Nouvelles de Saint-Pétersbourg.


L’enfant du pays

René Féret 2003

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: III. Allegro non troppo – Allegro molto vivace, Felix Mendelssohn; Yehudi Menuhin, Efrem Kurtz: Philharmonia Orchestra

Shuffle thingy :

Hit shuffle on your iPod, phone, iTunes, whatever it is you listen to music on and then write down the first 20 songs that come up. Tag at least 10 people that you want to do it too!

I have been tagged by sforzinda and thedeadintern (▰˘◡˘▰)

  1. Concerto for Violin in G major, RV 312 - III. Allegro, Antonio Vivaldi.
  2.  Concerto 5 ré mineur -Allegro, Charles Avison.
  3. Usquequo Domine - 1.Usquequo Domine, Henry Desmarest.
  4.  Domine ad adiuvandum RV 593: 2. (Sopran): Gloria Patri, Et Filio, Antonio Vivaldi.
  5. Caprice No.11 in C major- Andante - Presto, Nicolò Paganini.
  6. Air Tendre, François Couperin.
  7. Ascende laeta, RV 635 - 3. Sternite, Angeli, Antonio Vivaldi.
  8. Vecchio amante, Barbara Strozzi.
  9. Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, op. 30, no. 3 - III. Allegro vivace, Ludwig van Beethoven.
  10. Prelude in F minor, Op. 28 No. 18 “Suicide”, Frédéric Chopin.
  11. Octet in E flat op.20: Allegro moderato ma con fuoco, Felix Mendelssohn.
  12. Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1, Frédéric Chopin.
  13. Partita 3 in Mi Major - Menuett 1 & 2, Johann Sebastian Bach.
  14. La femme d’Hector, Georges Brassens.
  15.  Sonate XXIV en ré majeur - Presto ”Amico il fato, guidami in porto”, Giuseppe Tartini.
  16. « Marş-ı Ali » en ré majeur [Grande Marche], Prince Mehmed Burhaneddin Efendi.
  17. Concert Fantasia in G major, Op. 56: II. Contrastes: Andante cantabile, Pyotr Illitch Tchaikovsky.
  18. Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G-minor, Sergei Rachmaninoff.
  19. Quintette pour piano No. 5 en ré majeur, G 411: I. Andante sostenuto, Luigi Boccherini.
  20. Concerto in B flat major - Allegretto, Johann Christian Bach.

As always I am bad with tagging so, if anyone wants to do it, feel free. (But maybe maybe @chadefallstar and roadtripdaydreams ~)


Robert Mapplethorpe 

Richard Wilson - A View of the Tiber with Rome in the Distance (detail).


Nina Leen - Jean Patchett & Eileen Ford, New York City, 1948.

John Constable — Cloud Study, Early Morning, Looking East from Hampstead.


One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.

These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.


They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.

These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.

And the metro is always this clean.

In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.

Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.

We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.

On such sunny, sad mornings I always feel in my bones that there is a chance yet of my not being excluded from Heaven, and that salvation may be granted to me despite the frozen mud and horror in my heart.
Vladimir Nabokov - Pale Fire


Mary Magdalene by Philippe de Champaigne (detail)