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The Murders in the Rue Morgue (FULL Audiobook)


The Murders in the Rue Morgue (FULL Audiobook)

20th April, 1841: First detective story (Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in Rue Morgue”) is published. — ✍ Bibliophilia (@Libroantiguo)


best classical music, ENRIQUE GRANADOS.- Danzas Españolas ENRIQUE , Piano: Alicia de Larrocha, gregaat compositions/performances


ENRIQUE GRANADOS.- Danzas Españolas,  Piano: Alicia de Larrocha

best classical music, Giacomo Puccini: “Coro a bocca chiusa” (Humming Chorus) from Madame Butterfly , great compositions/performances


Giacomo Puccini: “Coro a bocca chiusa” (Humming Chorus) from Madame Butterfly

best classical music, Hamelin plays Gershwin – Concerto in F , great compositions/performanes


Hamelin plays Gershwin – Concerto in F

Palette de Frida Kahlo, Mexique, 1952 — Old Pics Archive (@oldpicsarchive)


Johann Sebastian Bach: Bist du bei mir (BWV 508) , Per-Olov Kindgren , great compositions/perfoemances


Johann Sebastian Bach: Bist du bei mir (BWV 508)

Rondo for Violin and String Quartet in A Major, D. 438 – Franz Schubert , make music part of your life series


Rondo for Violin and String Quartet in A Major, D. 438 – Franz Schubert

Slot Machines (oxymoron: gamble responsibly…)


Slot Machines

Slot machines are popular casino games that constitute about 70% of the average casino’s income. The player pulls a handle to rotate a series of reels that have pictures printed on them. Winning or losing is determined by which pictures line up with the pay line, a line in the middle of a viewing window. Some believe skill is involved in the game, but the probability of a win is determined by the game’s random number generator. Who invented the slot machine? More… Discuss

Fifty Five – (‘Languor is upon your heart and the slumber is still on your eyes…’), Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (from Collection of Indian Poems)


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Languor is upon your heart and the slumber is still on your eyes.
Has not the word come to you that the flower is reigning in splendour among thorns? Wake, oh awaken! Let not the time pass in vain!
At the end of the stony path, in the country of virgin solitude my friend is sitting all alone. Deceive him not. Wake, oh awaken!
What if the sky pants and trembles with the heat of the midday sun—what if the burning sand spreads its mantle of thirst—
Is there no joy in the deep of your heart? At every footfall of yours, will not the harp of the road break out in sweet music of pain?

***Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (from Collection of Indian Poems)

Historic Musical Bits, Sviatoslav Richter – Schumann – Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), Op 82 , (recorded 1956), great compositions/performances


Sviatoslav Richter – Schumann – Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), Op 82

best classical music, Schubert Symphony No 5 B flat major Bavarian RSO Maazel , make music part of your life series


Schubert Symphony No 5 B flat major Bavarian RSO Maazel

LISZT Orchestral Hungarian Rhapsody No 4, Herbert von Karajan / Berliner Philharmoniker


LISZT Orchestral Hungarian Rhapsody No 4

Robert Schumann- Romanze op. 94 no. 2


Robert Schumann- Romanze op. 94 no. 2

Aram Khachaturian – Masquerade: Waltz , make music part of your life series


Aram Khachaturian – Masquerade: Waltz

best classical music: , Amilcare Ponchielli – La danza delle ore / La Danse des heures / Dance of the Hours , make music part of your life series


Amilcare Ponchielli – La danza delle ore / La Danse des heures / Dance of the Hours

Henryk Górecki – Symphony Nº3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). Second Movement, make music part of your life series


Henryk Górecki – Symphony Nº3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). Second Movement.

Fifty Three-(‘Beautiful is thy wristlet,…’), Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (from Collection of Indian Poems)


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Beautiful is thy wristlet, decked with stars and cunningly wrought in myriad-coloured jewels. But more beautiful to me thy sword with its curve of lightning like the outspread wings of the divine bird of Vishnu, perfectly poised in the angry red light of the sunset.
It quivers like the one last response of life in ecstasy of pain at the final stroke of death; it shines like the pure flame of being burning up earthly sense with one fierce flash.
Beautiful is thy wristlet, decked with starry gems; but thy sword, O lord of thunder, is wrought with uttermost beauty, terrible to behold or to think of.

Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali
(from Collection of Indian Poems)

Lazybones by Pablo Neruda (Selected Poems) (‘They will continue wandering,…I have no wish to change my planet…’)


Lazybones by Pablo Neruda

They will continue wandering,
these things of steel among the stars,
and weary men will still go up
to brutalize the placid moon.
There, they will found their pharmacies.

In this time of the swollen grape,
the wine begins to come to life
between the sea and the mountain ranges.

In Chile now, cherries are dancing,
the dark mysterious girls are singing,
and in guitars, water is shining.
The sun is touching every door
and making wonder of the wheat.

The first wine is pink in colour,
is sweet with the sweetness of a child,
the second wine is able-bodied,
strong like the voice of a sailor,
the third wine is a topaz, is
a poppy and a fire in one.

My house has both the sea and the earth,
my woman has great eyes
the colour of wild hazelnut,
when night comes down, the sea
puts on a dress of white and green,
and later the moon in the spindrift foam
dreams like a sea-green girl.

I have no wish to change my planet.

[A.R.]
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Best Classical Music:, “Debussy: La Mer – 2. Play of the Waves (Jeux de vagues)” by London Symphony Orchestra, make music part of your life series


Debussy – La Mer

Best Classical music: Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov, Les Ruses d’amour, Op. 61, Introduction et Scene I, Iasi Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra, Horia Andreescu, make music part of your life series


Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov, Les Ruses d’amour, Op. 61, Introduction et Scene I

today’s birthday: Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755)


Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755)

Recognized as the most important female painter of the 18th century, Vigée-Lebrun began painting portraits professionally in her early teens and went on to have a long and successful career. In 1779, she was summoned to Versailles to paint Marie Antoinette, whom she would paint at least 30 more times. At the outbreak of the French Revolution, she fled France and traveled abroad, finding acclaim and prominent sitters wherever she went. Which notable figures did she paint during her travels? More… Discuss

Best classical music , Antonín Dvořák – Serenade in D minor, Op. 44 , great compositions/performances


Antonín Dvořák – Serenade in D minor, Op. 44

best classical music: , Mozart – Violin Sonata No. 35 in A major, K. 526 , great compositions/performances


Mozart – Violin Sonata No. 35 in A major, K. 526

quotation: ‘…Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning, but…’ George Eliot


Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he’s sure of losing.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Champagne


Champagne

The word “Champagne,” when capitalized, refers specifically to the white, sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France. Generally, production begins with the fermentation of grapes with low sugar and high acid levels to produce a still wine, which is blended with other wines, a small amount of sugar and yeast, and stored. During the second fermentation, carbon dioxide is trapped in the bottle. How should Champagne be poured in order to preserve the bubbles? More… Discuss

word: pompous


pompous

Definition: (adjective) Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity.
Synonyms: overblown, grandiloquent, portentous
Usage: He read the proclamation aloud in a pompous voice, although nobody was paying attention. Discuss.

Best Classical Music Series: Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21, K.467 / Yeol Eum Son,


Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21, K.467 / Yeol Eum Son

Gioachino Rossini – La Cenerentola (Cinderella) – Ouverture (Alberto Zedda)


Gioachino Rossini – La Cenerentola – Ouverture (Alberto Zedda)

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”



FROM:

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


FROM:
John Dunlea    John Dunlea


JOHN BARRY:   “GIVE ME A SMILE”
(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)
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Ovidiu Badila – The Memorial Recordings
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ARTICLE: GEISHA: “ART PERSON”


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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Word: NATTER


natter 

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
1952]
Inna Kallegorskaya – piano

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Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society
http://www.wieniawski.com
Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. Henryka Wieniawskiego
http://www.wieniawski.pl

 

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


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

 

ANTONIN DVORÁK – SINFONIE NO. 8 IN G-DUR OP. 88 – WIENER PHILHARMONIKER – HERBERT VON KARAJAN



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
Catalogue
  • 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
Premiere
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.

 

F.MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY- PIANO QUARTET in F minor Op.2- Adagio



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.
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Photography / Artwork and Video :
PETER SCHNEIDER.
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’).
http://www.jso-jc-hochtaunus.de/
Location: Open-Air Museum ‘Hessenpark‘ , Neu-Anspach
http://www.hessenpark.de/
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).