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
Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor
August 1, 2020

Considered among the finest Mozartean tenors of his day, Wunderlich embraced a wide repertory that expanded to included the works of... Read More
Giulietta Simionato, great Italian mezzo-soprano
July 13, 2020

I had a friend who once told me that Giulietta Simionato was an Italian institution. He was only exaggerating slightly. Giulietta... Read More
Margarete Teschemacher, dramatic soprano
July 7, 2020

Margarete Teschemacher was a very popular soprano in Germany.  Considering the number of records that she made, there is little information... Read More