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The Extraordinary Voice of Bruna de Sá
In the revivals of the operas of the 17th and 18th centuries, one of the modern puzzles has been the use of men in women’s roles. We did have male singers, starting in the 1950s with Alfred Deller. At first,
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Bridging Beethoven and Debussy
Grieg’s String Quartet No. 1
A first work in a genre is often a hard slog in finding out how something works. Praised as ‘distinctive and admirable’ by Liszt, this string quartet by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843–1907) was the product of much hard work
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Earl Wild’s 7 Virtuoso Etudes after Gershwin
At some point in your life, if you are interested in music at all, you will have heard a tune or two by George Gershwin (1898-1937). What an absolutely unique composer freely mixing and combining classical and popular music styles.
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On This Day
10 June: Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde Was Premiered
One of the milestones in the history of music, the three-act drama Tristan and Isolde with libretto and music by Richard Wagner premiered on 10 June 1865 at the Königliches Hof- und Nationaltheater in Munich with Hans von Bülow conducting.
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On This Day
9 June: Benjamin Bernheim Was Born
Considered by many “the most beautiful tenor voice since Luciano Pavarotti,” Benjamin Bernheim is certainly one of the most exciting tenors to emerge onto the operatic stage in recent years. His exquisitely beautiful, richly coloured lyric voice simultaneously projects power,
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Classical Composers on STAMPS
Are you a stamp collector? I used to be, but not anymore. However, I still enjoy looking at stamps and being fascinated by the different designs. One afternoon, I was looking at my stamp collection, which made me wonder if
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On This Day
8 June: Emanuel Ax Was Born
A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Emanuel Ax has been described as “a quiet, self-effacing character and a genuinely poetic musician, the antithesis of the glitz that characterises some of his more populist colleagues.” A multiple
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The Women in Chopin’s Life: His Mother, Sister, Colleagues, and More
When we think about the great composers, it’s easy to imagine them as super-geniuses isolated in their own little rarefied world. But of course, the great composers were only human, living and working alongside other humans. Almost all of the
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