Composed by Richard Strauss during the final months of the Second World War, it may reflect his sadness at the destruction of much of Germany. Certainly it is melancholic. Thought is also beguiling.
Ironically, my introduction to this piece was accidental. I subscribed to a classical music magazine when CDs were still relatively new. Continue reading “Metamorphosen”
For the first time since its liberation, permission was granted for music to be heard in Auschwitz.
This forms the central section of a three-part symphony by the Polish composer Henryk Górecki. He was relatively unknown until 1992 when the whole symphony including this piece was released and went on to become a sensation, with over a million sales, topping the classical charts in both he UK and the US. Continue reading “Slow, mesmerising, and unforgettable – Gorecki Symphony No. 3 “Sorrowful Songs””
Her own research, whilst working as a consultant, and her own views. Scientifically verified, and peer-reviewed research it may not be, on the other hand I did find it thought-provoking.
You’ll never see crows in the same way again. An extraordinary adventure into crow intelligence.
This is awesome; and I want Alagna’s jacket :)
Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch.
A Pickpocket’s Tale is an article from the New Yorker on Robbins, that goes into some detail about his past, and how the legendary pickpocket is now working with neuroscientists, and the military, on perception.
From a time when flying especially in a jet plane was still rare.
I remember age 11, in my first year at the new school, one of my class playing her guitar and singing this in our music lesson. The classroom had posters of Curved Air, and Simon and Garfunkel and a fabulous, young music teacher, with hair like Simon Rattle. And a passion for Petrushka; I can still see him now dancing slowly around the room while we listened to it.
From Deliverance starring a young Burt Reynolds. I watched the film decades ago. All I remember was this clip; and that the film was brutal.