On Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Vienna, on February 13

Celebrities and politicians in the homage to Chopin in the Dance of the Opera

The 54th Dance of the Opera of Vienna produced homage on Thursday to the Polish composer Frederic Chopin with assistance of numerous celebrities of the cream of society and of the political world, including to the chief of the diplomacy of the EU, Catherine Ashton, and the ex-British model Katie Price. The most glamorous party of the Viennese mundane life, in the Staatsoper, to which more than 6.000 persons attended, began with the Waltz of the Minute of Chopin interpreted by the pianist Krzysztof Jablonski, rewarded with the award Chopin in 1985 accompanied by ballet dancers of the ballets of Vienna and Warsaw.

For Sim Sim Wissgott (AFP)

The principal soloists of the Opera of Vienna continued it with a repertoire of 14 arias, from 'Carmen', of Bizet, up to 'The Bohème', of Puccini, and 'Die Fledermaus', of Richard Strauss, as well as with works of Verdi, Chaikovsky, Wagner, Rossini and Lehar.

The 'Opernball', the most prestigious of the Viennese holidays, an occasion so that politicians, businessmen and celebrities of diverse sectors share a champagne glass, produced homage to Chopin while in the whole world 200 years of his birth are celebrated.

Between the important politicians were the president Heinz Fischer, the chancellor Werner Faymann and several ministers, as well as the German Secretary of the Treasury, Rainer Bruederle.

This annual appointment of the Viennese winter gives an agreeable occasion for the political conversations, as well as to carry on good business Austrian in the theater boxes (to 17.000 euros), rented by the magnates of the industry and the economy. A simple entry was selling at 230 euros for this event which slogan, once again, was 'to see and to be seen'.

The statuesque Briton Katie Price, ex-model and habitué to appear on the page three of the tabloides, present without his new husband, was the personality that more attracted the attention of the press.

In another sector, the French designer of elegant underwear Chantal Thomass expressed his happiness for taking part in this event to the channel of television Austrian ORF, which transmitted it directly.

The traditional 144 debutantes in cutaway, between whom the chozno of Richard Strauss was, and the debutantes with long garment and brilliant diadems, opened the dance throwing also traditional 'alles Walzer' ('Quite for the waltz').

In the dance track of more than 900 m2 especially installed for this party, the discreet suits were crossing as of custom with extravagant clothings of good or bad taste, like a garment of siren realized with leather imitation of leopard or gigantic hats with flowers or birds.

Lady Catherine Ashton, the new representative of the foreign policy of the European Union, that was taking a sober garment with embroideries and spangles, came to the Austrian capital accompanied by the chancellor Werner Faymann after the informal European summit of Brussels, which showed his support to Greece affected by a serious financial crisis.

Copyright © 2010 AFP.


  • On February 17, 1653: Arcangelo Corelli, musician and Italian composer is born. Grosso contributed to the crystallization of the concerto. Author of numerous instrumental works (Concert of Christmas, The Follia, sonatas), father of the sonata for violin and inspirer of a group of composers of this instrument like Varacini, Germiniani and Viotti.

  • On February 13, 1883: Richard Wagner dies in Venice. Composer of German origin, renovator of the romantic opera. His inclination towards the music did not wake up up to knowing the works of Weber and Beethoven. After a life lax and invested in the game and the women, he married and traveled to Paris and then to Dresden, where his work was recognized. The transfer of his remains was comparable to the funeral procession of a big sovereign one.

  • On February 13, 1976: the soprano Lily Pons dies. A voice crystalline and extended towards the sharp one, joined a graceful figure and personal friendliness, they constitute the props of the formidable success of Lily Pons. An exceeded publicity helped to do of her almost a sacred monster of the singing; so much it was so in the decade of '40 went so far as to consider her to be the best singer of the world.

  • On February 12, 1924: there is released "Rhapsody In Blue" of George Gershwin. Gershwin managed to unite in this work three fundamental elements of the music of his country: the piano popular tradition, the harmonic treatment of the music of the theater of varieties and all the ambience of the African American blues.

  • On February 10, 1881: I release in Paris of "The Stories of Hoffmann" of Jacques Offenbach. The opera is an adaptation of Jules Barbier and Michel Carré of several stories of writer Ernst T.A. Hoffmann. The first one takes place with a mechanical doll, the second one with the victim of the conjuration of a magician, and the third one with a moribund sick person. The history begins with a prologue ambientado in a bar.


  • Daniel Barenboim
    "The director does not have physical contact with the music that his instrumentalists produce and at most he can correct the phrasing or the rhythm of the score but his gesture does not exist if it does not find a band that is receiving"

  • George Gershwin
    "It would give everything what I have as a little of the genius that Schubert needed to compose his Ave Maria"

  • Gustav Mahler
    "When the work turns out to be a success, when a problem has been solved, we forget the difficulties and the perturbations and feel richly rewarded"

  • Franz Schubert
    "When one is inspired by something good, the musician is born fluently, the melodies sprout; really this is a big satisfaction"

  • Bedrich Smetana
    "With the help and the God's grace, I will be a Mozart in the composition and a Liszt in the skill"


  • The Sea

    Claude Debussy

  • I give the factotum

    Gioacchino Rossini

  • The wandering Dutch

    Richard Wagner

  • The big Russian Easter

    Nicolai Rimsky Korsakov



Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla

Piazzolla represents one of the rarest cases in which an author is unrolled of extraordinary form so much in the world of the popular music, with his tangos of Buenos Aires, as in that of the refined or classic music. Called symphonic tango created a new genre renewing this way of decisive form the tango. If it is considered that the work of Piazzolla begins in 1946 with The desbande and concludes in 1990, with Him grand tango and with Five tango sensations, that the same year records with the quartet of ropes Kronos, it is deduced that it covers 46 years, space in which it produced not less than eight hundred works.


Carlos Gardel

Carlos Gardel

Carlos Gardel is perhaps the biggest myth of the Argentina. His artistic skill, his incomparable talent as singer of the suburbs of Buenos Aires, his musical instinct to compose some of the biggest tangos of all the times, his marvelous character, his fanaticism for the careers, have led him to being equalled perhaps only by another legend of the country of the south of the Silver: Eva Perón. Nevertheless, while all political activity can be worth of objections, comments and mistrust on the part of certain sectors of the population, the figure of Carlos Gardel is erected as universally for all the Argentinians and the followers of the tango across the world.

Paris, on February 16

Juan José Mosalini: the soul of the bandoneón beats in Paris

The music and the dance of the River Plate came to the margins of the Seine more than one century ago, seducing the French, but Juan José Mosalini lives through the tango now a real explosion in France, of the hand of some of his contemporary teachers, like the bandoneonista. In an interview with the AFP in Paris, before traveling to Argentina, where it will offer two concerts, and from which it will set off then in the direction of China, Mosalini evoked "passionate and unconditional" relation between Paris and the tango and between he and the bandoneón, which came to his hands when it was a chiquilín.

Granada, on February 16

International festival tango Granada dedicates his XXII edition to Carlos Gardel

75 anniversary of the death of the singer and tanguista Carlos Gardel will lead XXII edition of the International Festival of Tango of Granada, which also will organize several parallel activities between which there are holidays of trasnoche, tango in the university or an exhibition. Between the artists who will take part in three forms of the festival - dance, set of instruments and sung - there is Leo Sujatovich, Cristian Zárate and the Japanese couple of dance Kyoto and Hiros Yamao.


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