Brings to mind the Tagore quote, "God's great power is in the gentle breeze, not in the storm"
Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Kubelik, Rafael, conductor
Munich 7 December 1973
In this offering, a somewhat complex plea for cease-fire. The Idyll was a birthday present to Wagner's wife, after the birth of their son, here interpreted by my perenially favorite conductor, Rafael Kubelik. His readings never lack warmth to me.
Some key bits from his Wikipedia article:
In 1939, Rafael Kubelík became music director of the Brno Opera, a position he held until the Nazis shut the company down on November 12, 1941. The Nazis allowed the Czech Philharmonic to continue operating, and Kubelík became its principal conductor. (He had first conducted the Czech Philharmonic in 1934 when he was 20 years old.) In 1944, after various incidents, including one in which he declined to greet the Nazi Reich-Protector with a Hitler salute — along with his refusal to conduct Wagner during the War — Kubelík "deemed it advisable to disappear from Prague and to spend a few months undercover in the countryside so as not to fall into the clutches of the SS or Gestapo" (Albert Scharf, in Rafael Kubelík: His Life and Achievement, p. 114).
Kubelík conducted the orchestra's first post-war concert in May, 1945. In 1946, he helped found the Prague Spring Festival, and conducted its opening concert. But after the Communist coup of February 1948, Kubelík left Czechoslovakia, vowing not to return until the country was liberated. "I had lived through one form of bestial tyranny, Nazism," he told an interviewer, "As a matter of principle I was not going to live through another."
Maybe the killing of many persons by other persons, under the excuse of one state against another, ends the violence between them all, as it is claimed by whoever starts it. Rarely so.
Palestine and Israel. Iraq and the US.
I think Barenboim leads the better path forward, with his orchestras that bring together people from opposite sides of the imaginary fence, while they are young. He also reclaimed Wagner, stubbornly and pointedly.
But I am here, in a safe and complacent environment, spreading pirated broadcast recordings...
This is for you and I, to have some fun. Along the way, we make available the great performances of classical music history that are either not available anywhere (private broadcast recordings, audience recordings) or somehow unavailable and not in plans to be released commercially OR just crazily expensive and therefore out of reach of financially challenged schlepps like me. Basically I trawl the panoply of recordings put up by folks all over the world (via groups, blogs, you emailing me with something from your attic, etc.) and myself, then selecting the real zingers. I make up some lame cover art, clean them up, tag, upload and post.
The real aim is to feed the need for more superlative performances of music, especially in these tumultuous times which historically have led the arts into a more vibrant frenzy. That means that many of the performers featured here will still be alive and collecting wages for their work, some versions of which make this blog.
The aim, then: to more fully appreciate the artistry presented here and, although the appetite may outstrip the wallet at times, to buy tickets to these folks' concerts and buy their cds and whatever will make the money get to THEM.
Generally, links to access the works are in the comments.
If you are the composer, performer, performing organization, artist or directly represent the composer, performer, performing organization, or artist of anything posted on this website and would like your material removed please contact me and I will happily oblige.
"Trabajo Del Estado"
Los enlaces para obtener los archivos de cada uno estan en los comentarios.
Aqui encontraras musica, y algunas sorpresas de mis socios quienes aportan cuando les da la regalada gana. En fin, esto es para hacer mas agudo el hambre de interpretaciones excepcionales de musica. Las obras de arte se van desarrollando, transformando mas al pasar por epocas de extremos y chaos; Ahora ultimo hemos visto que hay mas y mas conciertos buenísimos. Este blog esta para aumentar la apreciación de ellos para quienes ese es su trabajo. Con eso, podemos con mas confianza poner nuestro dinero hacia las grabaciones, CD y recitales en vivo de ellos, y asegurar que el trabajo de los artistas presentados aqui no ira en vano. Hagamonos fans de verdad, y tomemos el manto de los Medici. Compra la obra de los artistas que disfrutas aqui -De algun proveedor que nos asegure que les llegue el dinero.
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