Category Archives: Joy

Le Nozze di Figaro

1.Mozart  Le Nozze di Figaro. The music is enchanting. The story is, well, let’s say, a little burlesque. Above all, Susanna, Figaro, La Contessa and the other characters remind me always of my friends. Mozart’s music is all- human. CD: … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, … Continue reading

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Fantasia ist zauberhaft !

Dies ist eine fantastische CD. Die Miniaturen sind hervorragend gespielt. Die Töne sind bezaubernd. Durch die Wahl wird es zu einer Reise durch eine erstaunliche Fülle von Klänge. Besonders liebe ich Dukas/Staub L’Apprenti sorcier, Saint-Saëns/Liszt/Horowitz Danse macabre und Scriabin Poème. … Continue reading

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Opera in Daily Life: Don Juan in Hankey, PA

Don Juan in Hankey is a novel about an opera company, which is preparing a new production of Don Giovanni, about the acts and the thoughts of all the people involved. It is a wonderful story. The plot you must … Continue reading

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Le Temps a Laissié Son Manteau

Limbourg Brothers Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry In spring the beautiful rondeau of Charles d’Orléans sings in my head. Le temps a laissié son manteau De vent, de froidure en de pluye, Et s’est vestu de brouderie, De soleil … Continue reading

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Fülle des Wohllauts

No chapter from a novel describes the delight of the opera lover as beautifully as the above section from Der Zauberberg. Nobody has written about opera as beautifully as Thomas Mann: ‘Ein international Chor gefeierter Sänger und Sängerinnen setzte, begleitet von diskret zurücktretendem Orchester, die hochgeschulte Gottesgabe seiner Stimmen ein zur Ausführung von Arien, Duetten, ganzen Ensembleszenen aus den verschiedenen Gegenden und Epochen des musikalischen Theaters:der … Continue reading

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Dichter und Bauer

A little child, six years old, I was going to a fair. My mother told me about a kind of water organ with music. Full of expectations I was sitting at the front row inside a very large tent. Suddenly the … Continue reading

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