This is the second half of a project inpired by William Blake's bleak poem, 'London'. I began taking the photographs in Central London in 2015. My goal was to capture the diversity of Londoners and the sense of unease looming over their city in recent yeas.
The Barbican is one of the most remarkable housing estates in the world. Designed in the mid 20th century by British firm, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and commissioned by the local authority, it is a unique chapter in the story of state-led architecture with much to teach us today.
Written and presented by Phineas Harper. A co-production between The Architectural Review and the Architecture Foundation.
We can see how the love is everywhere, no matter the race, no matter the age, the sex.. we just have to keep our eyes open and see. Every single moment is a precious gift and we have to live it as it was our last breath. Life is for loving,not hating. When you love every little thing, you will receive everything for the universe.
Já fui a Londres mais vezes do que devia mas há sempre coisas que ficam para trás. Desta vez, aproveitei para descobrir a Wallace Collection, um pequeno museu (à escala dos que há na cidade, bem grande para a escala portuguesa) de entrada gratuita em Marylebone, logo ali adiante da loja da Monocle, com uma coleção admirável mostrada num cenário fantástico. Ainda por cima, pode fotografar-se. É claro que me detive em pormenores de Canalleto a Rembrandt a Fragonard e outros que tais. O texto abaixo, do excelente site do museu, apresenta-o. O vídeo ajuda. As fotos que se lhe seguem são algumas das que fiz.
The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.
The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.
Displayed at Hertford House, one of the family's London properties in the nineteenth century, the Wallace Collection presents its outstanding collections in a sumptuous but approachable manner which is an essential part of its charm.
It is probably best known for its paintings by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Hals (The Laughing Cavalier) and Velázquez and for its superb collections of eighteenth-century French paintings, porcelain, furniture and gold boxes, probably the best to be found anywhere outside France.
Less well known is that the Wallace Collection features one of the finest groups of princely arms and armour in Europe and, alongside this, you can enjoy splendid medieval and Renaissance objects, including Limoges enamels, maiolica, glass and bronzes.
Don’t miss national treasure and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, which is now open to rave reviews at the Vaudeville Theatre, London for a strictly limited season.
Two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff (Philip Cumbus – regular player at Shakespeare’s Globe) and the utterly reliable John Worthing J.P., (Downton Abbey’s Michael Benz) lead double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax (Emily Barber) and Cecily Cardew (Imogen Doel). The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.
Há momentos em que as coincidências acontecem. A verdade é que já tinha comprado bilhetes para este concerto quando li o livro do Salman Rushdie (já com tradução portuguesa) mas agora que volto a pensar nisso, Xerazade e os seus Jinns andam a aparecer bastante na minha vida. Diz a apresentação do concerto:
Essential American composer John Adams brings his own take on storytelling to the Barbican including a new dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra.
Performed by close collaborator and new music champion Leila Josefowicz, Adam’s latest work takes the idea of the original Scheherazade into the present day and “imagines a modern woman storyteller/hostage whose strength of character and powers of endurance are tested over and over”. There are more traditional tales to be told in the first half with Ravel’s youthful ballet score Mother Goose, featuring Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb and Beauty and the Beast.
Para a semana vou, então, ouvir "Scheherazade.2" de John Adams, um dos meus compositores contemporâneos favoritos, dirigida pelo próprio, com uma primeira parte dedicada a Ravel. A peça teve estreia mundial em Nova Iorque com Alan Gilbert a dirigir a New York Philharmonic e está aqui abaixo a partir do minuto 55.
Leila Josefowicz is the soloist in the World Premiere of Scheherazade.2 by John Adams. Also featured is The Enchanted Lake by Anatoly Lyadov and Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky. Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts. The program is hosted by Alec Baldwin and produced by Mark Travis.
00:00:00: Billboard and intro to Lyadov 00:02:00: LYADOV: The Enchanted Lake 00:09:05: Back-announcement and intro to Stravinsky 00:11:39: STRAVINSKY: Petrushka 00:47:20: Back-announcement and intro to Adams 00:55:45: ADAMS: Scheherazade.2 01:44:59: Back-announcement and credits TRT: 01:47:15