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Edwin Crossley-Mercer – Dubai & Schumann

Edwin Crossley-Mercer is having a very busy summer. After a recital in Dubai at the “One & Only Mirage Resort” on May 30th (the recital was called “It’s All About Love” and featured love songs in German, Russian, French, and English), Edwin returns France where he sings Robert Schumann’s rarely programmed “Paradise and the Peri” […]

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Edwin Crossley-Mercer & The Magic Flute

Edwin Crossley-Mercer gets a rave for his Paris performance in Mozart’s “Magic Flute”!   Here’s a link to the full review. The good part about Edwin “heartily applauds” his knack for Viennese humor, which is very high praise from the French (who never really forgave the Viennese for Marie Antoinette, or for inventing the croissant). 

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Russian Easter

Christians get to celebrate Easter twice. It’s a complex business.  Unlike Christmas, which is celebrated on a particular date, December 25, the date for Easter is determined by the lunar calendar, which means that it changes every year, and that movable date is further complicated a disagreement between Christians following the Gregorian Calendar (Protestants and […]

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Et resurrexit, et resurrexit

Along with the “Art of the Fugue” and “The Musical Offering”, Johann Sebastian’s Great Mass (the “B minor”) is the summation of his life’s work. Completed in 1749, the year before he died, and organized in four folders, the middle of the Credo errupts with the proclamation:  “Et resurrexit, et resurrexit”, “and he rose again.” […]

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Semana Santa in Seville

There may be no city in the world where Holy Week (or Semana Santa) is of greater public significance than Seville.  Religious brotherhoods, called cofradias, process through the city’s streets, carrying extraordinary tableaus (called pasos) depicting events of Christ’s final week:  his trail before Pontius Pilate, his scourging, his crucifixion, etc. But most famous, and perhaps most beloved in Seville, is the procession […]

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What Wondrous Love is This?

Although not specifically associated with Easter, “What Wondrous Love is This?” is frequently a part of Easter services.  The claim that the dorian tune derives from the early 18th century English ballad “My Name is Captain Kidd” seems to me to be quite doubtful, it’s very much unlike the English melody.  Whatever its source, it’s […]

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Ave Verum Corpus

Each day during Holy Week we at Refinersfire will be posting a links to things we’d very much like you to see and hear.  And we’re beginning with Mozart:  his 1791 motet “Ave verum corpus.”  One of the last things Mozart wrote, it is a masterpiece of elegance and profundity (it looks so simple, and […]

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MET Opera and the Problem with New Old Ideas

Oh Opera. Who cares about an antiquated art form that is only kept alive because the mortician consistently adds new rouge and redresses old operas for “new” audiences? Opera, isn’t that an art form created and financial supported by white men? Aren’t operas sung in Italian or in German? Lovers of opera don’t want new […]

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Are you ready for the snow apocalypse? I was asked this question yesterday at the grocery story, and I couldn’t help but laugh. Yes, I am ready for the no-snow day. Did we wake up (in Tennessee) to a snow fall that was so great we were barricaded in our homes? Nope. Most schools are […]

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