Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Little Taste of Heaven

Have you ever seen the movie "Master and Commander"? I won't do a movie review on it here but suffice to say, it is probably my favorite movie ever. And I don't just throw out comments like that lightly! Here are a few other favorites of mine:

2. Unforgiven
3. A Few Good Men
4. 3:10 to Yuma
5. Good Will Hunting

Anyways one thing that suprised me about Master and Commander was how much it turned me on to classical music. Something about the open sea, a beautiful navy ship and beautiful cinematography combined with the music of Bach made me appreciate something I might otherwise not have.

I Particularly enjoyed this little number. If you do not want to be lulled into a peacefull paradise, do NOT under any circumstances listen to the music in this video:

'Prelude' (From the Unaccompained Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Preformed by Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

I'm told this is one of the best known "interpretations" of the number as performed by "Yo-Yo Ma" who is apparently one of the greatest celloists of our generation.

This version is quite amazing and a little bit faster. I don't like it quite as much as the Yo-Yo interpretation, but it is clearly a masterpiece. It is performed by a man named Mstislav Rostropovich who is apparently a legend.

Or for those of you who are more contemporary minded, try this version. Undoubtedly hated by purists ;)

1 comment:

  1. "Master and Commander" is a great film.

    At that time in history, Great Britain was warring against Napolean. Napolean was a dictator that rose from the ashes of the horribly bloody French Revolution (the predecessor and inspiration for the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917). "Master and Commander" reminds me of the United States' fight against communism--foreign and domestic. We are still fighting communism(Marxism) today expecially now that Obama is in the White House.

    Marxism is Satan's economic plan to ruin the economy, society and Christian beliefs of a nation. Faith in big government is slavery; faith in God first and foremost is liberty.

    "Seek the Kingdom of Heaven first."

    If you like "Master and Commander", you will love to read about the great victory at Trafalgar in 1805 by Horatio Nelson and the British Navy against the combined French-Spanish Fleet. It was a battle between a Christian-free market nation (Great Britain) and an anti-Christian secular nation (France) and an oppressive Catholic nation (Spain). Nelson was fatally wounded and his dying words were, "Thank God I have done my duty."

    "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."