Concerto IV in C minor
Akademie für alte Musik Berlin
(Gaulish coin from the reign of Valentinian III, 5th c.)
Martyrdom (by starvation) at Newgate Prison of members of the London Charterhouse
William Exmew, Thomas Johnson, Richard Bere and Thomas Green were monks of the Charterhouse (Carthusians) in London who refused to support King Henry VIII in his break with the Pope in Rome.
In 1537, as punishment, Exmew was hung, drawn and quartered (disembowelled while still alive) at Tyburn and the other three were chained in a standing position to posts at Newgate prison until they starved to death.
Exmew is shown with them in the painting but, while he was also chained to a post in prison before his execution, this was not at Newgate, but the Marshalsea.
Jascha Heifetz plays the Paganini Caprice No. 24
Fireworks and showmanship. But it’s a very musical performance as well, full of spirit and variety. And the way he physically dominates his instrument - the way it is held as solid and still as a table under his strong and rapidly moving bow-hand and fingering-hand - is fantastic.
There’s a man who’ll never have a sore neck. His posture is perfect and, no doubt, that’s partly how the rest can be too…