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  1. Discovering Opera via Timeline - Vecchi's "L'Amfiparnaso" (Conclusion) #1B

    In the introductory material to the only current DVD performance of “L’Amfiparnaso” it is suggested that the “twin peaks” of Parnassus refer to dramatic and comedic elements in the one work. My problem with that interpretation is that it does not seem a ground-breaking enough earmark of this work to give the whole thing the title of “L’Amfiparnaso”.

    From what I understand, normal commedia dell’arte presentations of the time involved both dramatic and comedic elements. What then, ...
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  2. Discovering Opera via Timeline - A Prelude - Vecchi's "L'Amfiparnaso" (1594-7) #1A

    Rather than traveling back in time, I decided to teleport to the start and travel forward. In sharing this journey via blog, I don't have any intention to try to educate anyone or to attempt to answer arcane questions about the history of opera. This is not intended to be "The History of Opera". It's more "The History of My Journey in the World of Opera".

    While browsing at my local library a couple of months ago, I came across a currently-out-of-print title called ...

    Updated Nov-21-2013 at 11:40 by Vesteralen

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  3. Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (2nd of 2)

    En français

    Read also: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/NVD/BWV870-893.htm

    The second of our two-part Once Upon the Internet look at the Well-Tempered Clavier provides the second book from the 1968-71 set recorded by Jörg Demus.


    According to the Bach Cantatas Website (link provided above), Austrian pianist Jörg Demus has maintained a substantive solo career, noted for combining ...

    Updated Mar-25-2015 at 12:49 by itywltmt

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  4. Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (1st of 2)

    En français

    When we began our monthly series Once Upon the Internet last year, our intent was to use it to share some of the finds we made over the years on now defunct sites, so that other music lovers could enjoy them, or add them to their digital collection.

    For the next two weeks, I’m very pleased to bring you what I personally consider to be my “best ever find” through data mining, dating back almost 12 years now, from the original MP3.COM. Today’s discussion ...

    Updated Oct-15-2013 at 11:22 by itywltmt

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  5. "Back to Bach" - A different take on the Brandenburgs (2nd of 2)

    This is the second of two Podcast Vault selections in our Back to Bach look at the Brandenburg Concertos. This week, we will have HIP, and “so hip that you can’t stand it”, 70’s style.



    Our look at Brandenburgs 1 and 2 is as HIP as they come – two performances from the great set by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; this is the set that is on my iPod, and probably my favourite ...

    Updated Oct-12-2013 at 16:04 by itywltmt

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