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  1. Discovering Opera via Timeline 3A - Jacopo Peri's "Euridice" (1600)

    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
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  2. "Great Conductors Do Not Dance" - A Steinberg Appreciation - Part Three

    I've gone through about eight more discs from the EMI "Icons" set of William Steinberg recordings since my last entry on this topic, and there were a number of notable performances on those discs, including many Beethoven and Brahms entries along with a number of other standouts, such as the 1957 recording of the Dvorak Violin Concerto with Nathan Milstein.

    But, I wanted to focus in particular on one of my very favorite Steinberg recordings - the Bruckner 4th Symphony.
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  3. 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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  4. 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
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    Updated Nov-21-2013 at 11:40 by Vesteralen

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  5. "Great Conductors Do Not Dance": A Steinberg Appreciation - Part Two

    Sharing Disc #1 with the Eroica is a performance of Beethoven's Eighth Symphony made within about a year or two of its companion. As good as the Eroica was, this recording is even more satisfying.

    It isn't up to current-day recording standards, of course. But, gone is that slightly restricted sound in the fortissimo parts that plagued, particularly, the first movement of the Third. In fact, the recording standard seems to be up to the best of the pre-digital era.

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