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Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Karajan      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  January 16, 2015

The year was 1974, in which Herbert von Karajan made two recordings of MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Actually he made one-and-a-half recordings. In January he went to the Sofiensaal in Vienna and made the first, audio-only recording for Decca, with Luciano Pavarotti as Pinkerton. For some reason when time came ... more
The art of Paniagua      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  September 30, 2014

There are no encyclopedia entries on Gregorio Paniagua, but a Google search coughed up the tidbit that his matronymic (the second of the two Hispanic last names) was Axivil. Another site calls him "Gorio Paniagua Rodriguez" -- but if they got the first name wrong, can they be trusted with the last ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies - Karajan (1963)      (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  August 25, 2014

I listened to the blu-ray of Karajan's 1962 Beethoven cycle in a single day several weeks ago, and am surprised that no one has posted a review. So let me dip my feet into the water and say--what a marvelous blu-ray in every way. Forty years ago, when I was in graduate school, a friend of mine had ... more
Allegri: Miserere - Tallis Scholars      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  March 22, 2014

My review from -- I now have three performances of Palestrina's Missa papae Marcelli by the Tallis Scholars: (1) The analog recording made at Merton College Chapel, Oxford in 1980, which appeared first on vinyl and then on a well-remastered CD. The work is well performed and well ... more
Bach: Organ music - Karl Richter      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  March 1, 2014

In February of 1979, Karl Richter traveled to Japan and gave at least two concerts open to the general public and also broadcast. The radio company paid for his airfare and expense, and then retained rights to the recording, as the system worked and still works in Japan. Although Richter had ... more

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Decca reissue-series from Analogue Productions
November 13, 2015
That was an outstanding set, and the soloists in the Ninth were IMHO the finest on record. The two women had no trouble making themselves heard in distinction to one another and to the choir. ... more
New Ring on BR Audio
October 30, 2015
I recently purged about 15% of my collection. The Ring cycles were hit particularly hard. Quite a number of cycles did not make the final cut, including most of the videos, which seemed avant-garde at the time and now look just pathetic. So I'm down to nine cycles now: Furtwängler 1953 on SACD Solti on SACD and BR Audio Karajan on SHM-CD Böhm ... more
Discussion: Janacek: Glagolitic Mass, Sinfonietta - Wit
October 29, 2015
Yes, it is wonderful. The Naxos series has an irritating on-screen graffic like searchlights pointed at the viewer. But the sound quality is marvelous. Wit is widely praised for his contributions to this series, notably for his Mahler Eighth. He also has a couple of Chopin discs that deserve notice. Of equal standing with the Wit blu-ray audio are ... more
Any other passions in life besides music?
October 27, 2015
Thanks for the info. Hopefully their sets will be tuned to BBC, and that will put our best foot forward. God help us if they are tuned to any of Berlusconi's channels. ... more
Any other passions in life besides music?
October 27, 2015
I'm glad you mentioned that. Correct me if I'm wrong, but we are sending both light signals and radio signals to other worlds, and the former travel faster than the latter. So there will be a transmission delay. If the earth blew up, they would see it happen, but would continue to receive our slow-poke radio transmissions for some time ... more