Daily Archives: October 25, 2015

historic musical bits: Kabalevsky 24 Preludes opus 38 — Yakov Flier (complete) rec. 1955


Kabalevsky 24 Preludes opus 38 — Yakov Flier (complete)

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Yakov Flier plays Dvorak Poetic Tone Pictures Op.85 (No.1 No.7 No.9 No.13)


Yakov Flier plays Dvorak Poetic Tone Pictures Op.85 (No.1 No.7 No.9 No.13)

 

historic musical bits: Yakov Flier plays Dvorak Waltzes Valses Op 54 ( 8 pieces)


Yakov Flier plays Dvorak Waltzes Valses Op 54 ( 8 pieces)

historic musical bits: Rudolf Firkušný: Humoresques op. 101, Antonín Dvořák


Rudolf Firkušný: Humoresques op. 101, Antonín Dvořák

great compositions/performances: Frederick Delius: Florida Suite (1888, Reedited by Beecham, 1963)


Frederick Delius: Florida Suite (1888, Reedited by Beecham, 1963)

Eric Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs (Junges Vokalensemble Hannover, K.-J. Etzold)


Eric Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs (Junges Vokalensemble Hannover, K.-J. Etzold)

great compositions/performances: Eric Whitacre conducts HOPE, FAITH, LIFE, LOVE (Junges Vokalensemble Hannover)


Eric Whitacre conducts HOPE, FAITH, LIFE, LOVE (Junges Vokalensemble Hannover)

great compositions/performances: J.S. Bach – Harpsichord Concerto in d-minor, BWV 1059R (after BWV 35 & BWV 1059)


J.S. Bach – Harpsichord Concerto in d-minor, BWV 1059R (after BWV 35 & BWV 1059)

historic musical bits: Paul Tortelier “Cello Sonata in D minor” by Debussy (1959)


Paul Tortelier “Cello Sonata D minor” Debussy

today’s holiday: Saffron Rose Festival


Saffron Rose Festival

Saffron, the world’s most expensive spice, is harvested from the stigmas of the autumn-flowering Crocus sativus. Much of the world’s saffron comes from Spain’s La Mancha region. The Saffron Rose Festival held in the town of Consuegra each year celebrates this exotic crop, which must be harvested by hand so that the valuable stigmas are not crumpled. The celebrations include parades and contests, folk dancing, and the crowning of a pageant queen. Costumed characters from Cervantes’s 17th-century novel Don Quixote stroll among the crowds who flock to Consuegra for the fiesta. More… Discuss

quotation: Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration. E. M. Forster


Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

today’s birthday: Pablo Picasso (1881)


Pablo Picasso (1881)

Among the most influential figures in 20th-century art, Picasso was a Spanish-born French artist and a founder of cubism. A prolific artist, he is best known for works from his so-called Blue Period and Rose Period, as well the enormous Guernica, whose violent imagery—inspired by the Spanish Civil War—condemned the useless destruction of life. Often a controversial figure for both his art and his politics, Picasso was once questioned about the theft of what famous painting? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Toronto Stock Exchange Created (1861)


Toronto Stock Exchange Created (1861)

The largest stock exchange in Canada, the Toronto Stock Exchange is the main Canadian exchange for trading large-cap equity securities. In 1997, the exchange moved from traditional floor trading to electronic trading. In 2000, it demutualized to become a for-profit corporation. It is a leader in the oil, gas, and mining industries, with more such companies trading on it than on any other exchange in the world. The Toronto Stock Exchange is also home to all of Canada’s “Big Five,” which are what? More… Discuss

Dark Matter


Dark Matter

Dark matter is a hypothetical form of matter that is believed to make up more than 90% of the mass of the universe but is not readily visible because it neither emits nor absorbs light. Its existence could explain gravitational anomalies observed in the motion and distribution of galaxies. In 1993, astronomers identified part of the dark matter in the form of stray planets and brown dwarfs, and, possibly, stars that have failed to ignite. What acronym is used to refer to this hot, dark matter? More… Discuss

word: swellhead


swellhead

Definition: (noun) A person regarded as arrogant or conceited.
Synonyms: egoist, egotist
Usage: He was dismissed by many as a swellhead, but his ridiculously high estimation of himself sustained him through all sorts of challenging situations. Discuss.

France 24 :


EU, Balkan leaders agree migration plan

http://f24.my/1MjyDfh

Why sexy ‘Lolita’ covers got it wrong


Why sexy ‘Lolita’ covers got it wrong
http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/23/design/difficulty-of-illustrating-lolita-persists-60-years/index.html

Former British PM admits invasion partially paved way for ISIS


Former British PM admits invasion partially paved way for ISIS

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/25/europe/tony-blair-iraq-war/index.html

Catholic bishops end divisive synod


Catholic bishops end divisive synod http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34629539

Border closure threat over migrant flow


Border closure threat over migrant flow http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34630400

Weekend Edition: The week’s best reads


Weekend Edition: The week’s best reads http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-34572300

Rise of IS linked to Iraq War – Blair


Rise of IS linked to Iraq War – Blair

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34630380