Daily Archives: February 11, 2015

Claude Debussy – Iberia [Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra]


Claude Debussy – Iberia [Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra]

Published on Jun 18, 2014

Legendary conductor Fritz Reiner established his legacy when he assumed his directorship of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Reiner raised the status of the CSO that of one of the finest in the world. Although not often associated with the works of the French Impressionist composers, these performances from 1958 are considered among the finest from the Reiner/CSO era! Recorded on March 4, April 13 and April 15, 1957 at Orchestra Hall, Chicago. Musicians: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Fritz Reiner, conductor

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


Tchaikovsky – Suite No. 4 in G major “Mozartiana”, Op. 61 (FULL)


Tchaikovsky – Suite No. 4 in G major “Mozartiana“, Op. 61 (FULL)

Published on Apr 29, 2014

The Orchestral Suite No. 4, Op. 61, more commonly known as Mozartiana, is an orchestral suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, written in 1887 as a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the 100th anniversary of that composer’s opera Don Giovanni. Because this suite consists of four orchestrations of piano pieces by (or in one case, based on) Mozart, Tchaikovsky did not number this suite with his previous three suites for orchestra. Instead, he considered it a separate work entitled Mozartiana. Nevertheless, it is usually counted as No. 4 of his orchestral suites.

Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere himself, in Moscow in November 1887. It was the only one of his suites he conducted, and only the second at whose premiere he was present.

Pyotr Iliyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 — November 6, 1893) was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. His wide-ranging output includes symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental, chamber music and songs. He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto, his last three numbered symphonies, and the opera Eugene Onegin.

Born into a middle-class family, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant, despite his obvious musical precocity. He pursued a musical career against the wishes of his family, entering the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1862 and graduating in 1865. This formal, Western-oriented training set him apart from the contemporary nationalistic movement embodied by the influential group of young Russian composers known as The Five, with whom Tchaikovsky’s professional relationship was mixed.
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Richard Strauss: Don Quixote op. 35 (1897), Mistislav Rostropovich, Seiji Ozawa, Saito Kinen Orch. ,great compositions/performances


Richard Strauss: Don Quixote op. 35 (1897)

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History


Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

February 12

1294   Kublai Khan, the conqueror of Asia, dies at the age of 80.
1554   Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill. She was barely 17 years old.
1709   Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Dafoe‘s Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone.
1793   The first fugitive slave law, requiring the return of escaped slaves, is passed.
1818   Chile gains independence from Spain.
1836   Mexican General Santa Anna crosses the Rio Grande en route to the Alamo.
1909   The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is formed.
1912   China becomes a republic following the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty.
1921   Winston Churchill of London is appointed colonial secretary.
1924   George Gershwin’s groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition Rhapsody in Blue premieres with Gershwin himself playing the piano with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.
1929   Charles Lindbergh announces his engagement to Anne Morrow.
1931   Japan makes its first television broadcast–a baseball game.
1935   The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashes off the coast of California, killing two people.
1938   Japan refuses to reveal naval data requested by the U.S. and Britain.
1940   The Soviet Union signs a trade treaty with Germany to aid against the British blockade.
1944   Wendell Wilkie enters the American presidential race against Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1949   Moslem Brotherhood chief Hassan el Banna is shot to death in Cairo.
1953   The Soviets break off diplomatic relations with Israel after the bombing of Soviet legation.
1966   The South Vietnamese win two big battles in the Mekong Delta.
1972   Senator Edward Kennedy advocates amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters.
1974   The Symbionese Liberation Army asks the Hearst family for $230 million in food for the poor.
1980   The Lake Placid Winter Olympics open in New York.
1987   A Court in Texas upholds $8.5 billion of a fine imposed on Texaco for the illegal takeover of Getty Oil.
1999   The U.S. Senate fails to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.
Born on February 12
1768   Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor
1775   Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams
1809   Charles Darwin, naturalist and influential theorist of evolution (On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection).
1809   Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President of the United State (1861-1865).
1828   George Meredith, English poet and novelist.
1857   Eugene Atget, French photographer, took over 10,000 photographs documenting Paris.
1874   Auguste Perret, French architect, pioneer in designs of reinforced concrete buildings.
1880   John L. Lewis, American labor leader.
1893   Omar Bradley, U.S. army general during World War II.

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today’s image: Abraham Lincoln (Image: Library of Congress)



Abraham Lincoln

Born on February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States during one of the most turbulent times in American history. Although roundly criticized during his own time, he is recognized as one of history’s greatest figures who preserved the Union during the Civil War and proved that democracy could be a lasting form of government. Lincoln entered national politics as a Whig congressman from Illinois, but he lost his seat after one term due to his unpopular position on the Mexican War and the extension of slavery into the territories. The 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates for the Senate gave him a national reputation. In 1860, Lincoln became the first president elected from the new Republican Party. Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865.

Image: Library of Congress

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Saint of the Day for Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 : St. Paschal


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St. Paschal

Paschal was the son of Bonosus, a Roman. He studied at the Lateran, was named head of St. Stephen’s monastery, which housed pilgrims to Rome, and was elected Pope to succeed Pope Stephen IV (V) on … continue reading

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quotation: Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy


Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Discuss

today’s holiday: Georgia Day (2015)


Georgia Day (2015)

Also known as Oglethorpe Day, February 12 commemorates the day in 1733 when James Edward Oglethorpe and 120 other Englishmen landed in Savannah, Georgia, to establish a new colony. In 1965, the anniversary of the state’s founding was officially proclaimed Georgia Day. On February 12, there is a procession through the historic town of Savannah and a luncheon. Since 1966, there has been a reenactment of Oglethorpe’s landing, with costumed residents playing the roles of Georgia’s first European settlers and of the American Indians who greeted them upon their arrival. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Charles Darwin (1809)


Charles Darwin (1809)

Darwin was an English naturalist who developed the modern theory of evolution. Along with naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, he proposed the principle of natural selection: the mechanism by which advantageous variations are passed on to later generations and less advantageous traits slowly disappear. Darwin’s intensely controversial theory of evolution aroused widespread argument and debate among scientists and religious leaders. How did Darwin view religion and God? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: US President Bill Clinton Is Acquitted (1999)


US President Bill Clinton Is Acquitted (1999)

In January 1998, President Clinton was questioned in a civil suit charging him with sexual harassment. Before the Grand Jury, he denied having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which turned out to be untrue. The US House of Representatives impeached Clinton on December 19, 1998, charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice. In 1999, two impeachment counts were tried in the Senate, which voted to acquit Clinton. Who is the only other US President to have been impeached? More… Discuss

news: Nighttime Surgery No More Dangerous


Nighttime Surgery No More Dangerous

Many people believe that the best time to schedule surgery is during the day, but what if you can’t control when you go under the knife? According to a new study, it doesn’t matter. The study found no difference in patient deaths when comparing daytime and nighttime trauma surgeries. The research focused on US mortality rates in exploratory laparotomies, which are done to determine the extent of a trauma patient’s injuries. Some experts have called for additional research that focuses on more complex surgeries and the number of hours surgeons worked before operating. More… Discuss

health: West Nile Virus


West Nile Virus

West Nile virus is mainly found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and typically infects birds. Mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds can then transmit the disease to humans. About one-fifth of humans infected with the virus develop West Nile fever, which is sometimes accompanied by a rash. Less than one percent of all persons infected develop serious illnesses like encephalitis and meningitis. West Nile virus was first identified in Uganda in 1937. When did it reach the US? More… Discuss

word: bolster


bolster

Definition: (verb) To buoy up or hearten.
Synonyms: boost
Usage: Visitors bolstered the patient’s morale. Discuss.

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France to close embassy in Yemen, urges nationals to leave

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Leaders to sign ‘document’ on Ukraine after all-night talks

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From BBC : Costa captain gets 16-year sentence


Costa captain gets 16-year sentence http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31430998

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From BBC : No agreement in Greek eurozone talks


No agreement in Greek eurozone talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31432471

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From CNN : Opinion: The danger of Obama’s war request


Opinion: The danger of Obama’s war request
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From BBC : Fifty Shades film ‘better than book’


Fifty Shades film ‘better than book’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31411393

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From BBC : NY policeman pleads not guilty


NY policeman pleads not guilty http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31429437

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From BBC : Islamic State will lose, says Obama


Islamic State will lose, says Obama http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-31425384

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From BBC : Canyon cut by short, savage floods


Canyon cut by short, savage floods http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31356229

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From BBC : Popcorn’s perfect recipe revealed


 
Popcorn’s perfect recipe revealed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31421199

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From BBC : Rapidshare to close within weeks


Rapidshare to close within weeks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31418414

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From BBC : Kill switches cut ‘smartphone crime’


Kill switches cut ‘smartphone crime’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31416846

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From BBC : Jeb Bush redacts leaked information


Jeb Bush redacts leaked information http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31427228

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USA TODAY: Congressman: Attempts to rescue Kayla Mueller failed


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Congressman: Attempts to rescue Kayla Mueller failed

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USA TODAY: Reports: Yemen rebels seize U.S. Embassy vehicles


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USA TODAY: Congress prepares to weigh in on battle against ISIL


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USA TODAY: Who will replace Jon Stewart?


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Video: Ukrainian soldiers dig in to defend strategic rail hub

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Imminent IS group ‘terror plot’ thwarted in Sydney, police say

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Foreign fighters flocking to Syria at ‘unprecedented rate’

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Russian war planes stoke Western fears amid Ukraine crisis

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Live: Strauss-Kahn testifies for a second day in French pimping trial

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France to close embassy in Yemen, urges nationals to leave

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Belgian court jails Islamist leader on terrorism charges

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Right-wing youth leader outed as ‘illegal’ in France

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From CNN : CyberCaliphate targets U.S. military spouses


CyberCaliphate targets U.S. military spouses
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From CNN : ISIS’ high-profile hostages


ISIS’ high-profile hostages
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From CNN : Obama requests military powers to fight ISIS


Obama requests military powers to fight ISIS
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From BBC : Japan girl band attacker jailed


Japan girl band attacker jailed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-31372548

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From BBC : HK woman convicted of maid abuse


HK woman convicted of maid abuse http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-31340638

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From BBC : ‘Terror suspects’ charged in Sydney


‘Terror suspects’ charged in Sydney http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-31390036

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From BBC : Urban areas ‘provide haven’ for bees


Urban areas ‘provide haven’ for bees http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31359984

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From BBC : Europe’s mini ‘spaceplane’ set to fly


Europe’s mini ‘spaceplane’ set to fly http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31114629

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From BBC : Greece to present bailout plan to EU


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