Bizet – Les Toreadors
58:07 – Händel – Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus
1:02:08 – Mozart – Serenade No 13 (Allegro)
1:07:53 – Offenbach – Can Can
1:10:05 – Rossini – William Tell Overture
1:13:29 Aram Khachaturian – Sabre Dance
1:15:53 – Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture
1:24:19 – Tchaikovsky – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
1:26:48 – Vivaldi – Four Seasons (spring)

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Best Classical Music YouTube Collection: Classical Music Mix – Best Classical Pieces Part I (1/2)

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Published on Feb 9, 2013: 4,590,957 views!

A mix with some of the best classical pieces in the world.

Compositions name list:

00:01 – Albinoni – Adagio in g minor
10:44 – Pachelbel – Canon in D major
16:55 – Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
22:59 – Carlos GardelPor una cabeza
30:03 – Dmitri Shostakovich – Waltz no 2
33:52 – Eugen Doga – Grammofon
36:20 – Gheorghe Zamfir – The Lonely Shepherd
40:40 – Johann Strauss IIVienna Blood Waltz
47:46 – Johann Strauss II – Voices of Spring Waltz
53:31 – Juventino Rosas – Over the Waves Waltz
59:20 – Mozart – Rondo Alla Turca
1:02:57 – Mozart – Symphony 40 No 1
1:09:16 – Mozart – Lacrimosa
1:12:36 – Nino Rota – Vito’s Waltz
1:15:28 – Nobuo Uematsu – Dance With the Balamb-Fish
1:19:08 – Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty Waltz
1:23:47 – Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Waltz
1:30:41 – Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers
1:37:05 – Mozart – Serenade No 13


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Surf City USA: Double Dog Dare

Double Dog Dare.


Let site administrators decide who’s subscribing to their sites!

Let site administrators decide who’s subscribing to their sites!

The most “talked about post at euzicasa i n2013, tries to make sense of the cocoon state of administrators (website owners usually) regarding their choice in banning unsavory characters from subscribing following, and reblogging. The hands off managerial type at WordPress, even after paying annually for the membership is deplorable!

European parliament invites Edward Snowden to testify via video | World news | theguardian.com

Former NSA contractor Edward SnowdenEuropean parliament invites Edward Snowden to testify via video | World news | theguardian.com.

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In pictures: Niagara Falls freezes over on US side – Telegraph

In pictures: Niagara Falls freezes over on US side – Telegraph.

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J.S. Bach / Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1 (Harnoncourt)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Cantata BWV 1: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (25 March 1725)

1. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Chorus)
2. Du wahrer Gottes und Marien Sohn (Recitative: T) 09:36
3. Erfüllet, ihr himmlischen göttlichen Flammen (Aria: S) 10:33
4. Ein irdscher Glanz, ein leiblich Licht (Recitative: B) 15:43
5. Unser Mund und Ton der Saiten (Aria: T) 16:42
6. Wie bin ich doch so herzlich froh (Chorale) 24:04

Boy Soprano: Soloist of the Wiener Sängerknaben 
Tenor: Kurt Equiluz 
Bass: Max van Egmond

Performed by the Wiener Sängerknaben & Chorus Viennensis (Chorus Master: Hans Gillesberger), and Concentus Musicus Wien under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Recorded by Teldec in 1970.

“Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How brightly gleams the morning star) (BWV 1), composed for the Festival of the Annunciation (25th March) 1725, is the last chorale of the Year II cycle, since texts in the customary form follow from Easter onward. Bach’s unknown librettist has retained the outer verses, 1 and 7, of Philipp Nikolai’s well-known hymn (1599) in their original wording, but rewritten the inner verses as recitatives and arias. Nikolai’s hymn is only loosely connected with the Gospel reading for the day, the story of the Annunciation (Luke 1, 26-38). The last verse can most likely be interpreted as referring to the coming of the Saviour, and Bach’s librettist has woven further allusions into the second movement. Yet the profound feeling and ‘bridal’ character of the hymn well suit the subject of the festival. 

“The cantata has an unusual instrumental clothing; whereas the wind, with two horns and two oboes da caccia, emphasize the middle register only, the treble register is supplied by two concertante violins, in whose figurative playing the glittering of the ‘morning star’ is reflected. The opening chorus is a standard example of the form most frequently used in the chorale cantatas: the hymn melody, stated in long notes by the soprano (+ Horn I) with counter-points in the other choral parts, is built line by line into an independent orchestral texture.

“The recitatives, mainly set in syllabic declamation, are contrasted with the concertante, joyful agitation of the two arias, in which again instruments characteristic of the cantata’s orchestration are given prominence: oboe da caccia in the third movement, concertante violins with solo-tutti contrasts in the fifth. The simple setting of the final chorale is enriched by the independent part for the second horn.” – Alfred Dürr

Painting: Easter Morning, Caspar David Friedrich


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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Schumann – Symphony n°2 – Leonard Bernstein (live recording)

Published on Mar 6, 2013
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) – Symphony n°2 in C major opus 61

I. Sostenuto assai (00:00) – Allegro ma non troppo (03:41)
II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace (12:26)
III. Adagio espressivo (19:20)
IV. Allegro molto vivace (32:46)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks), dir Leonard Bernstein
(live recording 1983)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Symphony in C major by German composer Robert Schumann was published in 1847 as his Symphony No. 2, Op. 61, although it was the third symphony he had completed, counting the B-flat major symphony published as No. 1 in 1841, and the original version of his D minor symphony of 1841 (later revised and published as No. 4).

Schumann began to sketch the symphony on December 12, 1845, and had a robust draft of the entire work by December 28. He spent most of the next year orchestrating, beginning February 12, 1846.[1] His depression and poor health, including ringing in his ears, prevented him finishing the work until October 19. Publication followed in 1847.

The uplifting tone of the symphony is remarkable in the face of Schumann’s health problems—the work can be seen as a Beethovenian triumph over fate/pessimism. It is written in the traditional four-movement form, and as often in the nineteenth century the Scherzo precedes the Adagio. All four movements are in C major, except the first part of the slow movement (in C minor); the work is thus homotonal:

  1. Sostenuto assai — Allegro, ma non troppo
  2. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
  3. Adagio espressivo
  4. Allegro molto vivace
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Black Nazarene Fiesta

The largest festival in Manila, Philippines, held each year in honor of the Quiapo District’s patron saint, the Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Jesus carved from blackwood, whose shrine is located in Quiapo’s baroque church. The traditional nine-day fiesta begins on January 1, and features nightly cultural events, band concerts, and fireworks. On the last day of the festival, the statue’s translación and enshrinement in the church is commemorated by a procession of barefoot men pulling a carriage that holds the 200-year-old statue on the way to CalvaryMore… Discuss


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There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss


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Graves of Sartre and Beauvoir

Graves of Sartre and Beauvoir (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Simone de Beauvoir (1908)


De Beauvoir was a prominent French writer and feminist, as well as a leading existentialist. Among her most celebrated works is the profound analysis of the status of women The Second Sex, which was completed in 1950 and has become a classic of feminist literature. De Beauvoir is also noted for her lifelong polyamorous relationship with famed existentialist thinker Jean-Paul Sartre, whom she met while studying at the Sorbonne. What had de Beauvoir wanted to do with her life until age 14? More… Discuss



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First iPhone Announced (2007)

Development of Apple’s iPhone began in 2004, when a team of about 1,000 employees began work on the highly confidential “Project Purple.” Their efforts fundamentally changed the cell phone industry and prompted the development of a host of increasingly advanced smartphones that essentially function as mobile computers. Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone on January 9, 2007, at the Macworld Conference in San Francisco. What business did he prank-call as he tested features for the audience? More… Discuss


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Cocaine Smugglers Go Bananas

Drug traffickers in Germany are having a very, very bad week. They managed to lose about 8.2 million dollars (6 million euros) worth of cocaine as a result of what appears to have been a “logistical error.” The drugs were smuggled into the country from Colombia in a shipment of bananas, but somehow the smugglers failed to retrieve their stash before the fruit was delivered to supermarkets. When employees at five Berlin shops went to unpack the banana cartons, they got an unexpected surprise in the form of 309 lb (140 kg) of cocaine. The drugs are now in the hands of the authorities.More… Discuss


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Definition: (noun) Someone who fights for a cause.
Synonyms: championfighterhero
Usage: Like the ancient paladins, he has only undertaken this war to obtain a look from his lady love. Discuss.


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