20 febrero 2020

THE TALE OF TROY
ROGER LANCELYN GREEN




'Awake, dear child!' cried the old nurse. 'Awake and see the day for which you have prayed so long! For Odysseus has come — he is here in his own house, and has slain the proud Suitors who troubled you so and devoured all his substance!

But Penelope would not believe the good news, not even when she came into the hall and found Odysseus waiting for her.

'I have heard it say,' she replied when Telemachus reproached her, 'that traitor Paris put on the form of Menelaus and so beguiled fair Helen my cousin. And well I know that the Immortals can wear what shape they will!'

Then Odysseus said to Telemachus: 'Son, your mother speaks wisely : for we have tokens that we twain know, secret from all others.'

Then Odysseus was bathed and clad in fair garments, and Penelope felt almost sure that he was indeed her husband. But still she doubted, and as a test she said:

'Noble sir, let us wait until tomorrow before we test one another further. But now I will command my maidens to bring forth the bed of Odysseus, whom you swear that you are — even his bridal bed and mine, which stands in the innermost chamber.'

Then Odysseus turned upon her, saying:

'This is a bitter word you speak! Who has been interferring with my bed? For there is no man living, however strong, who could lift it and bring it here. And I will tell you why: when I married you, and built on our chamber to the palace, there stood an olive tree as thick as a pillar; round this I built the room, and roofed it over, but the lower branches of the tree I lopped off, and used the tree, still growing, as one of the corner posts of the bed. Lady, here is a token for you! I say that the bed cannot be brought out to me, unless some man has cut away the stem of the olive tree.'

When she heard this, Penelope's last doubt was gone. She broke into weeping, and run up to him, cast her arms about his neck and kissed him, saying:

'Odysseus, my husband! None but you and I knew of the olive tree that is part of the bed in our secret bridal chamber. Now I know you indeed, and now I am truly happy once more!'

Then Odysseus held her in his arms; and in the happiness of that moment it seemed that all his toils and all his wanderings were but little things compared with so great and true a joy.





—¡Despierta, querida niña! —exclamó la vieja aya— ¡Despierta y mira el día por el que tanto rogaste! Porque Odiseo ha venido... ¡está aquí en su casa, y ha dado muerte a los orgullosos pretendientes que tanto te molestaban y devoraban toda su riqueza!

Pero Penélope no quería creer las buenas noticias, ni siquiera cuando entró en la sala y halló a Odiseo esperándola.

—He oído decir —respondió al reproche de Telémaco— que el traicionero Paris tomó la apariencia de Menelao y de esa manera sedujo a la hermosa Helena, mi prima. ¡Y sé muy bien que los Inmortales pueden adoptar la forma que deseen!

Entonces Odiseo dijo a Telémaco:

—Hijo, tu madre habla discretamente; porque hay señales que solo nosotros dos conocemos, secretas para los demás.

Entonces Odiseo hizo que le bañasen y vistiesen con hermosas prendas, y Penélope casi estuvo segura de que era en verdad su esposo. Pero aún dudaba, y a modo de prueba dijo:

—Noble señor, esperemos hasta mañana antes de seguir probándonos el uno al otro. Ahora, ordenaré a mis doncellas que traigan el lecho de Odiseo, quien tú juras ser... incluso su lecho nupcial y el mío, que se halla en el cuarto más íntimo.

Entonces Odiseo se abalanzó sobre ella, diciendo:

—¡Tus palabras son amargas! ¿Quién ha estado entrometiéndose en mi lecho? Porque no hay hombre vivo, por fuerte que sea, que pueda levantarlo y traerlo hasta aquí. Y te diré por qué: cuando me casé contigo, y añadí nuestro cuarto al palacio, había allí un olivo tan grueso como un pilar; a su alrededor construí la habitación, y le puse techo, pero corté la ramas más bajas, y utilicé el árbol, que seguía creciendo, como poste de una de las esquinas del lecho. ¡Señora, ahí tienes una señal! Digo que no pueden traerme ese lecho, a menos que algún hombre haya arrancado de raíz el olivo.

Al oír esto, la última duda de Penélope desapareció. Se echó a llorar, y corrió hasta él, le puso los brazos alrededor del cuello y le besó, diciendo:

—¡Odiseo, mi esposo! Nadie excepto tú y yo sabíamos del olivo que forma parte del lecho de nuestro cuarto nupcial secreto. ¡Ahora te conozco de verdad, y ahora soy realmente feliz de nuevo!

Entonces Odiseo la tomó en sus brazos; y en la felicidad de aquel instante parecía que todos sus trabajos y sus viajes no eran más que pequeñeces, comparadas con un gozo tan grande y verdadero.


ROGER LANCELYN GREEN
The Tale of Troy

Traducción de Alan

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04 febrero 2020

HALA-HALA À-GO-GO CHA-CHA-CHA
60s IN THE FAR EAST



HALA-HALA À-GO-GO CHA-CHA-CHA
60s IN THE FAR EAST






1. Tabu
The Sound Of The Silverstones

2. Hanky Panky
Rita Chao & The Quests

3. Love Potion No. 9
Nancy Sit

4. Frenesí
The Sapphires





5. You're The Boy
Shirley Nair With The Silver Strings

6. You're The Boy
Han Li

7. Quiet River
The Vampires

8. Summer Kisses Winter Tears
Judith Ho





9. Are You Getting Tired Of Your Little Toy?
The Crescendos

10. You Better Move On
Katherine And The Firebyrds

11. I'd Never Find Another You
Rose Iwanaga And The Avengers

12. Under The Boardwalk
Lam Leng & The Quests





13. One To Nine Walkin
Patrina

14. Bang Bang
Betty Chung

15. Let's Dance
Lotus Liew

16. Unspoken Words
Teresa Khoo And Her Five Notes





17. Man Li
Huang Qing Yuan

18. Face Red, Heart Laugh
Yao Su Rong

19. Johnny Guitar
Soul Dance Music

20. Diễm Xưa
Khánh Ly





21. Sài Gòn
Carol Kim

22. Let's A Go-Go
Charlie And His Go-Go Boys

23. Love Is Like A Balloon
Dorothy & The Vampires

24. Can't Loose Affection
Maurice Patton And The Melodians

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30 enero 2020

CARL NIELSEN
VIOLIN CONCERTO · CLARINET CONCERTO · FLUTE CONCERTO



VIOLIN CONCERTO · CLARINET CONCERTO · FLUTE CONCERTO
CARL NIELSEN

Violin Concerto
1. Praeludium: Largo - Allegro cavalleresco
2. Poco adagio
3. Rondo: Allegretto scherzando

4. Clarinet Concerto

Flute Concerto
5. Allegro Moderato
6. Allegretto

Jonathan Carney, violin
Kevin Banks, clarinet
Gareth Davies, flute

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kees Bakels



Here are the three concertos written by Carl Nielsen. I like very much this, specially the clarinet one. He intended to write a concerto for each one of the players who gave the first performance of the Wind Quintet. I wish he had.

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20 enero 2020

2 FOLK RECORDS 2
GREECE · FAR EAST


A collection of rebetika songs from the 30s to the 50s, released by Death Is Not The End. The cover shows a beautiful picture of Yiota Lydia.






Black Plastic Singing Flats Volume III

A selection of mostly Chinese 45s from Singapore, compiled by Little Axe Records. 60s in the Far East.

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18 enero 2020

BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ
WORKS INSPIRED BY JAZZ AND SPORT



WORKS INSPIRED BY JAZZ AND SPORT
BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ

La revue de cuisine
1. Prologue
2. Tango
3. Charleston
4. Finale

Jazz-Suite
5. Prélude
6. Musique d'entre-acte: Blues
7. Musique d'entre-acte: Boston
8. Finale. Allegro

Sextet for Piano and Wind Instruments
9. Prélude
10. Adagio
11. Scherzo (I. Divertimento)
12. Blues (II. Divertimento)
13. Finale

14. Shimmy foxtrot
from Kdo je na světě nejmocnější (Who is the Most Powerful in the World)

15. Le Jazz

16. Half-Time

17. La Bagarre

18. Thunderbolt P-47



More jazz inspired music from the 20s, plus the jolly genius of Martinů.

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16 enero 2020

PIANO CONCERTOS OF THE '20s
VOL I & II



PIANO CONCERTOS OF THE '20s
ANTHEIL · COPLAND · HONEGGER · RAVEL

GEORGE ANTHEIL
1. Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1

AARON COPLAND
Concerto for piano and orchestra
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Molto moderato - Allegro assai

ARTHUR HONEGGER
4. Concertino pour piano et orchestre

MAURICE RAVEL
Concerto pour piano et orchestre
5. Allegramente
6. Adagio assai
7. Presto



Classical music infused with jazz, a new sensitivity, and a new kind of writing. Besides the concertos by Gershwin and Ravel (with its gorgeous adagio), here are other lesser-known, enjoyable and beautiful works, like Honegger's Concertino, Antheil's A Jazz Symphony, or Schulhoff's Concerto for piano and small orchestra. Back to the 20s.




PIANO CONCERTOS OF THE '20s, Vol II
SCHULHOFF · ANTHEIL · GERSHWIN

ERWIN SCHULHOFF
Concerto for piano and small orchestra
1. Molto sostenuto - Allegro espressivo - Alla marcia maestoso
2. Sostenuto - Cadenza - Molto sostenuto e astrattamente
3. Allegro alla Jazz - Alla zingaresca - Tempo I - Prestissimo

GEORGE ANTHEIL
4. A Jazz Symphony for piano and orchestra

GEORGE GERSHWIN
Concerto in F for piano and orchestra
5. Allegro
6. Adagio - Andante con moto
7. Allegro agitato



Michael Rische, piano

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10 enero 2020

ΣΤΑΥΡΟΣ ΞΑΡΧΑΚΟΣ
ΛΟΛΑ



ΛΟΛΑ
ΣΤΑΥΡΟΣ ΞΑΡΧΑΚΟΣ



I couldn't help posting this, I like it so much. It's the film score that Stavros Xarhakos wrote for Lola (1964), a mixture of jazz and Greek music, with luscious and poignant tunes. The sound is good enough, and it is all in one track.


Related post:

GIRLS IN THE SUN

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05 enero 2020

LA BELLE HÉLÈNE
JACQUES OFFENBACH






I think that this is an hilarious and moving performance of that musical joy that is La belle Hélène. It was done last December in Lausanne, with a good mise en scène by Michel Fau (who also plays Ménélas), good stage and wardrobe design, Julie Robard-Gendre as Hélène, Julien Dran as Pâris, the Sinfonietta de Lausanne conducted by Pierre Dumoussaud, and the Choeur de l’Opéra de Lausanne. It can be seen here on the Arte channel until January 27, 2020.




LA BELLE HÉLÈNE
JACQUES OFFENBACH
LIBRETTO: HENRI MEILHAC ET LUDOVIC HALÉVY

This is the recording of La belle Hélène conducted, in 1952, by René Leibowitz, with the Paris Philarmonic Chorus & Orchestra, Janine Linda as Hélène and André Dran as Pâris.



Caricatura de 'La belle Hélène' aparecida en 'La Vie Parisienne', 1886

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02 enero 2020

FELIX CAVALIERE
FELIX CAVALIERE + DESTINY



FELIX CAVALIERE + DESTINY
FELIX CAVALIERE

FELIX CAVALIERE
1. A High Price To Pay
2. I'm A Gambler
3. I've Got A Solution
4. Everlasting Love
5. Summer In El Barrio
6. Long Times Gone
7. Future Train
8. Mountain Man
9. Funky Friday
10. It's Been A Long Time
11. I'm Free

DESTINY
12. Destiny
13. Flip Flop
14. Never Felt Love Before
15. I Can Remember
16. Light Of My Life
17. Can't Stop Loving You
18. Try To Believe
19. You Came And Set Me Free
20. Love Came
21. Hit And Run



These are the first two albums that Felix Cavaliere released after The Rascals. Despite the lack of success, there are really good songs here, like Summer In El Barrio, It's Been A Long Time, Never Felt Love Before, or Can't Stop Loving You, and it is a joy to hear him sing. Felix Cavaliere (1974) was co-podruced by Todd Rundgren, and features his group Utopia. On Destiny (1975), we can hear to Laura Nyro singing backing vocals on Love Came.

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