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  1. "Anthem" from CHESS: A Comparison of Four Recordings

    One of the most enduring of all theatre songs written in the 1980's has been “Anthem” from the Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus/Tim Rice musical, Chess. Soviet chess grandmaster Anatoly, having just defected to the United States, expresses his heart’s loyalty to the Russia that existed “long before nations’ lines were drawn.” This is the situation and the message of the song that brings Act I of Chess to such a stirring conclusion. The composers of Chess, Andersson and Ulvaeus, are Swedish (formerly
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    Updated Jan-14-2018 at 06:40 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Recorded Music
  2. Michael Crawford, the Singer

    In which I discuss Crawford's talents as a singer and interpreter, with focus on his most famous musical role.


    The Voice

    The Phantom of the Opera is the name of the character Michael Crawford created in both the London and Broadway productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical. The music the Phantom sings is challenging, but Crawford’s voice could only seem operatic to someone unused to opera singers. In fact, his voice is very much a “Broadway”
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    Updated Jan-14-2018 at 06:14 by Bellinilover

    Tags: broadway, pop, tenors
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    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Singers , Recorded Music
  3. A Tenor on Broadway

    A Tenor on Broadway:
    An Evaluation of Jerry Hadley's CD Standing Room Only

    Jerry Hadley (1952-2007) was a rare kind of opera tenor. Famous at the Metropolitan Opera and other major houses in a repertoire that ranged from Mozart, Massenet, and the lighter Verdi roles to Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, he habitually sang songs from Broadway musicals; these songs form a sizable part of his recorded legacy, and in general he sounded completely at home in them. When Leonard
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    Updated Jun-21-2019 at 02:06 by Bellinilover

    Tags: broadway, tenors
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    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Singers , Opera , Recorded Music
  4. Sutherland's First TRAVIATA: An Appreciation

    In 1962 Joan Sutherland, then at the beginning of a great career, recorded her first Violetta in La Traviata. The note-complete recording was conducted by John Pritchard, and with Sutherland in the cast were Carlo Bergonzi as Alfredo and Robert Merrill as Germont. Whatever its initial reception, this Traviata has seldom in recent times been high on the list of recommended recordings of Verdi’s middle-period masterpiece; almost inevitably, Sutherland’s second recording (1979, under Richard
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    Updated Jan-14-2018 at 05:53 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Opera , Recorded Music
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