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The Firebird: Infernal Dance, by Igor Stravinsky



Infernal Dance from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky, from Fullerton College Symphony live concert 5/17/09. I’m the pianist, although the piano is mostly just adding color in this movement. Conducted, edited and uploaded by Dean Anderson,http://www.youtube.com/rosechamberorc.

Gabriel FAURE’: Pavane, Op. 50 – Paintings By “CLAUDE MONET”



Passing Through: http://www.youtube.com/user/PassingTh… – Friends, Please visit my Poet friend “Passing Through’s” YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/PassingTh… , and support him – Thanks 🙂 

The Pavane in F-sharp minor, opus number 50, was a composition for orchestra and optional chorus written by the French composer Gabriel Fauré in 1887.

Quotation: Mahatma Gandhi I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”


“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

– I shall not fear anyone on Earth
– I shall fear only God
– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. 
– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. 
– I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.” 
Mahatma Gandhi

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During his stay in England in 1931, when the Columbia Gramophone Company requested him to make a record for them, Gandhi pleaded his inability to speak politics, and added that, at the age of sixtytwo, he could make his first and last record which should, if wanted, make his voice heard for all time. Confessing his anxiety to speak on the spiritual matters, on October 20, 1931 he read out his old article “On God”.

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TWO MORE MEN HIV-FREE AFTER BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTS


Two More Men HIV-Free after Bone Marrow Transplants

Doctors are reporting two more cases of HIV-positivepatients who underwent bone marrow transplants and now, years later, still have no detectable signs of the virus in their blood. While they are reluctant to label the patients cured at this early stage—one of the men has been off his anti-retroviral drug regimen for 15 weeks and the other just seven—the results thus far are encouraging. The men will continue to be closely monitored for any signs that the infection is rebounding. More…Discuss

Beethoven: Six Variations on ‘Nel cor piu non mi sento’, WoO 70 – Wilhelm Kempff, 1964



Wilhelm Kempff: “Für Elise” (Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor) – 1965, Deutsche Grammophon : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9DSjo…
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Wilhelm Kempff plays 6 Variations on ‘Nel cor piu non mi sento’ (a duet from the opera “La Molinara” by Giovanni Paisiello, which premiered in 1789), WoO 70, by Beethoven, recorded by Kempff in 1962.

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More Kempff performances:

Mozart Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrX4zj…

Piano Sonata in A minor, K 310 – Movement 1 (Mozart) – 1962 DG Recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuTwlO…

Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491 – Movement 1/1 (Mozart) – 1960, DG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoJAG5…

Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester B-dur KV 595 (1/2) (Mozart) – 1963, DG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiFqm_…

Today’s Birthday: MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS (1890), A journalist and conservationist


A journalist and conservationist, Douglas lived to the age of 108. A turning point in her long life came in 1947, when her book, The Everglades: River of Grass was published. It sounded an early warning of the environmental perils facing the Florida Everglades. Everglades National Park was established that same year. Douglas cofounded Friends of the Everglades in 1969 and is widely credited with helping to slow the destruction of the swamp ecosystem. Where were her ashes scattered? More… Discuss


From “The Last Egret: The Everglades is Much More Than a Swamp” (2010, 31 minutes) by The Education Network of the School District of Palm Beach County, Floridahttp://www.palmbeachschools.org/ten/P…

The River of Grass
By Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Hardcover: 447 pages 
Publisher: Pineapple Press; 60 Aniversary edition (September 3, 2007) 
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1561643947
Updated and revised for the 60th Anniversary. New afterword by Michael Grunwald, author of The Swamp (March 27, 2007) –http://www.amazon.com/dp/0743251075/

More about Marjory Stoneman Douglas:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32CZpq..

Regina Spektor – Ballad Of A Politician – What We Saw from the Cheap Seats (“this is how it happens, our world under commend”)


Regina Spektor – Ballad Of A Politician – What We Saw from the Cheap Seats

A man inside a room is shaking hands with other men
This is how it happens
Our carefully laid plans

Shake it, shake it baby
Shake your ass out in that street
You’re gonna make us scream someday
You’re gonna make it big

You love so deep, so tender
Your people and your land
You love ’em ’till they can’t recall
Who they are again

Work it, work it baby
Work your way ’round that room
You’re gonna make it big some day
You’re gonna make a boom

But I am
But I am
But I am not a number, not a name

But I am
But I am
But I am a carefully laid plan

Shake what your mama gave you
You know that it won’t last
You’re gonna taste the ground real soon
You’re gonna taste the grass

A man inside a room is shaking hands with other men
This is how it happens
Our world under command

Shake it, shake it baby
Shake your ass out in that street
You’re gonna make us scream someday
You’re gonna make us weak

You’re gonna make us scream someday
You’re gonna make it big

(Read more Here)

Published on May 21, 2012

Ballad Of A Politician is the eighth song from Regina Spektor’s new album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” – May 29, 2012. 
–Track Listing–
1. Small Town Moonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU_YMz…
2. Oh Marcello: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZiZC5…
3. Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi6j48…
4. Firewood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgMutA…
5. Patron Siant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn7x1K…
6. How: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8H3Lb…
7. Open: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK9jb4…
8. All The Rowboatshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7RTyN…
9. Ballad Of A Politician: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnYDuK…
10. The Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzyixV…
11. Jesicca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FceDSf…
12. Call Them Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho1ShV…
13. The Prayer of François Villon (Molitva):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Lr8g…
14. Old Jacket (Stariy Pidjak): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymzfaa…

Full Album Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

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Mircea Florian – La Fagadaul de Piatra (Harap Alb), and Amalia Rogrigues, at the Golden Stag Brasov, 1968


Inca din anii ’60, alaturi de Sorin Chifiriuc, Mircea Florian (CEATA MELOPOICA) etc., era interesat de muzica de factura folcloric — baladesca ori orientala, pentru aceasta adancind propriile cercetari in etnologie, in filosofiile orientale. Astfel, debutul in volum al… personajului nostru este o piesa de baza din dosarul confluentelor rock: “Gradina de dincolo” a continuat doua studii importante. Cel omonim era o interpretare mitologica a basmului “Harap Alb“, punct de plecare pentru discul lui Mircea Florian. Celalalt capitol s-a bucurat de un parcurs invers. Astfel, dublu-albumul “Cantafabule” semnat PHOENIX (Zoosofia, dupa cum trebuia de fapt sa se numeasca si discurile, tratand mitologia animalelor reflectata in folclor, in Evul Mediu) a fost comentat saptamani de-a randul, impreuna cu Florian Pittis, pe Programul 3 (Radio Romania Tineret de astazi), dezvoltat fiind, in carte, intr-un dictionar de animale simbolice. If you were using Google as your Browser, right now you would be promted if you wanted to have this text traslated, in the ideom of choice….In my case, when I am asked that question, I just choose the “No  option. YOu may want to Opt “Yes”, and than you’ll have a accurate translation, or you can stay with the original. Did you know that Amalia Rogrigues, once sang  at the Golden Stag Interanational Festival in Brasov, in 1968,  Romania: 


Cerbul de Aur 1968, Brasov – Romania,
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As I Went Down In The River To Pray – Northern Ambassadors Choir



The Northern Ambassadors of Music’s choir was composed of students from high schools across North Dakota and Montana and directed by Larry Swingen. We toured the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany, and Greece.

Today’s Birthday: FRANZ LISZT (1811)


Franz Liszt (1811)

Liszt was a revolutionary figure of romantic music. Born in Hungary, he made his debut at age 9 and studied in Vienna with Salieri. After his father’s death and a disastrous love affair, he almost gave up music for the priesthood. Nevertheless, “Lisztomania” swept Europe in the 1840s, and Liszt enthralled audiences with his astounding technique and grand, dramatic style of playing. Thereafter, he taught and composed prolifically. In 1861, he nearly married a princess but was thwarted—by what? More… Discuss

Liszt’s Paganini Etude S.161 No.3 “La Campanella” (Vladimir Mischouk)

Daniel Barenboim plays the famous Liebestraume by Franz Liszt.

Regina Spektor – The Party – from “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” Album


“The Party”

You’re like a party somebody threw me 
You taste like birthday
You look like New Years
You’re like a big parade through town
You leave such a mess but you’re so fun

Tell all the neighbors to start knocking down walls
To grab their guitars and run out to the hall
And we’re coming out right along to sing them my new song

For every place there is a bus
That’ll take you where you must
Start counting all your money and friends before you come back again

For every road we can retrace
For every memory we can’t face
For every name that’s been erased
Let’s have another round
May I propose a little toast?
For all the ones who hurt the most
For all the friends that we have lost

Let’s give them one more round of applause
But you’re like a party somebody threw me
You taste like birthday
You look like New Year
You’re like a big parade through town 
That leaves such a mess but you’re so fun

 

The Party is the tenth song from Regina Spektor‘s new album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” – May 29, 2012.
–Track Listing–
1. Small Town Moonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU_YMzHtjhk
2. Oh Marcello: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZiZC5DaWnY
3. Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi6j48HOLBI
4. Firewood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgMutAOEQ5I
5. Patron Siant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn7x1KwE_Ho
6. How: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8H3LbxO44k
7. Open: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK9jb4fVBug
8. All The Rowboats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7RTyNObpaE
9. Ballad Of A Politician: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnYDuKSzQpM
10. The Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzyixV-eGRI
11. Jesicca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FceDSfo8DAo
12. Call Them Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho1ShVDMtx4
13. The Prayer of François Villon (Molitva): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Lr8ggJWi4
14. Old Jacket (Stariy Pidjak): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmzfaapaPMA

Full Album Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL77EA59C56F2E4A11&feature=view_all

Do You Know Jack Schitt: That’s Entertainment?


Do You Know Jack Schitt

Quotation: George Bernard Shaw on Brahms Requiem


There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Discuss

Brahms Requiem, How Lovely is thy dwelling place, Exultate Festival Choir

This well known anthem is performed by the Exultate Festival Choir & Orchestra, Dr. Thomas Rossin, Conducting. Taken from live performances spring of 2009.

 

Regina Spektor’s new album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” – May 29, 2012 Firewood Track No.4


Regina Spektor - What we saw from the cheap seats Album

Regina Spektor – What we saw from the cheap seats  (Album)

Firewood lyrics

The piano is not firewood yet
They try to remember but still they forget
That the heart beats in threes
Just like a waltz
And nothing can stop you from dancing

Rise from your cold hospital bed
You’re not dying
Everyone knows you’re going to live
So you might as well start trying

The piano is not firewood yet
But the cold does get cold
So it soon might be that
I’ll take it apart, call up my friends
And we’ll warm up our hands by the fire

Don’t look so shocked
Don’t judge so harsh
You don’t know
You are only spying
Everyone knows it’s going to hurt
But at least we’ll get hurt trying

The piano is not firewood yet
But a heart can’t be helped
And it gathers regret
Someday you’ll wake up and feel a great pain
And you’ll miss every toy you ever owned

You’ll want to go back
You’ll wish you were small
Nothing can slow the crying
You’ll take the clock off of your wall
And you’ll wish it was lying

Love what you have and you’ll have more love
You’re not dying
Everyone knows you’re going to love
Though there’s still no cure for crying     (from Here)

Firewood is the forth song from Regina Spektor‘s new album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats” – May 29, 2012.
–Track Listing–
1. Small Town Moonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU_YMzHtjhk
2. Oh Marcello: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZiZC5DaWnY
3. Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi6j48HOLBI
4. Firewood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgMutAOEQ5I
5. Patron Siant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn7x1KwE_Ho
6. How: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8H3LbxO44k
7. Open: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK9jb4fVBug
8. All The Rowboats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7RTyNObpaE
9. Ballad Of A Politician: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnYDuKSzQpM
10. The Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzyixV-eGRI
11. Jesicca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FceDSfo8DAo
12. Call Them Brothers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho1ShVDMtx4
13. The Prayer of François Villon (Molitva): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Lr8ggJWi4
14. Old Jacket (Stariy Pidjak): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmzfaapaPMA

Full Album Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL77EA59C56F2E4A11&feature=view_all

Regina Spektor
Regina Ilyinichna Spektor is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered in New York City’s East Village. Wikipedia
Born: February 18, 1980 (age 32), Moscow
Height: 5′ 2″ (1.58 m)
Record labels: Warner Music Group, Sire Records, Warner Bros. Records
 
 
Song Year Album
Ne Me Quitter Pas 2002 Songs
Fidelity 2006 Begin to Hope
The Call 2008 Box Office Hits
Samson 2002 Songs
Us 2004 Soviet Kitsch
Eet 2009 Far
On the Radio 2006 Begin to Hope
How 2012 What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
All the Rowboats 2012 What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Hero 2006 Begin to Hope
Don’t Leave Me 2012 What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Laughing With 2009 Far
Better 2006 Begin to Hope
Après Moi 2006 Begin to Hope
Blue Lips 2009 Far

 

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Thursday Evening a the Concert: Schubert – Der Tod und das Madchen (“Death and the Maiden”) , Strings Quartet in D Minor, Op. 14, D810


Franz Schubert
String quartet No. 14 d minor, D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’

I. Allegro


II. Andante con moto


III. Scherzo: Allegro molto / IV. Presto

Nachum Erlich
Chamber orchestra of the Music Conservatory Karlsruhe

Live Recording 24.1.2011 Crown Hall, Jerusalem

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

String quartet no. 14 in D minor “Der Tod und das Madchen” D810

Performed by the Takacs Quartet

HIGH QUALITY: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=azGjSn52KRo&fmt=18 

*The String Quartet in D minor was written in 1824, just after Schubert became aware of his ruined health. It is popularly known as the “Death and the Maiden” Quartet because the second movement is adapted from the piano accompaniment to Schubert’s 1817 song (or lied), “Death and the Maiden”.

Ariel Dorfman‘s 1991 play “Death and the Maiden” and its 1994 film adaptation (directed by Roman Polanski) take their names from the quartet. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 

Original manuscript of Death and the Maiden quartet, from The Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection, Morgan Library, NY

Original manuscript of Lied Death and the Maiden

The String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, known as Death and the Maiden, by Franz Schubert, is one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire. Composed in 1824, after the composer suffered through a serious illness and realized that he was dying, it is Schubert’s testament to death. The quartet is named for the theme of the second movement, which Schubert took from a song he wrote in 1817 of the same title; but the theme of death is palpable in all four movements of the quartet.

The quartet was first played in 1826 in a private home, and was not published until 1831, three years after Schubert’s death. Yet, passed over in his lifetime, the quartet has become a staple of the quartet repertoire. It is D. 810 in Otto Erich Deutsch‘s thematic catalog of Schubert’s works.

1823 and 1824 were hard years for Schubert. For much of 1823 he was sick with an outburst of tertiary stage syphilis, and in May had to be hospitalized.[1] He was broke: he had entered into a disastrous deal with Diabelli to publish a batch of works, and received almost no payment; and his latest attempt at opera, Fierabras, was a flop. In a letter to a friend, he wrote,

“Think of a man whose health can never be restored, and who from sheer despair makes matters worse instead of better. Think, I say, of a man whose brightest hopes have come to nothing, to whom love and friendship are but torture, and whose enthusiasm for the beautiful is fast vanishing; and ask yourself if such a man is not truly unhappy.”[2]

The quartet takes its name from the lied “Der Tod und das Mädchen” (“Death and the Maiden, D.531), which Schubert wrote in 1817. The theme of the song – a setting of a poem by that name by Matthias Claudius. – is the theme of the second movement of the quartet. The theme is a death knell that accompanies the song about the terror and comfort of death:

Death and the Maiden

Peter Schöne (baritone) and Boris Cepeda (piano)

 

Der Tod und das Mädchen, Hans Baldung Grien, 1517

The Maiden:

Oh! leave me! Prithee, leave me! thou grisly man of bone!
For life is sweet, is pleasant.
Go! leave me now alone!
Go! leave me now alone!

Death:

Give me thy hand, oh! maiden fair to see,
For I’m a friend, hath ne’er distress’d thee.
Take courage now, and very soon
Within mine arms shalt softly rest thee!”[12]
 Takacs Quartet has a great interpretation of this string quartet        here

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=azGjSn52KRo&fmt=18 

Today’s Birthday: ANTONIO SALIERI (1750) The Adorable “Gloria” from the MAss in B flat (1809)


Antonio Salieri (1750)

Italian composer and conductor Antonio Salieri moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1766 with his music teacher, imperial court composer Florian Gassmann. When Gassmann died, Salieri took his position and went on to become Vienna’s most popular opera composer for the remainder of the 18th century. Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt were among his most famous students. Though Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were rivals, the story that he poisoned Mozart is likely untrue. How did their rivalry begin? More… Discuss

Antonio Salieri`s dramma eroicomico in two acts, “Cesare in Farmacusa” was written with a libretto by Carlo Prospero de Fraceschi. It premiered in the Kärntnerthortheater of Vienna in 1800 to very much success; critics especially praised its Act I finale, which was hailed as a masterpiece, and its Act II march, which was specifically noted for its excellent orchestration, one reflecting the more Romantic style of composers like Cherubini and Paer. Its libretto, after Plutarch, relates the story of Julius Caesar`s capture by pirates in the island of Farmacusa and his journey to escape from captivity.
The ouverture is conducted here by Michael Dittrich with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Antonio Salieri:
Mass in B flat – Gloria
(1809)

Soprano: Constanze Albrecht
Alto: Ulrike Zech
Tenor: Sebastian Reim
Bass: Friedemann Klos

Universitätschor Dresden
Sinfonietta Dresden
Conductor: Maja Sequeira
-live from Dresden-

Aretha Franklin – Think (The Blues Brothers Version)



Aretha Franklin

Taraf de Haïdouks – “Romanian Folk Dances” Back to Origins


Live recording from the “Maskarada” sessions. Bartok drew his inspiration from Balkan folk music to compose this famous piece in 1915. Taraf de Haïdouks have now repossessed it and given it a wild make-over…

Taraf de Haidouks music is available on the Crammed Shop : 
http://crammed.greedbag.com/taraf-de-hadouks/


The Danubia Orchestra (conducted by Domonkos Héja) and the Muzsikás perform the Romanian Folk Music of Bartók in the Liszt Academy, Budapest

Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68 is a suite of six short piano pieces composed by Béla Bartók in 1915. He later orchestrated it for small ensemble in 1917 as Sz. 68, BB 76.

It is based on seven Romanian tunes from Transylvania, originally played on fiddle or shepherd’s flute. The original name for the piece was titled Romanian Folk Dances from Hungary but was later changed by Bartók when Transylvania was annexed to Romania in 1918.[1] It is nowadays available in the 1971 edition which is written with key signaturesalthough Bartok rarely ever wrote key signatures.   Read more:

 

DALIDA, LE TEMPS DES FLEURS (On etait jeune, et ont croyait au ciel) / Those Were The Days – Liam Clancy


Dans une taverne du vieux Londres
Où se retrouvaient des étrangers
Nos voix criblées de joies montaient de l’ombre
Et nous écoutions nos cœurs chanter

C’était le temps des fleurs
On ignorait la peur
Les lendemains avaient un goût un miel
Ton bras prenait mon bras
Ta voix suivait ma voix
On était jeunes et l’on croyait au ciel

Et puis sont venus des jours de brume
Avec des bruits étranges et des pleurs
Combien j’ai passé de nuits sans lune
À chercher la taverne dans mon cœur

Tout comme au temps des fleurs
Où l’on vivait sans peur
Où chaque jour avait un goût de miel
Ton bras prenait mon bras
Ta voix suivait ma voix
On était jeunes et l’on croyait au ciel

Et ce soir je suis devant la porte
De la taverne où tu ne viendras plus
Et la chanson que la nuit m’apporte
Mon cœur déjà ne la connaît plus

C’était le temps des fleurs
On ignorait la peur
Les lendemains avaient un goût de miel
Ton bras prenait mon bras
Ta voix suivait ma voix
On était jeunes et l’on croyait au ciel.

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Opus 31 No. 2 (Tempest Sonata) — Wilhelm Kempff (Recorded in Paris, 1968)



 
Kempff was born (1895 in Jüterbog, Brandenburg, Germany) in a family of distinguished church musicians. His father was his first teacher. He entered the Hochschule für Musik Berlin at age nine (deeply impressing the directors with his playing, improvisation and compositions) did furthur study in Potsdam, and finished up in Berlin 1916 also studying philosopy and music history.
His first appearance as a soloist was with the Berlin Phil Orch in 1918, Beethovens G major piano concerto under Arthur Nikisch…..Scandinavian tours continued after the war, culminating in a award bestowed on him by King Gustav of Sweden. 
He was music director of Musikhochschule Stuttgart 1924-1929, and married piano pupil Helene Freiin Hiller in 1926. In 1927 took his first trip to Turkey and met with president Atatürk offering advice on appointments to Ankara college of music. 
Then taught at Potsdam 1931-1941 with Edwin Fischer and Walter Gieseking. Premiere of his second opera “family Gozzi” in 1934 to good notices. He composed many works for orchestra, piano, organ, chamber ensembles and songs.
In 1951 he published his autobiography, “”Unter dem Zimbelstern, das Werden eines Musikers”
His first London concert in 1951 launched his strong international career (tho his first of many trips to Japan took place in 1936)
His first visit to US was for concerts in New York City, 1964
1969 TV broadcast of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto G major with Rafael Kubelik (someone post that!!)

UNESCO Concert (1974) in Paris with Yehudi Menuhin and Mstislav Rostropovitch.
1979 was his last concert with orchestra, Beethovens piano concerto G major with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.
1981 his second book came out “Was ich hörte, was ich sah”.
23 May 1991, William Kempff died. He is buried in the private forest cemetery of the Baron von Künssberg at Upper Franconia.

About “The Tempest” from Wikipedia:  “

The Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, was composed in 1801/02 by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is usually referred to as “The Tempest” (or Der Sturm in his native German), but the sonata was not given this title by Beethoven, or indeed referred to as such during his lifetime. The name comes from a claim by his associate Anton Schindler that the sonata was inspired by the Shakespeare play. However, much of Schindler’s information is distrusted by classical music scholars. The British music scholar, Donald Francis Tovey, in his authoritative book A Companion to Beethoven’s Pianoforte Sonatas, says that

“With all the tragic power of its first movement the D minor Sonata is, like Prospero, almost as far beyond tragedy as it is beyond mere foul weather. It will do you no harm to think of Miranda at bars 31-38 of the slow movement… but people who want to identify Ariel and Caliban and the castaways, good and villainous, may as well confine their attention to the exploits of Scarlet Pimpernel when the Eroica or the C minor Symphony is being played (pg. 121).”

Structure

The opening bars of the Tempest sonata

The piece consists of three movements and takes approximately twenty-five minutes to perform:

  1. Largo – Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegretto

Each of the movements is in sonata form, though the second lacks a substantial development section. The first movement alternates brief moments of seeming peacefulness with extensive passages of turmoil, after some time expanding into a haunting “storm” in which the peacefulness is lost. This musical form, one will note, is rather unique among all Beethoven sonatas to that date. Concerning the time period and style, it was definitely thought of as an odd thing to write; a pianist’s skills were demonstrated in many ways, and showing changes in tone, technique and speed efficiently many times in one movement was one of them. The development begins with rolled, long chords, quickly ending to thetremolo theme of the exposition. There is a long recitative section at the beginning of this movement’s recapitulation, again ending to fast and suspenseful passages.

The second movement in B flat major is slower and more dignified. It mirrors the opening of the first movement both through use of a rolling recitative-like arpeggio on the first chord, and the rising melodic ideas in the opening six measures, which are reminiscent of the first movement’s recitative. Other ideas in this movement mirror the first, for instance, a figure in the eighth measure and parallel passages of the second movement is similar to a figure in the sixth measure of the first.

The third movement is a sonata-rondo hybrid in the key of D minor. It is very moving, first flowing with emotion and then reaching a climax, before moving into an extended development section which mainly focuses on the opening figure of the movement, reaching a climax at measures 169-173. The recapitulation, which is preceded by an extensive cadenza-like passage of sixteenth notes for the right hand, is followed by another retransition and then another statement of the primary theme. The refrain undergoes phrase expansion to build tension for the climax of the movement at measure 381, a fortissimo falling chromatic scale.

 

Beethoven's grave site, Vienna Zentralfriedhof

Beethoven’s grave site, Vienna Zentralfriedhof (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s Birthday: ARTUR SCHNABEL (1882)


Artur Schnabel (1882)

Schnabel was an Austrian-American pianist best known for his interpretations of Beethoven’s piano works. Based in Berlin from 1900 to 1933, he composed, taught, and gave legendary performances of the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert for centenary celebrations. In the 1930s, he became the first to record the complete Beethoven cycle. During the Nazi period, he moved to London, then to the US. Though his own compositions are less known, they are revered by serious pianists. Why? More

Beethoven Piano sonata op.78 “A Thérèse” with Arthur Schnabel:


Isabella – HK movie 19/20 Fado music is “Ó Gente da Minha Terra” by Mariza


“Ó Gente da Minha Terra” by Mariza brings back memories of Amalia Rodriguez fado.  The movie Isabella has a beautiful soundtrack portrait of the cultural richness of Macao 

É meu e vosso este fado
Destino que nos amarra
Por mais que seja negado
Às cordas de uma guitarra

Sempre que se ouve o gemido
De uma guitarra a cantar
Fica-se logo perdido
Com vontade de chorar

Ó gente da minha terra
Agora é que eu percebi
Esta tristeza que trago
Foi de vós que a recebi

E pareceria ternura
Se eu me deixasse embalar
Era maior a amargura
Menos triste o meu cantar

Ó gente da minha terra
Agora é que eu percebi
Esta tristeza que trago
Foi de vós que a recebi

Read more: http://artists.letssingit.com/mariza-lyrics-o-gente-da-minha-terra-q61wf7d#ixzz1ri016T9c 

Excerpts: “This music in an original from Amália Rodrigues and this is Mariza’s cover. I higly recomend you to watch this cover from Sandra Pereira in Portuguese Idol contest Link — ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68jnl6ZFOG4 ). The translation of this songs name is “Oh; People of my Land”.

Enjoy.”

This “fado” (fate) is mine and yours
Destiny that binds us
However it is denied
At the strings of a guitar

Whenever you hear the wail
of a singing guitar 
You’re instantly lost
and feeling like crying

Oh, People of my land
Now I realized
This sadness that I bring
Was from you that I received it

And seemed like kindness
If I had let me pack
The bitterness would be greater
And less sad my singing would be

Oh; People of my land
Now I realized
This sadness that I bring
Was from you that I received it

(Solo)

Oh, People of my land
Now I realized
This sadness that I bring
Was from you that I received it


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