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this day in the yesteryear: The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)

The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)

The “Rumble in the Jungle” pitted boxer Muhammad Ali against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Zaire—now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The match is remembered for Ali’s incredible performance in regaining the heavyweight title. Surrounded by spellbound fans, he used a strategy later dubbed the “rope-a-dope” to tire Foreman before winning in the eighth round. This fight was Don King‘s first major venture as a professional boxing promoter. What musical acts were booked for the event? More… Discuss

today’s holiday: African World Festival

African World Festival

The African World Festival is a cultural festival held annually on the third weekend of August in Detroit, Michigan. Sponsored by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, the African World Festival includes entertainment, arts, education, and cultural exhibits. Traditional African dancers and drummers perform, and musicians entertain audiences with various styles of African-influenced music. The African Family Village offers arts, crafts, games, spoken word performances, and music for families with children. More… Discuss

just a thought: Robin Williams

Robin Williams was one of the people who actively fought for what he believed in (with the vast majority of people), and had the courage to make politicians to see their real reflection in the mirror of history…”

memento: Robin Williams “Good Morning Vietnam”


BadfishKoo  BadfishKoo
Good Morning Vietnam-Best Scenes

Robin Williams Walk of Fame

Robin Williams Walk of Fame (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

JOHN BARRY: “GIVE ME A SMILE”: make music part of your life series

John Dunlea    John Dunlea

(A tribute to the musical genius of John Barry)

Ovidiu BADILA @ PAGANINI/BADILA ‘Moses’ Fantasy – live 2000

Ovidiu BADILA @ PAGANINI/BADILA ‘Moses‘ Fantasy – live 2000

Niccolò PAGANINI: Variations on G string, “Moses Fantasy”, from Rossini’s ‘Mosé in Egitto’ (arr. Badila) [6’47”]
(6:57 applause; Ovidiu Badila jokes and speaks about his Rossini’s paraphrase)
Ovidiu BADILA, doublebass – unknown, piano
(Live, 26 Nov.2000 – Brechemin Auditorium, UW School of Music, Seattle)
Ovidiu Badila – The Memorial Recordings
2CDs Live: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…
complete Ovidiu Badila recordings: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

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Geisha: “Art Person”

A geisha is a traditional Japanese artist-entertainer skilled at conversation, singing, and dancing. The geisha system likely originated in the 17th century to provide a class of well-trained entertainers separate from courtesans and prostitutes. Even though geisha are usually women, the first ones were actually men. The numbers of geisha have declined from some 80,000 in the 1920s to a few thousand today. Why did geisha often paint their teeth black as part of their formal make-up? More… Discuss


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Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Overture.

A spectacular fireworks display set to the ever so apropos Handel: Music for the Royal fireworks. Album details can be found here;http://musicalconcepts.net//component…

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Definition: (verb) Talk socially without exchanging too much information.
Synonyms: chew the fatchitchatclaverconfabchatjawshoot the breezeconfabulategossipchafferchattervisit
Usage: My teenage daughter can natter on the phone for hours.Discuss.


Henryk Wieniawski Scherzo Tarantelle Op. 16 Igor Oistrakh – violin, Inna Kallegorskaya – piano

… from CD album attached to a book “Henryk Wieniawski. Klasyka na CD” [Henryk Wieniawski. Classics on CD]. Recorded in 1952 by Radio Merkury and published by Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society in 2001. 

Igor Oistrakh – violin
[1st Prize Winner at 2nd International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition
Inna Kallegorskaya – piano

Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society
Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. Henryka Wieniawskiego


Quotation: John Filson about felicity

Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is. This consists in a full resignation to the will of Providence.

John Filson (1747-1788)

Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216

The Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg in 1775. Mozart was only 19 at the time. The piece is in three movements:
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
and 3. Rondeau, Allegro.
The Allegro is in sonata form, opening with a brilliant G major theme, played by the orchestra. The main theme is a bright and happy discussion between the solo violin and the accompanist, followed by a modulation to the dominant D major, then its parallel key D minor. It experiments in other keys but does not settle and eventually heads back to the tonic, G major, in the recapitulation with the help of the cadenza. Continue reading

L. Boccherini: Guitar-Quintet No. 1, I. Allegro moderato – “Boccherini Ensemble”

Luigi Boccherini (1743 – 1805)

Guitar-Quintet No. 1 in D-Minor (G. 445)
I. Allegro moderato

Boccherini Ensemble:
Gerald Smrzek (Austria) – Guitar, 
Valbona Naku (Albania) – Violin, 
Armando Toledo (Cuba) – Violin, 
Lina Jihye Kim (Korea) – Viola, 
M. d. G. (Italy) – Violoncello
[June 25, 2010 – Salvatorsaal (Vienna/Austria)]



Musicians Judged by Their Performances, But Not as You Might Expect

In the classical music world, sound is considered the most important element of a musical performance, yet it appears that competition judges are actually most heavily influenced by how performers look, their stage presence, passion, uniqueness, and creativity. More than 1,000 people ranging from musical novices to professional musicians were asked to identify the top three finalists from 10 international classical music competitions using audio, video, or silent video samples from those competitions. The only participants whose accuracy was above chance levels were those assigned the silent videos. More… Discuss



I. Allegro con brio[0:06]
II. Adagio – [9:57]
III. Allegretto grazioso, molto vivace – [21:28]
IV. Allegro ma non troppo – [27:05]
Wiener Philharmoniker – 
Herbert von Karajan, Leitung -
Großer Musikvereinssaal Wien -
Januar/Februar 1985

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Symphony No. 8
by Antonín Dvořák
Dvořák 8058.jpg

Title page of the autograph score
Key G major
  • Op. 88
  • B. 163
Style Romantic
Composed 26 August 1889 – 8 November 1889 –Vysoká u Příbramě
Dedication Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts
Published 1890
Movements 4
Date 2 February 1890
Location Prague
Conductor Antonín Dvořák
Performers Orchestra of the National Theatre

The Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163, is a symphony by Antonín Dvořák, composed in 1889 at Vysoká u PříbraměBohemia, on the occasion of his election to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts. Continue reading

Today’s Birthday: MAURICE CHEVALIER (1888)

Maurice Chevalier (1888)

Chevalier was a French actor, singer, and vaudeville entertainer known for his trademark tuxedo and straw hat. While a prisoner of war during World War I, Chevalier studied English. After the war, he began acting in the US, where he appeared in movies that helped establish the musical as a film genre. Though he put on a heavy French accent while performing in English, he actually spoke the language quite fluently with only a subtle accent. Why did his popularity dwindle during World War IIMore…Discuss


Beethoven – The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op 43 – Barbirolli

Ludwig van Beethoven
The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op 43
Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op 43

Hallé Orchestra
Sir John Barbirolli, conductor

Live recording, April 1969

Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 18 in F major – II. Andante

Saint-Saëns was a romantic French composer. The music of video is the second movement of the Opus 18, played for Florestan Trio and was written in 1863.



Please watch in (1080) HD !
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847 ) Piano Quartet in F minor op.2 – Adagio.
The Schubert Ensemble of London:
William Howard : Piano .
Simon Blendis : Violin.
Douglas Paterson : Viola.
Jane Salmon : Cello.
Recording 1998, St,George”s Brandon Hill, Bristol.
Photography / Artwork and Video :
2012 .


JSO Hochtaunus plays: Amerikanische Suite Op. 98 (Antonin Dvorak) (American Suite) (I love the bird singin gin the trees, it add so much to the music!)

Amerikanische Suite Op. 98 (Antonin Dvorak)’ (American Suite)
Open-Air performance -Session 2013- of the’Jugend-Sinfonie-Orchester Hochtaunus’ ( Youth Symphony Orchestra ‘Hochtaunus’).
Location: Open-Air Museum ‘Hessenpark‘ , Neu-Anspach
05 July 2013
Director: Lars Keitel http://www.lars-keitel.de/


André Rieu: Gold and Silver Waltz by Franz Lehár

Gold and Silver Waltz Op. 79 played by André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra.

Lehár was born in the northern part of Komárom, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Komárno, Slovakia), the eldest son of a bandmaster in the Infantry Regiment No. 50 of the Austro-Hungarian Army.

Franz studied violin and composition at the Prague Conservatory, where his violin teacher was Antonín Bennewitz, but was advised by Antonín Dvořák to focus on composing music. 

After graduation in 1899 he joined his father’s band in Vienna, as assistant bandmaster. In 1902 he became conductor at the historic Vienna Theater an der Wien, where his first opera Wiener Frauen was performed in November of that year.

He is most famous for his operettas — the most successful of which is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) — but he also wrote sonatas, symphonic poems, marches, and a number of waltzes (the most popular being Gold und Silber, composed for Princess Pauline von Metternich‘s “Gold and Silver” Ball, January 1902), some of which were drawn from his famous operettas. 

Individual songs from some of the operettas have become standards, notably “Vilja” from The Merry Widow and “You Are My Heart’s Delight” (“Dein ist mein ganzes Herz“) from The Land of Smiles (Das Land des Lächelns).


Edvard Grieg – Lyric Suite / Suite Lyrique

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Norge

Lyric Suite, Op. 54

- Shepherd Boy
- Bell-Ringing
- Norwegian March
- Notturno
- March of the Trolls

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi


Frederic Chopin – Variations on a Theme by Rossini – Flute & Piano

Flutist Jonathan Brahms and pianist Kenneth Gartner perform Chopin’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini, opus posthumous, at The Kosciusko Foundation in New York City on February 18, 1989. The theme is from “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella).

Tema: Andantino
Variation 1: Allegretto
Variation 2: Andante
Variation 3: Allegretto 
Variation 4: Allegro assai


Slavonic Dance No. 2, Op. 46 Antonin Dvorak (and the Lesser Traveled Road…A perfect marriage!)

"Lesser Traveled Road'-oil painting (my Art Collection)

“Lesser Traveled Road’-oil painting (my Art Collection)

This song is performed by the “Berlin Festival Orchestra”, and Composed by Antonin Dvorak. He was a Czech composer of Romantic music, who employed the idioms of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. His works include operas, symphonic, choral and chamber music. His best-known works include his New World Symphony, the Slavonic Dances, “American” String Quartet, and Cello Concerto in B minor.

Dvorak was commissioned by the publisher Simrock to compose a sequel to the Brahms “Hungarian Dances“, since that collection had put a considerable chunk of change into his pocket, and he relished the idea of repeating the pleasurable experience with the less expensive composer.


Soggy Bottom Boys- I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow

Soggy Bottom Boys- I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow


The Elegance of Pachelbel-Serenade~~~~~~~TGIF FRIENDS!~~~~~~~

Paul Dukas : The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Paul Dukas : The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Yutaka Sado Conducts 
World Philharmonic Orchestra
( Live recording )

Antonio Vivaldi – Mandolin Concerti

Ugo Orlandi, Dorina Frati; Claudio Scimone: I Solisti Veneti

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around the World

http://playingforchange.com – From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music“, comes the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe. 
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Philip Glass – The Grid …..Playing at Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles on Oct 12, 2013….

Composer: Philip Glass
Album: Koyaanisqatsi
Track: The Grid

Playing at Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles on Oct 12, 2013

Philip Glass – The Light (1987)

Written in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Michelson-Morley experiment on the properties of light, this is the first work for full symphony orchestra to be composed by the immortal Philip Glass.

BERLIOZ – Prière du matin (Alphonse de Lamartine) – duo lyrique Laplante-Duval

Enregistré en 1998 – Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur à Québec – France Duval, mezzo-soprano et Bruno Laplante, baryton – info@laplanteduval.comhttp://www.laplanteduval.com

Joseph Haydn – Missa brevis, Hob. XXII:1

Stuttgart Chamber Choir. Wurttemberg Chamber Orechestra Heilbronn, Frieder Bernius.

Robert Schumann – KINDERSZENEN Op.15, by Vadim Chaimovich

Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856)

Kinderszenen Op. 15
(“Scenes from Childhood”)

01. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples G major)
02. Kuriose Geschichte (A Curious Story D major)
03. Hasche-Mann (Blind Man’s Bluff B minor)
04. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child D major)
05. Glückes genug (Happy Enough D major)
06. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event A major)
07. Träumerei (Dreaming F major)
08. Am Kamin (At the Fireside F major)
09. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobbyhorse C major)
10. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious G-sharp minor)
11. Fürchtenmachen (Frightening E minor)
12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep E minor)
13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks G major)

Vadim Chaimovich, piano
Live recording at the Eichhofen Castle (Bavaria/Germany)

MAX BRUCH – Violin Concerto No, 1 in G Minor. Op. 26. – SHLOMO MINTZ/Claudio Abbado/Chicago Symphony

MAX BRUCH – Violin Concerto No, 1 in G Minor. Op. 26. – SHLOMO MINTZ/Claudio Abbado/Chicago Symphony
For more information on violinist, Shlomo Mintz, please go to his official website at: http://www.shlomo-mintz.com/en/biography

Shlomo Mintz (born October 30, 1957) is an Israeli violin virtuoso, violist and conductor. He regularly appears with orchestras and conductors on the international scene and is heard in recitals and chamber music concerts around the world

Biography.  Continue reading

Mikhail Glinka – Kamarinskaya / Камаринская

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), Россия
Камаринская / Kamarinskaya (1848): Fantasy on Russian Folk Songs for Orchestra 
Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra (Filharmonie Brno)

Arthur Rubinstein – Chopin Mazurka, Op. 24 No. 1

Zoltan Kodály — Galantai tancok (Dances of Galanta) 1/2

Czeco-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Adrian Leaper, conductor

Quotation: Lucy Maud Montgomery

There’s such a difference between saying a thing yourself and hearing other people say it … You may know a thing is so, but you can’t help hoping other people don’t quite think it is.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf – Harp Concerto in A major – I. Allegro molto

Jana Bouskova, harp. Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Vladislav Czarnecki

Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 48 in C major “Maria Theresia”

Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 48 “Maria Theresia”
in C major / C-Dur / en ut majeur

Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, Adam Fischer

Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Prelude to Act I; Solti

Wilhelm Richard Wagner
Sir Georg Solti 
Vienna Philharmonic

This piece introduces the first act of the composer’s music drama called The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. Similar to his other operas, he wrote the scenario and libretto in addition to the musical score.


Schubert: Symphony No.4 – Giulini/ODP (1990 Live)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Symphony No.4 in C minor, D.417 “Tragic”
Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestre de Paris
Salle Pleyel, Paris, 14 11/1990

Enjoy it! Al Pacino -Scent of a Woman-the brilliant tango

Itzhak Perlman Tango

Paganini Caprices in A Op.1 No.24 – Itzhak Perlman, Violin

In A minor Tema con variazioni
Itzhak Perlman, violin

Haydn Symphony No 103 ‘Drumroll’ E flat major Minkowski

The Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major, Hoboken 1/103, is the eleventh of the twelve so-called London Symphonies written by Joseph Haydn. This symphony is nicknamed “The Drumroll”, after the long roll on the timpani with which it begins.
Composition and premiere
The symphony was the last but one of twelve that were composed for performance in England during Haydn’s two journeys there (1791–1792, 1794–1795). Haydn’s music was well known in England well before the composer traveled there, and members of the British musical public had long expressed the wish that Haydn would visit. The composer’s reception in England was in fact very enthusiastic, and the English visits were one of the most fruitful and happy periods of the composer’s life. Haydn composed the “Drumroll” Symphony while living in London during the winter of 1794–1795. Continue reading

Antonín Dvořák – Humoresque No. 7, Op. 101

Conductor: Jiři Stárek
Orchestra: SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern

Mendelssohn-A Midsummer Night’s Dream-Scherzo Op.61 No.1

Mendelssohn-A Midsummer Night’s Dream
1.Overture Op.21 2.Scherzo Op.61 No.1 3.Intermezzo Op.61 No.2 4.Notturno Op.61 No.3 5.Wedding march Op.61 No.4 
Conductor:Anthony Bramall Ein Sommernachtsraum Slivak Philharmonic Orchestra
1987-6 Recording NAXOS

Paintings are from Van Gogh(1853-1890)
I should thank the artists! And hope nobody will mind it.

Maybe it is very very pity that one love to do something but he couldn’t perform it. I am not able to open youtube and upload my music videos for 43 months. Though I may watch some friends information in my E-mail box, but I can’t answer it.I made some music videos for waiting upload them 3 years ago. Now I may upload these videos again, and listen to the others good music, wonderful ! Thanks for love. 

André Rieu – Boléro (Ravel)

André Rieu & the Johann Strauss Orchestra performing Ravel’s Boléro live in Maastricht.
Taken from the DVD/Blu-Ray “André Rieu – Under the Stars – Live in Maastricht 5.”

For tour dates visit: http://www.andrerieu.com