Sunday, May 20, 2018

Robert Graves: Ghost-Raddled





“Come, surly fellow, come! A song!
     “What, madmen? Sing to you?
Choose from the clouded tales of wrong
     And terror I bring to you.

Of a night so torn with cries,
     Honest men sleeping
Start awake with glaring eyes,
     Bone chilled, flesh creeping.

Of spirits in the web-hung room
     Up above the stable,
Groans, knocking in the gloom
     The dancing table.

Of demons in the dry well
     That cheep and mutter,
Clanging of an unseen bell,
     Blood, choking the gutter.

Of lust, frightful, past belief,
     Lurking unforgotten,
Unrestrainable, endless grief
     From breasts long rotten.

A song? What laughter or what song
     Can this house remember?
Do flowers and butterflies belong
     To a blind December?”



Friday, May 11, 2018

Pierre Boulez on Richard Wagner: Parsifal









Conductor – Pierre Boulez
Orchestra – Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Chorus Master – Wilhelm Pitz 
Choir – Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele
Soprano Vocals [Kundry] – Gwyneth Jones
Tenor Vocals [Parsifal] – James King 
Baritone Vocals [Amfortas] – Thomas Stewart 
Bass Vocals [Gurnemanz] – Franz Crass
Bass Vocals [Klingsor] – Donald McIntyre
Bass Vocals [Titurel] – Karl Ridderbusch
Vocals [Blumenmädchen, 1. Gruppe] – Hannelore Bode, Inger Paustian, Margarita Kyriaki 
Vocals [Blumenmädchen, 2. Gruppe] – Dorothea Siebert, Sieglinde Wagner, Wendy Fine 
Vocals [Eine Altstimme] – Marga Höffgen 
Vocals [Erster Gralsritter] – Hermin Esser 
Vocals [Knappen] – Dieter Selmbeck, Elisabeth Schwarzenberg, Heinz Zednik, Sieglinde Wagner 
Vocals [Zweiter Gralsritter] – Bengt Rundgren 
First production: Bayreuth, Festspielhaus, July 26, 1882. 
 Recording: Bayreuth, Festspielhaus, July and August 1970. 



Sunday, May 6, 2018

Robert Graves: The Frog and the Golden Ball





She let her golden ball fall down the well
And begged a cold frog to retrieve it;
For which she kissed his ugly, gaping mouth -
Indeed, he could scarce believe it.

And seeing him transformed to his princely shape,
Who had been by hags enchanted,
She knew she could never love another man
Nor by any fate be daunted.

But what would her royal father and mother say?
They had promised her in marriage
To a cousin whose wide kingdom marched with theirs,
Who rode in a jeweled carriage.

'Our plight, dear heart, would appear past human hope
To all except you and me: to all
Who have never swum as a frog in a dark well
Or have lost a golden ball.'

'What then shall we do now?' she asked her lover.
He kissed her again, and said:
'Is magic of love less powerful at your Court
Than at this green well-head?'




English Bugatti T57 Brochure from 1937















From The Bugatti Revue, Vol. 11, Issue 1.


Pierre Boulez on Richard Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Götterdämmerung




Act I/II



Act III

Stage direction: Patrice Chéreau

Conductor: Pierre Boulez

Brünnhilde - Gwyneth Jones
Siegfried - Manfred Jung
Hagen - Fritz Hübner
Alberich - Hermann Becht
Gunther - Franz Mazura
Gutrune - Jeannine Altmeyer

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Götterdämmerung

Festspielhaus Bayreuth

Filmed in 1979
Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele


Pierre Boulez on Richard Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Siegfried




Act I/II


Act III


Stage direction: Patrice Chéreau

Conductor: Pierre Boulez

Siegfried: Manfred Jung 
Mime: Heinz Zednik 
Brünnhilde: Gwyneth Jones 
Wanderer (Wotan): Donald McIntyre 
Alberich: Hermann Becht
Fafner: Fritz Hübner
Erda: Ortrun Wenkel
Waldvogel: Norma Sharp

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Siegfried
Festspielhaus Bayreuth
Filmed in 1980

Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele



Boulez on Richard Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Die Walküre




Act I/II



Act III


Stage direction: Patrice Chéreau

Conductor: Pierre Boulez

Siegmund: Peter Hofmann 
Sieglinde: Jeannine Altmeyer 
Brünnhilde: Gwyneth Jones 
Wotan: Donald McIntyre 
Hunding: Matti Salminen 
Fricka: Hanna Schwarz 
Gerhilde: Carmen Reppel
Ortlinde: Karen Middleton
Waltraute: Gabriele Schnaut
Schwertleite: Gwendolyn Killebrew
Helmwige: Katie Clarke
Siegrune: Marga Schiml
Grimgerde: Ilse Gramatzki
Rossweisse: Elisabeth Glauser

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Die Walküre 
Festspielhaus Bayreuth
Filmed in 1980

Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele


Pierre Boulez on Richard Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Das Rheingold






Stage director: Patrice Chéreau

Conductor: Pierre Boulez

Wotan: Donald McIntyre
Donner: Martin Egel
Froh: Siegfried Jerusalem
Loge: Heinz Zednik
Alberich: Hermann Becht
Mime: Helmut Pampuch
Fasolt: Matti Salminen
Fafner: Fritz Hübner
Fricka: Hanna Schwarz
Freia: Carmen Reppel
Erda: Ortrun Wenkel
Woglinde: Norma Sharp
Wellgunde: Ilse Gramatzki
Flosshilde: Marga Schiml

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold
Festspielhaus Bayreuth
Filmed in 1980

Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro - Salzburg 2006





Probably, the greatest work of art of all times.

The Marriage of Figaro.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Salzburg Festival 2006. 
Director: Claus Guth 
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Cast: 
Ildebrando d´Arcangelo (Figaro)
Anna Netrebko (Susanna)
Bo Skovhus (Il Conte D'Almaviva)
Dorothea Röschmann (La Contessa)
Christine Schäfer (Cherubino)
Marie McLaughlin (Marcellina)
Franz-Josef Selig (Bartolo)
Patrick Henckens (Basilio)
Oliver Ringelhahn (Don Curzio)
Florian Boesch (Antonio)
Eva Liebau (Barbarina)
Uli Kirsch ([Cherubin)
Video director: Brian Large


Monday, April 30, 2018

Yes: Close To The Edge






[I. The Solid Time Of Change (0:00 - 6:04)]

[Instrumental (0:00 - 4:00)]

[Verse 1]
A seasoned witch could call you
From the depths of your disgrace
And rearrange your liver
To the solid mental grace
And achieve it all with music
That came quickly from afar
Then taste the fruit of man
Recorded losing all against the hour
And assessing points to nowhere
Leading every single one
A dewdrop can exalt us
Like the music of the sun
And take away the plain
In which we move and choose the course you're running

[Chorus 1]
Down at the edge, round by the corner
Not right away, not right away
Close to the edge, down by a river
Not right away, not right away

[Verse 2]
Crossed the line around the changes of the summer
Reaching out to call the colour of the sky
Passed around a moment clothed in mornings
Faster than we see
Getting over all the time I had to worry
Leaving all the changes far from far behind
We relieve the tension only to find out
The master's name

[Chorus 2]
Down at the end, round by the corner
Close to the edge, just by a river
Seasons will pass you by
I get up, I get down

[Post-Chorus 2]
Now that it's all over and done
Now that you find, now that you're whole

[II. Total Mass Retain (6:04 - 8:29)]

[Verse 3]
My eyes convinced, eclipsed
With the younger moon attained with love
It changed as almost strained
Amidst clear mana from above
I crucified my hate and held
The word within my hand
There's you, the time, the logic
Or the reasons we don't understand
Sad courage claimed the victims
Standing still for all to see
As armoured movers took
Approached to overlook the sea
There since the cord, the license
Or the reasons we understood will be

[Chorus 1]
Down at the edge, close by a river
Close to the edge, round by the corner
Close to the end, down by the corner
Down at the edge, round by the river

[Verse 4]
Sudden call shouldn't take away the startled memory
All in all, the journey takes you all the way
As apart from any reality that you've ever seen and known
Guessing problems only to deceive the mention
Passing paths that climb halfway into the void
As we cross from side to side, we hear the total mass retain

[Chorus 2]
Down at the edge, round by the corner
Close to the end, down by a river
Seasons will pass you by
I get up, I get down

[III. I Get Up, I Get Down (8:29 - 14:12)]

[Instrumental (8:29 - 10:07)]

[Verse 5]
In her white lace
You could clearly see the lady sadly looking
Saying that she'd take the blame
For the crucifixion of her own domain

[Chorus 3]
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down

[Verse 6]
Two million people barely satisfy
Two hundred women watch one woman cry, too late
The eyes of honesty can achieve
(She would gladly say it amazement of her story)
How many millions do we deceive each day?
(Asking only interest could be laid
Upon the children of her domain)

[Chorus 3]
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down

[Verse 7]
In charge of who is there in charge of me
(She could clearly see the lady sadly looking)
Do I look on blindly and say I see the way?
(Saying that she'd take the blame
For the crucifixion of her own domain)
The truth is written all along the page
(She would gladly say it amazement of her story)
How old will I be before I come of age for you?
(Asking only interest could be laid
Upon the children of her domain)

[Chorus 3]
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down

[IV. Seasons Of Man (14:12 - 18:43)]

[Instrumental (14:12 - 15:53)]

[Verse 8]
The time between the notes
Relates the color to the scenes
A constant vogue of triumphs
Dislocate man, so it seems
And space between the focus
Shape ascend knowledge of love
As song and chance develop time
Lost social temperance rules above
Ah, ah
Then according to the man
Who showed his outstretched arm to space
He turned around and pointed
Revealing all the human race
I shook my head and smiled a whisper
Knowing all about the place

[Bridge]
On the hill we viewed the silence of the valley
Called to witness cycles only of the past
And we reach all this with movements
In between the said remark

[Chorus 2]
Close to the edge, down by the river
Down at the end, round by the corner
Seasons will pass you by
Now that it's all over and done
Called to the seed, right to the sun
Now that you find, now that you're whole
Seasons will pass you by
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down
I get up

--------------------------------------

And You and I

[IV. Seasons Of Man (14:12 - 18:43)]

[Instrumental (14:12 - 15:53)]

[Verse 8]
The time between the notes
Relates the color to the scenes
A constant vogue of triumphs
[I. Cord of Life (0:00 - 3:47)]

[Verse 1]
A man conceived a moment's answers to the dream
Staying the flowers daily, sensing all the themes

[Chorus]
As a foundation left to create the spiral aim
A movement regained and regarded both the same
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

[Verse 2]
Changed only for a sight of sound, the space agreed
Between the picture of time behind the face of need

[Chorus]
Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
Emotion revealed as the ocean maid
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you, oh

[Verse 3]
Coins and crosses never know their fruitless worth
Cords are broken, locked inside the mother earth
They won't hide, oh, they won't tell you
Watching the world, watching all of the world
Watching us go by

[Refrain]
And you and I climb over the sea to the valley
And you and I reached out for reasons to call

[II. Eclipse (3:47 - 6:16)]

[Instrumental (3:47 - 4:55)]

[Chorus]
Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
Emotion revealed as the ocean maid
As a movement regained and regarded both the same
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

[Instrumental (5:25 - 6:16)]

[III. The Preacher, the Teacher (6:16 - 9:26)]

[Verse 4]
Sad preacher nailed upon the colored door of time
Insane teacher be there, reminded of the rhyme
There'll be no mutant enemy we shall certify
Political ends, as sad remains, will die
Reach out as forward tastes begin to enter you
Ooh, ooh

[Verse 5]
I listened hard but could not see
Life tempo change out and inside me
The preacher trained in all to lose his name;
The teacher travels, asking to be shown the same
In the end, we'll agree, we'll accept, we'll immortalize
That the truth of the man maturing in his eyes
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

[Chorus]
Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
As a moment regained and regarded both the same
Emotion revealed as the ocean maid
A clearer future, morning, evening, nights with you

[IV. Apocalypse (9:26 - 10:09)]

[Refrain]
And you and I climb, crossing the shapes of the morning
And you and I reach, over the sun for the river
And you and I climb, clearer, towards the movement
And you and I called over valleys of endless seas


--------------------------------

Syberian Khatru
[Verse 1]
Sing, bird of prey
Beauty begins at the foot of you
Do you believe the manner?
Gold stainless nail
Torn through the distance of man
As they regard the summit

[Chorus]
Even Siberia goes through the motions
Hold out and hold up
Hold down the window (Outboard, river)
Hold out the morning that comes into view (Bluetail, tailfly)
River running right on over my head

[Verse 2]
How does she sing?
Who holds the ring?
And ring and you will find me coming
Cold reigning king
Hold all the secrets from you
As they produce the movement

[Chorus]
Even Siberia goes through the motions
Hold out and hold up
Hold down the window (Outboard, river)
Hold out the morning that comes into view (Bluetail, tailfly)
River running right over the

[Refrain]
Outboard, river
Bluetail, tailfly
Luther, in time
Dood'ndoodit, dah, d't-d't-dah

[Instrumental (3:05 - 4:12)]

[Bridge]
Hold down the window
Hold out the morning that comes into view
Warm side, the tower
Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru

[Verse 3]
Gold stainless nail
Torn through the distance of man
As they regard the summit
Cold reigning king
Shelter the women that sing
As they produce their movement

[Refrain]
River running right on over then over my head
Outboard, river
Bluetail, tailfly
Luther, in time
Suntower, asking
Cover, lover
June cast, moon fast
As one changes
Heart gold, leaver
Soul mark, mover
Christian, changer
Called out, saviour
Moon gate, climber
Turn round, glider


[Instrumental (6:16 - 8:53)]






Jon Anderson, Vocals
Bill Bruford, Percussion
Steve Howe, Guitars, Vocals
Chris Squire, Bass, Vocals
Rick Wakeman, Keyborads







Andrew Marvell: The Definition Of Love




My love is of a birth as rare
As 'tis for object strange and high:
It was begotten by Despair
Upon Impossibility.

Magnanimous Despair alone
Could show me so divine a thing,
Where feeble Hope could ne'er have flown
But vainly flapped its tinsel wing.

And yet I quickly might arrive
Where my extended soul is fixed
But Fate does iron wedges drive,
And always crowds itself betwixt.

For Fate with jealous eye does see
Two perfect loves, nor lets them close:
Their union would her ruin be,
And her tyrranic power depose.

And therefore her decrees of steel
Us as the distant Poles have placed
(Though Love's whole world on us doth wheel)
Not by themselves to be embraced,

Unless the giddy heaven fall,
And earth some new convulsion tear;
And, us to join, the world should all
Be cramped into a planisphere.

As lines (so loves) oblique may well
Themselves in every angle greet:
But ours so truly parallel,
Though infinite, can never meet.

Therefore the love which us doth bind,
But Fate so enviously debars,
Is the conjunction of the mind,
And opposition of the stars.