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Dvořák Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81
October 18, 2020

I am taking a little break from vocal music. Instead, I will be posting about chamber music. The first one of... Read More
Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Rachmaninoff, Vocalise, op.34, no.14
October 15, 2020

I wanted to post Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, but I had a hard time finding a singer whom I thought could do it... Read More
Richard Tucker, spinto tenor
October 14, 2020

Richard Tucker was unquestionably one of America’s greatest tenors.  He was known as the American Caruso.  As with many of his... Read More
Back to Basics, Ponselle and Callas
September 30, 2020

I have been posting some pianists, and while I am happy to do so, I begin to miss vocal music. So,... Read More
Josef Hofmann, legendary pianist
September 27, 2020

I'm afraid that I'm on a piano roll (no pun intended). I realize that I posted performances by Hofmann two years... Read More
Chopin Scherzo No.2 in B-flat Minor, Op.31
September 20, 2020

I am going to do something a little unusual for this posting. I am going to concentrate on one particular piece... Read More
Marcelle Meyer, French pianist, plays Ravel’s “Gaspard de la nuit”
September 2, 2020

When pianists think of Gaspard de la nuit ("gaspard" comes from an old Persian word meaning "treasurer"), their hearts stop. Ravel’s... Read More
Mafalda Favero, lyric soprano
August 17, 2020

Mafalda Favero enrolled at the Bologna Conservatory when she was seventeen, where she studied singing with Alessandro Vezzani and also attracted... Read More
Helen Traubel, Dramatic Soprano
August 14, 2020

Helen Francesca Traubel (June 16, 1899 – July 28, 1972) was was born in St. Louis and developed into one of... Read More
Dusolina Giannini, Soprano
August 12, 2020

Giannini was a spinto (that is, pushed, in Italian) soprano whose sound is not really evident today, especially in the works... Read More