Friday, July 26, 2013
Recently something has changed and the data for our playlists is not being updated to appear in Google Search. I noticed this because it's handy for me to check to see whether or not Meera or me have played a piece recently. I don't know what has changed. The link to our playlist has been kind of buried several levels downs in the (fairly) new KUSP blog pages as part of the web presence remodel.
Maybe if I put the link here, the search crawler won't miss it, so here is the main playlist page for Musica della sera: Voila! This year's playlists for Musica della sera Thursday evening classical radio show on KUSP Radio: http://www.kusp.org/playlists/mds/index.html Come and get it, web crawler! We're here, we're here!
The Musica della sera blog page is here: http://blogs.kusp.org/musicadellasera/
Monday, December 17, 2012
Meera Collier-Mitchell and I host Musica della sera, a classical music radio show heard Thursday nights 7-9:30 Pacific on KUSP, Santa Cruz. I'm pleased to announce that the show now has a regular blog presence on the KUSP Blog Page.
Please bookmark the link to the new location: Musica della sera Music Blog. You'll find a link there to our playlists, as well as posts with information about the music we play, and also music video clips related to the programs.
See you there!
Comments, requests, suggestions, and feedback are encouraged and appreciated, especially during this launch period. You can comment on individual blog posts, or tweet me at @puxxled or Meera at @MeeraHyphenated, or "friend" us on Facebook at Nicholas Mitchell and Meera Collier-Mitchell.
(With the advent of the Musica della sera blog on KUSP, I will no longer post program notes for the radio show here on my Positively Puzzled blog, but hope to resume contributing general content.)
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
This week's program of Musica della sera opens with a keyboard composition of Manuel Blasco de Nebra (1750-1784). He, like his father, was organist for the Seville Cathedral. He died young, and only a fraction of his compositions have survived─but enough to show his expressive talent. The influence of Domenico Scarlatti is immediately noticeable, but more the introspective sweetness than the dazzling virtuosity. I only recently discovered this composer from this Harmonia Mundi recording that KUSP possesses It features Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, also new to me.
The virtuosity and sweetness of Domenico Scarlatti follows in a performance of Georgian-American pianist Eteri Andjaparidze. I discovered Scarlatti in my young teens through the wonderful recordings of Vladimir Horowitz, so I'm quite at home hearing these harpsichord pieces played on piano. I hear a similarity of Horowitz's sensibility in Andjaparidze' interpretation.
I discovered the music of Francesco Maria Veracini on the same evening I discovered Blasco de Nebra, on the left side of the KUSP's vast classical music shelf; this has created wholly arbitrary association between the two composers for me. Here is one of Veracini's violin sonatas featuring John Holloway.
Sammartini's Recorder Sonata in F Major is one of the greatest hits of the high baroque. Michala Petri is just the highly acclaimed recorder virtuoso of our day to perform it.
Alessandro Scarlatti was Domenico's very prolific father. Famous for his many operas, here is an instrumental work for a small ensemble, unusual in that its final movement is a virtuosic toccata for solo harpsichord.
We hear trumpet virtuoso Maurice André plays two baroque concertos, by Vivaldi and Loeillet, as I continue my adventures in vinyl, revisiting the sounds of the past, of which the Musical Heritage Society was a big part.
The next three pieces are dedicated to my 9-year old son who is a few weeks in to learning how to play the trombone. The Hosannah by Franz Liszt features the bass trombone that fairly makes the walls shake. The next two trombone pieces are by Bernhard Krol, a horn player now in his 90's, and celebrated 19th Century trombonist Friedrich August Belcke.
Next Dieter Klöcker, clarinet, and the Vlach Quartet Prague, perform Samuel Gardner's Hebrew Fantasy. This is one of several delightful compositions on Jewish themes arranged for clarinet and string quartet in a a 2-disc set on the CPO label: Esquisses Hébraïques: Clarinet Quintets on Jewish Themes.
The show concludes with two songs by Franz Liszt sung by Angelika Kirchschlager: "La Perla" (The Pearl), sung in Italian, and "Wandrers Nachtlied I: Der du von dem Himmel bist", by Goethe. This is Liszt's 3rd version from 1860. The first version from 1842 is also featured on the Hyperion album.
Sono del mare bianca la figlia,
son di conchiglia
Nella nativa carcere oscura
Madre amorosa mi chiude in seno,
fronte sì pieno
Aura non beo, luce non veggo,
eppur non chieggo
Ahi! se per forza dal fondo mio
tolta son io,
a lume giungo, l’aer respiro,
ma già sospiro
In vil mercato passo venduta
col nuovo sol,
chi non si cura di mia bellezza,
chi sua la vuol.
Finché per ultimo forse in un serto
di spin conserta
e come lagrima pendula al ciglio,
il duol d’esiglio
I am the daughter of the white sea,
I am the love-token
Of the shellfish.
In my dark native prison
I live in safety,
A loving mother holds me to her breast,
With a face so full
I feel no breeze, I see no light,
Yet I ask
No greater freedom.
Ah! If I am taken by force
From my bed,
And dragged up above,
I reach the light, I breathe the air,
That I am enslaved!
In base trading I am sold
Each new day.
One ignores my beauty,
Another cherishes it,
And wants it for his own.
Until at last, in a crown
I shall perhaps shine,
And like an eye’s quivering tear
The pangs of exile.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
They do not as a matter of policy take any role in improving the communities in which they operate when they could make a really big difference.
They do not recognize that their focus on the bottom line in the long run works against their interests.
They do not see the intrinsic value and humanity of bolstering the morale of their employees with decent pay, good benefits, and incentivizing profit shares.
They do not see the obscenity and recklessness of CEO salaries that are hundreds, even thousands!, of times higher than the average pay rate of their workers.
They do not see thriving lives of the individuals they employ as a damn fine accomplishment, an end in itself.
They reject the notion that the fundamental American value, the pursuit of happiness, and not the one-dimensional obsession of the pursuit of the mighty dollar, is what makes life worth living.
Working oneself to death at every level is rewarded. There is no time allotted to experiencing the wonders of life and the world, human creativity and beauty. No, the very idea is laughable.
No, actually, maybe the fundamental problem is that to raise these issues in polite Republican or Democratic company is considered almost fringe. It makes people uncomfortable, but yet it is so blatantly obvious if people just look at what's happened since the Reagan Revolution.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
- The Princess and the Frog (2009)
- Elephant Walk (1954)
- True Grit (2010)
- Big Fish (2003)
- Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
- Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain) (2001)
- Operation Mad Ball (1957)
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- Megamind (2010)
- The Green Hornet (2011)
- A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
- The Man in the White Suit (1951)
- The Getaway (1972)
- Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
- The Notorious Landlady (1962)
- En la cama (2005)
- Let's Make Love (1960)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
- Dr. Zhivago (1965)
- Rango (2011)
- Lady Chatterley's Lover (2006)
- The World is Not Enough (1999)
- State Fair (1945)
- Day for Night (La nuit américaine) (1973)
- Rebecca (1940)
- Die Another Day (2002)
- The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
- An American Werewolf in London (1981)
- Cast Away (2000)
- Frisco Jenny (1932)
- Thor (2011)
- Almost Famous (2000)
- District 9 (2009)
- Jurassic Park (2004)
- Winter's Bone (2010)
- War of the Roses (1989)
- Holiday Affair (1949)
- Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
- After the Thin Man (1936)
- Boy's Town (1938)
- Another Thin Man (1939)
- The Bell's of St. Mary (1945)
- Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
- It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
- American Madness (1932)
- Christmas Vacation (1989)
- The Hidden Fortress (1958)
- Inglourious Basterds (2009)
- The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
- Rear Window (1954)
- The Hangover (2009)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
- Flubber (1997)
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
- The Commitments (1991)
- Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
- Wait Until Dark (1967)
- Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
- The Moon-Spinners (1963)
- The Secret Garden (1987)
- Platoon (1986)
- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
- Ocean's Twelve (2004)
- Casino Royale (2006)
- Nacho Libre (2006)
- The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
- Atonement (2007)
- A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
- Lust for Life (1956)
- Vincent & Theo (1990)
- Romance & Cigarettes (2005)
- Zorba the Greek (1964)
- That Touch of Mink (1962)
- I'm a Fugitive from the Chain Gang (1932)
- Super 8 (2011)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
- Dream Girls (2006)
- The Magnificent Seven (1960)
- A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
- For a Few Dollars More (1965)
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
- Duck, You Sucker (1971)
- Tower Heist (2011)
- Heaven Can Wait (1943)
- Love Happy (1949)
- Religulous (2008)
- Edward Scissorhands (1990)
- Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
- The Long Goodbye (1973)
- Pay It Forward (2000)
- The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
- Dragnet (1987)
- Inside Deep Throat (2005)
- Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look at an X Rated Industry (2009)
Monday, February 13, 2012
Nicholas: I’ve installed the new Purchase report in the Report Test Environment folder of the Report Manager site. Let me know if it looks good, or needs changes, or if you’d like me to move it into the main production XXX Report Set.
John: It looks good! I think it can be put into production, Kathleen?
Kathleen: I love it and Melanie thought it was great too.
Nicholas: Okay, the Purchase Report is now the newest addition to the XXX Report Set.
John: I’m not so sure about the colors…
Nicholas: Now you tell me! (The report writer utility created the color scheme. )
John: I don’t really care, I’m kidding…
Kathleen: I like the soft green and yellow. Seems fresh and a little organic, kind of like daisies in a meadow on a warm springtime day.
Nicholas: As I was saying, I took great care to craft the color scheme for maximal user-friendliness.
John: You guys are both sick…
John: See attached
Nicholas: Laughing my ass off…I mean, LOL.
Kathleen: Made my day. Thanks.