Category Archives: MY TAKE ON THINGS

Daniel Barenboim – Manuel de Falla – Nights in Spanish Gardens


Daniel Barenboim – Manuel de Falla – Nights in Spanish Gardens

Sheherazade, Ouverture de feerie (arr. for 2 pianos)


Sheherazade, Ouverture de feerie (arr. for 2 pianos)


Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov: Sheherazade (Tale of Tsar Saltan, Suite for orchestra, 1-3 Op.57)

great compositions/performances: Antonin Dvorak : Serenade for String Op 22


Antonin Dvorak : Serenade for String Op 22

Debussy: Valse romantique (1890)


Debussy: Valse romantique (1890)


Uploaded on May 2, 2009

Claude Debussy
(1862 – 1918)

Complete music for piano solo (in chronological order)

Valse romantique (1890)

  • Music

    • “Valse romantique” by Thiollier, Francois-Joel

Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances op.45 – Live concert


Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances op.45 – Live concert 

quotation: How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning. Jonathan Swift


How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré


Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré

Niccolò Paganini – Sonata for Violin and Guitar No.6 in E minor Op.3


Niccolò Paganini – Sonata for Violin and Guitar No.6 in E minor Op.3

Kreisler Romance Larghetto by Carl Von Weber – Garrett David


Kreisler Romance Larghetto by Carl Von Weber – Garrett David

Martha Argerich plays Franz Liszt – The Piano Sonata in B-Minor S.178


Martha Argerich plays Franz Liszt – The Piano Sonata in B-Minor S.178

Execuţia lui Ion Antonescu


Execuţia lui Ion Antonescu

Foarte frumos scris! Vizionare placuta celor… – Cetatea Făgăraşului


Obiectiv istoric incadrat pe locul 2 mondial ca fortificatie,este mandria fagarasenilor.In fiecare an in jurul ei se organizeaza aceste zile ale Fagarasului.Anul acesta a luat parte si o garda cu comandir, copil de trupa,tobosari,-toti in costume de epoca superbe- faclii si calareti falnici pe cai minunati si tunuri pentru a da deschiderii festivitatilor acel aer medieval care adauga Cetatii un plus de frumusete misterioasa la ceas de seara. Dac-am da frau liber imaginatiei,si am face abstractie de iluminatul electric,azi atat de necesar,am putea crede ca la portile Cetatii,negutatorii cu tarabele,imbie domni si domnite cu bunatati si lucruri scumpe,iar inauntru zidurilor, mestesugarii se indeletnicesc cu lucruri si reparatii necesare traiului de zi cu zi. In muzeu,cu ajutorul istoriografilor si a restauratorilor,vizitatorilor li se pun la dispozitie incaperi mobilate in care lumina filtrata ne face sa ne inchipuim domnite si cavaleri soptind taine si facand cu mana celor alesi . Gasim si temnite intunecate in care si-au gasit sfarsitul de la tradatori de neam pana la cei oprimati de regimul comunist,…daca treci pragul lor si-asculti atent, s-ar putea sa mai auzi suspine vechi ramase intre zidurile groase…..Si toate astea in frumoasa cetate a Fagarasului pe care trebuie neaparat s-o vizitati si s-o tineti minte!!!!

Foarte frumos scris! Vizionare placuta celor… – Cetatea Făgăraşului.

quotation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)


If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake—Aye, what then?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

Activists say ISIS destroys first-century temple at ancient Palmyra site— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 24, 2015


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Boris Godunov, Op. 70bis: Fountain Scene – Polonaise


Boris Godunov, Op. 70bis: Fountain Scene – Polonaise

historic musical bits: Kempff – Brahms Ballade op.10 no.1 in D minor


Kempff – Brahms Ballade op.10 no.1 in D minor

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN _ Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major (Opus 60)


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN _ Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major (Opus 60)

quotation: Charlotte Bronte


If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

Just a Thought: Some make their know their armor, while some make their ignorance their spear


Just a Thought: ” Some make their know their armor, while some make their ignorance their spear.”

-George-B.

Catholic News Service: Our Father Prayer in Ohlone Indian language: Blessed Junipero Serra Canonization


Catholic News Service: Our Father Prayer in Ohlone Indian language Blessed Junipero Serra Canonization 

Published on Aug 6, 2015

In preparation for the canonization in America next month of Blessed Junipero Serra, take in these images of some of the historic California missions as an Ohlone Indian descendant recites the Our Father in an early native tongue.
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The Missions of California

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
The Missions of California
Missions cover 2007.jpg
Directed by R.J. Adams
Produced by Diane C. Adams
Written by R.J. Adams
Distributed by History Quest Video
Release dates
United States April 10, 2007
Running time
60 mins.
Country U.S.A.
Language English language

The Missions of California is an in-depth documentary covering every aspect of the twenty one California Missions chronologically from San Diego to the Wine Country of Napa-Sanona by using a combination of HD color footage, crystal clear archival film and a rare collection of historic photographs.

Synopsis

Re-tracing the footsteps of the early Spanish Padres along the historic El Camino Real, the film captures and beauty and essence of these legendary landmarks from the inside out. The film also features many of California’s most important events such as the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and the great California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century as well many of the state’s most famous personalities.

The Missions

 

Amazing music/golden performances: Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op. 13 & Op.Posth. Valentina Lisitsa


Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op. 13 & Op.Posth. Valentina Lisitsa

Historic Musical Bits: Michelangeli Debussy Preludes Book 1


Michelangeli Debussy Preludes
Book 1

 

Fotografia zilei: Cand pisica si cainele simt nevoia de armonie, unde sant oamenii care simt nevoia de ura?


Fotografia zilei: Cand pisica si cainele simt nevoia de armonie, unde sant oamenii care simt nevoia de ura?

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205600005933117&set=a.1554038684537.95806.1042282421&type=1

Greece in crisis – and what Catholics are doing to help : Catholic News Agency (CNA)


By Elise Harris

Athens, Greece, Aug 6, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Greece’s financial and political situation reaches a fever pitch in complexity, Caritas has stepped up and is offering help to the growing number of poor and migrants inhabiting the country.

“Here everything is blocked, everything is difficult. There isn’t work, there isn’t anything. Also Greeks are looking for work, everyone is. It’s a very, very difficult situation,” Father Andrea Voutsinos told CNA Aug. 5.

Fr. Voutsinos is the director of Caritas Greece, which is part of the regional Caritas Europe branch and the wider, all-encompassing Caritas Internationalis.

In a July 5 referendum Greek citizens voted heavily against Europe’s latest bailout offer after the country failed to repay their creditors large amounts of their more than $300 billion debt. The vote raised concerns that the country could suffer a worse economic disaster and lose its place in the eurozone.

Greece has been in financial crisis for years. Economically the weakest nation in the eurozone, it was hit hard during the 2008 global financial crisis. Beginning in 2010, it began receiving financial bailouts, on the condition that it adopt austerity measures such as pension cuts, tax hikes and public sector layoffs.

These austerity measures were a primary motivation in the negative referendum vote, which has left Greece with an increasingly uncertain future.

Unemployment in Greece is currently 25 percent, and individuals are unable to withdraw more than $70 a day from ATMs.

Amid the country’s ongoing dilemma, including a rising number of needy families and a growing number of refugees flooding in from the Middle East, Caritas Greece has been expanding their initiatives to assist more people.

The organization recently launched a new program called “Estia,” aimed at reaching out to families who have nothing, Fr. Voutsinos explained.

In addition to helping families with basic food needs, Caritas also offers assistance in paying for bills and medical insurance, since in Greece you can’t be admitted to the hospital unless you pay, the priest said.

“If they don’t have any work, they can’t bring anything home to live on. We are sending help daily,” he noted, including funds for electric, gas and water bills.

Caritas Greece also runs a large daily soup kitchen, this year feeding nearly 300 extra mouths, including several who are elderly.

However, the country’s growing number of poor is “only half the concern,” Fr. Voutsinos said, explaining that there is also an increasing worry over what to do with the number of refugees who enter into Greece’s southeastern islands from Turkey, making their way to Athens and beyond.

More than 90,000 refugees have entered Greece from the so far this year, most of them from the Middle East, the priest said, and he expects to see even more of an increase before the end of the year. Among those who come are many from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Every day more arrive from Turkey because it’s so close,” he said. With nowhere to go the refugees often make their way to Athens and sleep on the streets or in parks.

“There is great poverty, because the people don’t have the possibility to buy what’s necessary to eat.” So Caritas tries to help feed them, he said.

In addition to their other initiatives, the charitable organization also has a special project for Syrians who come to Greece, helping them in integrate as well as offering meals through their soup kitchen, assisted by the Missionaries of Charity.

The refugees who come “are looking for a better world,” the priest said, “but when they enter it’s not a better world.”

Despite the various projects Caritas is involved in, Catholics in Greece are a minority, making it difficult to raise the necessary funds in order to meet the country’s rising needs.

With the dominating religion being the Greek Orthodox practice, only 200-300,000 Catholics live in the country, “but by now also the Greek Catholics have lost work. They also ask us for help, but we don’t always have the money because we also have to sustain the parishes,” Fr. Voutsinos said.

As a result, the Caritas branches of Europe, Italy, Latin America and North America have all donated to the Greek branch in order to ensure they have enough funds to continue assisting their needy community.

Pope Francis recently offered his solidarity with Greece ahead of the country’s July referendum, calling for prayer and an attention to human dignity when entering into political debate.

“The news from Greece regarding the economic and social situation of the country is worrying,” Vatican press director Fr. Federico Lombardi said in a July 1 statement on behalf of Pope Francis. The Pope, he said, “invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people.”

Fr. Voutsinos said that the Pope’s words were a consolation for them, but that difficulty remains, and “everyone is a little afraid for the future.”

Tags: Economic crisis, Greece, Caritas Internationalis

via Greece in crisis – and what Catholics are doing to help :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).



2015-08-06 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has appealed to the international community to take action against the continuing persecution of Christians and religious minorities.

In a letter addressed to the Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem and Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan, Maroun Lahham, Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees in Jordan who have fled persecution describing them as the martyrs of today.

Upon the invitation of Archbishop Lahham and of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouwad Toual, the Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Nunzio Galantino is currently visiting Jordan to mark the 1st anniversary of the arrival of Iraqi refugees in the nation.

During his visit, Archbishop Galantino will participate in a number of meetings and events and will visit some refugee camps.

Please find below Vatican Radio’s translation of the Pope’s letter:

Your Excellency Mons. Lahham

Dear brother, I take advantage of the visit to Jordan of His Excellency Archbishop Nunzio Galantino, Secretary General of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, to reach with a word of hope so many people who oppressed by violence, have been forced to abandon their homes and their land.

Time and time again I have wished to give voice to the atrocious, inhuman and inexplicable persecutions of those, who in many parts of the world – and especially amongst Christians – are victims of fanaticism and intolerance, often under the eyes and in the silence of all. They are the martyrs of today, humiliated and discriminated against for their faith in the Gospel.

My words, which appeal for solidarity, are the sign of a Church that does not forget and that does not abandon her children who have been exiled on account of their faith: they must know that a daily prayer is raised for them, and that we are grateful for the witness they offer.

My thoughts also go to the Communities that have not looked away and are taking care of these brothers of ours. You proclaim the resurrection of Christ by sharing the pain and by giving help to hundreds of thousands of refugees. Bowing before the misery that risks stifling their hope, your fraternal service illuminates the dark moments of their existence.

May the Lord reward you as only He can, with an abundance of gifts.

And may world opinion be more attentive, sensitive and sympathetic before the persecutions carried out against Christians, and in general, against religious minorities.

I renew my hope that the international community will not assist in silence without taking action in the face of this unacceptable crime, a crime that constitutes an alarming drift from the most basic of human rights which prevents a rich cohabitation between peoples, cultures and faiths.   

Please, I ask you to pray for me.
May the Lord bless you and Our Lady protect you. 

FRANCISCUS
     

(from Vatican Radio)

Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5 Jasper String Quartet ( Amazing Romantic Theme: II. Largo. Cantabile e mesto (F-sharp major)


Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5

Published on Sep 13, 2014

Performed by the Jasper String Quartet
(http://www.jasperquartet.com)
at Soka Performing Arts Center
November 24, 2013

String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5 Joseph Haydn
I. Allegretto
II. Largo. Cantabile e mesto
III. Menuetto. Allegro
IV. Finale. Presto
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The six String Quartets, Op. 76 by Joseph Haydn were composed in 1796 or 1797 and dedicated to the Hungariancount Joseph Georg von Erdödy[n 1] (1754–1824). They form the last complete set of string quartets that Haydn composed. At the time of the commission, Haydn was employed at the court of Prince Nicolaus Esterházy II and was composing the oratorioThe Creation as well as Princess Maria Hermenegild Esterházy’s annual mass.

Although accounts left by visitors to the Esterházy estate indicate that the quartets were completed by 1797, an exclusivity agreement meant that they were not published until 1799.[1] Correspondence between Haydn and his Viennese publishers Artaria reveal confusion as regards their release: Haydn had promised Messrs. Longman Clementi & Co. in London the first publishing rights, but a lack of communication led him to worry that their publication in Vienna might also be, unintentionally, their first appearance in full. In the event, their publication in London and Vienna was almost simultaneous.[1]

The Op. 76 quartets are among Haydn’s most ambitious chamber works, deviating more than their predecessors from standard sonata form and each emphasizing their thematic continuity through the seamless and near-continual exchange of motifs between instruments.[2]

Opus 76, No. 5 (“Largo”)

The Quartet No. 64 in D major, Op. 76, No. 5, is sometimes nicknamed Largo because the second movement with that tempo distinction dominates the quartet both in length and in character.[citation needed] The work consists of four movements:

The first movement (in D Major, 6/8 time) departs from the sonata form of the first four to what Robin Golding can only describe as “unorthodox variations”.[citation needed] The second movement, written in F-sharp major in cut time, is in sonata form. The third movement, in D major and D minor, is a standard minuet and trio, while the fourth movement’s D Major, cut time Presto is in an irregular sonata form.[6]

 

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp major, Op. 78 -À Thérèse- – Artur Schnabel (this sonata plays for me for more than 50 years)


Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp major, Op. 78 -À Thérèse- – Artur Schnabel

discover beautiful music with Andras Schiff: Piano sonata op. 24, no. 78 “Fur Therese” (“Beethoven most beautiful melody”)


Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78

Amazing Music /performances: Dvorak : In Nature’s Realm Overture op 91


Dvorak : In nature’s realm ouverture op 91

Historic Musical Bits: LISZT Polonaise No.2 (S.223/2) | F.R.Duchable | 1974


LISZT Polonaise No.2 (S.223/2) | F.R.Duchable | 1974

Amazing music/performances: Beethoven String Quartet No 2 Op 18 in G major Alban Berg Quartet


Beethoven String Quartet No 2 Op 18 in G major Alban Berg Quartet

Arturo Zeballos plays SUITE ESPAÑOLA de Gaspar Sanz


Arturo Zeballos plays SUITE ESPAÑOLA de Gaspar Sanz

Alexander Scriabin Piano Concerto f-sharp minor opus 20 – II. Andante


Alexander Scriabin Piano Concerto f-sharp minor opus 20 – II. Andante

Amazing Music/Performances: Schubert Piano Sonata No 9 in B, D575 Andras Schiff


Schubert Piano Sonata No 9 in B, D575 Andras Schiff

Historic Musical Bits: David Oistrakh – Mozart – Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216


David Oistrakh – Mozart – Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216

The man does better who runs from disaster than he who is caught by it. Homer


The man does better who runs from disaster than he who is caught by it.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC) Discuss

make music part of your life series: Alexander Glazunov – Concert Waltz Nr. 2


Alexander Glazunov – Concert Waltz Nr. 2

historic musical bits: BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No.7 ‘Archduke’ | E.Gilels, L.Kogan, M.Rostropovich | 1956


BEETHOVEN Piano Trio No.7 ‘Archduke’ | E.Gilels, L.Kogan, M.Rostropovich | 1956

Make music part of your life series: Romanian Rhapsody George Enescu


Romanian Rhapsody George Enescu

historic musical bits: Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme (Rostropovich/Kondrashin)


Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme (Rostropovich/Kondrashin)

historic musical bits: Claude Debussy: La Mer; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (1953)


Claude Debussy: La Mer; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (1953)

Sokolov – Bach-Brahms Chaconne for the left hand alone


Sokolov – Bach-Brahms Chaconne for the left hand alone.wmv

great compositions/performances: Rachmaninov – Concerto 1 – Pletnev


Rachmaninov – Concerto 1 – Pletnev

 

make music part of your life series: Willem van Twillert plays, J.S. Bach, Bist du bei mir (BWV 508), Hinsz-organ, Leens


Willem van Twillert plays, J.S. Bach, Bist du bei mir [BWV 508], Hinsz-organ, Leens [NL]

historic musical bits: Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World” By Von Karajan


Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World” By Von Karajan

Stairway to Heaven live (Rodrigo y Gabriela)


Stairway to Heaven live (Rodrigo y Gabriela)

Antony singing If It Be Your Will (sometimes , people find their voice, and once in a while they recognize genius)


Antony singing If It Be Your Will (poem and song by the genius of Leonard Cohen )


Bird on a wire-Perla Batalla_ Special_Features “I’m Your Man”

Va amintesc: Din Muzica Popoarelor: Irish & Celtic Music Collection 1


Irish & Celtic Music Collection 1