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great compositions/performances: Richard Wagner Overture from the Flying Dutchman (The Met Orchestra James Levine conducting)

Richard Wagner Overture from the Flying Dutchman

Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 5 in E flat major

Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 5 in E flat major

Aaron Copland- Quiet City (Wynton Marsalis): great compositions/performances

Aaron Copland- Quiet City (Wynton Marsalis)

12 Variations – L.V.Beethoven – ‘Le nozze di Figaro: se vuol ballare’ W.A. Mozart (Violin & Piano): great compositions/performances

12 Variations – L.V.Beethoven – ‘Le nozze di FigaroW.A. Mozart (Violin & Piano)

Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture (K.492) – Wiener Symphoniker – Fabio Luisi, : great compositions/performances

Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture (K.492) – Wiener Symphoniker – Fabio Luisi (HD)

Saturday Matinee Teatro alla Scala: Il Barbieri Di Sivilia, Rosini (1999): Make music part of your life series

Il Barbiere Di SivigliaG.Rossini – Scala – 1999

Piano Trio No. 4 in e minor, Op. 90 (Dumky) – Antonin Dvorak: make music part of your life series

Rachmaninoff Prelude in g minor op. 23 #5 HQ Valentina Lisitsa Valentina Lisitsa|great compositions/performances

Rachmaninoff Prelude in g minor op. 23 #5 HQ

Mozart, Overture The Abduction from the Seraglio (K.384), Wiener Symphoniker, Fabio Luisi conducting, make music part of your life series

Mozart – Overture The Abduction from the Seraglio (K.384) – Wiener Symphoniker – Fabio Luisi (HD)

story: Enrico Caruso

Enrico Caruso

Caruso was an Italian operatic tenor renowned for the beauty, range, and power of his voice. A mechanical engineer who indulged his passion for singing in his spare time, Caruso had no formal musical training until his late teens. After just a few years of study, he made his professional operatic debut, touching off his meteoric rise to fame. In 1903, he made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera, where he was a favorite until his death. What helped secure his status as an opera legend? More… Discuss

Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture (K.492) – Wiener Symphoniker – Fabio Luisi : make music part of your life series

Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture (K.492) – Wiener Symphoniker – Fabio Luisi (HD)

today’s holiday: Århus Festival

Århus Festival

Since 1965, the Danish city of Århus has been the site of a nine-day festival whose cultural and sporting events run the gamut from opera to fishing competitions. Queen Margrethe II traditionally gives the opening speech, followed by a performance by the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Festival events include jazz, classical, and rock concerts, a cross-country race, public debates, children’s programs, poetry readings, and theatrical productions. The program varies from year to year, but the events are always held in a variety of indoor and outdoor sites throughout the city. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Nicolai Gedda (1925)

Nicolai Gedda (1925)

Gedda is a famed Swedish tenor known for his vocal control. He has made some 200 recordings and is said to be the most recorded tenor in history. In 1952, he made his debut at the Royal Swedish Opera and went on to collaborate with conductor Herbert von Karajan. Gedda then went to Italy and gained international fame, performing all over the world at venues such as the Paris Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. How did Gedda go from being a bank teller to a world-famous tenor? More… Discuss


Arturo Toscanini (1867)

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s great conductors, Toscanini first took the baton as a substitute conductor in Brazil. Toscanini’s artistry is preserved in recordings, notably of the symphonies of Beethoven and works by Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, and others. A tempestuous personality greatly respected by his performers, he also served as musical director of La Scala, Milan, and of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. Before becoming a conductor, Toscanini studied what instrument?More… Discuss

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Great Performances: Valentina Nafornita – RUSALKA

Valentina Nafornita, Rusalka (Dvorak), 12.12.2009, Romanian Atheneum. Romanian National Youth Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Mandeal
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Vienna New Years Concert 2010, Die Fledermaus Overture, Johann Strauss

From the New Years Day concert 2010 in Vienna. Johann StraussDie Fledermaus Overture. Upscaled to 720p.

Recorded from the BBC on 01 January 2010.


Great Conductors/Great Performances: Cavalleria Rusticana-INTERMEZZO-Georges Prêtre-Chorégies d’Orange 2009

Cavalleria Rusticana” – Pietro Mascagni (* 7.12. 1863 – † 2.8.1945). INTERMEZZO. Chorégies d’Orange 4.8.2009 / France 3 LIVE / Direction musicale: Georges Prêtre. Orchestre National de France. / Merci Maestro!!!

Happy Birthday, Maestro! (*14. August 1924)


Triumphal March from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. Metropolitan Opera House,1989.



The Metropolitan Opera House Opens with a Performance of Faust (1883)

New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House is the leading US opera company. It opened in 1883 after having been founded by a group of millionaires who had failed to get boxes at the prestigious and exclusive Academy of Music. The “Met” soon outshined its rival and is now considered one of the world’s premier opera stages. Originally located at Broadway and 39th Street, it moved into the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 1966. Who were among the Met’s founding millionaires? More… Discuss


Today’s Birthday: George Szell

George Szell (1897)

Szell was a Hungarian-born conductor and pianist who immigrated to the US during WWII. Having already conducted many European orchestras, he soon became the principal conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1946, he took over the Cleveland Orchestra and, by means of his famously dictatorial approach, built it into one of the most respected ensembles in the world, famed for its precision. Nearly 20 years after Szell’s death, who complained that he still got credit when the orchestra did well? More… Discuss

Nabucco – Hebrew Slaves Chorus

One doesn’t have to loose a country or to find a place and declare it his: Anywhere we are either hell, or paradise, or lost paradise, what we have is our human dignity. That fundamental right to be treated with respect, no matter of the momentary station we may have in life. While such an easy thing to say, in reality, human dignity has been the “commodity” the master takes from the serf to allow him the most outrageous and inhuman acts of cruelty.

Valentina Naforniţă – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011

Valentina Naforniţă – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011

Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico (tragic opera) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott‘s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.[1] The opera premiered on 26 September 1835 at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Donizetti revised the score for a French version which debuted on 6 August 1839 at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Paris. The story concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and that of the Ravenswoods. The setting is the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th Century. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucia_di_Lammermoor)