Daily Archives: February 9, 2014

Berlioz · Marche hongroise · Barenboim



Hector Berlioz: La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 – Marche hongroise (Rákóczi March) · Orchestre de Paris · Daniel Barenboim, conductor

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Elly Ney plays Beethoven Andante favori WoO 57 in F major


Beethoven: Andante favori WoO 57 in F major
Elly Ney playing the historical Graf piano witch Ludwig van Beethoven played during the last years of his life. 
Recorded 1965

 

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TODAY’S SAINT: FEAST OF ST. PAUL’S SHIPWRECK


Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

This feast is a commemoration in Malta of the shipwreck of St. Paul on the island in 60 CE, an event told about in the New Testament. When storms drove the ship aground, Paul was welcomed by the “barbarous people” (meaning they were not Greco-Romans). According to legend, he got their attention when a snake bit him on the hand but did him no harm, and he then healed people of diseases. Paul is the patron saint of Malta and snakebite victims. The day is a public holiday, and is observed with family gatherings and religious ceremonies and processions. More…

 

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QUOTATION: “A lie never lives to be old.” (Sophocles)


A lie never lives to be old.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: DOMINIQUE PIRE (1910)


Dominique Pire (1910)

Pire was a Belgian Dominican friar who devoted himself to helping the poor and to promoting peace. Witnessing the horrors of World War II, he became active in the anti-German resistance. After the war, he devoted himself to caring for the refugees, writing a book about the issue, founding aid organizations, and building villages to house displaced persons. He was rewarded for his humanitarian efforts with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1958. What “university” did he found thereafter? More…

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE ST. SCHOLASTICA DAY RIOT (1355)


The St. Scholastica Day Riot (1355)

Oxford is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but its history is not without blemish. In 1355, some students got into an argument with a local tavern keeper over the quality of his alcohol. This escalated into a physical altercation that then snowballed into an all-out riot between the university’s students and townspeople. When the dust settled days later, 63 students and a number of townspeople were dead. Which side paid reparations to the other for the next 470 years? More…

 

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NEWS: PROSTHESIS GIVES AMPUTEE SENSATION


Prosthesis Gives Amputee Sensation

In recent years, bioengineers have made great strides in the design of prosthetics, integrating technologies that make artificial limbs more lifelike and give amputeesgreater control over their use. Under development by one team is a bionic hand that allows the user to “feel” the objects it is grasping. Their prototype possesses sensors that send electrical signals to electrodes implanted in nerves in the arm of the wearer, providing sensory feedback that in recent tests allowed a user to identify the shape and stiffness of objects by touch alone. More…

 

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WORD: LOUCHE


louche 

Definition: (adjective) Of questionable taste or morality.
Synonyms: shady
Usage: It did not surprise me that the owner of that louche nightclub downtown was arrested for selling illegal drugs to the patrons.

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Sviatoslav Richter plays Borodin “Au Convent” (from ‘Petite SUITE’)


 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Kyoko Oyagi, plays ALEXANDER BORODIN’s ‘In the steppes of Central Asia’ (arrangement for piano by Ms. Oyagi)



Legendary virtuoso, Kyoko Oyagi, Japanese pianist (International competition Viotti 1st prize) plays Borodin arranged for solo-piano by Kyoko Oyagi.
1999/Tokyo,Japan, Live recording.Most successful Asian descendant pianist of Emil Sauer who combined Franz liszt’s and Russian pianism. Hans Kann’s favorite disciple,大八木恭子.

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Wilderness Park Downey California My Movie #3_720HD 1.avi (Audio: Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge over troubled water


In case you didn’t visit my YouTube Channel yet:
Wilderness Park Downey California My Movie #3_720HD 1.avi
(Audio: Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water)

This is an edited version of the originally uploaded “Wilderness Park In Downey California”. The main difference is the clips transition, and I think you will enjoy it more this way. Why did I make this movie? Because I believe that our time calls for refocusing on our psyche, on what makes all natural beings live in harmony. In other words I just took the time away from the modern word to look to nature, and rediscover its beauty, empathy, resilience, acceptance, and above all power to restore. It is the intent of the well known “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, to restore, to build the bridge between the internal, overwhelming at times noise, and the external, harmony in nature.

Happy New Year, And I’ll see you on the trail!

Visit me at https://euzicasa.wordpress.com

Thank you!

 

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Rie Sinclair Island of Loneliness Art – Painter: Ilia Efimovich Repin (1844-1930) Painting: Volga Boatmen (1870-1873)


 

 

 

 

 

Rie Sinclair – Island of Loneliness

 

 

 

Ilya Repin, Self-portrait, 1878

Ilya Repin, Self-portrait, 1878 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Art – Painter: Ilia Efimovich Repin (1844-1930)
Painting: Volga Boatmen (1870-1873)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barge Haulers wading. Oil on canvas. 62 × 97 c...

Barge Haulers wading. Oil on canvas. 62 × 97 cm. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ilya Repin. Apples and Leaves

Ilya Repin. Apples and Leaves (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Blue, White and Green: Turnbull Canyon-Audio (Nightfall In) The Far Dunes – Tim Fachen (moods) 2:23


Rattlesnake Hilltop (Turnbull Canyon) Puente Hills, California August 3, 2013



Filmed with an “LG OPTIMUS ELITE”, 
It is always a great “Vista Point” from this hilltop, and always a privilege 
to be able to do the walk, which is not as easy as it used to be. Only 1.7 miles from Beverly Blvd. @ Turnbull Canyon Trail, still a uphill road all the way. But the view is so gratifying, and the people around so friendly, that it is worth every moment, every breath…See you there sometimes! Get off your couch and get going!
Must have:
Water, UV filtering glasses, head covering, sunblock lotion, and a positive attitude!
Best exercise, if you are wealthy enough to attend to, is walking, and walking uphill is a perfect Cardio training, not requiring an equipment: Just your legs!

Start today!

I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)

*****Today I finally broke away from the winter season, and its heavy clothing and hit the trail*****

I thought that republishing the video I made last August, will be inspiring you to start your outdoors fitness program: Remember this is a thing that cannot be delegated! Again: Start today!

 

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LA Opera’s “Noah’s Flood” (“Noye’s Fludde”) by WIlliam Ohanesian


I created this profile of the production of Benjamin Britten‘s “Noye’s Fludde” at the Los Angeles Cathedral on April 19th and 20th, 2013. 

Performance conducted by James Conlon.

 

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All That Jazz ” Everything Old Is New Again “


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Cover of "All That Jazz"

Cover of All That Jazz

 

All That Jazz ” Everything Old Is New Again “

 

All That Jazz 
Erzsébet Földi & Ann Reinking
” Everything Old Is New Again ” Peter Allen

 

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“Evil Ways” is a song by Santana from their 1969 album Santana


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Evil Ways” is a song by Santana from their 1969 album Santana. It was written by Clarence (Sonny) Henry and recorded by jazz percussionist Willie Bobo in 1968 on his album of the same name. The song is in simple verse form. Next year it was recorded by Santana.

Released as a single in late 1969, it became the band’s first top forty and top ten hit in the U.S., peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Gregg Rolie performs the lead vocals and plays a Hammond organ solo in the middle section. The double-time coda includes a guitar solo performed by Carlos Santana.

“Evil Ways” is about a girl who is spiteful. “You’ve got to change your evil ways, baby/Before I stop lovin’ you.” She tries to make her boyfriend jealous by associating with her friends. “You hangin’ ’round, baby/With Jean and Joan and-a who-knows-who.”

Some radio stations play edit versions of the song, cutting a few bars from the introduction, parts of the organ instrumental portion in the middle, and the coda, shortening the guitar improvisation by fading the song out earlier, part of this reason is to make it more for AM radio use, than for progressive rock use.

Lyrics:

You’ve got to change your evil ways, baby,
before I stop lovin’ you.
You’ve got to change, baby,
and every word that I say is true.
You got me runnin’ and hidin’ all over town,
you got me sneakin’ and a-peepin’ and runnin’ you down.
This can’t go on, Lord knows you got to change, baby.

When I come home, baby,
my house is dark and my pots are cold.
You’re hangin’ round, baby,
with Jean and Joan and-a who knows who.
I’m gettin’ tried of waitin’ and foolin’ around,
I’ll find somebody who won’t make me feel like a clown.
This can’t go on, Lord knows you got to change, baby.

When I come home, baby,
my house is dark and my pots are cold.
You’re hangin’ round, baby,
with Jean and Joan and-a who knows who.
I’m gettin’ tried of waitin’ and foolin’ around,
I’ll find somebody who won’t make me feel like a clown.
This can’t go on, Lord knows you got to change, baby.

 

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Leaked U.S. phone call about Ukraine draws anger from Russia, EU | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS


Victoria Nuland’s alleged explicit comments about the EU’s involvement in Ukraine has caused controversy. Photo by Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Flickr  A taped and leaked telephone conversation between two U.S. politicians about the future of Ukrainian politics — which included an explicit comment about the European Union — has caused a diplomatic flap, exacerbating tensions between the United States and Russia.

Victoria Nuland’s alleged explicit comments about the EU’s involvement in Ukraine has caused controversy. Photo by Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Flickr
A taped and leaked telephone conversation between two U.S. politicians about the future of Ukrainian politics — which included an explicit comment about the European Union — has caused a diplomatic flap, exacerbating tensions between the United States and Russia.

Leaked U.S. phone call about Ukraine draws anger from Russia, EU | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS.

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Great Compositions/Performances: Schubert – Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 “Unfinished” (Performed by Charles Mackerras and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (1990))



Franz Schubert (1797-1828):
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 “Unfinished” (1822)
1. Allegro moderato – 00:00 
2. Andante con moto – 13:32
Performed by Charles Mackerras and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (1990).
Painting: Wanderer in the Storm, Karl Julius von Leypold

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Great Compositions/Performances: Pogorelich plays Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit (Ondine – Le Gibet – Scarbo)



Gaspard de la nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d’après Aloysius Bertrand (1908)

I. Ondine [0:00]
II. Le Gibet [7:36]
III. Scarbo [14:28]

A work for solo piano by French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), based on poetry by the French proto-Symbolist Aloysius Bertrand (1807-1841). The first movement “Ondine” evokes the ethereal realm of the title water-fairy who lures hapless men into her magical lake. The second movement (“Le Gibet”) depicts a different vision: “It is a bell tinting at the walls of a city under the horizon and the carcass of a hanged man reddened by the setting sun.” The third movement “Scarbo” depicts a fiendish creature – perhaps a scarab beetle-like imp – scampering and twirling underneath the bed of the frightened observer. This movement is notorious for its incredible difficulty, since Ravel intended it to surpass Balakirev’s Islamey in technical terms.

The piece is performed by the famous Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich.

The text of Bertrand’s poems with English translation is available here:
https://sites.google.com/site/musican…

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Saint-Saëns – Violin Sonata No. 1 – Heifetz, Smith



Camille Saint-Saëns, Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 75 (1885)

I. Allegro agitato
II. Adagio (6:45)
III. Allegro moderato (12:33)
IV. Allegro molto (16:13)

Jascha Heifetz, Brooks Smith

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Mozart Symphony No 40 G minor K 550 Karl Bohm Wiener Philarmoniker



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No 40 G minor K 550Karl Bhom conducts Wiener Philarmoniker:

 

 

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Molto allegro 0:40
Andante 9:42
Menuetto, allegretto 17:25
Finale, allegro assai 22:05

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV. 550, in 1788. It is sometimes referred to as the “Great G minor symphony,” to distinguish it from the “Little G minor symphony,” No. 25. The two are the only extant minor key symphonies Mozart wrote.[1]

 

 

 

 

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From sintesio: Censorship and Social Media in China


According to Sintesio: Almost 1 million articles were censored every day in China in 2010

According to Sintesio: Almost 1 million articles were censored every day in China in 2010

Almost 1 million articles were censored every day in China in 2010

Censorship and Social Media in China.

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from synthesio: Man vs. Machine in Social Media Listening: Why Teamwork is the Key


Man vs. Machine in Social Media Listening: Why Teamwork is the Key.

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