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Music of the Gods: Beethoven's Emperor Concerto

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-22 00:50

Beethoven's 5th and final concerto is one of the crowning glories not just of Romanticism in music but of Western Civilisation itself. "Emperor" is a fitting sobriquet, though it is doubtful Beethoven approved (it was not his idea) because of the endorsement such a title would have implied of Napoleon, with whom Beethoven had become disillusioned when Bonaparte assumed the moniker of a monarch.

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Exquisite! — by Olivia on Tue, 2015-02-24 06:17

Of Islamberlains

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2015-02-18 05:33

When I last wrote about Islamatrocities, there had just been some in Sydney, Australia, and Paris, France. In the wake of these unspeakable doings by Islamofilth, there was a heartening, unprecedented outpouring of rational rage across the globe—some of it from the most unlikely quarters, such as French citizens.

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Jindal for President! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2015-03-26 03:43
Olivia the Red — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2015-02-22 03:46
Lindsay... — by Olivia on Sat, 2015-02-21 03:16

Music of the Gods: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-15 03:27

Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, to be played by Freddy Kempf at the final concert of his New Zealand Beetfest at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on March 14, was completed in 1806, six years after the Third. In the interim, the piano qua instrument had acquired new, higher notes, more volume (three strings per note) and more pedaling options (a mechanism enabling the hammers to hit one, two or all three strings). Beethoven took full advantage of the new options.


Music of the Gods: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-08 06:35

Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto was composed three years after No 1 and thirteen years after No. 2 (explained in previous posts)! Here the transition from Classicism to what we now identify as Romanticism is pronounced: I have underlined the characteristics of Romanticism, as chronicled in my Music of the Gods article, that are especially conspicuous in this concerto:

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Outrageous — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2015-02-10 22:47
Wonderful presentation of the — by Newberry on Sun, 2015-02-08 08:03

Music of the Gods—Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-01 21:24

As mentioned in the discussion of PC No. 1, No. 2 was written ten years previously, between 1787 and 1789, when Beethoven was in his teens. He premiered the work himself in Vienna in 1795. While it had undergone many revisions, the version Beethoven played on that occasion is the version played today.

Freddy Kempf says:


Music of the Gods: Happy Birthday, Mario!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2015-01-31 10:36

On his 94th birthday, the most beautiful tribute to Mario ever penned, by David C. Adams, included in The One Tenor:


Music of the Gods: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-01-25 23:09

"What is in my heart must come out and so I write it down."

—Ludwig van Beethoven


Mohammed's Murderous Minions

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2015-01-08 03:26

Savage superstitionists have just slaughtered eight journalists in Paris for the crime of making fun of their paedophile prophet. Had these sub-excreta been around in Voltaire's day, Voltaire's day no doubt would have been brutally shortened. The free-thinking French philosopher wrote of the murderous Mohammed:

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Praising imaginary tolerance — by Rick Giles on Thu, 2015-02-19 05:58
No problem'o — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2015-02-11 23:23
I like where you're going there, Rick — by mvardoulis on Wed, 2015-02-11 19:39

Why Catholicism Is Still Beating Objectivism's Ass ... Still, Still, Still!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-12-17 06:39

It is galling to me that some years after I pointed out why Catholicism was still beating Objectivism's ass, Objectivists still haven't gotten it. As the annual apogee of Goblianity approaches, I've been reflecting on this anew. It's the sentimentality, stoopid!

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It is galling to me that some — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2015-01-30 20:23
Speaking of the Ascent of Man — by Olivia on Thu, 2015-01-22 03:01
The Ascent of Man — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2015-01-06 09:17

La Fin du Filth?

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-11-05 09:12

I have paid no attention to American politics for about a year now, since I am convinced America is finished, and deserves to be.

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Sam — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-11-09 21:17
Lindsay — by Sam W. on Sun, 2014-11-09 19:40
Sam — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-11-09 19:31

Why Greg Sandow Cried

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2014-09-16 04:01

Greg Sandow, music critic and Juilliard teacher, cried a few months ago when he watched The Great Caruso. I cried when I read his article about it just now.

"Lanza, Hollywood or not, is, with no caveats, one of the very greatest — most powerful, most passionate, most communicative, most thrilling, most idiomatic, most faithful to the words, most vocally splendid — Italian tenors who ever lived. Soars up to high C like he’s thrilling with joy on a big drop on a roller coaster."

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I get this.... — by Olivia on Sun, 2014-09-28 22:38

The Real Dirtiness in NZ Politics

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-09-06 07:40

[Published in this month's Capital Magazine—believe it or not at their instigation! They have printed every word I wrote, as I wrote it, aside from their putting my "gutless in thrall to the clueless" line inside the Mike Moore quote. I am agreeably astonished. Is the blacklist finally at an end?]

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I googled — by gregster on Tue, 2014-10-21 05:57
I seem to recall a — by Shane Pleasance on Fri, 2014-10-17 19:47
Well — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-10-10 20:00

Child-Molesters of the Mind, cont.

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2014-08-11 02:45

I have long referred to NZ's education establishment (and that of most Western countries) as "child-molesters of the mind." I used to document their atrocities regularly in The Free Radical and on talkback. Now there has been a whistle-blower from within.

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Kyrel — by gregster on Fri, 2014-08-15 08:51
Amazing — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-08-13 03:17
Unfortunate chioce.. — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2014-08-11 17:35

Ian Thorpe Is *Fully* Out!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2014-07-14 07:24

Australian one-time Olympic swimming champion, the impossibly prepossessing Ian Thorpe, has now admitted what has long been rumoured and anyone with even a minimally-functioning "gaydar" has believed all along—he is gay.

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Rick — by gregster on Fri, 2014-08-15 16:10
Stung you — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2014-08-13 10:28
Having won the auction the — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2014-08-12 21:19

Atlas 3

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-07-12 09:14

The underwhelmingly-publicised Atlas Shrugged Part 3 has apparently been sneak-previewed in Las Vegas, and been well received.

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Rather Mechanically-Made — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-11-19 13:42
Hurrah! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-11-19 08:13
Atlas Part 2 3/5 stars — by Kasper on Wed, 2014-11-19 02:15

Music of the Gods: Brahms/Bernstein/Gould/Sgouros/Zimerman

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-07-06 08:56

The first clip here is the first movement of Brahms' rapturous Piano Concerto #1, as played by Glenn Gould and conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

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Lenny... — by Olivia on Mon, 2014-07-07 06:38
I love the way you put that Gregster... — by Olivia on Mon, 2014-07-07 05:52
Lucky — by gregster on Mon, 2014-07-07 03:47

Music of the Gods: Licia Albanese, RIP

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-06-27 08:25

Metropolitan Opera Grande Diva Licia Albanese will turn 101 next month. She appeared with Mario in the 1955 Warner Bros movie Serenade. In 1995 she and I were both in Philadelphia to attend the annual Mario Lanza Ball, where she performed a stellar, impromptu rendering of Star-Spangled Banner. A day prior to the Ball I recorded this interview with her. My thanks to Gregster for uploading and matching pics to audio:

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RIP — by Olivia on Mon, 2014-08-18 11:09

Comets in Our Twilight, 1: Evgeny Kissin

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2014-04-21 10:02

Evgeny Kissin is the only musician among his pre-eminent contemporaries not only prepared *not* to go along with Political Correctness and its capitulation to Islamofilth (for capitulation in OrgOism, see weasel-worders who talk about "Islamism" as distinct from Islam), but brave enough to challenge it openly:

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Decent But... — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-06-12 13:42
Try this one Kyrel — by Jules Troy on Thu, 2014-06-12 09:12
Clear Words And Logic — by tvr on Sun, 2014-04-27 22:20

Message from Nicholas Dykes

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-04-12 04:14

Staunch champion of freedom, stellar writer Nicholas Dykes has just contacted me with the following news, and asked that I share it with SOLOists:


Wow!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-03-07 21:01

Ted takes on the RINOs:

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Yes one can dream — by Jules Troy on Wed, 2014-06-11 10:47
Yes, surely a traitor — by gregster on Wed, 2014-06-11 10:15
Jeanine! — by Jules Troy on Wed, 2014-06-11 08:16

Happy Birthday, Ayn Rand!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-02-02 04:33

Born, February 2, 1905; died March 6, 1982.

http://www.solopassion.com/obj...


Happy Birthday, Mario Lanza!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-02-01 09:39

Born, Jan 31, 1921. Died, October 7, 1959, because of a world too stupid, small and lifeless to understand him.


Comets in Our Twilight, 2: Rachmaninoff

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-01-31 07:48

"Only art that is free can be meaningful; only creativity that is free can be joyful."

Rachmaninoff in his own words, including his musical philosophy and searing denunciation of Soviet tyranny:


Airhead Americans, You Asked for It!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-01-29 06:49

For anyone falling within the category, "human," there can have been no more repulsive spectacle recently than President Obama's State of the Union address today. It was vile on several counts:


Merry Xmas SOLOists

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2013-12-24 05:50

Goblians claim, mistakenly, that December 25 is Jeezy's birthday, and that Jeezy was the Son of Gobby while simultaneously being Gobby, while both were/are simultaneously Ghosty. It's all nonsense, of course, but one has to acknowledge it was/is momentous nonsense (one hopes for not much longer, even as a more vicious nonsense threatens to trump it). Let us, in the spirit of no nonsense, and SOLO's commitment to an aesthetic renewal, revel in this stellar performance of Tchaikovsky's life-and-beauty-proclaiming 5th Symphony and know what is possible to man in spite of the irrationalists in all their guises.

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Olivia — by Luke Setzer on Tue, 2013-12-31 23:38
Ed. — by Olivia on Tue, 2013-12-31 22:30
Personally... — by Olivia on Tue, 2013-12-31 21:55

Horreurs! Deux Heures du Linz!!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-12-21 09:38

With Jeff Rense on his Internet radio show, promoting The One Tenor:

http://rense.gsradio.net:8080/...

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I Was Kind Of... — by Michael Moeller on Wed, 2013-12-25 05:55
Michael — by gregster on Wed, 2013-12-25 04:10
Sigh — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2013-12-25 03:08

KASS Music Gem: The KASSest Ever!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-12-14 09:23

I've recently re-read a biography of Tchaikovsky I first read when it came out, in 1995, by Anthony Holden. I'm now re-opening others by Michael Hoffmann and John Warrack.

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Oh yes... — by Olivia on Wed, 2013-12-18 07:39
I have not come across this — by Matthew Humphreys on Mon, 2013-12-16 19:09
Lady Slapper — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2013-12-16 05:15

Ubermarx Obamarx

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2013-12-04 05:41

I have referred for some time to The Anti-American President as "Obamarx," for obvious reasons.

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ya.. — by Jules Troy on Thu, 2013-12-05 04:19
Right and Duty — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-12-04 15:11

The Dictatorship of "Diversity"

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2013-11-07 06:22

I offer three instructive items of recent news, one from Europe, one from Obamarx's Amerika, the other from New Zealand, eloquent testimony to Western Civilisation's self-immolation at the altar of Islam, described by some who should know better as "Islamism":

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Muslims and Bigotry — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2013-11-14 05:45
A Few Instructive Cartoons... — by tvr on Thu, 2013-11-07 21:04

Crackpot Corner! It's JFK Month—Here's One for Moeller! :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2013-11-04 21:32
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Nothing But Rhetorical Legerdemain — by Michael Moeller on Mon, 2013-12-16 22:57
Robert — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-12-14 10:57
A Thanksgiving Peace Offer — by Michael Moeller on Thu, 2013-11-28 04:15

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