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Rondo Veneziano

Rondò Veneziano is an Italian chamber orchestra, specializing in Baroque music, playing original instruments, but incorporating a rock-style rhythm section of synthesizer, bass guitar and drums, led by Maestro Gian Piero Reverberi. The unusual addition of modern instruments, more suitable for Jazz, combined with Reverberi’s arrangements and original compositions, have resulted in lavish novel versions of classical works over the years. As a rule in their concert tours, the musicians, mostly women, add to the overall Baroque effect wearing Baroque-era attires and coiffures.

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he first decade of albums were entirely original compositions in the style of the baroque rondò being “a musical composition built on the alternation of a principal recurring theme and contrasting episodes.”.

In an interview Reverberi said on the sound of Rondò Veneziano: “Rondò Veneziano’s music is first of all positive. Also when it seems to be sad, it’s never sad. It’s always positive in a sense that at the end there’s always a good future. So I think that also the reason of the success it that it’s music where you don’t have to think negative or to feel negative or if you feel negative it should be something that brings you to think positive.” In later years Rondò Veneziano also brought their fusion of classical and contemporary instruments to a number of albums dedicated to some of the great composers of the classical and baroque tradition.

A version of “La Serenissima” (Theme From Venice in Peril) was released in the UK as a single and reached number 58 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1983. The track was also widely used at that time by BBC Television, as the theme tune to Hospital Watch. The track was later to feature on the globally successful Venice in Peril album which was released as part of an international campaign to save Venice from sinking into the lagoon.

In 1985, they provided the score for the movie Not Quite Jerusalem (known as Not Quite Paradise in the USA). This score was a reworking of many of the original pieces featured on the Venice in Peril and The Genius of Venice albums. The orchestra has produced 70 albums in the 29 years since its founding in 1979.

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Albert Einstein: How I See The World

Actor William Hurt narrates this profile of Albert Einstein’s life and work. After he won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, Einstein was often photographed in public, though many knew little about his private life. This program relies heavily on his own words, excerpted from his letters, diaries, and writings. Pictures from Einstein family photo albums and home videos give interesting insight into this rather private man.

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A. Einstein: How I See The World, PBS – 1995

his biographical treatment of Albert Einstein accurately portrays him not as a detached physicist, but rather as a man deeply concerned with social and political ideas. Newsreel footage shows him soon after he relocated to the United States after fleeing the Nazis in his native Germany. He became active in social causes (and is even seen at some lighthearted social events), and those who knew him reminisce about his development as a social thinker. The film notes how Einstein’s fear of Hitler’s harnessing the potential destructive power of the atom altered his pacifism to some degree and led him to urge President Roosevelt to start what would become the Manhattan Project and the development of the atomic bomb. The depth of Einstein’s mind as it stretched into areas outside the realms of math and science is covered well, and this film, which is eloquently narrated by actor William Hurt, provides an insightful look into one of the most fascinating characters in history.”

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