Tag Archives: Holland

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

today’s hoday: Leiden Day


Leiden Day

In 1573, the Dutch city of Leiden (or Leyden) was besieged by the Spaniards. Thousands were dying from disease and hunger. Finally, the river dikes were cut so that the Dutch army could sail in over the flooded fields and save the city. According to legend, the first person to emerge from the besieged city on October 3 was a young orphan boy. In the deserted Spanish camp, he discovered a huge pot of stew that was still hot. Known as Hutspot met Klapstuk, the mixture of meat and vegetables is still served on this day, along with bread and herring. More… Discuss

Angela GHEORGHIU – O mio babbino caro – G Schicchi – Puccini


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Angela GHEORGHIU – O mio babbino caro – G Schicchi – Puccini

Angela Gheorghiu sings the aria “O mio babbino caro”, from Puccini’s opera ‘Gianni Schicchi
(Concert from the Lincoln Center, December 31th, 2005)

Saint of the Day for Thursday, June 5th, 2014: St. Boniface of Mainz


Saint of the Day

Image of St. Boniface of Mainz

St. Boniface of Mainz

Winfrith had expected to return to England from Friesland (in what is now Holland) in triumph. He had left the land where he was a respected scholar, teacher, and priest because he was convinced he … continue reading

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How it WAS made! Valentina Lisitsa “Chasing Pianos” Music of Michael Nyman



Pre-order on Amazon:
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or iTunes 
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Insider tip #1 :)Be even more first than the first if you order from Holland – the release is March 7, a month ahead of everybody else:http://www.bol.com/nl/p/chasing-piano
insider’s tip #2 🙂 iTunes for almost twice as many songs that couldn’t fit on a disc 🙂 http://po.st/ChasingPianosiTuYT

 

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Great Performances: Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2



Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Recorded live on May 22th, 2010 in Leiden, Holland
by von Aichberger & Roenneke GmbH
Michael von Aichberger
Dominik Roenneke
Florian Breuer
Michael Hohnstock
Thanks to Alexei Kuznetsoff
and
Cum Laude Concerten, Leiden
Michiel van Westering

 

English: Pianist Valentina Lisitsa during an i...

English: Pianist Valentina Lisitsa during an interview in Leiden, Netherlands Deutsch: Pianistin Valentina Lisitsa während eines Interviews in Leiden, Holland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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Divine Musical Moment: Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2



Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Recorded live on May 22th, 2010 in Leiden, Holland
by von Aichberger & Roenneke GmbH
Michael von Aichberger
Dominik Roenneke
Florian Breuer
Michael Hohnstock
Thanks to Alexei Kuznetsoff
and
Cum Laude Concerten, Leiden
Michiel van Westering

Bojoura-If It’s Tuesday It Must Be Belgium (“Wordless Wednesday Treat” or “Breaking all rules”)


Bojoura, born Raina Cleuver van Melzen (April 15, 1947), is a folk and pop vocalist, whose greatest success came in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands, Bojoura was discovered by George Kooymans of the rock band Golden Earring, who went on to write and produce many of her songs. Bojoura scored her first hit in 1967 with the Kooymans ballad “Everybody’s Day,” and in 1969 charted once more in Europe with her version of the song “Frank Mills” from the Broadway musical Hair. Through the mid 1970s she remained one of the most popular singers in Holland. Bojoura is married to the Dutch drummer Hans Cleuver, who was a founding member of the progressive rock band Focus.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bojoura)