Reception of Grand Duke Alexander Nikolayevich

Today we are mixing:

  • The Painting: “Reception of Grand Duke Alexander Nikolayevich by Prince Metternich in the Vienna Hofburg in 1829” (1839) by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
  • The Soundtrack: “The Will of Good Men” by Trevor Jones (“Thirteen Days” Soundtrack)

About the Painting

The Russo-Turkish War of 1827-1829 put a strain on the “Holy Alliance” between Russia and Austria. The Treaty of Adrianople from 1829 isolated Metternich in his foreign policy and fostered the Greek struggle for independence. In 1839 a painting of the reception in 1829 underscored the diplomatic rapprochement between the two states.

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (15 January 1793 in Vienna – 23 August 1865 in HinterbrühlAustria) was an Austrian painter and writer. Waldmüller was one of the most important Austrian painters of the Biedermeier period.

About the Soundtrack

Thirteen Days is a 2000 American historicalpoliticalthriller film directed by Roger Donaldson. It dramatizes the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, seen from the perspective of the US political leadership. Kevin Costner stars as top White House assistant Kenneth P. O’Donnell, with Bruce Greenwood featured as President John F. KennedySteven Culp as Attorney GeneralRobert F. Kennedy, and Dylan Baker as Secretary of DefenseRobert McNamara.

Trevor Alfred Charles Jones (born 23 March 1949) is a South African composer of film and television scores. Having spent much of his career in the United Kingdom, Jones has worked on numerous well-known and acclaimed films including ExcaliburRunaway TrainLabyrinthMississippi BurningThe Last of the Mohicans, and In the Name of the Father; collaborating with filmmakers like John BoormanAndrei KonchalovskyJim Henson, and Michael Mann. Although not especially well known outside the film world, he has composed for numerous films and his music has been critically acclaimed for both its depth and emotion, and he has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and three BAFTA Awards for Best Film Music.

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