19 Replies to “Nicholas Spanos sings “The true knowledge” by Ramiro Real”

  1. Dear Nina, I’ll translate:” Marvelously beautiful wise poem by genius of Oscar Wilde, wonderful music by Ramiro Real and staggering moving interpretation by Nicholas Spanos with the unmatched accompaniment of Nikos Zafranas! It boggles the mind and stirs the soul! It’s impossible to listen to this song without emotion. Marvelous!”

  2. Удивительно красивый мудрый стих гениального Оскара Уальда, прекрасная музыка Ramiro Reala и потрясающее проникновенное исполнение Nicholasa Spanosa с неподражаемым аккомпаниатором Nikosa Zafranasa! Это так потрясает и переворачивает душу! Без волнения нельзя слушать эту песню. Удивительно!

  3. Cara Daniela,today is the day when Oscar Wilde died.About his De Profundis in the preface somebody who didn’t understand him at all wrote that it’s his apologia,the essay about crime and punishment.I would say in 2 words – about Love and Humility as he said:”…to Humility there is nothing that is impossible,and to Love all things are easy”.I also think that only Wilde could explain what really happened to him, but if somebody makes their impression of him that somebody should do it with love…

  4. Yes,different side of Wilde’s thought,but we all have different sides.The only difference is that genius can express it better in words:-)Oscar Wilde said about himself:”I was a man who stood in symbolic relation to the art and culture of my age.I had realised this for myself at the very dawn of my manhood,and had forced my age to realise it afterwards”Also in De profundis:”..secrets are always smaller than their manifestation”:-)And”The supreme vice is shallowness.Whatever is realized is right”

  5. I like very much also this quote from Wilde’s “The Soul of man under Socialism” : “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing..” A different side of Wilde’s thought, but no less interesting.

  6. Cara Daniela,I’m reading De Profundis.Well,I’m so emotional beyond words.It’s the work where Wilde’s genius perhaps found it’s ultimate expression!How about this?:”Clergymen,and people who use phrases without wisdom,sometimes talk of suffering as a mystery.It is really a revelation.One discerns things that one never discerned before.One approaches the whole of history from a different standpoint.What one had felt through instinct about Art is emotionally realized with perfect clearness of vision

  7.  n° 2 – I love very much this quotation from “De Profundis : “I made art a philosophy and philosophy an art..”. Delicious are also some quotations concerning journalism . I will mention just two : “The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands..” “The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read”.

  8. Thanks for posting this beautiful video and thanks Yana for sharing . Bravi Spanos and Ramiro Real : sheer poetry! “The true knowledge” is a poem I love much, especially the verse “.I seek in vain what lands to till or sow with seed..” That verse sums up the nomadic and almost ‘postmodern’ spirit of Wilde…seeker even though the light of the Utter Truth is inaccessible. In addition to the nice quotations you made.. I like a lot this one from “De Profundis :..(See comment n° 2)

  9. Great singing, poem and music. Divine voice! “We spend our days, each of us, in looking for the secret of life. Well, the secret of life is in art.” (Oscar Wilde)

  10. …brings about the pleasant life; rather, it is produced by the reason which is sober, which examines the motive for every choice and rejection, and which drives away all those opinions through which the greatest tumult lays hold of the mind.”… Also,”The truly wise man is the one who can be happy with a little”.And also, “Of the things that wisdom prepares for insuring lifelong happiness, by far the greatest is the possesion of friends”:-)So, long live Eternal Greece and Nicholas Spanos!:-)

  11. …with the normal physical needs satisfied.” “When we say that pleasure is the end,we do not mean the pleasure of profligate or that which depends on physical enjoyment-as some think who do not understand our teachings,disagree with them,or give them an evil interpretation- but by pleasure we mean the state wherein the body is free from pain and the mind from anxiety.Neither continual drinking and dancing,nor sexual love,nor the enjoyment of fish and whatever else the luxurious table offers…

  12. Dear friend, how about remembering Greek philosophers now as there’s no Oscar Wilde without admiration of Greek philosophy and art, and also, sorry, there’s no me without admirations of Oscar Wilde and Greek philosophy and art?!:-) I think of all great ancient Greeks Epicurus is most misunderstood, and Epicureism is confused with Hedonism. So, let’s see what he said himself: “The truest happiness does not come from enjoyment of physical pleasures but from a simple life,free from anxiety,…

  13. “Each little thing that we do passes into the great machine of life,which may grind our virtues to powder and make them worthless,or transform our sins into elements of a new civilisation,more marvelous and more splendid than any that has gone before..Sin is an essential element of progress.Without it the world would stagnate,or grow old,or become colourless.By its curiosity,Sin increases the experience of..race.Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type

  14. Very good!:-) It’s what Oscar Wilde said in other words too:”A mask tells us more than a face”. And it’s about art in general. It’s what he also meant used in this video:”Action is the last resourse of those who know not how to dream”. Not that we should lie all life on the couch doing nothing:-). But:” The imagination is essentially creative and always seeks for a new form”…”Things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the Arts that have influenced us…”

  15. This quote is actually my favourite, as well as “give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth” – isn’t that why people choose to express feelings with poetry and music, art in general? It is the expression of universal thoughts and feelings we can all relate to, expressed in the most beautiful possible way .. I liked this piece – I was quite amazed at the power of the high notes especially! The high range is THE best I have heard in a CT 🙂

  16. Dear Brazian friend, it’s my “video response” to you:).First Plato:”There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance”.Then Aristotle:”What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” Then Socrates:”I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world” And it all has to do with Oscar Wilde of course, who said”…I have made my choice, have lived my poems, And, though youth is gone in wasted days, I have found the lover’s crown of myrtle Better than the poet’s crown of bays”

  17. “Only the shallow know themselves”.I love this phrase by Oscar Wilde.It defines very well the human soul, full of contradictions, lights and shadows,labyrinth to be unveiled;we never know ourselves fully, only few steps of the huge stairway inside us.Poor those that look the mirror and say:”I am this”, ’cause we’re much more than our face in the mirror.Narciso had to dive into the deep lake to discover who he was, when returned was quite different from who he was before the decisive plunge.

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