The Grande Messe des morts (or Requiem), Op. 5, by Hector Berlioz
March 5, 2021

There are four major requiems in Western classical music: Mozart, Verdi, Brahms (which is a requiem in name only), and Berlioz.... Read More
Mozart’s Requiem, KV 626 in D minor
February 14, 2021

This is one of those works that I should have written about years ago. I sang it as part of a... Read More
Joseph Schmidt, tenor
January 19, 2021

JOSEPH SCHMIDT It is impossible to assess how many great artists were among the casualties of the last war. We do... Read More
Maria Reining, Austrian lirico-dramatic soprano
January 4, 2021

Maria Reining (August 7, 1903 in Vienna – March 11, 1991 in Deggendorf) was an Austrian soprano, honored with the title... Read More
Licia Albanese, lirico-spinto soprano
January 2, 2021

Some. may ask, and it is a fair question, why do I post the same pieces all the time? Not necessarily... Read More
Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto in D minor, Emil Gilels soloist
December 19, 2020

Emil Gilels Born: October 19, 1916 - Odessa, Russia Died: October 14, 1985 - Moscow, Russia Emil Grigoryevich Gilels was a... Read More
Joseph Rogatchewsky, Russo/French lyric tenor
December 17, 2020

Joseph Rogatchewsky (November 20, 1891 – March 31, 1985) was a French operatic tenor. Born in Mirgorod (Ukraine), Rogatchewsky came to... Read More
Robert Couzinou, French Baritone
December 12, 2020

Julien Pierre Bernard Cousinou, called Robert Cousinou, was a French baritone.  He was born on October 2, 1888, and he died... Read More
Roger Bourdin, French Baritone
December 8, 2020

Bourdin is singing two songs by an obscure French composer named André-Joseph d'Exaudet. I don't know who the poets were. When... Read More
Miguel VillaBella, lyric tenor
November 29, 2020

It's getting to a point where I have to develop a system to remember whom I have posted. As I was... Read More