Monthly Archives: January 2011

Margaret Price – RIP

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Tweet Welsh soprano Margaret Price (1941-2011) died suddenly on January 28 at her home in the village of Moylegrove. Best known for her interpretation of Mozart and Verdi roles she had a luminous voice tied to a placid persona or perhaps it was shyness. I heard her sing in both New York and Chicago. At…


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Magdalena Kožená

Tweet Magdalena Kozena is a Czech mezzo-soprano who was born in 1973. Her repertoire is based on baroques and classical music. She also sings Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. As far as I know she performs no 19th century roles. Active mostly in Europe she made her Met debut in 2003 as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le…


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Educational Thoughts of the Day

Tweet The first mistake of public business is going into it. In rivers and bad governments the lightest things swim at top. Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price. Tis against some mens Principle to pay Interest, and seems against others Interest to pay the…


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Spyware Doctor – Malpractice

Tweet I have a relatively new computer which two days before Christmas started misbehaving. Shortly after turning it on it would freeze. I could only get it to work by doing a cold reboot – ie, I had to turn it off using the on-off button and then restart it. I paid no attention to this problem…


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Sentimental Education

Tweet Along with almost every student of literature I think Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary to be one of the West’s greatest novels. Somehow until now I never got around to reading Flaubert’s last novel Sentimental Education. Many informed readers consider the work at least the equal of its more famous predecessor. So I finally read it. I’m…


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La Fanciulla Del West in HD

Tweet Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West does not enjoy the popularity of the rest of the composer’s mature works. It never will. It’s a wonderful piece that utilizes the orchestra to a greater degree than any other of Puccini’s operas. The orchestral writing is magical. One great melody follows another; they come and go in total sync…


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The Obesity Paradox in Patients on Hemodialysis

Tweet I don’t wish to appear fixated on fat, but another paper on the relationship between obesity and survival has appeared. This one is easier to understand than those that have preceded it. The Obesity Paradox and Mortality Associated With Surrogates of Body Size and Muscle Mass in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis examines if an increase…


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