Melancholy mood forever haunts me…

12/05/2016

For all my friends, in memory of detective Philip Marlowe…

Melancholy mood forever haunts me
Steals upon me in the night
Forever taunts me
Oh, what a lonely soul am I
Stranded high and dry
By a melancholy mood

Gone is every joy and inspiration
Tears are all I have to show
No consolation
All I can see is grief and gloom
Till the crack of doom
Oh, melancholy mood

Deep in the night
I search for a trace
Of a lingering kiss, a warm embrace
But love is a whimsy
And as flimsy as lace
And my arms embrace an empty space

Melancholy mood, why must you blind me
Pity me and break the chains
The chains that bind me
Won’t you release me, set me free
Bring him back to me
Oh, melancholy mood

Deep in the night
I search for a trace
Of a lingering kiss, a warm embrace
But love is a whimsy
As flimsy as lace
And my arms embrace an empty space

Melancholy mood, why must you blind me
Pity me and break the chains
The chains that bind me
Won’t you release me, set me free
Bring him back to me
Oh, melancholy mood

And set me free
Oh, melancholy mood

By a melancholy mood (Frank Sinatra)

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Alchimia memoriei: Acesta a fost Cornel Chiriac…

28/02/2016
Poate pentru ca am fost prins in aceste ultime zile intr-un continuu exercitiu de nostalgie micro-macro ale carui rezultate se vor vedea, sper, nu peste mult timp, mi-a revenit in minte vocea lui Cornel Chiriac. Cand totul era vulgar, strident si fals in jur, cand kitsch-ul patriotard triumfa obscen la “Cenaclul Flacara al Tineretului Revolutionar”, acel creuzet al spalarii pe creier, cand cuvinte generoase precum “popor” si “tara” erau corupte pana la a deveni opusul sensului lor civic real, de la Radio Europa Libera veneau semnele nornalitatii estetice si etice. Prin Cornel Chiriac, multi din generatiile nascute, sa zicem, intre 1950 si 1965 am fost sincroni cu spiritul revoltei din societatile industriale avansate. Un spirit care nu era catusi de putin strain de acela al revoltelor studentesti la Varsovia si Zagreb precum si de Primavara de la Praga. Cornel Chiriac a fost ucis pe 4 martie 1975.

Happy Birthday, Alfred Brendel!

05/01/2016

We are such stuff. As dreams are made on, and our little life. Is rounded with a sleep: Ethereal, pure, sublime…


Bucharest, January 25, 1956: Two of the greatest voices ever…

03/01/2016

Bucharest, January 25, 1956: Two of the greatest voices ever. Orchestra and Chorus of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic of Bucharest, conductor Constantin Silvestri. He defected in 1958 and died in England in February 1969. Precisely a month after this great performance, in Moscow, Nikita Khrushchev delivered the Secret Speech in which he dealt a mortal blow to the Stalin myth. The year 1956 marked the beginning of the breakdown of Marxism-Leninism as an institutionalized utopia. In June, strikes in Poznan were fiercely repressed. In October, Poland engaged in a real attempt to liberalize the system. On October 23, the Hungarian Revolution erupted. It was ferociously smashed by Soviet tanks. Stalinism persisted in Romania until December 1989. I remember a New Year’s eve party in the late 1960s at my cousin Olga’s place. Among the guests, Emilia Petrescu Cironeanu’s son. If memory helps me, his name was Vali, from Valeriu or Valentin…


Daca Dumnezeu ar fi compozitor

03/01/2016

numele Sau ar fi Johann Sebastian Bach

 


Divin: Alfred Brendel canta una din sonatele tarzii ale lui Schubert

29/12/2015

 


La Multi Ani, Radu Lupu!

30/11/2015

Radu Lupu at 70, this is a moment of immense joy for all those who love music. Praise should go to this extraordinary pianist and to his fabulous professors: at the Bucharest Conservatory (1959-1961), Florica Musicescu (who also taught Dinu Lipatti), and Cella Delavrancea (who also taught Dan Grigore). At the age of 16, in 1961, he was awarded a scholarship to the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where he studied with Galina Eguiazarova (a pupil of Alexander Goldenweiser), Heinrich Neuhaus (who also taught Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels), and Stanislav Neuhaus, graduating in 1969, at age 24. La Multi Ani, Radu Lupu!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwBtv63Kqa4

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/gallery/2015/nov/30/radu-lupu-birthday/


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