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Titta Ruffo, Baritone, Enrico Caruso, Tenor
April 18, 2021

Tittu Ruffo, born Ruffo Cariera Tatta, was one of the top baritones of the early twentieth century. He had a powerful,... Read More
John McCormack, Lyric Tenor
April 15, 2021

John McCormack was a very special singer. He himself admitted that he was no actor, and opera critics agreed with that... Read More
Heddle Nash, light lyric tenor, sings Händel
April 12, 2021

When I was just out of graduate school, I used to spend hours listening to classical music with my friend Martin.... Read More
Mozart, Don Giovanni, K 527, Furtwängler(c)
April 8, 2021

I am only going to say a few things about this performance. It is the best Don Giovanni that I have... Read More
Charles Panzéra, Swiss Baritone
March 28, 2021

Charles Panzéra was the leading baritone exponent of French song between the wars. French song in French is called mélodie. He... Read More
Die Walküre Act III – Leb’ wohl, Alexander Kipnis (Wotan), Leo Blech, Die Staatskapelle Orchestra Berlin (c)
March 25, 2021

I am not done with Die Walkürie yet. I honestly believe, even given all my hesitation about Wagner, that the aria... Read More
Die Walküre, 1st Act, Lotte Lehmann and Lauritz Melchior, Bruno Walter (c)
March 25, 2021

Oh, yes, I've done it. I have steered myself back to vocal music, but I got caught in Wagner. What I... Read More
Beethoven 6th Symphony (Pastoral) Weingartner (c)/Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony (Pathétique) Mravinsky (c)
March 20, 2021

Believe it or not, I am wending my way back to vocal music. But it occurred to me that I have... Read More
Anton Bruckner 7th Symphony in E-major WAB 107, Eugen Jochum (c)
March 10, 2021

Yes, it's true. I am stuck in German symphonic mode, and I haven't even touched Brahms! At some point, I will... Read More
Mahler Symphony 9 D major/D-flat, Bruno Walter conductor 1938
March 8, 2021

This is one of those works in Western classical music that one should hear at least once.  Actually, it is a... Read More