France

Communist Party Convention in France as view from Moscow

July 7, 1947 – Moscow Looks At France’s Big Turn To The Right – Wage Demands And Strikes – Postwar Uneasiness.

July 7, 1947. One of the side aspects to the Cold War; the propaganda war and the regular newscasts portraying life in the Soviet world, as opposed to life everywhere else. On this particular newscast, the emphasis is on the then-current state of affairs in France and the “big turn...

London Under Attack - July 1940

July 2, 1940 – Balkans Under Revision – France Under New Order – Bets On An Invasion Of Britain.

Become a Patron! July 2, 1940 – 305 days since war began in Europe. On this day, news from The Balkans that Romania had decided on a change of Foreign Policy. The day before, Prime Minister Tatarescu cancelled all existing pacts which Rumania held jointly with England and France. According...

Allied Troops - moving East - 1944

June 25, 1944 – Taking Cherbourg – Taking Vitebsk – Feeding Rome – A Foothold On Saipan.

Can we get a hundred Patrons this month? Become a Patron! June 25, 1944 – busy day on all battlefronts. Starting with rumors that Cherbourg had fallen to the Allies. German radio reported the loss, while General Eisenhower’s staff were keeping mum until it was a 100% done deal. Up...

Vichy - 1945

June 23, 1945 – Postwar Europe – A Return To Vichy – Adjusting To Peace.

Become a Patron! June 23, 1945 – As VE continued to wear off and the business of getting back to some semblance of normalcy slowly began, the adjustments to a new life and healing the scars from the old one were proving to be a challenge which would only become...

Children of the besieged.

June 18, 1940 – The View From Bordeaux – Unprecedented, Unimaginable, Mass Confusion – A Place Besieged.

We’re because you are – support us if you can – doesn’t cost much at all: Become a Patron! June 18, 1940 – With the air thick with confusion, fighting still going on in some areas, the escape out of France still going on and anxious anticipation over the reaction...

Fall of France - June 17, 1940

June 17, 1940 – Marshall Pétain: “The French Army Has Stopped Fighting”.

Pennies, nickels, dimes – it all adds up: Become a Patron! June 17, 1940 – The day the war came to an end for France. In an emotional address to the world, Marshall Pétain announced that France had ceased fighting and that a negotiate surrender was anticipated over the coming...

London - Summer 1945

June 16, 1945 – Europe After V-E Day – Life Returns To London – Eyes On The Pacific.

Become a Patron! June 16, 1945 – The view from Europe – how the ravages of war were slowly fading from cities and towns and how the slow readjustment to peacetime was starting to take place, after over five years of bombings and invasions which left a continent in mostly...

Paul Paray leading an imaginary concert

Paul Paray Leads L’Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France In An Imaginary Concert – 1964-1971- Episode 5 (Final) – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Paul Paray – Retrospective with l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Last Episode (#5) – Radio France Musique 2014 – The fifth and last episode of this wonderful series of live performances featuring the legendary Paul Paray leading l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – this time in an imaginary concert...

Paul Paray - Retrospective Part 4

Paul Paray Leads L’Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France With Denise Monteil In Music of Paray, Lesur And Rosselini – 1959-1972- Episode 4 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Paul Paray and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Retrospective -Part 4 – Radio France Musique – The fourth installment of the excellent series on the tenure of the legendary Paul Paray with l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – this time as interpreter of 20th century works, his own included....

Paul Paray - Retrospective Part 3

Paul Paray Leads L’Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France With Aline Van Barentzen, Elisabeth Söderström, Yvonne Lefébure and Jean-Jacques Kantorow – 1960-1971- Episode 3 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concer

Paul Paray and L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Retrospective Part 3 – Radio France Musique – Continuing with Paul Paray this week – part three of the excellent series produced by Radio France Musique in 2014 featuring performances with Paray leading the ORTF Orchestra, this time in a support...