Village of Dent, the Lake District, Cumbria, UK
Archive for January, 2012
Aelvi Cem ritual
3m and 24s into this clip from a BBC series on religion is a song of the Aelvi Cem ritual. I think it's fantastic. Could anyone tell me more about it and is there any way it might be possible to get a version by these particular performers?
The (National Treasure) Sir David Attenborough is on Desert Island Disks and he's chosen And the Glory of the Lord from The Messiah performed by Neville Marriner & the Chorus of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
My favorite bit, I suppose, has to be For Unto Us A Child Is Born, because I once sang it on stage…not quite as well as this.
Sylvia McNair, Anne Sofie von Ott
Helen's returned from Oxford with a bench from her old college's refectory. Seems they're refurbishing and some bright spark saw a way to make money from their alumni. And she fell for it.
It remains a puzzle why the intelligent left have never succeeded in producing or nurturing a thoughtful and balanced newspaper to rival those on the right. Perhaps it is an delusion, like expecting a cyclist will win the Epsom Derby.
The Guardian envisaging a digital-only existence
Erster Verlust / Ian Bostridge
When still at school, Ian Bostridge corresponded with Sir Roger Penrose, then the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford, about a unified theory of gravity and electromagnetism. Growing tired of theoretical physics, Ian studied history at Oxford and Cambridge, getting a First, an MPhil and a DPhil for ground-breaking research into witchcraft in the 17th-18th Centuries. For a while he was a post-doctoral Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Then he became a professional singer, and an extraordinary one at that. I've already posted his stunning version of Der Leiermann from Schubert's Winterreise
and here below is some more Schubert, Erster Verlust. Words by Goethe, music by the finest songwriter ever
Jene Tage der ersten Liebe,
Ach, wer bringt nur eine Stunde