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September 27, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Know your rallentando from your accelerando? Opera singers must follow the composer's musical road signs.
February 1, 2012 Opera singers must obey the musical traffic signals, knowing an accelerando from a rallentando.
Seismic singing from the bottommost voices: Know your basso buffo from your basso profondo.
January 18, 2012 With opera's subterranean serenaders, it's important to know a basso buffo from a basso profondo.
July 8, 2011 A tempest at Opera North, protests in New York and in Strasbourg and Hannibal Lecter's waltz: all the classical news that's fit to link.
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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes gives his multimedia Mussorgsky a trial run in Norway, complete with seven video screens.
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August 21, 2009 Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and visual artist Robin Rhode are out to reframe Modest Mussorgsky's classic suite for solo piano, Pictures at an Exhibition. For the upcoming world premiere, the pianist will be surrounded by seven video screens as he plays the music.
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August 6, 2009 Summer may seem like the shortest of seasons, but at least the evenings are long and warm. As we wend our way into August, when the sticky air makes it easy to forget how little time remains until fall, here are five pieces by classical composers who embraced summer nights. Here's hoping the music signifies both summertime and celebration the next time you spend a hot night entertaining guests.
July 28, 2009 Before he died, the great pianist donated a treasure trove of privately made recordings to Yale University. Now some of those very public recitals are being issued on CD, including searing 1940s performances from Carnegie Hall.
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February 13, 2009 The quintessential Russian opera, Boris Godunov explores a centuries-old murder mystery, while probing the psyche of its tormented title character.
July 6, 2007 Mussorgsky's sprawling drama Boris Godunov is actually an intimate, psychological portrait played out on an epic scale. It comes to us from the Vienna State Opera, with bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role.
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October 31, 2005 How do we know when we hear evil in music? Is it the crashing dissonance, the screeching soprano? Commentator Claire Blaustein studies the musical elements in several scores that have long inspired a sense of horror.
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