Wednesday, 31 August 2016

PROM 45. THE MAKROPULOS AFFAIR.

19-8-16. The Royal Albert Hall is a Fantastic Building. Full of History & Tradition. As a Musical Setting it cannot be Bettered. Taking Your Seat. You are Struck. How Vast the Area is. Plus there is the Unique. Large Standing Area. The Staff are Very Good Too. One Remarked on My Tie. Which I am Wearing with Pride. A 60 TH Birthday Present, from Radmila.

The Janacek Opera is in Three Acts. Story that Enfolds. Begin,s with Emperor Rudolf 11. Surrounded in His Court. By Alchemist,s etc. Get,s a Greek Physician. To Create a Elixir. To Give His 16 Year Old Daughter. Ever Lasting Life. Potion Does not Work at First. Physician is Thrown in to Prison.

When Elixir Kick,s in. She Becomes a Singer. Over Many Year,s. She Changes Her Name. Though All With the Moniker E M. By the Time it is 1922. She is Emilia Marty. Look,s Thirty. Though Really She is Over 360 Year,s Old !.

Act One is Set in a Lawyer,s Office. Where the Law Suit. Gregor v Prus is Played Out. Act Two on a Stage of a Large Theatre.

Must Say Something Now. About How Classical Music. Sometimes Shoots itself in the Foot. Many Important People are Trying to Get Newcomers involved in Classical Music. I Am in a Musical Society. While Attending a Musical Festival in Middle England. This Year. A Self Entitled Musical Expert. Told Me. He Will Not be Going to This Prom. He Says the Production is Not Very Good. Can Make My Own Mind up, Dekuji !. Must Say Never I Have I Enjoyed a Musical Event. As Tonight,s Prom !.
Second Tonight. Hall,s Light,s are on. Nearly Every Person in the Audience are Reading from the Programme. In English. As the Opera Enfolds. You Pay Your Money. Your Choice, Indeed. People Will Say. " It,s in Czech ". Even Though I Cannot Speak Fluent Czech. I Love the Rhythmic Sound of the Czech Language. Most Opera,s are Sung in Italian. Sure Not Everybody is Fluent in Italian ! Or Read the Programme,s to Understand !. Feel I Received So Much More. Just Watching & Listening to The Musical Performance.

Mainly a Czech Cast. Many Prom Debut,s. Not that You Would Know it. Liked Eva Sterbova ( Soprano ) - Kristina. Jiri Klecker ( Baritone ) - Stage Technician. Jan Vitek ( Tenor ) - Albert Gregor. My Favourite is Jan Jezek ( Tenor ). Who Plays Senile Old Admirer. Hauk-Sendorf. With Much Comedy. Hauk, a Sprightly 100 Year Old !.

Act Three, after a Chocolate Ice Cream Interval. Is Set in a Hotel Room, at Dawn.
Star of the Show. Is Glamorous, From Finland. Karita Mattila ( Soprano ). Who Plays the Lead Role. Emilia Marty. Words Fail Me. How Wonderful She is. Changes Her Appearance Through the Acts. Has Her Taken Back in Act Two. Even Sings Through a Red Veil !.

Janacek, Choose to Colour His Opera Heroines, in Latter Life. Influenced by His Love in Real Life. Of Kamila Stosslova. A Women 35 Years Younger then Him. Though Janacek has Much Sympathy for Marty. He Describes Her as " Cold " & " Icy ". Janacek gives Some Novel Idea,s in This Opera. Their is a Telephone. Plus a Toy Tin Drum, in this Score.

Janacek,s, Very Good Music is Played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. With the BBC Singer,s. Impressed at the Early Percussion. Played by the Orchestra,s, Alex Neal. The Conductor, Jiri Belohlavek. Conductor Laureate, CBE & Our Dvorak Society President. Plus He His a Foremost Interpreter of Czech Opera. Special Mention as Well. For Stage Direction. By Kenneth Richardson.

This Year Has Been Very Hard For Me. Lost Two Loved One,s Parent,s in The Czech Republic. Plus My Mother. Has Bad Health Too. Jiri Belohlavek is Suffering From Cancer. So When Karita Mattila Hugged & Embraced Jiri, at the Operas Finish. Not Ashamed to Say. Tears Started to Flow !. Plus was So Happy with the Emotional Musical Performance, Of the Opera. Leave the Royal Albert Hall. After Seeing & Hearing a Truly Memorable Occasion.

Monday, 29 August 2016

PROMS EXTRA ( 45 ).

19-8-16. Check in to My Hotel. Villa Kensington Hotel. 10-11 Ashburn Gardens. Listen in My Room. To BBC Radio 3. Gustav Mahler. Symphony NO 1, in D Major. Tonight,s Leading Soprano. From Finland, Karita Mattila. Sings Richard Strauss, Four Last Songs, is also Heard.

Head to South Kensington Tube. Then take Large Underground Tunnel Walk. To the Royal Albert Hall. Have Watched & Heard So Many Prom Concerts. Now I Have a Ticket For My First Prom !. Prom is Number 45. The Janacek Opera " The Makropulos Affair. Sung in Czech.

Attend Prom Extra Talk. At Nearby Imperial College Union. Talk is By Nigel Simeone. Who Was in the Charles Mackerras Book. I Have Read. Have Time to Go in the Union Bar. Drink a Mug of Mocha Coffee. Plus for the Olympics. Windsor & Eaton Brew. " Maracana ". A Blonde Beer. Nice it is Too. On the Union Bar TV Screen. Rio Olympic,s Women,s Hockey. Gold Medal Match. Featuring the UK.

Talk Outside to another Concert Goer. Proms Extra Talk Begins. Tonight,s Opera was Released to Czech Audiences in the 1920,s. With Many Czech In Jokes. Concerning these Times !. Janacek Based it on a Karel Capek Play. Capek & The Czech Language. Give us the Word " Robot ", !. Janacek took Great Delight. That the Opera was Very Difficult to Play. Even Changing the Score. During Rehearsal,s !. The Makropulos Affair. Was a Immediate Hit. When Premiered in Praha. More So then His Better Known " Cunning Little Vixen ". Audience was Informed. That to Understand & Enjoy the opera. It would be a Advantage. To Read Tonight,s Programme, Plot. Then Listen & Take in the Musical Performance.

Enjoyed the Talk. Ready for the Real Event Now.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

JOSEF SUK. HOUSLE- MUJ OSUD.

26-6-16. Just Before Coffee at J J Murphys. Called in at Ceske Muzeum Hudby. Karmellitska. Praha 1. There is a Exhibition on Josef Suk ( 1929-2011 ). Titled " The Violin, My Destiny. Did Not Have Time to Go Round.

Though it Looks Very Interesting. Josef, Great Grandson of A Dvorak. Plus Grandson of Josef Suk. So Some Heritage Then. Many Mementos of His Life. The Instruments He Played. Including " Libon ", a Stradivari Violin. His Music played, Film Footage. Even His Large Model Car Collection.

Shame i could Not Attend. Though You Can. If You are in Praha. Exhibition Runs till 30 TH of September.

Friday, 26 August 2016

NINE HAPPY YEARS.

27-6-16. Nine Years Ago. My Friend, Marcela, Introduced Me to Someone. Who Changed My Life.
Since Meeting Radmila. The Last Nine Years, Have Made Me So Happy. Nothing Causes Me Any Problems. Anything is Possible.

On Friday 29 TH June 2007. Was Our First Meeting. The Blonde with the Clear Plastic Umbrella. Gave Me the Perfect Birthday Present. I Had Came to Praha For My Birthday. Which was at the Beginning of the Week.

To Mark Next Year. Being Ten Years. Needed to Give Her Something Special. Praha Zoo. Is One Of the Best Zoos in the World. Does Fantastic Work with Endangered Species. ie, The Przewalski Horses.
With News that the Zoo. Could Be Receiving Some Pandas. This Will Even Further Increase to the Zoos Attraction.

Being Foolish. Drank Too Much. The Day Before. Could Not Keep My Breakfast Down. Plus it is Still Too Hot. Not Feeling Too Good at All. Adopting a Animal at the Zoo. Is a Brilliant Gift.

Because of Radmila,s Love of Reading. Thought a Owl. Was a Perfect Choice.
Being the Wonderful Person She is. She Noticed, Kachnicka Amazonska. Did Not Have a Sponsor. So Now She is a Proud Adoptive Parent !. Plus I Give a Donation to the Zoo.

I Love Visiting the Zoo. Go Many Times. Each Time you See Something Different. Depending on the Season. Also You Must Remember. Not Only are You Viewing the Animals. They are Watching You !.

The Adoptive Process is Easy. Lovely, Friendly Zoo Staff. Guide you Through. After I Am, Roztyly Postman !.
So Thank You Radmila. For Nine Happy Years. All My Love. Terry.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

TAXI FOR NOVODVORSKA. PROSIM.

26-6-16. Relax & Read in Mystical Vysehrad. Friend Marketa. Is Showing Round a Group of Visitor,s Around. Round About the Same Time. Our Path,s Do Not Cross. Until She Spend,s Some Time. With Me Jimmy & Mick. In Bar Jama. Petrska 1551/23. Very Entertaining. Regales Interesting Stories. Very Good Company. Eat Mushroom / Cheddar Omelette. Idea is To Line My Stomach. For My Praha Pivo Tour Ahead. While in Jama Drink Good Kutna Hora Pivo. Marketa Gives Me Enchanting 60 TH Birthday, Musical Gift. She Takes Her Leave.

While We Head to Second Stop of Tour. Bar Napalme. Na Zertvach 877/32. Cellar Bar Located at Palmovka. One Of My Haunts. Drink Excellent Uneticky 10 % + Clock APA. Was Now Intending to Go to Prvni Pivni Tramway. Knew Work was Going on Outside. Did Not Know. That Trams Were Not Operating There !. All Road Up, on way to Sporilov. Bus,s Were Available. Though Dusk is Now Upon Us. Friends Did Not Fancy Hassle of Locating Bus Stops.

So it is on to Zly Casy. Downstairs is Closed. Being Sunday. First Time in Upper Bar & Pivo Garden. Here We are Joined By Stranger, Rob Maclean, On Meeting. Though at End. Friend on Facebook !. Rob is From Reading. See Also He Likes Running. Drinks at Zly Casy. I Partake in are Fine Hopflash Wings & Pivo From Antos PIM. Slany, or as Czech,s Say Salty.

Final Call. Unexpected Bonus. Remember Pivovar Basta. Jimmy & Mick, Have Never Been. Was Telling them About, Star Talking Bird. Get There. You Guessed it. Not a Sausage From Said Bird !. Ask Bar Staff. They Explain. He His in His Box. Sure Was. Not Even My Perfect Czech " Ahoj ". Can Stir Him !. Mick Gives Me Another Gift. " Nejlepsich Malych a Strednich " ( 100 Pivovaru ) Book. Says it Will Improve My Czech.

Say Our Goodbyes to New Friend Rob. Tram to Central Praha. Now Everybody is Rather Jolly. Decide I Need to Make Tracks. So its Taxi to Novodvorska. Prosim !.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

TODAY WE DIE A LITTLE.

In My School Days. Was a Member of the Hallamshire Harriers. Maybe Because Of Seb Coe !. Enjoyed Road Running. So Did a Few of My School Teachers. While Reading the Independent. Was Attracted to Richard Askwith,s New Book. Richard is a Avid Runner. Plus a Former Independent Journalist. Author of " Feet in the Clouds ". His New Book is " The Rise & Fall of Emil Zatopek. Olympic Legend. Today We Die a Little ".

Book Title Eludes to Quote from Emil. Before the Olympic Marathon in Australia. In Blazing Heat !. Zatopek,s Greatest Accolade Among Many. Was Winning the 5000, 10,000 Metres + Marathon. In the Helsinki Olympics. His World Records, Emils Humanity & Training Methods. Superb to Say the Least.

Zatopek Had Many Critics. Very Unfair, I Think. People in Czechoslovakia. Had to Make Many Decisions. Some You Would Prefer Not To. Though You Had to Live, in These Times. People Not in This Situation. Cannot Make a Valued Judgement.
Emil,s Running Style was Not Pretty. But Same Could be Said of Paula Radcliffe.

When in Exile. He Worked for a Small Drilling Team. It Was Very Hard Work. Emil Once When He Was in Trouble. Went To Ground in The Sporilov. Area I know Through the Prvni Pivni Tramway !. Plus With His Devoted Wife, Dana. Built & Lived in Another Lovely Praha Area, Troja.

None of Emil,s Rival,s. Have a Bad Word for Him. Book is Very Well Written. Loved The Book,s Epilogue. Author Runs in the Annual Koprivnice Run. Visits Emil,s Grave. Which is Just Dust & Ashes.
On The Eve of the Rio Olympics. Plus with The UK. Excited About the Olympian Mo Farah. Never a Better Time To Buy & Read This Book. Thoroughly Recommended.