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Album Review: Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt, by various artists Admittedly, it must be stated at the outset that this is not the most accessible opera for most listeners.  The opera itself, with words by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and with music by Norwegian composer … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by the Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Sir Colin Davis I must say that I did not get as much out of this opera as I would have if I would have … Continue reading

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Album Review: HMS Pinafore (Vintage Collection)

HMS Pinafore (Vintage Collection), by Gilbert & Sullivan, performed by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company About the only negative thing I have to say about this album is that it only includes the songs from the HMS Pinafore and not … Continue reading

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Album Review: Boris Godunov

Boris Godunov, by Modest Mussorgsky, performed by Yevgeni Nesterenko, Alexander Ognivtsiev, Elena Obratsova, Vladimir Atlantov, and Yuri Mazurok and the Choir & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Mark Ermier I find it somewhat surprising that this is the … Continue reading

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Boris Gudunov And The Russian Dilemma

For the past few days I have been listening to a Russian opera in my car.  Not being someone who has listened to a lot of operas, and certainly not Russian ones, I have found this particular opera to be … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 4

Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 4, instructed by Professor Robert Greenberg This particular six hours or so of lecture time in eight cds finishes the collection by the professor that introduces the listener to the … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 3

Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 3, instructed by Professor Robert Greenberg In most of the courses I have listened to in this particular professor’s series, all of which deal with music in the Western concert … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 2

Great Courses:  How To Listen To And Understand Great Opera:  Part 2, taught by Professor Robert Greenberg I think I have listened to exactly one opera in my life, when one came to the University of South Florida one Saturday … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 1

Great Courses:  How To Listen To And Understand Opera:  Part 1, taught by Professor Robert Greenberg If you are a fan of classical music and the Great Courses series, and I must admit to being fans of both, then it … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part V

Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Great Music: Part V, taught by Professor Robert Greenberg I must admit I have some mixed feelings about this part of the course.  Having enjoyed the first two thirds of the professor’s … Continue reading

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