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Archive | January, 2014

Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert’s Birthday

Today marks the birthday of Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert.  So much time is spent reading and writing about composers, when it would be better spent listening to their music. If you would like to read about Schubert and learn that he was born in Vienna, his friends basically supported him most of his life, […]

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Cody Franchetti & Catullus

Franchetti & Catullus

Two song cycles to poems by the contemporary Italian/American Cody Franchetti and the ancient Roman poet Catullus will be premiered at the Weill Recital Hall in New York City’s Carnegie Hall March 3, 2014.  The event will also be the first appearance in New York of the French bass-baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer.   The songs are the […]

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Death of Classical Music

The Fat Lady…is she still singing?

It’s an argument that has been raging for decades– Classical Music is Dead. It’s a battle cry that is repeated by naysayers with almost a certain amount of glee.  The past week Mark Vanhoenacker wrote an article for Slate Magazine, declaring the death of classical music in America and providing his own version of an […]

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Stradivarius

What Would You Do For A Stradivarius?

Seriously, what would you do for a Stradivarius? Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond had that question answered after he was shot with an electronic gun and his Stradivarius violin stolen from him by an armed robber on Tuesday. “Almond was attacked with a taser and robbed in a car park, following a concert at Wisconsin […]

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Maria Callas & Rudolf Bing

Rudolf Bing

Rudolf Bing the lively and sometimes-unyielding opera impresario servered as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera from 1950 until 1972. He is credited as establishing the Met as the biggest opera company in the world. He oversaw the Met’s move to its prominent position at Lincoln Center, mentored new artist such as Leontyne Price, and […]

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Claudio Abbado La scala

Remembering Abbado

Teatro alla Scala, Milan’s world-renowned opera house, staged a moving tribute Monday evening for Claudio Abbado, the Italian conductor who was the theatre’s director between 1968 and 1986 and who died last week. (via WSJ.com) Claudio Abbado, having worked with the Berlin Philaharmonic, the Vienna State Opera, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and  La Scala in Milan, […]

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2014 Grammy Awards Roundup

Quick Facts- Record of the Year went to Daft Punk for “Get Lucky”. (Come on now! We all know that is the worst song Daft Punk has come out with! But, maybe the voters felt bad that they hadn’t given Daft Punk an award for their better records…) Album of the Year- Daft Punk for […]

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iBooks Final

RF Digital Scores – Now on iBooks

  -Read Your Music- “One More Thing” – I used to love it when Steve Jobs would say those words. Like many new Apple products that was how he introduced the iPod Video – the thicker (though then ‘even thinner’) “classic” one whose commercial featured U2 with the tagline Watch Your Music.Like most Apple fan-boys […]

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Michael Linton Carmina Catulli Vivamus mea lesbia

“Vivamus mea Lesbia” from Carmina Catulli

“Vivamus mea Lesbia” is the second movement of Carmina Catulli by Michael Linton.  Here the poet breathlessly tells his beloved of his passion for her, giving her nights of thousands of kisses, so many that those who wish them ill are lost in the counting. Carmina Catulli will have its world premiere at Carnegie Hall’s […]

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