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Krzysztof Penderecki

Today, November 23, is Krzysztof Penderecki’s 82nd birthday.  While can be argued that he is our greatest living composer (only Boulez might challenge him in that position) there’s no doubt that he is our most influential; even if you’ve never heard any of his music if you’ve seen a horror movie from the last thirty years the terrifying, […]

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Seven Franchetti Songs

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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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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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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Opera News Review ~ Carmina Catulli

From review of Carmina Catulli, “British baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer, a highly intelligent and versatile artist, sings with apparent full comprehension of the Latin texts, and pulls out a broad array of vocal colorings to illuminate the vivid moods of these unusual songs…Pianist Jason Paul Peterson is a full-fledged partner who exhibits thorough mastery of […]

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Grand Piano ~ A Movie Review

The movie Grand Piano isn’t without its merits. The direction by Eugenio Mira, and the always lovely performance by Elijah Wood are chief among this movie’s positive attributes. Other than that, this movie and the entire conceit of a thriller taking place during a piano concert is absurd. Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter wrote […]

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