Daily Archives: March 16, 2014

Great Compositions/Performances: Valentina Lisitsa plays Chopin “Heroic” Polonaise op 53 A flat major Valentina Lisitsa



Great Compositions/Performances: Valentina Lisitsa plays Chopin “Heroic” Polonaise op 53 A flat major Valentina Lisitsa

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Valentina Lisitsa plays Rachmaninoff Prelude in g minor op. 23 No. 5



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Great Compositions/Performances: Richard Wagner – Siegfried Idyll (Conductor: Sergiu Celibidache & Münchner Philharmoniker)



Great Compositions/Performances:  Richard WagnerSiegfried Idyll
Conductor: Sergiu Celibidache & Münchner Philharmoniker

Apart from the operas, Wagner composed a small number of pieces; this stems from his reluctance to conceive music which didn’t belong to the sacredness of the drama, fundamental expression of his thought.
The “Siegfried Idyll” is a symphonic poem for chamber orchestra, composed by Richard Wagner (1813-1883) as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. It was first performed on Christmas morning, 25 December 1870, by a small ensemble on the stairs of their villa at Tribschen.
Wagner’s opera “Siegfried”, which was premiered in 1876, incorporates music from the Idyll. It was once thought that the Idyll borrowed musical ideas intended for the opera, but it is now known that the opposite is the case: Wagner adapted melodic material from an unfinished chamber piece in the Idyll and later incorporated it into the love scene between Siegfried and Brunhilde in the opera.

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Ottorino Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite I. Complete



Great Compositions/Performances:  
Ottorino Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite I. 
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa Conducting

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Chopin Fantasia op.13 on Polish Airs – Sergio Fiorentino – Guilford Philharmonic – V.Handley



Chopin Fantasia op.13 on Polish Airs – Sergio Fiorentino, piano.
Guilford Philharmonic – Vernon Handley.
recorded: 14 February 1966 Guildford, Civic Hall

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Beethoven – Violin Sonata No. 3 in Eb, op. 12 no. 3



I. Allegro con spirito [0:00]
II. Adagio con molta espressione [8:52]
III. Rondo: Allegro molto [14:19]

Hiro Kurosaki, violin
Linda Nicholson, fortepiano

performed on period instruments

 

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SAINT OF THE DAY March 16: ST. ABBAN


SAINT OF THE DAY

March 16 Saint of the Day

ST. ABBAN
March 16: Abbot and Irish missionary. An Irish prince, Abban was the son … Read More

March
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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: ST. URHO’S DAY


St. Urho’s Day

St. Urho, whose name in Finnish means “hero,” is credited with banishing a plague of grasshoppers that was threatening Finland’s grape arbors. His legend in the United States was popularized in the 1950s; after being celebrated as a “joke holiday” for several years in the Menahga-Sebeka area, the idea spread to other states with large Finnish populations. The actual celebrations include wearing St. Urho’s official colors—Nile Green and Royal Purple—drinking grape juice, and chanting St. Urho’s famous words, “Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away,” in Finnish.More… Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Rudyard Kipling


There’s no jealousy in the grave.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Discuss

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JOSEF MENGELE (1911)


Josef Mengele (1911)

Mengele, the “Angel of Death,” was an SS officer and doctor in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. He supervised the selection of arriving transports of prisoners, determining who would be killed immediately and who would be a forced laborer. He also selected inmates to be test subjects in horrific experiments, during which they were frequently subjected to sterilization surgeries, limb amputations, injections into the eyes, and other brutal procedures. What became of Mengele after the war? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: FERDINAND MAGELLAN REACHES THE PHILIPPINES (1521)


Ferdinand Magellan Reaches the Philippines (1521)

Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain on September 20, 1519, with five vessels and about 265 men. Sighting the South American coast near Pernambuco, he searched for a suspected passage to the South Sea and ultimately discovered the strait that bears his name. On March 6, 1521, Magellan reached the Marianas and 10 days later the Philippines, where he was killed in a battle with the natives. How many of Magellan’s original crew members returned to Spain alive in 1522? More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: MOBILE DEVICES DISTRACTING PARENTS AT MEALTIMES


Mobile Devices Distracting Parents at Mealtimes

Face-to-face interactions with their caregivers are crucial to children’s cognitive, linguistic, and emotional development, yet the allure of mobile devices is increasingly pulling parents’ attention away from their kids at valuable bonding times, like meals. Researchers observed a number of families dining at fast food restaurants in various Boston, Massachusetts, neighborhoods and found that nearly three-quarters of the adults used a mobile device during the meal, with about a third using the device throughout. More… Discuss

 

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ARTICLE: BOLLYWOOD


Like Hollywood in the US, Bollywood is the movie industry in India. It began in Bombay—now Mumbai—in the 1930s and developed into a film empire that puts out as many as 1,000 feature films annually. Bollywood movies typically include formulaic story lines, expertly choreographed fight scenes, spectacular song-and-dance routines, emotion-charged melodrama, and larger-than-life heroes. More artistic fare can be found in India’s alternative films, called Parallel Cinema. What is TollywoodMore…Discuss

 

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