Daily Archives: August 21, 2014

Schubert / Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 “Unfinished” (Mackerras): make music part of your life series


Schubert / Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 “Unfinished” (Mackerras)

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

Wilhelm Furtwängler “Rapsodie espagnole” Ravel: unique musical moments


Wilhelm Furtwängler “Rapsodie espagnole” Ravel

Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
1. Prélude à la nuit: Très modéré
2. Malaguena: Assez vif
3. Habanera: Assez lent et d`un rythme las
4. Feria:Assez animé
Wiener Philharmoniker
Wilhelm Furtwängler, conductor
Stuttgart, 22.XI.1951


Antonín Dvořák – Water Goblin, Op. 107: MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES

Antonín Dvořák – Water Goblin, Op. 107

Saint of the Day for Thursday, August 21st, 2014: St. Pius X

Image of St. Pius X

Saint of the Day for Thursday, August 21st, 2014: St. Pius X


Feastday: August 21

On June 2, 1835, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto saw the light of earth at Riesi, Province of Treviso, in Venice; on August 20, 1914, he saw the light of heaven; and on May 29, 1954, he who had become the two hundred fifty-ninth pope was canonized St. Pius X.

Two of the most outstanding accomplishments of this saintly Pope were the inauguration of the liturgical renewal and the restoration of frequent communion from childhood. He also waged an unwavering war against the heresy and evils of Modernism, gave great impetus to biblical studies, and brought about the codification of Canon Law. His overriding concern was to renew all things in Christ.

Above all, his holiness shone forth conspicuously. From St. Pius X we learn again that “the folly of the Cross”, simplicity of life, and humility of heart are still the highest wisdom and the indispensable conditions of a perfect Christian life, for they are the very source of all apostolic fruitfulness.

His last will and testament bears the striking sentence: “I was born poor, I have lived in poverty, and I wish to die poor.” His feast day is August 21.

More Saints of the Day

NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’

NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28886462

Did inaction over Syria foment regional chaos?

Did inaction over Syria foment regional chaos? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28867370

LA Times – 5 Gaza militants slain as Israel shifts focus of its airstrikes


Islamic terrorists may be crossing borders, Perry says – Houston Chronicle


Ukraine inspects Russian aid convoy

Ukraine inspects Russian aid convoy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28882719

quotation: To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Toxic Gas Erupts from Lake Nyos (1986)

Toxic Gas Erupts from Lake Nyos (1986)

Lake Nyos is a deep lake located in the crater of an inactive volcano in Cameroon. A pocket of magma beneath the lake leaks carbon dioxide (CO2) into the water. In 1986, possibly as the result of a landslide, Lake Nyos suddenly emitted about 1.6 million tons of CO2. Denser than air, the CO2 cloud “hugged” the ground and descended down nearby valleys, suffocating approximately 1,700 people within 16 miles (25 km) of the lake. What methods are being used to prevent future disasters here? More… Discuss

July One of Hottest Months on Record

July One of Hottest Months on Record

The eastern US and central Asia had a significantly cooler-than-average July, but they were the only two regions on Earth that did. For the globe as a whole, it was the fourth-hottest month on record—surpassed only by the Julys of 1998, 2005, and 2010—and the 353rd consecutive month with an above average global temperature. The blistering July temperatures came hot on the heels of both the hottest May and hottest June ever recorded. More… Discuss

Tomás de Torquemada

Tomás de Torquemada

A Dominican prior, Torquemada grew close to Ferdinand II and Isabella I of the newly created kingdom of Spain, becoming their confessor and advisor. He was appointed Inquisitor General in 1483. Remembered for his cruelty, he owes his reputation to the harsh rules of procedure that he devised for the Spanish Inquisition and to the rigor with which he had them enforced. He was largely instrumental in bringing about the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. What limited his power in 1494? More… Discuss

word: ineluctable


Definition: (adjective) Not to be avoided or escaped; inevitable.
Synonyms: inescapable, unavoidable
Usage: Those war plans rested on a belief in the ineluctable superiority of the offense over the defense. Discuss.

Halting ISIS Would Require Attacks in Syria, Top General Says – NYTimes.com


More British Muslims fight for Islamic State than Britain


Curiosity drill test cut short

Curiosity drill test cut short http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28860809

US bank in record $16.7bn settlement

US bank in record $16.7bn settlement http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28880307

Social network cannot stop IS posts

Social network cannot stop IS posts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28882042

Ferguson ‘calm’ after Holder visit

Ferguson ‘calm’ after Holder visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28873305

US strikes in Iraq despite IS threat

US strikes in Iraq despite IS threat http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28877376

Americans who contracted Ebola in Liberia released from Atlanta hospital – The Washington Post


Ukraine border guards begin checks on Russian aid trucks


U.S. Ebola patients to be discharged; 1 to speak out


Many Ukraine troops killed in battle

Many Ukraine troops killed in battle http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28882719

Superbug measures ‘lack evidence’

Superbug measures ‘lack evidence’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28872944

Earliest evidence of snail-eating

Earliest evidence of snail-eating http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28873899

Seals ‘brought TB to the Americas’

Seals ‘brought TB to the Americas’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28871719

Twitter’s busy week: Censorship rules and changing timelines – CNET


John Crawford Walmart shooting: Ohio officer back on the job? – CSMonitor.com


Ukraine Border Guards Begin Approval of Russian Aid Convoy


Holder says he understands mistrust of police as Ferguson protests dwindle | Fox News


Foley captors’ ransom demand revives debate over US no-pay policy – CSMonitor.com


Vine now lets you share your smartphone footage – Recombu


Number of same-sex weddings revealed for the first time – BBC News


Hunt for British jihadi over Foley execution