A wonderful image to a sweltering July day!But we're not having a sweltering spell right now. Usually, we would be sweltering in D.C. at this time of year.Today, we require jackets. Go figure.
Looks like Mother Nature has a sense of humor after all, doesn't it, FT?This is precious. Thanks for posting it.Helen Highwater
Yes, she does, Helen, but, apparently that's not wanted in the blogosphere. Witless Boilerplate Hate is the order of the day here. Isn't it sad?
So you're seeing more evidence of Global Warming, eh, AOW?So much for "Settled Science!"BAH HUMBUG! )<;[=
A. Lurker saidLet's see more stuff against Obama and the Muslims.This goody-two-shoes crap is boring.
The blogosphere stomps all over and kicks to the curb anything precious. **sigh**
FT,Global warming -- my foot!I'm ticked off that we don't have good weather for the swimming pool. Too bloody cold right now!
Been a very temperate summer here.When down to the Gardner to get concert tickets for the fall season. Very heavy on Brahms and Dvorak this year.
What Brahms and what Dvorak, Ducky? It makes a difference.I'd love to hear a chamber music concert combining groups of Brahms lieder with groups of his "small" piano pieces -- Opera 76, 79, 116, 117, 118, 119.Despite the grandeur and glory of his four symphonies and the two piano concerti, the piano sonata Opus 5, the Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Opus 24 and other complex, highly ambitious early works, Brahms was probably at his very best in the smaller forms -- products of his maturity for the most part.Dvorak was so heavily influenced by Brahms it's hard for music lovers who don't niw very much to tell them part. If I were doung the programming up there, I'd have wanted to present greater contrast.Glad winter has been kind to you so far.
I was wondering where all the polar bear had gone, given all this global warming... er-r-r-r-r... "climate change".*rolls eyes*
Well, FT, we have the Brahms Cello Sonatas in E Minor and F Major, Violin Sonatas in G Major, A Major and D Minor.Dvorak Piano Trio in F Minor and the "Dumka" trio.There are some newly commissioned pieces and contemporary works plus Schumann and Mahler lieder.Only disappointment for me is no Mozart. I wasn't aware of the link between Brahms and Dvorak but then, I'm a visual guy and unless I'm focused i miss musical cues.Anyway, see how much more constructive conversations are when not political.You seem to be posting fairly regularly. May I assume you got relief from your eye ailment?
Some relief, Ducky, but vision has been seriously impaired. No more driving, I fear. still have near vision in one eye, but distance vision remains unstable and misted over. Thank you for asking.A certain amount of unraveling is to be expected in one's seventies, I suppose. It takes many different forms, of course.We age at different rates and in different ways. I, personally, believe most of it is genetically predetermined.
WHOOPS! Forgot to tell you you're in for a real treat with the Brahms piano and violin sonatas. Fabulous works every one of them. A lot depends, of course, on who is playing. There's a great deal of highly proficient playing these days. Few performers ever falter anymore. few ever have a 'bad night," as so many did in the past. However, few ever seem to have a really GREAT night either -- and even fewer who would know one from the other. A for lieder, there would be no contest if I were forced to choose between opera and lieder. The latter would win hands down.
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