segunda-feira, 29 de abril de 2013

O desespero da piedade, de Vinicius de Moraes, dito por António- José Moreira

Amabilidade de "Sons da Escrita"
Vinícius de Moraes  (Rio de Janeiro19 de Outubro de 1913 — Rio de Janeiro9 de Julho de 1980) foi um diplomatadramaturgojornalistapoeta e compositor brasileiro. VER MAIS

sábado, 27 de abril de 2013

A surpreendente pintura de Canaletto Veneziano (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

Canaletto (Veneza7 de Outubro de 1697 - idem, 19 de Abril de 1768 (70 anos), de seu verdadeiro nome Giovanni Antonio Canal foi um artista famoso pelas suas paisagens urbanas de Veneza. Era filho do pintor Bernardo Canal, daí o nome Canaletto. Em 1746 mudou-se para Londres, onde se dedicou a pintar paisagens inglesas.VER MAIS

sexta-feira, 26 de abril de 2013

LEONARD COHEN FOI RECONHECIDO COMO O ARTISTA DO ANO DE 2012. Em 1967, Judy Collins apresentou ao mundo um poeta - Leonard Cohen - que, aos 33 anos, dava os primeiros passos como cantor e ambos cantaram 'Suzanne', que só obteve sucesso vários anos mais tarde.

Os fans de Justin Bieber, face à atribuição de mais um prémio a Leonard Cohen, ao verem preterido "o menino" pelo "monstro sagrado", desataram a disparatar no Twitter, mas, como alguém ali escreveu, "the difference between Leonard Cohen and Justin Bieber is like the sun compared to a candle".

Leonard Cohen didn't release his debut single, "Suzanne," until he was 33. He spent his time up until that point writing acclaimed poems and novels, traveling the world and bedding a ridiculous amount of beautiful women. By 1967 it was apparent that there's not exactly big money in poetry, so he decided to try his hand at singing. Columbia executive John Hammond (who'd previously signed Bob Dylan and countless other greats) gave him a record deal months into his new career.
"Suzanne" was inspired by Cohen's encounters with Suzanne Verdal, the girlfriend of Canadian artist Armand Vaillancourt. "He got such a kick out of seeing me emerge as a young schoolgirl, I suppose, and a young artist, into becoming Armand’s lover and then wife," Verdal said in a 1998 interview. "So he was more or less chronicling the times and seemingly got a kick out of it."
From the Archives: Ladies and Gents, Leonard Cohen
Many of the details from the song are drawn straight from real life, down to the tea and oranges that Verdal served. "He was 'drinking me in' more than I even recognized, if you know what I mean," Verdal said. "I took all that moment for granted. I just would speak and I would move and I would encourage and he would just kind of like sit back and grin while soaking it all up, and I wouldn’t always get feedback, but I felt his presence really being with me."
Judy Collins released "Suzanne" in 1966, months before Cohen's original hit shelves. She turned it into a minor hit, but Cohen's own version of the song went nowhere, at least initially. Much like Dylan in 1962, Cohen was looking like a Hammond discovery with a great gift for songwriting but little ability to sell actual records. "Suzanne," however, soon took on a life of its own. A huge range of artists, from Nina Simone to Neil Diamond and Robert Flack, covered it over the next few years.
The most famous version of the song was the Judy Collins rendition. Here's video of them singing it together on television. It took Joan Baez's sweet voice to introduce people to the music of Bob Dylan, and this was the same case with Cohen and Collins. College students began checking out Cohen's own work, and word of this brilliant new singer-songwriter grew, particularly in Europe. Yet he never became much of a commercial force in America, and by the early Eighties Columbia was refusing to release his new albums in the States.
Since returning to the road in 2008, Cohen has undergone one of the most surprising comebacks in musical history. The tour started in tiny theaters and quickly graduated to huge arenas. At age 78, Cohen plays for well over three hours and leaves audiences stunned. A hush always falls over the crowd when he plays the opening notes of "Suzanne.

sexta-feira, 19 de abril de 2013

Loreena McKennitt, no tema "The Lady of Shalott", ao vivo no Palácio de Carlos V, Granada, Alhambra (conhecido, também, pela excelente acústica)

Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt (nascida em Morden, Canadá, a 17 de fevereiro de 1957) é uma cantora,compositorapianista e harpista. O estilo de música é new agecelta eclético, com tendências do Médio Oriente. Loreena é bem conhecida pelo timbre de soprano.Filha de Jack e Irene Mckennitt, ela é de ascendência irlandesa e escocesa. Loreena, assim como muitas crianças, demonstrou na infância um grande interesse por música. Foi então que Loreena iniciou-se na formação musical e estudou piano clássico durante 10 anos e canto durante 5. Nos anos 70, já se apresentava em clubes de música e em espetáculos musicais.
Musicóloga, estudiosa de músicas ancestrais e cantora de excepção que, com instrumentos desses tempos e fielmente reconstruídos, aliados aos sons eletrônicos ,produz música ímpar. Loreena juntou à cultura celta elementos da música oriental, introduzindo um toque erudito, Somado a isto, vocais diáfanos que remetem a eras indefinidas. VER MAIS


Full Circle (Loreena McKennitt)Uma voz digna dos deuses

A Máquina do Mundo, de Carlos Drummond de Andrade

MAIS SOBRE Carlos Drummond de Andrade 

domingo, 7 de abril de 2013


Foreigner é uma banda de rock anglo-americana, formada em 1976 pelo americano Lou Gramm e os veteranos músicos ingleses Ian McDonald e Mick Jones, antigo membro do King Crimson. A banda vendeu até hoje 50 milhões de álbuns pelo mundo (37.5 milhões apenas nos Estados Unidos). VER MAIS

quarta-feira, 3 de abril de 2013

Homenagem a Kay Nielsen

Kay Nielsen, (1886-1957) was a Danish illustrator, was born in Copenhagen of an illustrious theater family, and studied art in Paris. He was popular in the early 20th century, the "golden age of illustration" which lasted from when Daniel Vierge and other pioneers developed printing technology to the point that drawings and paintings could be reproduced with reasonable facility, He joined the ranks of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac in enjoying the success of the gift books of the early 20th century.
His father was Professor Martinius Nielsen, an actor, later to become the managing director of the Dagmartheater in Copenhagen, and his mother was Oda Larssen, a celebrated actress. Because of his parent's professional lives, he grew up surrounded by people of the Scandinavian theater, including such celebrities as Ibsen, Grieg and Bjornsen (Conmire 1979).
To his artistic influences must be added John Bauer,the great Swedish fairy tale artist.
Echoes of his forests and trees lurk in the backgrounds of many of Nielsen's paintings.
Art Nouveau and The Birmingham School, as exemplified by Jessie M. King, were also part of the raw materials he assimilated in search of a style. MORE

Mário Viegas diz " Domingo", de Manuel da Fonseca