Monthly Archives: January 2012

Andrea Chenier Act 2 Duet

Tweet Here for no other reason than it’s beautiful is the second act duet from Giordano’s most performed opera. It’s not as well known as the duet for the the same characters that concludes the opera, though it contains almost the same material. It’s taken from the Dec 28, 1957 performance of Chenier at the…


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Symphonies with Quiet Endings

Tweet Beethoven set the standard for boffo , exuberant, and loud symphonic endings, After him most composers followed his example most of the time. But not always. I picked four examples of great symphonies that end softly. I’ll take them in chronological order. Brahms’  third symphony written in 1883 has a lot of vigorous music in its…


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More on Cholesterol Screening in Children

Tweet I’ve written here about the recommendation that children be routinely screened for lipid (cholesterol, etc) levels. I pointed out that there was no scientific evidence that such screening would convey a health benefit. An opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association reaches the same conclusion. The robust evidence that high levels…


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Recording of the Week – The Maltese Tenor

Tweet At first I thought that this album featured Humphrey Bogart. Then I thought it was about a small dog. At last I realized it was tenor Joseph Calleja’s (born Jan 22, 1978 – yet another January birthday) newest album of arias and duets. He’s from Malta and some PR person had a goofy idea…


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The Photos of Robert Cahen – Marilyn Horne

Tweet Another January birthday anniversary is that of Marilyn Horne (born January 16, 1934). This incomparable singer set the standard for mezzo-soprano singing for most of the second half of the 20th century. She was one of those few performers whose artistry defied description; you had to hear her to believe that a human being…


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The Photos of Robert Cahen – Placido Domingo

Tweet To mark the 70th anniversary of Placido Domingo’s birth (January 21, 1941), here are eleven photographs of the great artist taken by Robert Cahen. There is little to say about Domingo’s career that isn’t self evident. He’s had more roles than Parker House. He’s a tenor; he’s a baritone; he’s a conductor; he’s an administrator….


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D’amor sull’ali rosee

Tweet If a knowledgeable opera goer were asked to name the most demanding and beautiful bel canto aria written for the soprano voice “Casta diva” from Bellini’s Norma or “Bel raggio lusinghier” from Rossini’s Semiramide or perhaps “Regnava nel silenzio” from Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor might head the list. But to my ears nothing is as beautiful…


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