Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Schubert - Der Erlkönig (The Elf King)

Baritone: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind?
Es ist der Vater mit seinem Kind;
Er hat den Knaben wohl in dem Arm,
Er fasst ihn sicher, er hält ihn warm.

Mein Sohn, was birgst du so bang dein Gesicht? —
Siehst Vater, du den Erlkönig nicht?
Den Erlenkönig mit Kron' und Schweif? —
Mein Sohn, es ist ein Nebelstreif. —

"Du liebes Kind, komm, geh mit mir!
Gar schöne Spiele spiel' ich mit dir;
Manch bunte Blumen sind an dem Strand,
Meine Mutter hat manch gülden Gewand." —

Mein Vater, mein Vater, und hörest du nicht,
Was Erlenkönig mir leise verspricht? —
Sei ruhig, bleibe ruhig, mein Kind;
In dürren Blättern säuselt der Wind. —

"Willst, feiner Knabe, du mit mir gehn?
Meine Töchter sollen dich warten schön;
Meine Töchter führen den nächtlichen Reihn
Und wiegen und tanzen und singen dich ein." —

Mein Vater, mein Vater, und siehst du nicht dort
Erlkönigs Töchter am düstern Ort? —
Mein Sohn, mein Sohn, ich seh es genau:
Es scheinen die alten Weiden so grau. —

"Ich liebe dich, mich reizt deine schöne Gestalt;
Und bist du nicht willig, so brauch' ich Gewalt." —
Mein Vater, mein Vater, jetzt fasst er mich an!
Erlkönig hat mir ein Leids getan! —

Dem Vater grauset's, er reitet geschwind,
Er hält in den Armen das ächzende Kind,
Erreicht den Hof mit Mühe und Not;
In seinen Armen das Kind war tot.


Who rides, so late, through night and wind?
It is the father with his child.
He holds the boy in the crook of his arm
He holds him safe, he keeps him warm.

"My son, why do you hide your face so anxiously?"
"Father, do you not see the Elfking?
The Elfking with crown and cloak?"
"My son, it's a wisp of fog."

"You lovely child, come, go with me!
Many a beautiful game I'll play with you;
Some colourful flowers are on the shore,
My mother has many golden robes."

"My father, my father, can't you hear,
What the Elfking quietly promised me?"
"Be calm, stay calm, my child;
The wind rustles through dry leaves."

"Do you want to come with me, dear boy?
My daughters shall wait on you fine;
My daughters lead the nightly dances
And will rock and dance and sing you to sleep."

"My father, my father, can't you see there,
The Elfking's daughters in the gloomy place?"
"My son, my son, I see it well:
The old willows they shimmer so grey."

"I love you, your beautiful form entices me;
And if you're not willing, I shall use force."
"My father, my father, he's grabbing me now!
The Elfking has done me harm!"

The father shudders; he rides swiftly,
He holds the moaning child in his arms.
He can hardly manage to reach his farm;
In his arms, the child was dead.


Reduction for Violin & Piano of the Britten Violin Concerto in d minor, Op. 15 : 1st mvmt

Eric Wuest, violin Valeria Morgovskaya, piano

Reduction for Violin & Piano of the Britten Violin Concerto in d minor, Op. 15 : II. Vivace

Eric Wuest, violin Valeria Morgovskaya, piano

Inside the Arts and Letters Club

Just a few steps from Yonge and Dundas Square sits St. George's Hall. Tucked away at 14 Elm Street this unique three-story building was originally constructed in 1891 and today it's one of Toronto's most handsome clubhouses...

Montreal's Romance with Art Deco Began with a Tale of Unrequited Love and Gothic Exile

Cinema V of Montreal, which is a treasure trove of Art Deco style.
Photograph by: Colin Rose and Sandra Cohen-Rose, Montreal Gazette

Monday, May 25, 2009

James Earl Jones' "Othello"

Academy Award winning actor James Earl Jones performs from Shakespeares Othello at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009.

ELEW plays "Mr. Brightside"

Rock/jazz pianist ELEW plays "Mr. Brightside" at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Chuck Close

James Kalm makes his way to the Thursday night power-opening of Chuck Close. These massive portraits are Post-Modern icons that meld ideas about photography, abstraction and celebrity worship into a heady mélange of color line and inside the art world politics. Recent paintings include the artists daughters and the former president Bill Clinton. Larger black and white wool tapestries reproduce examples of the artists photo portraits, and present huge images that are as rich in velvety texture and detail as they are in historical precedent (being produced in Belgium using 400 year old techniques).

To see the Opening of his actual exhibition at Pace / Wildenstein :

Selected Paintings and Tapestries

Duncan Nagonigwane Pheasant Paintings

Woodland native art style paintings by Duncan Nagonigwane in Manitoulin Island.

Crossing to Safety

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lodela : Ballet Moderne

Film : Philippe Baylaucq, 1996, 26 min 22 s
Inspirée des mythes de l'après-vie, cette allégorie dansée évoque le voyage de l'âme en dévoilant les mouvements du corps sous des angles nouveaux et étonnants. Une évocation des origines du monde, un hymne à la beauté du corps, une célébration du mouvement, une métaphore de la vie et de la mort. Film sans paroles.

Three Robert Burns Symposium Webcasts, Now Available Online

From the Library of Congress :

AFC Announces Three Robert Burns Symposium Webcasts, Now Available Online

The American Folklife Center is pleased to announce that the webcasts for both days of the symposium, Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics & Performance, are now available via our website.

To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, the American Folklife Center, in collaboration with the Scottish government as part of its Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebration, presented a free public symposium on Burns's life and work, as well as his impact on America and American culture.

The symposium began with a keynote address by Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland; a talk on "America's Bard" by Robert Crawford, professor of literature at the University of St. Andrews; and readings and performances of Burns's works by renowned Scottish scholars and performers Margaret Bennett, Ed Miller, and broadcaster Billy Kay.

The second day of the symposium featured Nat Edwards, from the National Library of Scotland; Ted Cowan and Valentina Bold from the University of Glasgow; BBC commentator Billy Kay; Marc Lambert, chief executive of the Scottish Book Trust; Myra Sklarew, former president of the Yaddo artist community and professor at American University; and Poet Laureate of the United States, Kay Ryan.




To learn more about Robert Burns :

Sunday, May 3, 2009

La Prima Volta : Paul Potts

La Prima Volta (First Time Ever I Saw Your Face)
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

American Tune : Paul Simon

Many's the time I've been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I've often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
Oh, but I'm all right, I'm all right
I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
or driven to its knees
but it's all right, it's all right
for we lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the
road we're traveling on
I wonder what's gone wrong
I can't help it, I wonder what's gone wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was crying

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age's most uncertain hours
and sing an American tune
Oh, and it's alright, it's all right, it's all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest
That's all I'm trying to get some rest

The Discovery of the Netherlands : Four Centuries of Landscape Painting by Dutch Masters

The discovery of the Netherlands

Details about the book :

· Subtitle : Four Centuries of Landscape Painting by Dutch Masters
· Authors : Compiled by: Henk van Os with the collaboration of Jenny Reynaerst, Huigen Leeflang
. Hardcover : 144 pages
· Publisher : Nai Publishers Rotterdam ( September 28, 2008)
· Language : English
· ISBN : 978-90-5662-027-1
· Size : 26 x 20 cm.
· QNL / BNQ (Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec) Reference: 758.1492O811d 2008

Presentation of the editor :

About the author :

Prof. H.W. van Os (b.1938) was appointed University Professor in art and society at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) in 1996. Prof. van Os is an art historian and obtained his doctorate degree at the University of Groningen in 1969 cum laude. He was appointed professor of History of Art and Culture in 1974 at the University of Groningen, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen in 1984. From 1989 to 1996 Van Os was director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and he is presenter of the tv programme Beeldenstorm (Iconoclasm). Van Os was guest curator at the Hermitage in Amsterdam where he composed an exhibition in 2005. He has been giving lectures at the UvA in February/March 2006.

About the book :

Presentation from the Publisher :

In association with CODA Museum, the International Apeldoorn Garden and Landscape Architecture Triennial
Exhibition in CODA Museum, Apeldoorn from 15 May - 28 September 2008
The Discovery of the Netherlands is about the aesthetic 'reclamation' of the Netherlands in the art of painting. The flat countryside with its rivers, marshy farmland alternating with tracts of woodland, and the ever-changing Dutch skies above have been transformed into art. Framing nature unlocks it for aesthetic appreciation. There is no other country in the world where artists were so early to render their own surroundings as a beautiful idyll.
In his selection of a considerable number of masterpieces, Henk van Os shows how practically the whole of the Netherlands has been depicted over the centuries, and thereby made accessible and 'reclaimed' by artists. He contends that it is not the task of landscape painters to paint what the viewer finds attractive, but that the viewer learns to appreciate what they paint thanks to their artistry. Paintings have sometimes even served as the starting point: that is how this landscape ought to look! Whether this has a bearing on the conservation of nature reserves in the Netherlands is investigated in an essay by Louise Fresco. This essay quite literally links this publication to the 'Memory and Transformation' theme of the inaugural Apeldoorn Garden and Landscape Architecture Triennial.
Featuring paintings by Hendrik Chabot, Jacob Maris, Anton Mauve, Charles Rochussen, Jacob van Ruysdael, Jan Toorop, Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch and others.
Since the Dutch landscape has also inspired the literary world, and poetry in particular, a selection by Klaas van der Hoek of ten or so apposite and original 'landscape-related' quotations from Dutch poetry is included in the publication.
Link about the book :

Pierre’s book review :

Through the paintings of Avercamp, Chabot, Maris, Van Goyen, Mauve, Rochussen, Van Ruysdael, Toorop, Weissenbruch, Tholen, and many others, this book presents an intimate look at the great Dutch landscape painting. Of real or imaginary landscapes dotted with canals, fields, windmills, and trees along the houses and hamlets. The landscape are all reflections of the great soul of Holland. A fun and wonder with comments enlightening your exploration and very well documented.

My appreciation of the book : 9/10.