La Boheme: Adriana Martino sings “Quando men vo”, Scala, 1965
A superior performance by Adriana Martino in the 1965 movie production of Puccini’s opera La Boheme, directed by renowned Italian film maker Franco Zefirelli, under the musical direction of Herbert Von Karajan, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years and generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century [Wikipedia].
Rimsky Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol Op 34
Berlin Philharmonic – Directed by Zubin Mehta
Published January 27, 2013
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Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34, is the common Western title for a five movement orchestral suite, based on Spanish folk melodies, composed by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1887. — Wikipedia
The Capriccio is a brilliant composition for the orchestra. The change of timbres, the felicitous choice of melodic designs and figuration patterns, exactly suiting each kind of instrument, brief virtuoso cadenzas for instruments solo, the rhythm of the percussion instruments, etc., constitute here the very essence of the composition and not its garb or orchestration. The Spanish themes, of dance character, furnished me with rich material for putting in use multiform orchestral effects. All in all, the Capriccio is undoubtedly a purely external piece, but vividly brilliant for all that. — Rimsky-Korsakov
VIDEO Interview set in the Italian Alps
Mountain Climbing Extreme Mountaineer Reinhold Messner
“Messner” (Full Movie)
Reinhold Messner, the world’s greatest mountain climber, looks back over his career with surprising candor and self-revelation. It is the career of a man who began climbing with his father in the exquisite Italian Dolomites, but whose restless quest for self-knowledge through extreme adventures made him the most accomplished climber of modern times. MESSNER includes rare film of his astonishing climbs of the world’s highest mountains – without using bottled oxygen and often alone.
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