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Post by bimbow on Wed Sep 26 2018, 22:27

This is basically a promotional video for the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Smetana's "Vltava".   Some lovely images to remind anyone who has visited the beautiful city. Definitely a brisk performance.



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Post by Jamboree on Sat Sep 29 2018, 20:28

Another fabulous musical flash mob

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Post by bimbow on Sat Jan 05 2019, 22:28

Early Debussy piano music seems to go quite nicely with Monet.




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Post by lar-lar on Tue Jan 08 2019, 21:12

Very nice toast
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Post by bimbow on Tue Jan 08 2019, 21:44

Glad you liked. In total contrast, a short orchestral piece by the now rather unfashionable English composer, Albert William Ketèlbey. A bit sentimental, but attractive in its own way. And some suitable images.




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Ket%C3%A8lbey



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Post by bimbow on Thu Jan 10 2019, 23:20

In the early 80s, I was lucky enough to visit Finland a couple of times. On one visit, I was taken to the castle of Savonlinna...

http://visitsavonlinna.fi/en/olavinlinna/


Which happens to feature briefly in this short YouTube clip of an extract from the Sibelius "Karelia Suite."



(Very good sound, too.)

It brings back good memories, including visiting the Sibelius house.



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Post by Kitkat on Fri Jan 11 2019, 14:37

bimbow wrote:In the early 80s, I was lucky enough to visit Finland a couple of times. On one visit, I was taken to the castle of Savonlinna...

http://visitsavonlinna.fi/en/olavinlinna/

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if the legend is to be believed - of the lady buried alive into the southern wall  surprised

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Post by lar-lar on Wed Jan 16 2019, 21:24

I want to get out more..

The Azores (portugal)

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Plitvice Lakes National Park(Croatia)

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Post by bimbow on Wed Jan 23 2019, 22:02

"Coronation Scot", composed by Vivian Ellis, and featuring images of the stunning aerodynamic design of the locomotive.



The composer commentated later that it was a train journey from Paddington to Taunton that actually inspired his composition. Very Happy



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Post by Kitkat on Wed Jan 23 2019, 23:10

I have done that train journey a few times - though not in the steam locomotive. Many's the time that I travelled in a steam train Euston to Holyhead and back (the boat train) (back in the days of my youth shtum ) and that composition really does bring it all back, recreating the journey experience, even without looking at the images.
I've never heard that music before, nor have I heard of Vivian Ellis, but can so understand how he could have got his inspiration for that composition. The fluctuating rhythms, choo-choo-chuggity-choo - the sudden loud crashing steam puffs, the elongated dragging out of the brakes, etc. Even with your eyes closed or in the dark, you would know when you were crossing a bridge or nearing a station or going through a built-up area - and then the whole way over on the boat you would still have those rhythms in your head.

That's a little gem, that one, bimbow. :thumb:
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Post by bimbow on Thu Jan 24 2019, 23:45

Glad you enjoyed, KK. Here's another piece of what the CD refers to as "English Light Classical Music". "Sailing by", by Ronald Binge. Insomniacs will recognise the introductory music to the Shipping Forecast on Radio4 at 12.45am.




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Post by Whiskers on Thu Jan 31 2019, 17:47

So calming and relaxing

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Post by bimbow on Sun Feb 24 2019, 22:27

The famous "Flower Duet"  (Delibes-Lakme) with.....flowers. Very Happy




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Post by bimbow on Sat Apr 27 2019, 23:25

Liszt's transcription for piano of Schubert's "Serenade", from his last song-cycle, "Schwanengesang" - Swansong.
A bit slow and indulgent for me, but Kissin can be.


https://lyricstranslate.com/en/st%C3%A4ndchen-serenade.html



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Post by bimbow on Sun Aug 04 2019, 21:02

Short and very sweet. "In Trutina" from Orff's "Carmina Burana".




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Post by Kitkat on Tue Apr 28 2020, 12:27

No sound, no colour - just some magnificent black & white photography:

Ethereal image of Cosmos flowers wins photo competition

Anne MacIntyre's image Ethereal Cosmos
has won the International Garden Photographer of the Year's Black & White photo project.
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"After having recently painted my summerhouse white, I decided to capture these delicate Cosmos flowers, creating vivid white tones in this black-and-white composition," she said.
The judges said: "It is easy to turn any colour photograph into black and white - but through clear intent, Anne chose the set-up before photographing to dramatic effect.
"This work uses black and white to add something special, not take something away.
"Both the black and the whites are punchy and incredibly detailed."
Ethereal Cosmos will feature in a book and exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in 2021.

Here are other winning photos from the contest, with captions by the photographers.

Second place: Long-tailed Tits, by Alan Price, Gwynedd

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"This fluffy couple of long-tailed tits were taking a short break from nest building - that's when I photographed them, forever immortalising their moment together." (Alan Price)


Third place: Twin Oak Dawn, by Allan Wright, Galloway

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"On a misty morning in May, the presence of a pair of iconic oak trees was amplified by backlit sunshine and partly framed by the glistening of cobweb-laden gorse bushes." (Allan Wright)




Finalist: River of Life, by Carole Drake, Arundel Castle, West Sussex

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"The canal, seeming to emerge from a dark, mossy grotto flanked by rough-hewn river gods, is an allegorical representation of the River Arun." (Carole Drake)




Finalist: The Emperor, by Alan Price, Gwynedd

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"I photographed this impressively large Anax imperator (emperor dragonfly) in mid-flight, its wings resembling helicopter blades." (Alan Price)


Finalist: Flowering Icicles, by Mary Slingo, the National Trust's Knightshayes, Devon
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"Most of these trees were already in leaf - but this particular Stachyurus specimen still had its delicate flowers in isolation. They looked like ornate icicles, hanging from the slender branches." (Mary Slingo)



Finalist: Happy Bunch, by Simon Schollum, private garden shed, New Zealand

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"An ornate and timeless still life was captured, using flowers gathered from my garden and only natural light as it poured into my shed." (Simon Schollum)



Highly commended: Plane Winter Skeleton, by Tony Jones, West Sussex

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"I captured this image using an infrared converted camera. It was combined with black and white, emphasising the structure (and character) of this defiant tree, bereft of its foliage in winter." (Tony Jones)



Highly commended: Reflections of the Mallard Pond, by Roy Curtis, Trebah Gardens, Cornwall

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"Captured in late December - I positioned myself at the far end of the Mallard Pond, looking back up towards the famous sub-tropical gardens of Trebah." (Roy Curtis)



Highly Commended: Solitary Oak Tree, by Jon Martin, Lake District National Park, Cumbria

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"I noticed this bare oak tree, silhouetted against the distant mountain tones." (Jon Martin)



Highly commended: The Statue, by Dieter Wanjura, Neu-Ulm, Bavaria

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"The 'sculpted' curves of this Tulipa specimen reminded me of a classical Greek or Roman statue." (Dieter Wanjura)



Highly commended: Aspens and Snowy Pines, by Ari Plosker, Flagstaff, Arizona

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"This photograph was shot at the base of a mountain in Flagstaff, Arizona, during an early winter storm. The snow level was not quite enough to cover the aspens in the foreground but created a haunting contrast with the pine forest in the background." (Ari Plosker)



Highly commended: Beam Me Up, by Geoff Kell, New Forest National Park, Hampshire

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"As beams of light filtered through adjacent trees and hit this twisty tree, its frosty coating evaporated and steam was drawn upwards, as if the tree were being summoned from above." (Geoff Kell)



Highly commended: Lutyen's Bench, by Roy Curtis, The Garden House, Devon

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"This thoroughly weathered antique bench had a presence all of its own." (Roy Curtis)



Highly commended: Exploding Allium, by Rachele Z Cecchini, home studio, Austria

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"I obtained these shapely Allium from a local nursery. I was immediately attracted to them because of the many flower heads which had burst from their casings." (Rachele Z. Cecchini)



Highly commended: Icelandic Open Space, by Peter Karry, Stokkness, Iceland

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"The curves and textures of these grasses growing out of the black volcanic sand dunes created an intriguing and atmospheric photo." (Peter Karry)



Highly commended: Exotic Beauty, by Lilianna Sokołowska, Dresden

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"This enchanting Pleurothallis teaguei is [a] tropical orchid species originally from Ecuador." (Lilianna Sokolowska)



Highly commended: Snail on Top, by Ryan Ostrea, Sydney

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"With the light from the setting Sun in the background, I played around with the aperture and settled on this photograph, which managed to capture some brilliant 'sun stars'." (Ryan Ostrea)



Highly commended: Nun's Cross Farm, by Tim Burgess, Dartmoor National Park, Devon

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"In a remote location in the middle of Dartmoor is Nun's Cross Farm, I brought this bleak scene to life by using a high-dynamic-range (HDR) technique and black and white to reveal the full clarity and show every detail." (Tim Burgess)



Highly commended: Raindrops on Lily pond, by Annemarie Farley, the Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo,

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"With hurricane Irma due, the rains had already started falling in the gardens, so I retreated under a sheltered canopy. It was there I noticed this waterlily pond and the texture of the surface ripples." (Annamarie Farley)



All photographs courtesy the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition .
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Oct 11 2020, 11:57

The visual and audio takes you through all the emotions.  happyheart

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Post by Kitkat on Tue Nov 24 2020, 16:20

You just can't stop an Irish music session!

A video of a grandfather and his friends playing Irish trad music together in separate little greenhouses has gone viral for its display of creativity and determination in the face of uncertain times.
Posted to Reddit yesterday by user u/itsRichHill1 , the caption explained how one man in the video, a grandfather living in the United States, had always played traditional music with his friends in a local Irish Pub.

Since the pandemic closed businesses and forced people to stay in their homes or locality and away from people, he and his pals had instead regularly gathered in his back garden-- six feet apart-- to continue playing.

This worked in the spring, summer and even early autumn, but now, with the winter creeping in and the temperatures steadily dropping, sitting outside in the cold wasn't an option.
Until his daughter came up with an innovative solution, that is.
She bought her father and his friends tiny greenhouses-- just big enough for each person to sit in and play their instrument, and the result is absolutely brilliant.

Check out the video below, but be warned-- it's going to really make you miss a good trad session in an Irish pub!

Click here to watch and listen to the video Very Happy

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