"I happen to hate New Year's celebrations. Everybody desperate to have fun. Trying to celebrate in some pathetic little way. Celebrate what? A step closer to the grave? That's why I can't say enough times, whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can filch or provide, every temporary measure of grace, whatever works. And don't kid yourself. Because its by no means up to your own human ingenuity. A bigger part of your existence is luck, than you'd like to admit."
- "Whatever Works" (2009), Woody Allen


22.male.working.

14 plays

Stanley Hoogland

Sonata in Eb major, Hob XVI-52 - III. Finale; presto
Piano Sonatas (Disk 5)

Joseph Haydn (1732 -1809).

Unlike MozartBeethoven, Clementi, and a number of his other near-contemporaries, Haydn was not a virtuoso pianist. Haydn recognised this, once stating, “I was a wizard on no instrument, but I knew the strength and working of all.”

Often, simple piano pieces were directed toward women, who were expected to attain a moderate degree of accomplishment on a keyboard instrument in order to be “eligible for marriage.” A few of Haydn's sonatas, however, were not composed for his students; three of these, the Sonatas in C major, D major and E flat major (Hoboken 16: 50, 51 &52), were written for Therese Jansen, a leading pianist in London who had studied with Clementi.
Haydn composed them in 1794-1795, during his second visit to the English capital. The last three piano sonatas give evidence not only of Jansen’s formidable technique, but of the more powerful sonority of the English piano in comparison to its German and Austrian counterparts.

El Greco,"The Cardinal"
c.1598,Oil on Canvas.

El Greco,
"The Cardinal"

c.1598,
Oil on Canvas.

216 plays

Scott Ross

Suite VI in F# major, II. Largo - Fugue
8 Suites for Harpsichord (1720)

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759).

Handel published his first eight harpsichord suites in 1720 with the following explanation:


"I have been obliged to publish some of the following Lessons, because surreptitious and incorrect Copies of them had got Abroad. I have added several new ones to make the Work more useful, which if it meets with a favourable Reception; I will still proceed to publish more, reckoning it my duty, with my Small Talent, to serve a Nation from which I have receiv’d so Generous a protection"

Handel was buried in Westminster Abbey, More than three thousand mourners attended his funeral, which was given full state honours.

Handel never married, and kept his personal life private.

 

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973),
"Deux dames japonaises dans un intérieur,
19 July 1951,
Brush and gray wash and pen and India ink on paper,
50.5 x 65 cm.

 

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973),

"Deux dames japonaises dans un intérieur,

19 July 1951,

Brush and gray wash and pen and India ink on paper,

50.5 x 65 cm.

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16 plays

London Mozart Players, Matthias Bamert

Symphony in G minor - I. Allegro
Symphonies

Leopold Kozeluch (1747 – 1818)

Koželuch left around 400 compositions. Among these there are about thirty symphonies, twenty-two piano concertos, including a concerto for piano four-hands, arguably one of the best examples of this rare genre, two clarinet concertos, twenty-four violin sonatas, sixty-three piano trios, six string quartets, two oratorios, nine cantatas and various liturgical works. Among his music there are also operas and works for ballet, which—with the exception of one opera —have yet to be heard by present day audiences.

Rachel Ruysch,
"Still life with flowers on a marble tabletop",
1716 
oil on canvas

Rachel Ruysch,

"Still life with flowers on a marble tabletop",

1716 

oil on canvas

 

Georges Rouault,
"Femme au chapeau, Élégante",
1908,
Watercolor, brush and ink on paper.

 

Georges Rouault,

"Femme au chapeau, Élégante",

1908,

Watercolor, brush and ink on paper.

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26 plays

Howard Shelley, London Mozart Players

Piano Concerto No.7, Op 56, III. Rondo. Vivo
Concertos for Piano and Orchestra, Nos 2, 7 and 8

Johann Baptist Cramer (1771 – 1858)

Born in Mannheim, an English musician of German origin. He was the son of Wilhelm Cramer, a famous London violinist and musical conductor, one of a numerous family who were identified with the progress of music during the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Cramer was one of the most renowned piano performers of his day. He met Beethoven in Vienna, initiating a mutually rewarding relationship; Beethoven considered him the finest pianist of the day from the standpoint of pure technical perfection.

"Suzuki Yasuyuki"
No other information available.

"Suzuki Yasuyuki"

No other information available.

30 plays

I Musici Ambrosiani

Harpsichord Concerto in A Major, I. Andante Spiritoso
Concertos

Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini (1695 – 1750)

An Italian composer and oboist during the late Baroque and early Classical era. Although he was from Milan, most of his professional life was spent in London and with Frederick, the Prince of Wales.

Giuseppe Sammartini was one of the first composers to write keyboard concertos in England, causing him to be an exceptionally influential composer for his time.

 

Watanabe Ikuharu 渡辺幾春 (1895-1975)
Kuchibeni いろとり月 口紅 (November - Rouge) from the “A competition of Showa beauties” series - 1920

 

Watanabe Ikuharu 渡辺幾春 (1895-1975)

Kuchibeni いろとり月 口紅 (November - Rouge) from the “A competition of Showa beauties” series - 1920

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130 plays

Capella Istropolitana

Sinfonia In A - III. Presto Assai
Italian Baroque Favourites; Sammartini

Giovanni Battista Sammartini (c.1700 – 1775),  was an Italian composer, oboist, organist, choirmaster and teacher.

Sammartini is mostly praised for his innovations in the development of the symphony; His works never ceased to be inventive, and sometimes anticipated the direction of classical music.

(Source: Wikipedia)

 

Georges Rouault (1871-1958)
The Head of Tragic Clown (Tête de clown tragique), 1904/1905
Villa Flora, Winterthur, Swithzerland

 

Georges Rouault (1871-1958)

The Head of Tragic Clown (Tête de clown tragique), 1904/1905

Villa Flora, Winterthur, Swithzerland

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Franz Schubert’s

"Impromptu no.3",

performed by Vladimir Horowitz 

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