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  1. ELEKTRA and CARRIE

    Birgit Nilsson as Elektra, 1960's

    Elektra and Carrie


    In April 1988 the musical version of Stephen King’s Carrie began a chaotic series of previews at Broadway’s Virginia Theatre; it never opened officially and for years was best remembered from author Ken Mendelbaum’s descriptions of it in his funny, insightful study of failed Broadway musicals, Not Since Carrie (1991). According to Mendelbaum, Carrie
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    Updated Yesterday at 19:20 by Bellinilover

    Tags: musicals, opera
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    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Opera
  2. The Tape Deck’s Revenge

    This week’s Tuesday Blog is a two-for post featuring a pair of releases from my personal cassette tape collection. I file this post under my Vinyl’s Revenge series, as most releases from the late 1960’s to the early 2000’s would simultaneously be released in both vinyl LP and cassette formats.

    In the 1980’s, as the major record labels were entering the digital age in earnest, there were many re-issue series featuring vintage recordings from the late MONO / early Stereo era,
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  3. Mozart Organ Music

    To launch our Lenten programming, we are returning to our tradition of sharing organ works – I have a Friday post in a few weeks and this one, in our Cover 2 Cover series featuring a complete disk from Brilliant Classics.

    Described by the composer himself as ‘the king of instruments’, the organ and its music form a small but not insignificant part of Mozart’s vast catalog of compositions. Mozart's renowned skill as an improviser at the organ combined with the very limited scope
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  4. Richard Strauss – Don Quixote Viktor Simon / Gennady Rozhdestvensky

    This week’s installment of Vinyl’s Revenge proposes a vintage Melodiya recording (re-issued by ABC Classics in North America) of Richard StraussDon Quixote.


    According to an article from NPR, the conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky was an immense presence in Russian musical life during much of the Soviet era and an artist who championed the
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  5. Richard Strauss: Violin Concerto in D minor; Sinfonia Domestica

    In the second of our three-part series on orchestral works by Richard Strauss, I propose listening to a Cover 2 Cover share from the Rudolf Kempe/Staatskapelle Dresden “Complete Strauss” set, originally released in the mid-1970’sby EMI.

    These recordings have been well and justifiably praised since their initial release; the Staatskapelle is one of the oldest and finest of Germany's many outstanding orchestras,and take pride in having premiered several of Strauss' operas and were
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