White Clouds

Nuvole Bianche Nuvens brancasToday “I bring you” an Italian pianist that I got to know through an Italian friend (to whom I thank). The song I’m going to post was the first I ever heard from Ludovico Einaudi. 3 years have passed and I have listened to most of Ludovico’s discography, but Nuovole Bianche (White Clouds) is still my favourite – if you listen carefully to it, you’ll surely understand why!

All that’s left is to draw your attention to the first comment in youtube đŸ˜‰

Here you have a beautiful live sung version.

My passion for russian classical music

Well, as we’ve been bragging around, we intended to offer a very diverse blog, claim that I think we have succeeded in defending. However, there’s a great hole here, respectively in classical music. We hired David so that that hole could be covered, but he hasn’t come to it yet.

Thus, I will try to fill that hole đŸ™‚

Although my musical library tends to cover heavy metal, hard rock, rock and almost every progressive rock that exists (and the sometimes associated fusion jazz), I have a great passion for late 19th century Russian composers, like Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Korsakov, Mussorgsky and the somehow similar British Holst. Today, I’m going to show you an amazing orchestral suite composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade!

Scheherazade is a central character in the book One Thousand and One Nights, where she is married to the Sultan, who weds virgins and beheads them after their wedding night, so that they can’t betray him (after being betrayed by his first wife). However, Scheherazade postpones the wedding consummation by telling her new husband stories for 1001 nights, until the time when he falls in love with her and spares her life.

I haven’t read the book, but I know several of the stories Scheherazade tells her husband, and probably so do you: “Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp“, “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” and “The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor are the better known ones.

Ok, I hope I caught your attention. Now, let’s listen to the 4th movement of this suite, Festival at Baghdad. The Sea. The Ship Breaks against a Cliff Surmounted by a Bronze Horseman, by the Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra on the Great Christmas Concert 2010 in Cankarjev dom.

This is my favourite movement, but if you want to listen to the whole 50 minutes, be my guest đŸ˜€