If the wind was blowing from the south when you were conceived — in case you are a woman, a “misbegotten male” — it is to blame for your gender! You didn’t know? The man who said so was canonized, so, it must be true. I am referring to Thomas Aquinas, 1225 – 1274, one of the founders of the church and theology as it exists now.
I came across Tom Lehrer. How can I not have known him! I am evolving a more than serious crush by now! I have listened to most, yet not to all of his music — as I didn’t want to hear all in one rush and thus bereave myself of the fun to yet have another song I haven’t heard.
My favourite so far: The Masochism Tango
Today I have been watching La Cenerentola, more specifically, Alidoro’s aria, “Là del ciel nell’arcano profondo.”
For me, John Relyea makes an almost perfect Alidoro.
I was looking for Mel Tormé’s version of “Get Happy” to link, couldn’t find it, and saw that one instead:
Don’t get me wrong — disclaimer: I like Judy Garland –– but, on which drugs, or better, under the influence of which combo of substances was the one who is to be held responsible for the setting and the choreography?
I am in love with that arioso since I first heard it. It is just a small snipped out of Handel’s Cantata “La Lucrezia.” I will write more, about this specific cantata, Handel in general and about how he manages to put feelings into music. For now, only why I am absolutely fascinated by this particular small piece: It has everything!
Today, I will just continue with my wish-list which I pray and hope for to become recorded reality, and sung by Mr. Philippe Jaroussky:
Item three on my wish list is:
The Wood Bird
After discovering that twitter on the whole is just not my thing — though it can be a fount of joy to follow Stephen Fry’s tweets, e.g. — I decided to try tumblr. LiveJournal would be great, if it actually worked the way it is meant to be. It is awfully hard to find any people sharing one’s interests there, unless over google search. For me, the much-appraised “community” is close to non-existent, apart from a few dear friends I all encountered elsewhere, with only one exception.
Today, I will continue with my wish list for Mr. Jaroussky — songs and arias I would positively die for to hear him sing.
Item two on the list is: Rossini’s “Giusto Ciel” from “L’Assedio di Corinto.”
There are always reasons to keep on living. Some things you wish to see yet — you hope for them to come true during your life-time, feeling your life would be fulfilled if you’d live to see them happening.
For me, this would definitely be a wish-list of songs and arias for Mr. Jaroussky to sing becoming recorded reality. I would be content then.
The first on my list would be, “Morgen!” by Richard Strauss.