July 6, 2007 Soprano Regine Crespin excelled in her native French repertoire, but was also famous for singing Wagner and Verdi. Crespin made her debut in a small regional opera house in 1948, and moved on to the great stages of the world.
July 3, 2007 Beverly Sills, world-renowned opera singer, died from lung cancer at the age of 78. With a silvery voice that soared high, and an irrepressible personality, Sills became an opera superstar.
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July 2, 2007 Beverly Sills, the soprano known for her silvery voice and her irrepressible personality, has died of cancer at age 78. She was remembered for creating a uniquely American heroine — and for her second career as a successful and media-savvy arts administrator and advocate.
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June 12, 2007 Strauss' gorgeous music in "At Sunset" is lit with the golden rays of a fall afternoon slipping away into twilight. An opening burst of orchestral color soars, but gets muted in a haze of French horns. The strings, floating high and sweet, weave a long-lined melody.
June 2, 2007 English composer Edward Elgar was born 150 years ago. His music, it was said, put the 'Great' back into Britain. Although the popularity of his symphonies, concertos and choral works has swayed throughout the years, he remains an iconic figure for many Brits.
January 30, 2007 With contemporary singers paying less attention to Brahms, it's a pleasure to turn the clock back to the 1960s to hear mezzo-soprano Janet Baker sing an album of his songs. Baker has a voice of deep purple velvet, as well as intelligence and a sense of detail that can make each song seem like a miniature opera.
December 21, 2006 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's "My love, if I die and you don't--" offers a clear-eyed tribute to everlasting love. But it's hard not to be moved listening to the late singer's gorgeous, smoky voice, as well as her unsentimental approach to music that already aches with yearning and loss.
November 2, 2006 Catalan musician Jordi Savall spends most of his time dusting off little-known music from around the time of J.S. Bach. But for his new CD, Orient-Occident, Savall says goodbye to the baroque, picks up the ancient bowed lyre and gathers an outstanding team of Afghan, Moroccan, Israeli and Greek musicians.
October 10, 2006 Virtually unknown outside his native Romania, with a perfectly pencil-thin mustache and a voice that flutters in mid-air, Doma Dumitru Siminica packed cafes and clubs in Bucharest in the 1960s. His style is rooted in the Gypsy Lautari tradition of slowly paced melancholy love songs, laments and drinking songs.
October 3, 2006 For maximum effect, Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" should be heard in its entirety, in order to capture the full complement of drama, color and urgency. But to dive right in, head straight for Section 6, where the patterns are as thick, colorful and confusing an exquisitely woven Persian carpet.
September 25, 2006 The 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Dmitri Shostakovich has been celebrated all year with concerts and recordings of his music. There has also been more discussion about whether his music was written in support of Russia's communist government, or in protest against it.
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August 3, 2006 The renowned soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf has died at the age of 90. Schwarzkopf was known for her shimmering "silvery" voice, and also for her membership in the Nazi party.
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May 11, 2006 Scholars may argue over the essence of Franz Schubert's religious beliefs, but for conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, there's no doubting the deep spirituality found in the composer's Mass No. 5.
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May 10, 2006 The genius of Franz Schubert is so great that conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt feels he was "thrown down from the moon." Harnoncourt discusses and conducts Schubert's Second Symphony with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
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May 9, 2006 In the 1950s, Nikolaus Harnoncourt was a cellist in the Vienna Symphony, tired of playing Mozart in a style he couldnt stomach. He quit the orchestra, started one of his own and began conducting music the way he wished.
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