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  1. Blog 10

    I've just watched Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel. If it hadn't been for the fact that this film was paced so painfully slow, I would have laughed at the sheer absurdity on display.

    It began with the disastrous premier of "The Rite". I thought to myself, "this film could be good", but sadly the rest of the film is scenes of the two main characters walking around aimlessly and occasionally having a good ol' shag.

    Half of this film I was poking myself
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  2. Blog 9

    I've recently been practicing Scott Joplin and Billy Mayerl on the piano. I really want to learn Gershwin too if anyone can recommend me a good album.

    It is my theory that one can walk into any establishment and, with a repertoire of Joplin, Mayerl and Gershwin, entertain any class of customers. This is what I want to be able to do.

    I've learnt The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag and The Cascades by Joplin. This music would do down well in a lower-end bar / tavern. However,
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  3. In a world so full of crap, at least we have music.



    I've just finished listening to the "coffee" cantata, a little delight, especially as I must be numbered among the addicts.

    On the whole I've been fairly depressed lately. All kinds of things, but probably not the kinds of things I should reveal online. Anyway, the music has been here for me. Last night, had a bad night in most ways, but then in the middle of it I took the time
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  4. Leonardo Leo: L'Alidoro on DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post


    2008(LI) - Antonio Florio - Orchestra Barocca Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini (period instruments)

    Opera House: Teatro Municipale Valli di Reggio Emilia

    Singers:
    Filippo Morace - Giangrazio - excellent
    Maria Grazia Schiavo - Faustina - excellent
    Maria Ercolano (trouser role) - Luigi/Ascanio (Alidoro) - excellent
    Valentina Varriale - Zeza - good+
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  5. Handel: Theodora on DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post


    1996 - William Christie - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Glyndebourne Chorus

    Stellar cast of exquisite singers - Upshaw, Hunt, Daniels, Croft as principals, and minor roles also very good.

    I'm a little puzzled - if I understood correctly, some of our members object to this production (probably mainly due to the updated staging).

    I find it absolutely spectacular.
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