Books, Lessons, Films The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Tue, 26 Jan 2021 14:32:49 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Elvin Bishop - Rawa Blues Festival (2015) Elvin Bishop - Rawa Blues Festival (2015)

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1. Got To Be New Orleans
2. Callin' All Cows
3. Rock My Soul
4. Juke Joint Jump
5. Travelin' Shoes
6. Every Day I Have The Blues (feat. Bettye LaVette)
7. Don't You Lie To Me (feat. Selwyn Birchwood, Irek Dudek, Jarekus Singleton)
8. On My Knees (feat. Selwyn Birchwood, Jarekus Singleton)

Elvin Bishop – vocals,  guitar
Bobby Cochram – drums
Ruth Davis – bass
Ed Early – trombone
Steve Willis – keyboards
Bob Welsh – guitar
Bettye LaVette, Selwyn Birchwood, Irek Dudek, Jarekus Singleton – vocals

Rawa Blues Festival, Katowice, Poland
3 October 2015

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Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov - Sadko (2017) Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov - Sadko (2017)

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Zurab Zurabishvili - Sadko
Betsy Horne - Sea Princess Volkhova
Anatoli Kotscherga - Sea King
Victoria Yarovaya - Lubava Bustayevna
Raehann Bryce-Davis - Nezhata
Michael J. Scott - Sopel
Tijl Faveyts - Varyazhskyi merchant
Adam Smith - Hindu merchant
Pavel Yankovski - Venetian merchant
Evgeni SolodovnikovЕвгений - Duda
Choir - Chorus of Opera Vlaanderen
Orchestra - Orchestra of Opera Vlaanderen
Music director - Dmitri Jurowski
Director - Daniel Kramer
2 July 2017, Opera Gent


Opera is capable of great ironic timing. On Monday, the hapless David Davis trooped into Brussels to begin Brexit negotiations with the European Union. The next day, half an hour northwest in Ghent, the enterprising Opera Vlaanderen unveiled its new production of Sadko, whose hero yearns to widen the narrow minds of the citizens of Novgorod and open up trade with their neighbours. Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera has some toothsome musical moments within its seven tableaux, but is rarely performed outside Russia. Sadly, I doubt that Daniel Kramer’s dismal staging will win it many new friends.

The plot is rooted in 12th-century folklore. Sadko is a minstrel, a dreamer who suggests Novgorod would be more prosperous if a river joined Lake Ilmen to the ocean, thus opening up new trade routes. The townspeople deride him, so Sadko consoles himself by singing beside the lake, attracting a flock of swans – daughters of the Sea King – who transform into beautiful maidens. They are led by Princess Volkhova, who wishes to marry a mortal. She and Sadko fall in love and she fixes it for him to catch three golden fish, thus winning a huge wager that enables him to buy merchandise and ships. Sadko’s ship, however, is becalmed on its return voyage and, to placate the grumpy Sea King, Sadko sacrifices himself, plunging to the ocean bed. There he plays the gusli for his wedding celebrations, causing a huge storm from which he and Volkhova escape. Volkhova sings Sadko a lullaby before being transformed into the River Volkhova, enabling Sadko’s ships to sail into Lake Ilmen amidst general rejoicing.

Kramer enthuses about dusting off the score of this “ancient dead ancestor” but decides that he doesn’t always like what he sees and imposes his own version of events. There is voluble programme note guff about protectionism and cosmopolitanism and Sadko keeping his masculine and feminine sides in balance. Kramer updates the action, the minstrel Sadko becoming a failed nightclub singer, earning the derision and ritual humiliation of the Novgorod townspeople – couch potatoes obsessed with the shopping channel. A giant video screen is angled over the set, hyperactively spewing images of consumerism – Scrooge McDuck and Chelsea footballers – amidst glitterballs and lunar landscapes. The Varangian, Indian and Venetian guests (for whom Rimsky provides some of the opera’s best music) are travel agents, touting the merits of their land which quickly dissolve into images of hijacking and slums.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s score has its longueurs but includes magical moments. Early in his compositional career – which coincided with his time in the Russian Navy – he wrote his tone poem Sadko (which I heard the Moscow Philharmonic play just last month). Thirty years later, he took its themes as motifs for his opera. Rimsky’s orchestral writing is opulent, almost Wagnerian – there are even hints of the Rhine’s swirling waters at one point. Dmitri Jurowski drew plenty of dramatic colour from Opera Vlaanderen’s excellent orchestra, while the Chorus sang lustily in the many crowd scenes.---Annemie Augustijns,


This magical opera by Rimsky-Korsakov tells the story of the artist Sadko who, through his art, wishes to convince others to escape their isolation and discover new worlds. However, his dream is met with hostility. Only Volkhova, the daughter of the Sea King, enraptured by Sadko’s music, helps him to realise his visionary ideas. Rimsky-Korsakov based his story for Sadko on a mediaeval ‘bylina’ or epic about the eponymous adventurer, merchant and minstrel, blending it with various legends of the sea. Balancing between the worlds of humans and the sea and between myth and reality, Sadko emerges as a Slavic variant of both Orpheus and Odysseus. He embodies the creative force of fantasy that wages war with reality.

While director Daniel Kramer reads Sadko as an inner journey between a masculine, explorative and a feminine, spiritual view of the world, in his thoroughly lyrical score, Rimsky-Korsakov brings together Russian folk music and lively ballads with a dynamic orchestration. After a Tchaikovsky triptych, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Shostakovich) and Khovanshchina (Mussorgsky) Opera Vlaanderen will continue its fascinating exploration of Russian opera under the energetic musical direction of Dmitri Jurowski.

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]]> (bluesever) Films, Video Tue, 05 Mar 2019 15:39:24 +0000
Paul McCartney Live At The Arena, Phoenix, USA 2010 Paul McCartney Live At The Arena, Phoenix, USA (Sunday 28th March 2010)

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01 Stage Entrance
02 Venus and Mars/Rock Show
03 Jet
04 All My Loving
05 Got to Get You Into My Life
06 Highway
07 Let Me Roll It
08 Foxy Lady
09 The Long and Winding Road
10 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
11 (I Want to) Come Home
12 My Love
13 I'm Looking Through You
14 Every Night
15 Two of Us
16 Blackbird
17 Here Today
18 Dance Tonight
19 Mrs. Vanderbilt
20 Eleanor Rigby
21 Something
22 Letting Go
23 Sing the Changes
24 Band on the Run
25 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
26 Back in the U.S.S.R.
27 I've Got a Feeling
28 Paperback Writer
29 A Day in the Life
30 Give Peace a Chance
31 Let it Be
32 Live and Let Die
33 Hey Jude
34 Crowd Noise

35 Day Tripper
36 Lady Madonna
37 Get Back
38 Crowd Noise

Second encore:
39 Yesterday
40 Helter Skelter
41 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)/The End

Paul McCartney (Lead vocals, bass,acoustic guitar, piano,
   electric guitar,ukulele, mandolin)
Rusty Anderson (Backing vocals,electric guitar, Acoustic guitar) 
Brian Ray (Backing vocals,electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass)
Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Backing vocals, drums, percussion)

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]]> (bluesever) Films, Video Wed, 24 Oct 2018 20:11:18 +0000
Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris – Live in Verona 2006 Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris – Live in Verona 2006

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01. Right now (AUDIO ONLY) [0:00:00] 
02. Red staggerwing (AUDIO ONLY) [0:04:51] 
03. Michaelangelo (AUDIO ONLY for first part) [0:10:14] 
04. I dug up a diamond [0:15:58] 
05. Born to run [0:20:09] 
06. Red dirt girl [0:24:59] 
07. Band introduction [0:29:41] 
08. Done with Bonaparte [0:33:09] 
09. Romeo and Juliet [0:38:30] 
10. Song for Sonny Liston [0:48:44] 
11. Belle Starr [0:56:01] 
12. This is us [0:59:44] 
13. Boulder to Birmingham [1:06:00] 
14. All the roadrunning [1:09:33] 
15. Speedway at Nazareth [1:14:47] 
16. If this is goodbye [1:24:54] 
17. So far away [1:30:16] 
18. Our Shangri-La [1:34:56] 
19. Why worry [1:45:30]

Mark Knopfler — guitar, vocals 
Emmylou Harris — guitar, vocals 
Guy Fletcher — keyboards 
Richard Bennett — guitar 
Danny Cummings — drums  
Stuart Duncan — fiddle, mandolin 
Matt Rollings — keyboards 
Glenn Worf — bass


Video containing the concert of Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris in Verona, taken from the All the roadrunning world tour 2006. It's an outdoor concert, very good picture and sound quality. Some great close ups. The sound quality is really great as the sound of the soundboard recording (radio broadcast on German NDR radio) is mixed with the video. Unfortunately video of Right Now and Red staggerwing is missing from this concert.The first soundboard recording from the All the roadrunning tour 2006, recorded at the beautiful arena of Verona. The show was broadcasted in two parts (21st and 28th August 2006) on German NDR radio. Initially, the Hamburg 2006 show would be broadcasted, but due to technical problems, this recording failed and the radio station got permission to record and broadcast the Verona concert instead. So here it is; great quality, very good versions. A really great recording to listen to!

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]]> (bluesever) Films, Video Sun, 01 Jul 2018 16:27:49 +0000
George Benjamin - Lessons in Love and Violence (2018) George Benjamin - Lessons in Love and Violence (2018)

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Lessons in Love and Violence		1:31:16

Stéphane Degout - King
Barbara Hannigan - Isabel
Gyula Orendt - Gaveston/Stranger
Peter Hoare - Mortimer
Samuel Boden - Boy/Young King
Jennifer France - Witness 1/Singer 1/Woman 1
Krisztina Szabó - Witness 2/Singer 2/Woman 2
Andri Björn Robertsson - Witness 3/Madman

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
George Benjamin - Conductor, Composer

May 26, 2018, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Lessons in Love and Violence is the latest collaboration between composer George Benjamin and playwright Martin Crimp. Their previous work includes the large-scale opera Written on Skin – which has since become the most performed new opera of the 21st century. Lessons in Love and Violence combines atmospheric music and penetrating character studies. Director Katie Mitchell and designer Vicki Mortimer, the team behind the first production of Written on Skin, complete the creative team behind this major event in contemporary music.

The opera’s drama begins as King Edward II’s relationship with Piers Gaveston upsets the personal life of court and the political wellbeing of the country. When the controlling military leader Mortimer joins forces with Queen Isabel, the results are deadly for Gaveston and Edward. The lessons learned by the characters of this new opera are harsh ones, following a gripping trajectory from warmth and indulgence towards calculating, cold severity.

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]]> (bluesever) Films, Video Tue, 29 May 2018 21:29:38 +0000
Ludomir Różycki - Eros & Psyche (2017) Ludomir Różycki - Eros & Psyche (2017)

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1. Eros & Psyche - Warsaw 2017		2:10:48

Psyche - Joanna Freszel
Arete / Ksieni - Wanda Franek
Hagne / Laida / The Monastery's doorkeeper - Anna Bernacka
Hedone / Hanna - Aleksandra Orłowska-Jabłońska
Blaks - Mikołaj Zalasiński
Eros / Arystos / Knight Errant / De la Roche / Stefan - Tadeusz Szlenkier
Hermes / Old Slave / Chaplain / Cafe owner / Hugo - Wojtek Gierlach
Charmion / First Guest / Hr. Albert - Adam Kruszewski
Old Greek / Second Guest / Paul - Grzegorz Szostak
Knight / Youth / Tolo - Mateusz Zajdel

Chorus of the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera
Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera
Grzegorz Nowak - conductor

19 october 2017, Polish National Opera, Warsaw


Różycki's opera is a real journey of Psyche and Blaks in search of Eros, through 5 eras corresponding to 5 different places: the Golden Age in Arcadia, the Roman Empire, a medieval monastery in Spain, Paris at the time of the French Revolution, and finally a European capital at the beginning of the 20th century. For this Teatr Wielki production, the director Barbara Wysocka has imagined transforming these places and periods into five locations of different film shoots: the videos in the background appear as an abyss of cinema, the images are strong. In short, she shows us the workings of cinema on an opera stage!


Eros i Psyche Ludomira Różyckiego to opera oparta na niezwykle popularnym na początku XX wieku dramacie Jerzego Żuławskiego. W okresie międzywojennym dzieło obecne było na scenach europejskich, później niesłusznie zapomniane. Tematem jest wieczna tęsknota człowieka za światem idealnym. Tytułowa Psyche przemierza kolejne epoki – od Starożytnej Arkadii, przez Cesarstwo Rzymskie, średniowieczną Europę, Rewolucję Francuską, aż po początek wieku XX. W każdej z rzeczywistości odradza się w innej roli i na nowo rozpoczyna poszukiwanie ideału.

Zaproszona do realizacji tego utworu w Teatrze Wielkim – Operze Narodowej Barbara Wysocka umieszcza akcję w świecie filmu. Po sukcesie poprzednich inscenizacji (nagrodzona Paszportem „Polityki” Zagłada Domu Usherów, Medeamaterial, Moby Dick) reżyserka powraca, aby zmierzyć się z kolejnym nieoczywistym i monumentalnym dziełem. Powstała inscenizacja, w której plan operowy współistnieje z filmowym, a różne wcielenia Psyche stają się podróżą przez scenerię kolejnych filmów.

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]]> (bluesever) Films, Video Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:38:49 +0000
George Benjamin - Written On Skin (2012) George Benjamin - Written On Skin (2012)

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1. Written on Skin		1:36:33

Barbara Hannigan (Agnès) 
Christopher Purves (The Protector)
Bejun Mehta (Angel 1 - The Boy) 
Rebecca Loeb (Angel 2 - Marie)
Allan Clayton (Angel 3 - John)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra 
George Benjamin - composer, conductor

Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence 

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]]> (bluesever) Films, Video Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:46:02 +0000
Jazz in Poland (1964) Jazz in Poland (1964)

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Jeden z serii zachodnioniemieckich filmów dokumentalnych o muzyce jazzowej zrealizowany w Warszawie. Zostały w nim zaprezentowane najważniejsze zespoły ówczesnej polskiej sceny jazzowej: Warsaw Stompers, Kwartet Zbigniewa Namysłowskiego, Kwartet Jana "Ptaszyna" Wróblewskiego, Kwintet Krzysztofa Komedy, Bossa Nova Combo Krzysztofa Sadowskiego, Kwintet Andrzeja Trzaskowskiego. W finale pojawili się – jako All Stars Session – pionierzy jazzu w Polsce, którzy zagrali utwór Family Blues.

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]]> (bluesever) Films, Video Sun, 08 Oct 2017 21:58:55 +0000
Tomasz Stanko Quartet - JazzBaltica, Salzau, Germany 2005 Tomasz Stanko Quartet - JazzBaltica, Salzau, Germany 2005

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-Little Thing
-Rising Ballad

Tomasz Stanko - Trumpet
Marcin Wasilewski - Piano
Slawomir Kurkiewicz - Bass
Michal Miskiewicz – Drums

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]]> (bluesever) Films, Video Sun, 08 Oct 2017 17:26:54 +0000
Lully - Cadmus & Hermione (2008) Lully - Cadmus & Hermione (2008)

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1. Cadmus & Hermione	2:00:51

CADMUS, son of Agenor, king of Tyre and brother of Europa : André Morsch
HERMIONE, daughter of Mars and Venus : Claire Lefilliâtre
THE GOD PAN / ARBAS, an African in Cadmus' following : Arnaud Marzorati
ARCAS, companion of Pan / NURSE OF HERMIONE : Jean-François Lombard
MELISSE, divinity of forests and mountains / CHARITE, companion of Hermione : Isabelle Druet
PALES, goddess of shepherds / LOVE : Camille Poul
AGLANTE, another companion of Hermione / JUNO : Luanda Siqueira
DRACO, giant, king of Aonia / MARS : Arnaud Richard
THE SUN / first Tirian prince : David Ghilardi
Second Tirian prince : Vincent Vantyghem
ENVY / First African : Romain Champion
PALLAS : Eugénie Warnier
Second African : Anthony Lo Papa
ECHION, a soldier : Jeroen Bredelwold
Ensemble (soloists, dancers, chorus and orchestra) : Le Poème Harmonique
Musical direction : Vincent Dumestre


The event of the year! Three years after Le Poème Harmonique's European DVD release of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (which sold 25,000+ copies), the team led by Vincent Dumestre and Benjamin Lazar has produced Cadmus & Hermione, the very first French opera, composed in 1673 by Lully on a libretto by Quinault. With reconstructed sets and costumes, this entirely candle-lit production will become a landmark in the rediscovery of baroque opera, providing a unique opportunity to discover a musical masterpiece that has fallen into oblivion over the last three centuries. Playable in all regions. Approx run time 120 min. --- Editorial Reviews,

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