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Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 Jan 18, 2014



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmj7nCRYNs4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCLxso5XDN4


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Great Performances Jan 18, 2014

Thanks for the links to the clips, pk.

IMO, no one can surpass Heifetz ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-4HgDNE86c

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jascha_Heifetz


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Jascha Heifetz Jan 18, 2014

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jascha_Heifetz



Jascha Heifetz (/ˈhaɪfɪts/; February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1901 – December 10, 1987)
was a Lithuanian-born American violinist. He was born in Vilnius. As a teen, he moved with his family to the United States, where his Carnegie Hall debut was rapturously received. He had a long and successful performing and recording career; after an injury to his right (bowing) arm, he focused on teaching. The New York Times called him "perhaps the greatest violinist of all time."



Technique and timbre

Heifetz is considered to be one of the finest violinists of all time. Heifetz's technical command of his instrument – his physical ability to play the violin with stunning precision – is regarded by many critics as unequaled. That physical control enabled Heifetz to produce a distinctive tone quality, intense and shimmering, that came to be regarded as his trademark. Yet, from time to time his near-perfect technique and conservative stage demeanor caused some critics to accuse him of being overly mechanical, even cold. Virgil Thomson called Heifetz's style of playing "silk underwear music", a term he did not intend as a compliment. Other critics argue that he infused his playing with feeling and reverence for the composers' intentions. His style of playing was highly influential in defining the way modern violinists approach the instrument. His use of rapid vibrato, emotionally charged portamento, fast tempi, and superb bow control coalesced to create a highly distinctive sound that make Heifetz's playing instantly recognizable to aficionados. The violinist Itzhak Perlman, who himself is noted for his rich warm tone and expressive use of portamento, describes Heifetz's tone as like "a tornado" because of its emotional intensity. Perlman also said that Heifetz preferred to be recorded relatively close to the microphone; as a result, one would perceive a somewhat different tone quality when listening to Heifetz during a concert hall performance as opposed to a recording.




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"God's Fiddler" Jan 18, 2014

Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TthM8EWz2Tk


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爐火純青 Jan 18, 2014

wherestip wrote:

Thanks for the links to the clips, pk.

IMO, no one can surpass Heifetz ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-4HgDNE86c

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jascha_Heifetz


Heifetz 老練的演繹當然是無懈可擊,由於過於剛烈的處理,便失去了細嚼的空間,無論如何比起年輕人粗枝大葉、傾盆雨下,便顯得世故、有分寸得多了。個人特別喜歡中段,兩位女士的表現,有近似中國元素的韻味。近日來見到一些後學,不分尊卑厚薄,肆無忌憚,實令人齒冷,廣東人說,教精他是為他的家山發,就抱著這心情,會好過點。


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the middle andante movement Jan 18, 2014



Heifetz 老練的演繹當然是無懈可擊,由於過於剛烈的處理,便失去了細嚼的空間,無論如何比起年輕人粗枝大葉、傾盆雨下,便顯得世故、有分寸得多了。個人特別喜歡中段,兩位女士的表現,有近似中國元素的韻味。近日來見到一些後學,不分尊卑厚薄,肆無忌憚,實令人齒冷,廣東人說,教精他是為他的家山發,就抱著這心情,會好過點。



Thanks, pk. I agree with you about the last 2 movements. IMO, the Dutch lady was especially impressive.


Here's a recording of the whole concerto by Heifetz ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0tqdhbnpn8


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Song and dance number from Jerry Herman's "Mack and Mabel" Jan 19, 2014

The sassy Latina Rita Moreno received the lifetime achievement award at last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards. Back in 1993, she did a mean performance of "Tap Your Troubles Away" at a tribute celebrating Jerry Herman's Broadway career.



I love that performance. The DVD it's on "Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl" is one of the first DVDs I've ever bought. Unfortunately I can't find a clip of it on Youtube.

These Brits did a great job of this number too. According to Wikipedia, tap dance originated in the United States with roots in other cultures of dancing "such as the Juba Dance, English Lancashire Clog dancing, and probably most notably Irish stepdancing."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6skpCNIoes



Tap Your Troubles Away(Anna-Jane Casey)

Tap your troubles away

You've bounced a big check

Your mom has the vapors

Tap your troubles away
Your car had a wreck

They're serving you papers

When you're the one that it always rains on

Simply try putting your Mary Janes on

Your boss just gave you the axe

There's years of back tax

You simply can't pay

If a sky full of crap
Always lands in your lap
Make a curtsey and

Tap your troubles away


Tap your troubles away

You're sued for divorce
Your brother gets locked up

Tap your troubles away

You're fat as a horse

And find that you're knocked up
When you need something

To turn your mind off

Why not try tapping your poor behind off?

Your boat goes over the falls

The plane you're on stalls

The pilot yells, "Pray!"
When your parachute strap
I
s beginning to snap

Smile a big smile

And tap, tap, tap your troubles away

When the wolf's at your door

There's a bluebird in store

If you glide across the floor

Till your ankles get sore

Just tap your troubles away
Your troubles away


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Just noticed this Jan 19, 2014

When Brits sing they lose all their accents, and sound like Americans. IMO, Julie Andrews doesn't have much of a British accent either when she sings in "The Sound of Music". The same even goes for singing performances in "Oliver Twist" too - well, to some degree only. For that, we're dealing with the depiction of some real street hustlers in London.

IMO it might say something about the advantage of the North American English accent.


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From the movie "Hello, Dolly!" Jan 19, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpwdVwKQ564

So Long Dearie (Barbra Streisand)


Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye

Don't try to stop me, Horace
Please ...

Wave your little hand and whisper, "So long dearie
"
You ain't gonna see me anymore
And when you discover that your life is dreary

Don't you come a-knockin' at my door

'Cause I'll be all dolled up and singin' that song

That says, "You dog, I told you so"
So wave your little hand and whisper, "So long dearie
"
Dearie, should have said so long, so long ago

Because you've treated me so rotten and rough

I have had enough of feelin' low
So wave your little hand and whisper, "So long dearie"
Dearie, should've said so long, so long ago

For I can hear that choo-choo callin' me on

To a fancy new address
Yes, I can hear that choo-choo callin' me on
Onboard that Happiness Express

I'm gonna learn to dance and drink and smoke a cigarette

I'm going as far away from Yonkers as a girl can get
So ...
And on those cold winter nights, Horace

You can snuggle up to your cash register
It's a little lumpy, but it rings

Don't come a-knockin'
I'll be all dolled up and singin' that song

That says, "You dog, I told you so"
So Horace, you will find your life a sad old story
You'll be livin' in that lonesome territory

When you see your Dolly shuffle off to glory

Oh, I should've said so long

How could I have been wrong?
Oh, I should have said so long

So long ago


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No wonder Jan 19, 2014

No wonder the choreography of that song & dance number in London looked so familiar; it was almost identical to the one performed by Rita Moreno and company at the Hollywood Bowl. The choreographer was the same person - Josh Prince.

This clip is the same London performance, except it doesn't cut off the credits announcement at the end ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVNL3yCfzoE


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Victoria de los Ángeles Jan 21, 2014



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_de_los_Angeles

Victoria de los Ángeles (1 November 1923 – 15 January 2005) was a Spanish Catalan operatic lyric soprano and recitalist whose career began after the Second World War and reached its height in the years from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Her obituary in The Times (London) noted that she must be counted “among the finest singers of the second half of the 20th century". James Hinton, Jr., in Opera magazine (London), June 1954, praised her "meltingly lovely middle voice". Elizabeth Forbes, writing in The Independent on 17 January 2005, also noted that "It is impossible to imagine a more purely beautiful voice than that of Victoria de los Ángeles at the height of her career in the 1950s and early 1960s". She was ranked number 3, after Maria Callas and Dame Joan Sutherland, in the BBC Music Magazine's List of The Top Twenty Sopranos Of All Time (2007)




She was regarded as one of the most beautiful soprano voices when I was growing up.


Un bel di vedremo (One Fine Day from Madame Butterfly)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1Q3OeOlmNg


O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mViZx5Z3OU


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La Boheme Act 1 Duet Jan 21, 2014

Victoria de los Angeles & Jussi Bjorling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS0sCd9Pet4


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You Mean Everything To Me Jan 24, 2014



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN5AqzJyVKs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srz2IzOzSJY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfNhDkv3hE8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H29Cr-YIiJw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGYpkJuwZzA





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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN´ Jan 25, 2014



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-aK6JnyFmk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpJSohX92jM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afg1oErhxaU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCGA4e0QKlY

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RIP, Pete Seeger Jan 28, 2014

... legendary folk singer/songwriter and political activist passes.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIGusbebn2Q

Where Have All the Flowers Gone (Mary Travers & the Kingston Trio)

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?

Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?

Where have all the flowers gone?

Young girls pick them, every one

When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone, long time passing?

Where have all the young girls gone, long time ago?

Where have all the young girls gone?

Gone to young men, every one

When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone, long time passing?

Where have all the young men gone, long time ago?

Where have all the young men gone?

Gone to soldiers, every one

When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing?

Where have all the soldiers gone, long time ago?

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Gone to graveyards, every one

When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the graveyards gone, long time passing?

Where have all the graveyards gone, long time ago?

Where have all the graveyards gone?

Gone to flower(s), every one

When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?


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