Bamberg String Quartet, Peter Lang, Wilhelm Kienzel
Romance For Piano And Violin In F Major, Op. 11
By Composer Antonin Leopold Dvorak
Performed By The Bamberg String Quartet Featuring Peter Lang and Wilhelm Kienzel
Love comforteth like sunshine after rain, But Lust’s effect is tempest after sun; Love’s gentle spring doth always fresh remain, Lust’s winter comes ere summer half be done; Love surfeits not, Lust like a glutton dies; Love is all truth, Lust full of forged lies. – William Shakespeare , “Venus and Adonis”
The Amber Room at the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, outside St. Petersburg.
A gift from Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I to Peter the Great, the original amber decorations were stolen by German occupiers during World War II and never recovered. Their reconstruction, completed in 2003, took 25 years.
Wildlife: Fish: Picturesque Dragonet fish Picturesque dragonet, Synchiropus picturatus, is a brightly colored member of the dragonet family native to the Indo-West Pacific: Philippines, eastern Indonesia and northwest Australia. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade, where it is commonly known as the Spotted Mandarin, Psychedelic mandarin or Target Mandarin. The picturesque dragonet may grows to a size of 7 cm in length. They have thick slime on their skin that inhibits many types of parasitic infection and minimizes the risk of disease following stress or physical trauma. This seems to help protect them from some other more aggressive fish. The fish Synchiropus picturatus is one of only two animal species known to have blue coloring because of cellular pigment, the other being the closely related mandarinfish (S. splendidus). The name “cyanophore” was proposed for the blue chromatophores, or pigment-containing and light-reflecting cells. In all other known cases, the colour blue comes from thin-film interference from piles of flat, thin and reflecting purine crystals. Binomial name: Synchiropus picturatus (W. K. H. Peters, 1877)