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Igloos An igloo, which means “house” in the Inuit language, is a traditional, dome-shaped Eskimo dwelling with a low tunnel entrance constructed of blocks of snow placed in an ascending spiral. Although igloos are commonly associated with the Inuit, they were predominantly constructed by people of Canada’s Central Arctic and Greenland’s Thule area. What is a kudlik, and how did it help strengthen the structural integrity of igloos? More… Discuss


An igloo, which means “house” in the Inuit language, is a traditional, dome-shaped Eskimo dwelling with a low tunnel entrance constructed of blocks of snow placed in an ascending spiral. Although igloos are commonly associated with the Inuit, they were predominantly constructed by people of Canada’s Central Arctic and Greenland’s Thule area. What is a kudlik, and how did it help strengthen the structural integrity of igloos? More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Denmark Constitution Day

Denmark Constitution Day

This public holiday commemorates the constitution signed on June 5, 1849, that made Denmark a constitutional monarchy, and the one signed on June 5, 1953, that created parliamentary reforms. A parade takes place in Copenhagen, and other festivities are held in villages throughout Denmark. More… Discuss

Today’s Birthdays in Music Wednesday, June 3rd 2015

Today’s Birthdays in Music

Birthdays in Music for Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Birthdays 1 – 57 of 57

1657 – Manuel de Egues, composer
1660Johannes Schenck, Dutch born composer, born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Baptism date)
1738 – Johann Christoph Oley, composer
1746 – James Hook, composer
1750 – Frederic Thieme, composer
1773 – Michael Gottard Fischer, composer
1801 – Frantisek Jan Skroup, composer
1819 – Thomas Ball, US, sculptor/painter/singer
1828 – Jean Alexander Ferdinand Poise, composer
1828 – Jose Inzenga y Castellanos, composer
1829 – Alfonse Charles Renaud de Vilback, composer
1832 – Alexander Charles Lecocq, composer
1841 – Eduardo Caudella, composer
1844 – Emile Paladilhe, composer
1867 – Bela Anton Szabados, composer
1868 – Lvar Henning Mankell, composer
1887 – Emil Axman, composer
1888 – Tom Brown, American musician (d. 1958)
1897 – Memphis Minnie, rocker
1904 – Jan Peerce, [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], tenor (NY Met Opera), born in NYC, New York
1906 – Josephine Baker, American dancer/Parisian night club owner (Folies-Bergere) in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)
1907 – Antonio Emmanvilovich Spadavecchia, composer
1922 – Ivan Patachich, composer
1924 – Jimmy Rogers, Ruleville, Mississippi, Blues musician (Muddy Waters’ Band), (d. 1997)
1926 – Carlos Veerhoff, composer
1926 – Janez Maticic, composer
1927 – Boots Randolph, Paducah KY, saxophonist (Yakety Sax)
1930 – Dakota Staton, American jazz singer (d. 2007)
1931 – Francoise Arnoul, actress/composer (French Cancan, Jacko & Lise)
1932 – Dakota Staton, [Rabia Aliyah], US jazz singer (In the Night)
1935 – Ted Curson [Theodore], Jazz Trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
1939 – David Frederick Stock, composer
1942 – Anita Harris, singer/actress (Follow that Camel)
1942 – Curtis Mayfield, rock vocalist (Freddie’s Dead, Superfly), born in Chicago, Illinois
1943 – Mike Dennis, rocker (Dovells)
1944 – Michael Clarke, rock drummer (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!), born in NYC, New York
1946 – Eddie Holman, rocker
1946 – Ian Hunter, England, rocker (Mott the Hoople-All the Young Dudes)
1947 – Mickey Finn, British guitarist and percussionist (T. Rex) (d. 2003)
1949 – Stephen Ruppenthal, composer
1950 – Suzi Quatro[cchio], singer (Stumblin’)/actress (Happy Days), born in Detroit, Michigan
1951 – Deniece Williams, [Chandler], IN, singer (Love Wouldn’t Let Me Wait)
1954 – Dan Hill, rocker (Sometimes When We Touch)
1956 – Danny Wilde, rocker (Rembrandts)
1964 – Kerry King, American musician (Slayer)
1964 – Doro Pesch, German singer
1965 – Mike Gordon, American musician
1965 – Jeff Blumenkrantz, American composer and actor
1968 – Samantha Sprackling, Nigerian singer
1969 – Hiroyuki Takami, Japanese musician
1970 – Esther Hart, Dutch singer
1970 – Julie Masse, French Canadian singer
1970 – Peter Tägtgren, Swedish musician (Hypocrisy) and producer

Singer Kelly JonesSinger Kelly Jones (1974)

1974 – Kelly Jones, Welsh singer (Stereophonics)
1976 – Yuri Ruley, American drummer
1978 – Lyfe Jennings, R&B singer and song-writer
1987 – Lalaine, American actress and singer

today’s holiday: Dutch Liberation Day

Dutch Liberation Day

Liberation Day, or National Day, in the Netherlands celebrates May 5, 1945, the day on which the Nazi forces were driven out of Holland by the Allies. Although the Dutch had succeeded in remaining neutral during World War I, the country was invaded by the Nazis in May 1940 and rapidly overrun. The liberation of Holland in 1945 was an important step toward the subsequent defeat of the Nazis. Many Dutch cities hold special concerts on this day. Special commemorations are held in Amsterdam and around the country on May 5 each year, as well as on May 4, Remembrance Day. More… Discuss

best classical music , T. G. Albinoni: Op. 9 n. 8 / Concerto for oboe, strings & b.c. in G minor / Alma Musica Amsterdam, great compositions/performances

T. G. Albinoni: Op. 9 n. 8 / Concerto for oboe, strings & b.c. in G minor / Alma Musica Amsterdam


Tommaso Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2 (Han de Vries/Alma Musica Amsterdam)

Tommaso Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2 (Han de Vries/Alma Musica Amsterdam)



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 9

1567   Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, is murdered his sick-bed in a house in Edinburgh when the house blows up.
1799   The USS Constellation captures the French frigate Insurgente off the West Indies.
1825   The House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams, sixth U.S. President.
1861   Jefferson F. Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.
1864   Union General George Armstrong Custer marries Elizabeth Bacon in their hometown of Monroe, Mich.
1904   Japanese troops land near Seoul, Korea, after disabling two Russian cruisers.
1909   France agrees to recognize German economic interests in Morocco in exchange for political supremacy.
1916   Conscription begins in Great Britain as the Military Service Act becomes effective.
1922   The U.S. Congress establishes the World War Foreign Debt Commission.
1942   Chiang Kai-shek meets with Sir Stafford Cripps, the British viceroy in India.
1943   The Red Army takes back Kursk 15 months after it fell to the Germans.
1946   Stalin announces the new five-year plan for the Soviet Union, calling for production boosts of 50 percent.
1951   Actress Greta Garbo gets U.S. citizenship.
1953   The French destroy six Viet Minh war factories hidden in the jungles of Vietnam.
1964   The U.S. embassy in Moscow is stoned by Chinese and Vietnamese students.
1978   Canada expels 11 Soviets in spying case.
1994   Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa.
Born on February 9
1773   William Henry Harrison, ninth U.S. President and the first to die in office.
1814   Samuel Tilden, philanthropist.
1819   Lydia E. Pinkham, patent-medicine maker and entrepeneur.
1846   William Maybach, German engineer, designed the first Mercedes automobile.
1871   Howard T. Ricketts, pathologist.
1874   Amy Lowell, poet.
1880   James Stephens, Irish writer (The Charwoman’s Daughter, The Crock of Gold).
1909   Dean Rusk, Secretary of State under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
1923   Brendan Behan, Irish playwright and poet (The Hostage, The Quare Fellow).
1944   Alice Walker, Pulitzer prize winning author (The Color Purple).

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.EIt8nuuR.dpuf

Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, great compositions/performances

Mondial – Atât de fragedă ( pe versurile poemului cu acelasi nume de Mihail Eminescu, nume de familie originar: Eminovici originar din satul Vad, Tara Fagarasului)

Mondial – Atât de fragedă

Eminescu, mai aredelean decât îl lasă istoria să fie – Buna Ziua Fagaras (Pe linga plopii fara sot cu Maria Raaducanu si Maxim Belciug)

Joi, 15 ianuarie, se vor împlini 165 de ani de la naşterea poetului şi gazetarului Mihai Eminescu.

Profesorul făgărăşean Ion Funariu a făcut cercetări pe vremea când era dascăl la ,,Radu Negru” şi a scris o carte în care publică informaţii uluitoare despre poet. Se pare că strămoşii lui Mihai Eminescu sunt ardeleni get-beget proveniţi din inima Ţării Făgăraşului, mai exact satul Vad, comuna Şercaia.

via Eminescu, mai aredelean decât îl lasă istoria să fie – Buna Ziua Fagaras.

Maria Raducanu & Maxim Belciug – Pe langa plopii fara sot (Guilelm Sorban / Mihai Eminescu)

Mihai Eminescu – Somnoroase pasarele ( Madrigal )

Mihai Eminescu – Somnoroase pasarele ( Madrigal )

today’s holiday: First Monday Trade Days (2015)

First Monday Trade Days (2015)

The First Monday Trade Days are a trading bazaar that each month brings 100,000-300,000 people to the small town of Canton, Texas. This legendary affair in northern Texas has its origins in the 1850s when the circuit court judge came to Canton on the first Monday of the month to conduct court proceedings. Farmers from the area would gather to sell or trade horses, conduct other business in town, and watch the occasional hanging. Now the flea market starts on Thursday and runs through the weekend before the first Monday, offering merchandise and food at more than 3,000 exhibition stalls. More… Discuss

health: One Kiss Carries 80 Million Bacteria

One Kiss Carries 80 Million Bacteria

This latest research may make you think twice before locking lips with anyone. The mouth is home to tens of millions of bacteria, and just one 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million of them. The good news, if you want to call it that, is that while bacteria in the saliva seem to change quickly following a kiss, populations on the tongue remain more stable. This finding is important to researchers, as it could help with the development of bacterial therapies and treatments. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Last Quagga Dies at Amsterdam’s Artis Magistra Zoo (1883)

Last Quagga Dies at Amsterdam’s Artis Magistra Zoo (1883)

Once found in great numbers on the plains of South Africa, the quagga was heavily hunted by Dutch settlers and became extinct in 1883. A century later, it was the first extinct animal to have its DNA studied. This research determined that the quagga was most likely a variant of the common zebra, contrasting the theory that it was a separate species. The quagga had a sandy brown coat but—like the zebra—had dark stripes on its head, neck, and shoulders. Where did the name “quagga” come from? More… Discuss

European Union Baroque Orchestra – Händel: Te Deum Utrecht, Jubilate Utrecht – Lars Ulrik Mortensen: make music part of your life series

European Union Baroque Orchestra – Händel: Te Deum Utrecht, Jubilate Utrecht – Lars Ulrik Mortensen



Meer op: http://www.radio4.nl/oudemuziek
Bekijk ook het tweede deel van dit concert: http://youtu.be/xgtRjiywS20

European Union Baroque Orchestra & Choir of Clare College o.l.v. Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Alex Potter, contratenor

Georg Frideric Händel (1685-1759)
Te Deum ‘Utrecht’ HWV 278 (1713)
Jubilate ‘Utrecht’ HWV 279

Opgenomen tijdens het Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht in de Domkerk op 31 augustus 2013

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge: Janneke Dupre, Gabrielle Haigh, Alice Halstead, Sophie Horrocks, Helen Lilley, Caroline Meinhardt, Madeleine Seale, Rachael Ward, sopraan
Clara Betts-Dean, Abigail Gostick, Emma Simmons, Eva Smith-Leggatt, Eleanor Warner, alt
Laurence Booth-Clibborn, Nils Greenhow, Peter Harrison, Christopher Loyn, Alexander Peter, tenor
Adam Cigman-Mark, William Cole, Elliot Fitzgerald, Matthew Jorysz, Charles Littlewood, Magnus Maharg, Alexander McBride, Hugo Popplewell, James Proctor, bas
Graham Ross, koorleider

European Union Baroque Orchestra: Zefira Valova, Roldán Bernabé-Carrión, Christiane Eidsten Dahl, Antonio De Sarlo, Yotam Gaton, Saron Houben, Sarina Matt, Daphne Oltheten, Jamiang Santi, viool
Rafael Roth, Hilla Heller, Andrea Angela Ravandoni, altviool
Guillermo Turina Serrano, Nicola Paoli, cello
Lisa De Boos, contrabas
Alexis Kossenko, traverso
Clara Geuchen, Johannes Knoll, hobo
Andrew Burn, fagot
Sebastian Philpott, Gerard Serrano Garcia, trompet
Marianna Henriksson, klavecimbel

Brahms Tragische Ouvertüre – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra [HD] (great compostions/performances)

Brahms Tragische Ouvertüre
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra o.l.v. Daniele Gatti
3 oktober 2010 Concertgebouw Amsterdam


295 Thought Dead in New Malaysia Airlines Tragedy

295 Thought Dead in New Malaysia Airlines Tragedy

A Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam crashed in eastern Ukraine yesterday, and it may not have been an accident. Ukraine has accused terrorists of shooting down the commercial flight, while the rebels have pointed the finger back at Ukraine. All 295 persons on board—280 passengers and 15 crew—are presumed dead. This is the second tragedy to strike the airline this year. In March, another flight went missing without a trace, and it has yet to be found. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606)


Rembrandt van Rijn (1606)

Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest European painters. Early on, he displayed an interest in the “spotlight effects” of light and shadow that dominate his later paintings and began the studies of his own face and the more formal self-portraits that make up much of his painted and etched work. After moving to Amsterdam around 1631, he quickly became the city’s most fashionable portrait painter and a popular teacher. However, he went bankrupt in 1656. What had happened to his money? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Anne Frank (1929)

Anne Frank (1929)

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who, with her parents and sister, hid from the Nazis in a secret annex above her father’s Amsterdam office building for two years. Betrayed to the Germans in 1944, the Franks were deported to concentration camps, where all but father Otto perished. The diary Anne kept during their time in the annex, a work characterized by poignancy, humor, and tart observation, was later published and is now an international bestseller. Why did Otto edit out some parts of the diary? More… Discuss

J.S. Bach – Easter Oratorio, BWV 249


J.S. BachEaster Oratorio, BWV 249

The Amsterdam Baroque Choir
The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Ton Koopman

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Prokofiev in a Club! Sonata #7 Yellow Lounge Amsterdam Lisitsa

One day in a future the ‘traditional” concert halls will go the way of ‘traditional” movie theaters = disappear from use. I told you before – the BEST place to listen to the piano is directly under it. But try that in Concergebouw or Carnegie Hall _ they will call police on you 😉 Not so in a club . Yellow Lounge Amsterdam March 19th 2014 – http://www.trouwamsterdam.nl An ultimate experience listening to Prokofiev . Never mind the tinny captured recording – it was Imperial after all and it RRRRrrrocked – just ask the willing “victims” 🙂

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Great Compositions/Performances: Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83

Claudio Arrau, piano.

Concertgebouw-Orchester, Amsterdam.

Recorded: Concertgebrouw, Amsterdam, October 1969. 

Bernard Haitink, conductor.

1. Allegro Non Troppo 
2. Allegro Appassionato 
3. Andante – Più Adagio 
4. Allegretto Grazioso – Un Poco Più Presto

The Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms is a composition for solo piano with orchestral accompaniment. It is separated by a gap of 22 years from the composer’s first piano concerto. Brahms began work on the piece in 1878 and completed it in 1881 while in Pressbaum near Vienna. It is dedicated to his teacher, Eduard Marxsen. The premiere of the concerto was given in Budapest on November 9, 1881, with Brahms as soloist, and was an immediate success. He proceeded to perform the piece in many cities across Europe.

Allegro non troppo
The first movement is in the concerto variant of sonata form. The main theme is introduced with a horn solo, with the piano interceding. The woodwind instruments proceed to introduce a small motif before an unusually placed cadenza appears. The full orchestra repeats the theme and introduces more motifs in the orchestral exposition. The piano and orchestra work together to develop these themes in the piano exposition before the key changes to F minor (from F major, the dominant) and the piano plays a powerful and difficult section before the next orchestral tutti appears. The development, like many such sections in the Classical period, works its way from the dominant key back to the tonic while heavily developing themes. At the beginning of the recapitulation, the theme is replayed before a differing transition is heard, returning to the music heard in the piano exposition (this time in B-flat major / B-flat minor). A coda appears after the minor key section, finishing off this movement.

Allegro appassionato
This scherzo is in the key of D minor and is in ternary form. Contrary to Brahms’s “tiny wisp of a scherzo” remark, it is a tumultuous movement. The piano and orchestra introduce the theme and develop it before a quiet section intervenes. Soon afterwards the piano and orchestra launch into a stormy development of the theme before coming to the central episode (in D major). The central episode is brisk and begins with the full orchestra before yet another quiet section intervenes; then the piano is integrated into the orchestral effect to repeat the theme of the central episode. The beginning section returns but is highly varied.

The slow movement is in the tonic key of B-flat major and is unusual in utilizing an extensive cello solo within a piano concerto. Brahms subsequently rewrote the cello’s theme and changed it into a song, Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer (“My Slumber grows ever more Peaceful”) with lyrics by Hermann Van Lingg. (Op. 105, No. 2). Within the concerto, the cello plays the theme for the first three minutes, before the piano comes in. However, the gentler melodic piece that the piano plays soon gives way to a stormy theme in B-flat minor. When the storm subsides, still in the minor key, the piano plays a transitional motif that leads to the key of G-Flat major, before the Cello comes in to reprise, in the wrong key, and knowing that it has to get back to B-flat major, the piano and the orchestra make a transition to finish off the theme in its original home key of B-flat major. After the piano plays the transitional motifs, the piano quickly reprises the middle section in a major key, before playing the final chords to end this beautiful movement.

Allegretto grazioso
The last movement consists of five clearly distinguishable sections, of which the last is a ‘stretto’ (faster) coda. The first section (bars 1 to 64) is built on two themes: the first and main theme of classical structure (1-8) is first played by the piano and then repeated by the orchestra. The second theme (16-20) is likewise presented by the piano and repeated – and expanded – by the orchestra. A kind of development of the first theme leads to the next section. The second section (65-164) is built on three themes. Number three (65-73, a minor) is very different from the previous ones: by its minor key and its rhythm, which is Hungarian, in Number four (81-88) is still in a minor and number five (97-104) in F major. These three themes are repeated several times, which gives the section the character of a development. The third section (165-308) can be seen as a reprise of the first; it is built on the first two themes, but a striking new element is given in 201-205 and repeated in 238-241. The fourth section (309-376) gives the themes 3, 5 and 4, in that order. The coda is built on the main theme, but even here (398) Brahms presents a new element, being in a form of a little march, first played by the piano, and then, the orchestra comes in, and trades themes in the march before the final chords.


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Amsterdam Paying Alcoholics in Beer to Clean Streets

An unorthodox program in Amsterdam that employs alcoholics to clean the streets and pays them in cash, tobacco, and beer is raising a few eyebrows. The program was developed because alcoholics in Amsterdam’s Oosterparkwere becoming a regular nuisance—getting into fights, being noisy, making lewd comments to passing women—and it was thought that street cleaning would keep them occupied and out of trouble. Still, the practice of enticingaddicts to work with promises of the very substance to which they are addicted does not sit well with some. More… Discuss

Johanes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No.20 in D major, (K 133)

Álbum: Mozart, Complete Works Vol. 1: Symphonies Complete
Interprete del álbum: Jaap Ter Linden & Mozart Akademie Amsterdam
Compositor: Johanes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart



Danger on the Roads

Spending hours at the wheel can make anyone sleepy, but for truck drivers, whose livelihoods depend on how quickly they can get to their destinations, taking a break is often not seen as an option. Instead, many truckers opt for alcohol or other mind-altering substances, like marijuana, amphetamines, and cocaine, to keep them on the road. An analysis of 36 studies shows that this is going on all over the world in varying degrees. Substance use seems to be linked to poor working conditions, suggesting that taking steps to improve working conditions for truckers could reduce this dangerous practice. More… Discuss


PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVKY.- The Sleeping Beauty Suite Op.66


The Sleeping Beauty Suite Op.66

Pas d’action “Rose Adagio”

Orquesta Sinfónica de Amsterdam
Director: Peter Stern

Rodrigo Y Gabriela Live in Amsterdam Part 11/13 (Stairway to Heaven)

Rodrigo Y Gabriela Live in Amsterdam (29-11-2008) Part 11/13
Stairway to Heaven