Fact..The Vikings reached America five hundred years before Christopher Columbus. Fact..The average life expectancy of a Viking was around 50 years. Being born was the most dangerous part. So what was it like? Did they go to school? How did they keep warm? Did they go on vacation? Find out these facts and much more in First Facts About the Vikings. Provides facts about those hardy Scandinavians who flourished from 800 to 1100.
The most significant composer for the French stage between Lully and Rameau, Campra was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1660. His father, an amateur violinist, provided him with his first music lessons, and while he was a slow learner at first, he did begin to show talent, and joined the choir of St. Sauveur in 1674. At one point he nearly lost his place in the choir when he was caught giving unauthorized performances in secular theaters on the side. In August of 1681 he became the music master at the church of Ste.
“She clearly was born to play the cello,” wrote the New York Times of Jacqueline Du Pré in 1967. Just five years later her career was cut tragically short by illness. Du Pré’s recordings provide a treasurable memento of the “perfect balance of youth and maturity” that her teacher, William Pleeth, found in her music-making: “She approached each new experience with spontaneous pleasure and enthusiasm.”
In the 25th anniversary year of her death, EMI Classics pays tribute to British cellist Jacquline du Pre with the release of this luxury box set. Du Pre brought such searing intensity and radiant joy to her cello playing that, despite a career that was tragically curtailed by multiple sclerosis, continues to impact musicians today.
The Sound of Jacqueline du Pre is a collection of her finest recordings.