Tag Archives: Music

I cannot dance, O Lord by Aaron Jay Kernis

I didn’t get to see Tristan und Isolde at the Cleveland Orchestra, but I did go to their show about Divine Ecstasy, which included many different kinds of religious music. This was one of my favorites. I love good choral … Continue reading

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Vocalise by Rachmaninov sung by Aida Garifullina

I heard this version at my local classical music radio station.  The oldest musical instrument in the world is the human voice, and sadly with auto tuning we often don’t appreciate the artistry of singers. Here’s exhibit one.

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Repsect by Aretha Franklin

I was always a terrible speller growing up.  I still am.  But one word I never had any trouble with was Respect, thanks to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. They talked about this song on NPR on Thursday, and … Continue reading

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Mozart Symphony No. 36 (Linz)

The Cleveland Orchestra played this in November. Before the concert, the conductor told us all a little bit about what concerts were like in Mozart’s day.  Men wore swords and women had lapdogs.  He also told us that no one … Continue reading

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Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach

I got to hear this at the Cleveland Orchestra around Halloween, when they showed the movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore with organ accompaniment. The organist told us that Bach may not have written this piece, it … Continue reading

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Glitter and Be Gay Natalie Dessay

  This is a very good recording of Glitter and Be Gay from Candide by Leonard Bernstein.  The coloratura is really very pretty.  I love the way the song swings between the flashy, exuberant coloratura and the slow, sad portions.

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600th Post!

Here it is, my 600th post!  I am amazed that I have 600 posts, considering that I started this blog simply so that I could comment on other blogs, and then decided I needed to use it. Here is a … Continue reading

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