Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
- Prive met uw operasterren ( Opera highlights, a present from the most (in)famous Dutch gossip magazine )
- Itzhak Perlman - Concertos from my childhood ( beautiful, very melodious concertos )
- Variete d'emotions ( Famous classics, a present from Renault )
- Gil Shaham and Jonathan Feldman - Devil's dance ( with beauties such as Bazzini's La Ronde des lutins, William Bolcom's Graceful ghost, and Tartini's 'Devil's trill' sonata )
- Olaf Baer and Geoffrey Parsons - Schubert: Lieder
CD nr. 5 I won by naming a musical fragment - Vangelis' Chariots of Fire, if I remember correctly; it was very easy - on a radio show years ago while doing my reserve duty in the army. Normally I do not listen to the radio very often, but where I served a radio was the only entertainment I had. I heard the fragment, called the Voice of Music with my cellphone and heard myself talking on live radio. Several weeks later, I was already back home again, I received the CD in our mailbox.
This morning I put the following albums in my stereo:
- Vangelis - 1492
- The Best of Jon and Vangelis
- The Chieftains - Santiago ( one of the best albums that I know )
- Edward Elgar: Symphonies 1 & 2 + Pomp and Circumstance Marches ( Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Yehudi Menuhin )
Thursday, February 23, 2006
- "Ze denken zeker dat we dit nog gaan lezen ook!"
- "Wat zal ik bij De Slegte voor twee delen uit een serie krijgen, denk je?"
- "Wie zal de serie eerder uit hebben, Filip of Willem Alexander?"
- "Ken je die van die jongens die naar Parijs gingen? Die gingen niet!" (*)
(*) Ik zou hier uit dezelfde literaire bron natuurlijk ook een meer koninklijke mop kunnen citeren ( over postzegels ), maar dat zou in deze context iets te ver gaan.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
- Marianne Timmer ( Ned ) 1:16.05
- Cindy Klassen ( Can ) 1:16:09
- Anni Friesinger ( Ger ) 1:16.11
- Ireen Wuest ( Ned ) 1:16.39
- Kristina Groves ( Can ) 1:16.54
- Barbara de Loor ( Ned ) 1:16.73
- About Iran: "I think the only solution is to send Ahmadinejad on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney!"
- About the US and Iran: "We have "Stupid" in the White House and "Nutcase" in Iran, sounds like trouble to me."
The Eiffel tower and the Hotel des Invalides, seen from the Montparnasse tower
The Montparnasse cemetery, seen from the Montparnasse tower
- Clannad: Dulaman
- Clannad: In Concert
- Clannad: Landmarks
- Greensleeves: Works by Vaughan Williams, Delius, Butterworth, and Elgar
- Country Gardens: Works by Vaughan Williams, Delius, Warlock, Grainger, Frank Bridge, Coleridge-Taylor, German, Coates, and Elgar
For today I selected the following CDs:
- Bach Edition: Concerto transcriptions ( for harpsichord ) after various composers
- Bach Edition: English Suites 1-6
- Puccini: Orchestral Works
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
- Georg Philipp Telemann: Concertos ( Brilliant Classics )
- Beethoven: Complete Music for Cello and Piano ( Philips Classics; performed by Richter/Rostropovich + Francaix/Gendron )
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
Two cartoons by Klaus Stuttmann, a cartoonist for the German ( Berlin ) daily Der Tagesspiegel who 'created' a German-Iranian version of the Danish Mohammed-cartoon affair. In order to make clear how absurd the use of the Bundeswehr ( the German army ) during the coming soccer world championship is he drew four Iranian football players ( it says Iran on their shirts ) with explosive belts right next to four German soldiers ( "Why during the World Cup the Bundeswehr should definitely be deployed" ). The Iranians are famous for their sense of humor, so immediately the cartoonist was bombarded with online death threats etc. The two cartoons that I post here he made after that.