The Seven Franchetti Songs are very much a child of the web. For several years I volunteered for Catherine Austin Fitts as a producer for her Solari Report, a subscriber based weekly podcast of financial news and the politics that impact financial markets. Each report featured a guest who Catherine interviewed, the guests ranging from […]
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This segment of Fun Friday originally appeared on November 22, 2013. Don’t want to wait until Friday for your dose of classical music humor? Check out the archive of Fun Friday posts. 1. “General William Booth Enters Heaven” by Charles Ives. Refinersfire composer Michael Linton calls this “The greatest piece of music written by an American”, which is […]
Most are likely familiar with the tune “Home on the Range,” but you must have a listen to this version by Michael Linton, featuring tenor H. Stephen Smith and pianist Janet Linton. Like last week’s Featured Release, “Git Along You Littl’ Doggies, it is part of the song cycle Song’s of the Sand Hills. This live recording features tenor, H. Stephen Smith and pianist, Janet Linton, and is available as a free download below (be sure to check out other free downloads at the Refinersfire SoundCloud). Another major song cycle from Michael Linton featuring Mr. Smith, Seven Songs of Franchetti, which he premiered at Carnegie Hall in March, is anticipated for a August 2014 release.
Continuing with the Lenten season, today’s featured piece is an arrangement of the 17th century hymn “Drop, Drop Slow Tears.” Orlando Gibbons composed the music in 1623 and ten years later Phineas Fletcher set the words below; Luke 7: 38 – As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet […]
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 […]
Although polymath Cody Franchetti was known to New Yorkers from the multi-storied advertisements of his modeling career, he first came to national attention as one of the most compelling figures in Jamie Johnson’s documentaries “Born Rich” and “The One Percent.” Raised in Rome, Franchetti came to New York to study at the Mannes College […]
REFINERSFIRE presents two premieres at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall March 3, 2014 8:00 PM 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. […]