LAVOISIER VE YUNUS EMRE

Sevgili yaran:                                          25 Aralık 2011

“Be hey kardaş hakk’ı bulam mı dersin,
Hakk’a yarar amel işlemeyince
Tarikat sırrına erem mi dersin,
Kamil mürşid sana söylemeyince” Continue reading “LAVOISIER VE YUNUS EMRE”

HENRYK GORECKI Symphony No. 3

This album must be listened with upmust attention, in a serene atmosphere and by a very good stereo system. My car stereo was inadequate in capturing neither the harmony nor the range of crechendo – decrechendos. 24 Score harmony and the wide range of decibels creates a harmonic distortion, if not listened by an excellent audio system with powerful woofers. This is one of the best music ever composed; at least it feels like when listened in the right mood. Dawn Upshaw’s voice and interpretation is heavenly. This probably is her best performance and should place her on the top of the short list of sopranos of our time. David Zinman’s conducting haunts the listener.He sounds like he has Gorecki in his soul; almost like they are the same. London Sinfonietta’s performance is impeccable and raises the bar to unreachable levels. This masterpice should be heard by all music afficionados.

Timur Sumer

WAGNER: TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Tristan probably is the most difficult and the longest tenor role in opera literature. Many tenors got burned out after performing this role and there have been very few tenors who have performed Tristan role on stage more than once. Therefore it is understandable why Placido Domingo never wanted to sing this role on stage. I doubt that he could have been more successful on stage than he is in this studio recording; especially considering the passion, and intensity he has put into this performance.

Domingo fans have been hoping for this recording for a long time. No doubt that this will be a historical recording, for many generations to enjoy.

Timur Sumer, MD

ARTURO TOSCANINI

 

This DVD is an extraordinary visual and auditory experience for the Toscanini admirers.
Camera emphasis on Toscanini reveals maestro’s technical perfection, his communication skills and his authority, and turns this DVD into an education in conducting. Superimposed images of the conductor with orchestra members make this communicatition easy to appreciate for the viewer. Maestro’s repeated gestures such as touching his nose or mouth with his index finger to decrease the volume or occasionally resting his left hand on his collar at the chest level etc. are very interesting to watch.
Considering the date of recording, sound and picture quality are very good, with the exception of the second half of the Brahms concerto where the picture is fuzzy; this problem has been narrated before it occurs.
I found a few other aspects of this recording interesting: Orchestra’s seating lay out is very different than today’s orchestra seating pattern. Today’s conductors would have to exert a considerable effort orienting themselves to this pattern. Also of interest is, there are no women musicians in the orchestra. Unlike in most of the modern concert halls, orchestra members do not rise when the conductor walks on stage. I believe this attitude is much more civilized than the current practice.
I had read by some expert critics about Toscanini’s conducting style being, “fast”. I was unable to appreciate this criticism, until I watched this DVD; especially Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the maestro’s style as is.
I am not a professional musician but only an enthusiast.
I watched only Volumes one and two of The Television Concerts and I am planning purchasing the rest.
Timur Sumer, MD

IRIS NEBULASI

“İris” nebulası (NGC 7023) Cepheus yıldız kümesinin içinde, 1300 ışık yılı uzaklıktadır. Kutup yorugesinde olduğundan ufukta hiçbir zaman kaybolmaz (batmaz). Bir başka deyişle, yılın her günü kuzey yarım küresinden görülebilir. Şu sıralarda göğün kuzey-doğu yönünde gizlenmekte, ve ancak teleskopla gözlenmektedir. Bu görüntüler Michigan semalarından çekilmiştir.
Bahçemizden görüntülediğimiz iris çiçekleri ise yalnızca bahar aylarında açar. Çiçeklere bakınca, bu bulutsunun neden “iris” adını aldığını kolayca anlarsınız.
Timur Sümer

“İris” nebulası (NGC 7023) Cepheus yıldız kümesinin içinde, 1300 ışık yılı uzaklıktadır. Kutup yorugesinde olduğundan ufukta hiçbir zaman kaybolmaz (batmaz). Bir başka deyişle, yılın her günü kuzey yarım küresinden görülebilir. Şu sıralarda göğün kuzey-doğu yönünde gizlenmekte, ve ancak teleskopla gözlenmektedir. Bu görüntüler Michigan semalarından çekilmiştir.
Bahçemizden görüntülediğimiz iris çiçekleri ise yalnızca bahar aylarında açar. Çiçeklere bakınca, bu bulutsunun neden “iris” adını aldığını kolayca anlarsınız.
Timur Sümer