The Beautiful Project – 3rd Anniversary Issue – Issue No. 40 – The Ballade pour Adeline.

Hello Everyone!,

Today is the 3 year anniversary of The Beautiful Project.  40 issues have been done to date!  There are now over 350 email recipients and WordPress followers and the list of subscribers continues to grow.  *<:-P party  Many, many more years to come!  Woo hoo!!! *:) happy*<:-P party

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Enjoy the piece of music below, I have been looking forward to doing an issue on it forever. –

The piece is ‘Ballade pour Adeline’ (French, “Ballade for Adeline”).  It is a very beautiful piece of music, and an important piece of classical music, in part, because unlike the music of Mozart etc it was composed more recently, in 1976; there have been fewer pieces of great classical music composed lately. It was composed by French composers Paul de Senneville (primary composer) and Olivier Toussaint (de Senneville’s composition partner).  Paul de Senneville composed the piece as a tribute to his newborn daughter, Adeline.  The first recording was by Richard Clayderman and it was a gargantuan hit, and made Richard Clayderman hugely famous.  According to Wikipedia world-wide sales of his recording of Ballade pour Adeline have now reached over 22 million copies in 38 countries.

Beautifully elegant video of the piece’s performance by Richard Clayderman:

This piece of music can be purchased here. –

Amazon: https://goo.gl/MtGzX7

iTunes: https://goo.gl/FBsjmg

Stay warm, and expect more beautiful things in the future,

Hugs!!!,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 31 – Sublimity, By Todd Eldredge.

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 31 – Sublimity, By Todd Eldredge.

Video – http://goo.gl/RWFxox

I have been an avid figure skating fan my entire life, and have spent a lot of hours on the ice.  The work that figure skaters have done in the medium of ice skating has usually been beautiful, and often had an artistic quality; however, it has always been a sport, in part or in whole, and so, there are few programs that have been done that entered into the category of art qua art.

The performance done here by Todd Eldredge is one that is in that category.

It utilizes the piece of music Il Mare Calm Della Sera, sung by Andrea Bocelli (Issue No. 21 was about Andrea Bocelli’s performance of Con Te Partirò).

The music is itself a masterpiece; Andrea Bocelli’s performance, with Con Te Partirò, is certainly one of the two most beautiful tracks on the album ‘Romanza’.  And being of the exact maximum time length of the men’s long program in skating, 4 minutes and 40 seconds, this song provided the unedited material for a coincidence that could produce perfection.

This program – done by Todd Eldredge, a person one can see is of unusually high character – done to this music, in the midnight blue costume he is wearing – with his intensely sensual, superlatively skilled skating – including the rarest of skating devices – a deliberate fall to the ice as a dramatic gesture, like in Rodin’s statue Daphne Overcome – is of the highest caliber of Romanticism.  It is the kind of work one almost never sees today in the performing arts, because of the unusual combination of superlative music, a good man, superlative skill, and a superlative media, ice skating – a work that is sublime – and the sublimity including being of the highest technical art form.

And that is centrally why – among all the hundreds of programs I have ever seen – while I can only remember excerpts of a few – this is the only one that stands out in my mind as one I remember and want to remember, as something I am glad I got to witness.  A real work of art in ice skating.  Great work done by a good man.

Speaking about the man himself, on a lighter note, the girls can adore him (And some do call out exactly that right before the program starts.  Such a handsome boy!  But, wait.  He’s 41 now.  That made no sense.  But I swear, he looks like a cross between Tom Cruise and David Tennant, doesn’t he?), the men can admire his masculinity and skill, while still being graceful.  That’s the way man should be.  Good, elegant, graceful, nice, kind, but strong, masterful and masculine.  Very gentlemanly, very cultured.  Now – that’s civilization.  ( :

A man doing the most sophisticated things on two blades on synthetic ice – more than the smartphone or the skyscraper this shows how far our species has come from caves and cave drawings.

In this way, this performance is a type of climax of civilization, and a thing that can make a person proud to be a homo sapien.

When he jumps, he flies.  Given his resemblance to Christopher Reeve’s Superman, that would make him the Superman of Skating.

{As a Doctor Who fan, I would like to again emphatically point out his uncanny similarity to David Tennant/David Tennant’s Doctor Who.  Observe the TARDIS blue costume, ha ha ha.}

The various remarkable – and unusually – aesthetic and articulate comments by the commentator actually enhances what is seen.

What an intense and rare romantic art and romantic world experience seeing this video is!  And that is one of the reasons it is so special and beautiful.

The superlativity of this work brings to memory another masculine, yet graceful performer and performance – Mikhail Baryshnikov and his sublime performance in his production of The Nutcracker with American Ballet Theatre.

Truly this is one of the great masterpieces in ice skating ever done, and as the commentator says, “The whole package works. . . . I don’t know if he was inspired by the voice that we heard, but it certainly inspired the rest of us.”, and thank goodness the cameras were rolling!  The prefacing story of Todd Eldredge’s heroic efforts to overcome injury and perform well further add a sublime intensity edge of heroism to this video.

For those of us who look for the sight of an individual achievement of the highest kind, there one is.  Have a look at that.  And be inspired to live your own life well.

As the people call out, before the performance starts: “WE LOVE YOU, TODD!”

The whole atmosphere of radiant benevolence really adds to the video too.

Todd Eldredge is also a person whose long, thin, elegant lines go so well with an elegant thing like ice skating, and so, his elegant physical form combined with his superlative form and technique in his skating work further adds to the exaltedness of what is seen here, and the sublime, euphoric response one feels to this video.  The general resultant feeling is of ecstasy.

The commentator, incidentally, I believe, is the two time Olympic gold medalist, skating veteran and legend Dick Button.  Who also aptly comments on how amazing Andrea Bocelli’s performance is, as an aside, not just Todd Eldredge’s, the actual subject of his commentary.  Good man!

The choreography was, I believe, done by Richard Callaghan, Todd Eldredge’s coach. 

I am happy that – funny coincidence – actually I was watching this broadcast over 15 years ago on Channel 7, ABC, here in New York City, when it originally aired.  And someone recorded it and put it on the web.

Maybe you remember where you were when you first saw it.  Or will remember seeing it here for the first time.

Everything is superlative here!  Even the lighting and the camera work.  Look at the speed, the nimbleness of Todd’s movements across the ice, the exquisiteness and perfection of all the jumps and splits, the litheness of his figure, the adroitness of his skatesmanship!  The passionate and euphoric motions, the exalted, sensual fall, the seemingly effortlessness of his motion transitions, the hard, powerful, sharply defined, extremely difficult spins, the perfection of the perpendicularity in the camel spin, the immense strength of his control.

He doesn’t create the illusion of making it look easy; he honestly makes it look as what it is, the magnificent execution of something extremely difficult.  Skating is as hard as the ice you skate on.  His strength makes it look it.  That honesty is part of the man and his performance.  He makes his honesty and artistic integrity look as strong as the ice he is skating on.

Most of all – this is one of the few skaters who has ever done what ought to be done in a movement media to music – his movement is the expression in motion of the music he is skating to.  It is the expression in motion of his emotional response to the music he is skating to.  That is extremely rare among skaters.  Both the capacity to feel as much as this man does, and the capacity to give expression to it in motion.

It makes for what is rarely seen, the authenticity of the emotions he is expressing in his movements, his sincerity.

This program by Todd Eldredge is exquisite.

And Thank Goodness we get to see this again!

Enjoy!

I have not verified it, but I believe this is Todd Eldredge’s official website.

http://www.toddeldredge.net/

According to it, this program was done on April 17, 1998 at the Hershey’s FS Challenge in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.

They list that copies of the DVD of his performance seen here can be purchased from them in Todd Eldredge: 1998 Vol. 4 (See 7th on list).

http://goo.gl/xSUlqK

The music can be purchased here (the same CD contains the Andrea Bocelli music from Issue No. 21.)  2 BP Issues’ music for the price of one.  Ha!

http://tiny.cc/AMAZINGSONGCD

http://tiny.cc/AMAZINGSONGViaiTunes

And do let me know exactly what you think of this performance by Todd Eldredge.

PS – It’s a hot August in America and Europe right now, so this is a cool thing to watch now.  Lol!

All my best, with Tender, Loving Care,

Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 30 – Back In Action – The Flower Duet – Dôme épais, le jasmin.

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 30 – Back In Action – The Flower Duet – Dôme épais, le jasmin.

Hello everyone,
 
I know people were wondering what had happened over the last few weeks to the emails/blog issues of The Beautiful Project, and missing them!  As anyone who knows me personally knows, I was overwhelmed.  Overwhelmed by work on my book, the corporation and a very special article I am writing.  Some of you know which one I am talking about.
 
I am still overwhelmed.
 
But I just can’t stand it anymore, I must put out an issue of The Beautiful Project.  Beauty demands our attention. 
 
In time, I plan to do several issues to make up for the 4 weeks where there was no issue, to keep the number of weeks of the project equaling the number of issues released, as was planned, the once per week arrangement.
 
Also – this is Issue No. 30 of The Beautiful Project!  30 beautiful issues, woo hoo, celebration time!!!
 
So, coming back strong, here is truly one of the 5 most beautiful things ever created by a human being, referenced in Issue No. 8, The Flower Duet, Léo Delibes aria from the opera Lakmé (It’s set in India!  It’s about love! – Moulin Rouge!, ha ha!)  This is what is for me the most beautiful recording of it ever, Natalie Dessay, soprano, with Delphine Haidan.
 
And it’s in French!
 
When I first heard this piece of music on the British Airways commercial when I was little, I naturally assumed that it was the music one heard as one entered heaven.
   
Enjoy!
Lakmé Description:
To buy the Lakmé opera (you know I’ve got my copy! : )
And let me know exactly what you think of The Flower Duet!
And this is Classical Music Master Class No. 2 (as introduced in Issue No. 23).
All my best, with Tender, Loving Care,
 
Paul Daniel
 
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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 23 – The Sibelius Karelia Suite & A Very Special Announcement.

Ladies & Gentlemen, 

I had an extra special week, unusually fun, joy and love filled and in celebration of that I am doing an extra special issue of The Beautiful Project.  In 2 ways.

First, all, and heed this carefully, because this is important, the beautiful thing in this issue is The Sibelius Karelia Suite.  This is a very important piece of music.  The richness, the elegance, the sublimity, the grandeur of what life can be is expressed in it perfectly.  To be clear:

The crescendo at exactly 2 minutes and 45 seconds into the piece of music expresses all that it is possible to experience in life.

Let me repeat that for emphasis, for due consideration:

The opening crescendo is the sound of everything that is possible in life.

Full stop.

Many of us who listen to WQXR here in New York City, are extra familiar with it, because they at WQXR had the good taste to use it as the opening theme of one of their shows for a long time.  And I heard it on the air again earlier this week, so good for them!

Enjoy!

Secondly, the special announcement –

Accompanying The Beautiful Project I will be initiating something new –

An Online Classical Music Appreciation Master Class.  (I use the term Master Class very loosely here.)

An introduction and opportunity to appreciate and enjoy and learn about classical music, for the seasoned veteran of and the newly interested in classical music.  To enjoy, advance and popularize great and fun classical music in every way.

This will be called a Classical Music Master Class, or a CMMC, C-Double M-C, or a C2MC, or a CMC.

Get it, MC?  As in Classical Music/with Master of Ceremonies.  I’m the MC, in this CMC.  : )  Hee hee.

This Class will consist of a brief piece of information about the piece of music itself, like in this email, and a link to the piece of music so as to enjoy it.

In celebration of all this, this issue is the first of the Master Classes.  It is fitting that a CMMC should begin with The Sibelius Karelia Suite, as it is one of the greatest pieces of music ever composed by man. 

Enjoy!

The Sibelius Karelia Suite:

You can purchase the piece here:

http://tiny.cc/PurchaseSuite

So think about it, and * do let me know * what you think about The Sibelius Karelia Suite.

a_beautifulthing@yahoo.com

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?  Neither could I.  

I wish you the best, with tender, loving care,

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

The blog for The Beautiful Project is The Blog About Beautiful Things at: 

https://theblogaboutbeautifulthings.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/ProBeautiful

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 21 – Hello – It’s Time To Say Goodbye.

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 21 – Hello – It’s Time To Say Goodbye.

Hello – It’s Time To Say Goodbye.  Specifically, ROMANZA!; Andrea Bocelli’s duet with Sarah Brightman, Con Te Partirò (With You I Will Leave) or the English version of the title, Time To Say Goodbye.

It’s spring and many of us are feeling romantic, and people are being nicer than usual to each other in New York City.

I think of feeling benevolent in April and May as the spring’s form of the Christmas spirit. : )

To express all that romance and joy in life, there is little more intense and perfect than ‘Con Te Partirò’.  It’s in Italian, is about Romance, is sung by a gorgeous Italian man with a beautiful Englishwoman, and comes from an album entitled Romanza, wherein the aforementioned gorgeous man appears on the cover of the CD in a bright red shirt.  Italian, red, romance, singing, a woman, whoooo!, this thing has smoke coming off of it.

Many of us remember how popular the song was 15 years ago, and today I never hear it on the radio, ever.  So, here it is, a blast from our past, that song we all know and love that makes us feel great with the marching, passionate sound of the human spirit and everything that makes life worthwhile.

Crescendo.

Does it for me every time.

Enjoy!

http://tiny.cc/AMAZINGSONG

For a little bit of the very interesting history of the song and it’s popularity, click here:

http://tiny.cc/HistoryOfTheAMAZINGSONG

All the best, with Tender, Loving Care.

Sincerely,

Paul Daniel

The song can be purchased here – 

http://tiny.cc/AMAZINGSONGViaiTunes

and here:

http://tiny.cc/AMAZINGSONGCD

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?  Neither could I.  

And do let me know exactly what you think of Time To Say Goodbye!

a_beautifulthing@yahoo.com

The blog for The Beautiful Project is The Blog About Beautiful Things at: 

https://theblogaboutbeautifulthings.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/ProBeautiful

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 5 – Bjoerling’s The Pearl Fishers Duet.

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 5 – Bjoerling’s The Pearl Fishers Duet.

The above recording is of the immortal Pearl Fisher’s Duet by Georges Bizet, as performed in the superlative, famous recording of it by Jussi Bjoerling and Robert Merrill.  If I had to make a list of the 5 most beautiful objects in the world, The RCA Victor Vocal Series CD that has it on it would be one of them.  Enjoy!  🙂
 
To see the CD:
 
 
Have a beautiful day!