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Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34, great compositions/performances


Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34

Mozart: Haffner Serenade KV 250 / Slide show: Glamour Girls and other beauties, great compositions/performances


Mozart: Haffner Serenade KV 250 / Slide show: Glamour Girls and other beauties

Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34: great compositions/performances


Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34

today’s holiday/ceremonies/observance: Nobel Prize Ceremony


Nobel Prize Ceremony

Nobel Prizes are awarded each year to people, regardless of nationality, deemed to have made the most significant practical efforts toward the well-being of the human race. In his will, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) directed that the income from his estate be used to fund five annual prizes. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901; a sixth prize—in economics—was added in 1969. Winners receive the awards at a special ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway. More… Discuss

Malala receives joint Nobel award


Malala receives joint Nobel award http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30411049
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Raw Video: Malala Yousafzai’s entire Nobel prize speech

this day in the yesteryear: Edvard Munch’s The Scream is Stolen at Gunpoint (2004)


Edvard Munch’s The Scream is Stolen at Gunpoint (2004)

Edvard Munch completed four versions of his most famous work, The Scream, an expressionist depiction of modern humanity’s spiritual anguish. In 1994, the version belonging to Norway’s National Gallery was stolen, but it was soon recovered in a sting operation. A decade later, thieves stole the version belonging to the Munch Museum. Despite rumors that the painting had been burned, the Oslo government offered a hefty reward for information leading to its recovery. What was its fate? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Trygve Lie (1896)


Trygve Lie (1896)

The United Nations was established in 1945, and Lie, a Norwegian politician, became its first Secretary General the next year. His role required that he take an active part in a variety of negotiations, but the Soviet Union ceased to cooperate with him after he supported UN intervention in the Korean War, and his effectiveness was further hampered by charges from anticommunist politicians in the US that his secretariat had employed subversives. What was the impetus for Lie’s resignation in 1952? More… Discuss

Joshua Bell: Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, op 47 – 24.11.11



Joshua Bell in Jean SibeliusViolin Concerto in D minor, op 47 with Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester. Oslo konserthus, 24.11.11
Concertmaster: Elise Båtnes
Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
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1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio di molto
3. Allegro, ma non tanto

 



1. The wounded heart
2. Last Spring

Willem Mengelberg
Born: March 28, 1871 – Utrecht,
Holland Died: March 21, 1951 – Chur, Switzerland Grieg(1843-1907)

In the late 1860s Grieg married his cousin, Nina Hagerup, and settled in Christiania (now much less charmingly named Oslo). Life couldn’t have been easy, eking out a living from teaching and conducting, particularly as his over-zealous studies in Leipzig had permanently damaged his health. Then, in 1874, still aged only 31, came a stroke of good fortune: he was awarded a life annuity from the Norwegian government (nice work if you can get it!). Maybe he isn’t exactly a “front rank” composer, but his music is equally capable of charming the simple soul (like me) as it is the not so simple (like Liszt).  Continue reading

Thousands of Norwegians gather to sing a song Anders Behring Breivik hates: From France 24 International


Thousands of Norwegians gather to sing a song Anders Behring Breivik hates: From France 24 International

Thousands of Norwegians gather to sing a song Anders Behring Breivik hates: From France 24 International (click to access story)


Oslo: Ca 40 000 sang “Barn av regnbuen” i trass mot massemorderen på Tinghuset torsdag 26.april