Yes, it's been a while. I promise you I've really been still pursuing this project, but other things in my life have had the effect of slowing me down a bit.
It's been hard to get a handle on this piece, since DVDs are non-existent and live performances on You Tube are limited to one rather intriguing version of the Prologue.
On the one hand, you'd think there might be a video performance or two out there due to the simple fact that we are dealing here with the first
Today’s Once Upon the Internet turns to music of the Czech composer Antonín Dvorák, and in particular to music deeply inspired by folk idioms.
In his native Bohemia, Dvorák was exposed to music at a young age at his father's inn, where local folk music was a part of every day life. Before the age of twelve, Dvorak was a proven musician, able to accompany local performers on his violin in various Bohemian dances and folk songs.
Much of Dvorák's most famous compositions,
In past posts - here and elsewhere - we've looked at overtures and choruses from many stage works, and today's playlist comes at stage works from a not too dissimilar angle, focusing this time on interludes - intermezzi, entr'actes and other tension breaking (or tension making) musical inserts within operas.
In many cases, these are curtain risers in their own way - though mid-stream, to reset the stage as the action resumes after an intermission. However (like in the case of Massenet's
This past Saturday, May 31st, marked the third anniversary of our blog here on TalkClassical and this month I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. My Friday podcast series is publishing a quartet of montages that are inspired in large part by some of the musings and musical illustrations we have done on the Tuesday blog in a thematic arc I call "From Tuesday to Friday".
Updated Jun-03-2014 at 11:33 by itywltmt
For those unfamiliar with our monthly recordings review - If Sound Quality (SQ) and Overall Impression (OI) grades need further context, feel free to visit earlier posts in this series.
My acquisitions for May
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus Op. 43
When it comes to Beethoven’s stage music, other than the great incidental