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  1. Discovering Opera via Timeline #2 - Adriano Banchieri's "La Pazzia Senile" (1598)

    by , Nov-18-2013 at 18:17
    One more proto-opera before I get to the real thing. “La Pazzia Senile” by Adriano Banchieri is another notable madrigal comedy. It precedes what may be the first true opera, Peri’s “Euridice” by two years.
    A brief “plot” summary will show at least a superficial relationship with Vecchi’s “L’Amfiparnaso”, again using elements of the Commedia dell’arte. Once more, Pantalone moons over a woman of dubious repute (this time Lauretta instead of Hortensia). He also again has a daughter (Doralice ...
    Classical Music , Opera
  2. In Memoriam: Sir Colin Davis (1927-2013)

    by , Nov-12-2013 at 09:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)
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    Sir Colin Davis, the world-renowned conductor who led the London Symphony Orchestra for many years left us this past April after a six-month illness. He was 85.

    According to his obituary (link provided above), Davis’ rich and fulfilling conducting ...

    Updated Nov-12-2013 at 11:29 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Conductors , Recorded Music
  3. Unraveling Bolero

    by , Nov-05-2013 at 08:00 (Pierre's Tuesday Blog)

    November is the month in our blogging activities when we take time to remember artists and composers we have lost – next week, I plan a Playlist featuring Sir Colin Davis. Today’s Podcast Vault selection goes back to last year’s month-long look at the 75th anniversary of the passing of four composers: Gershwin, Widor, Vierne and Ravel. The podcast I chose is my Ravel homage, and will also introduce a very ...

    Updated Nov-05-2013 at 11:30 by itywltmt

    Classical Music , Composers , Recorded Music
  4. Contrasts and Connections in Music

    by , Nov-05-2013 at 00:34
    This blog, Contrasts and Connections in Music, is a compilation of regular posts on the current listening thread of this forum. These posts will compare and contrast various works with I like, many of them key works in the repertoire.

    I am compiling them in this blog, an index of the latest posts is below.

    They are aimed at all listeners of classical music on this forum, of all levels and interests. What I’m hoping to do is link things as well as share my thoughts. ...
  5. "Great Conductors Do Not Dance" - A Steinberg Appreciation - Part Three

    by , Oct-30-2013 at 13:13
    I've gone through about eight more discs from the EMI "Icons" set of William Steinberg recordings since my last entry on this topic, and there were a number of notable performances on those discs, including many Beethoven and Brahms entries along with a number of other standouts, such as the 1957 recording of the Dvorak Violin Concerto with Nathan Milstein.

    But, I wanted to focus in particular on one of my very favorite Steinberg recordings - the Bruckner 4th Symphony. ...