vivalavoce – oct 2010 highlights

Everyday at 20:00h EST, you can catch a full opera at vivalavoce.

Highlights for the month October, 2010 include:

October 11
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)
Edita Gruberova [Konstanze] | Kathleen Battle [Blonde] | Gösta Winbergh [Belmonte] | Heinz Zednik [Pedrillo] | Martti Talvela [Osmin] | Will Quadflieg [Selim] | Vienna State Opera Concert Chorus | Vienna Philharmonic | Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

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“sento brillar”

"sento brillar", available at amazon

This is currently the most-played cd in my collection.  i can’t describe much, but the music just touches me deeply.  and this is a reflection of how descriptive Frau Kasarova singing is of course. In addition, i just ADORE the orchestra.  there’s no recital recordings of several of the arias at the beginning of the disc on youtube… but, here’s music from “sento brillar” as music for Tuesday:

(this is not the version with Frau Kasarova singing, but I love this rendition as well)

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melting

we have another bout of “santa ana wind” this weekend. And as i’m sitting in my own pool of sweat drinking cold water and eating fruits to cool down, I’ve decided it’s time to sort out what the santa ana wind is…

screen grab from wunderground.com

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a different kind of white-shirt

this is a post about him, not her. here he is:

i saw him once, within 1 meter probably, when he came (with her) to give a Latin dance demonstration at my school back in 2003.  they’ve been world champion in Latin 9 consecutive years from 1999-2007, and just retired recently.  i just really love his body movements, the sharpness, the poise, the posture, his arms, pretty much everything.  Can’t figure out yet why I almost never notice her in their dancing, may be it’s the clothings.  May be if she puts on a pair of trousers…
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inspirational speaker


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chim én

hurra, just found what this bird is called in english: “swallow-tailed kite” . or at least a similar bird to the one we reference to everywhere in vietnamese poems and songs.  it seems to be associated with Spring season, covering the sky over vast green space in the country side.  that probably explained why I have never seen one living in the hochiminh city my whole childhood.

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world music

music to start the afternoon (korean):

love the warm sound of those traditional instruments, and they look like the vietnamese traditional instruments too.  the tune is a very famous one, at least amongst citizens of former communist countries.  here’s the original version, sung by Alla Pugacheva:

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