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Bellini Birth Anniversary

Vincenzo Bellini, prolific composer of bel canto opera was born on November 3rd 1801. (D 1835 of amoebic dysentery). This is a wonderful performance of Casta Diva by Renée Fleming in...more...

Posted on November 3, 2014 @ 10.51
 
 
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Liszt Birth Anniversary

  Celebrating the birth anniversary of Franz Liszt, born October 22nd, 1811. Pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays the Hungarian Rhapsody No 2. more...

Posted on October 22, 2014 @ 11.13
 
 
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The Magic Flute Anniversary

   Mozart’s fantastical singspiel The Magic Flute premiered on September 30th 1791 at  the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna. According to Operabase, The Magic Flute was the 4th most often performed opera  in the...more...

Posted on October 1, 2014 @ 16.56
 
 
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Leonard Bernstein Birth Anniversary

The brilliant composer, conductor, pianist and educator Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918 (d 1990). In this video clip he conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in the zippy...more...

Posted on August 24, 2014 @ 23.48
 
 
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Guillaume Dufay Anniversary

Guillaume Dufay, Franco -Flemish composer of the early Renaissance was born on August 5, c. 1397. (d 1474). This is his exquisite 3 part ballad Mon Chier Amy performed by an unnamed ensemble. more...

Posted on August 4, 2014 @ 23.58
 
 
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Monteverdi Anniversary

Monteverdi c 1630 by Bernardo Strozzi Claudio Monteverdi, born 15 May 1567. This duet from his opera L’Incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) is ravishingly sung by soprano Danielle De Niese and counter-tenor...more...

Posted on May 14, 2014 @ 12.27
 
 
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Brahms Anniversary

Celebrating the rich legacy of Johannes Brahms, born May 7, 1833. This is his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello opus 102 with David Oistrakh (violin) and  Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), directed...more...

Posted on May 5, 2014 @ 12.42
 
 
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Celebrating Genius

  Sergei Prokofiev and William Shakespeare were born on April 23rd in 1891 and 1564 respectively. Here’s a tribute to both these men of genius. Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony...more...

Posted on April 24, 2014 @ 12.58
 
 
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Sollima’s ‘Terra Aria’

  A composite video of cellist Giovanni Sollima performing the stunningly beautiful self composed Sogno ad Occhi Aperti (Daydream) Part 1. Read our interview with Giovanni Sollima: A Cello and A Chair He performs in Sydney...more...

Posted on April 18, 2014 @ 18.11