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Comets in Our Twilight: Licia Albanese, RIP

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-06-27 08:25

Metropolitan Opera Grande Diva Licia Albanese will turn 101 next month. She appeared with Mario in the 1955 Warner Bros movie Serenade. In 1995 she and I were both in Philadelphia to attend the annual Mario Lanza Ball, where she performed a stellar, impromptu rendering of Star-Spangled Banner. A day prior to the Ball I recorded this interview with her. My thanks to Gregster for uploading and matching pics to audio:

Edit, August 17: Licia passed away yesterday. Her age is given here as 105, not 101. Either way, I think we can safely say she lived a life as long as it was excellent:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08...

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RIP — by Olivia on Mon, 2014-08-18 11:09

Child-Molesters of the Mind, cont.

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2014-08-11 02:45

I have long referred to NZ's education establishment (and that of most Western countries) as "child-molesters of the mind." I used to document their atrocities regularly in The Free Radical and on talkback. Now there has been a whistle-blower from within.

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Kyrel — by gregster on Fri, 2014-08-15 08:51
Amazing — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-08-13 03:17
Unfortunate chioce.. — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2014-08-11 17:35

Atlas 3 Is Semi-Out!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-07-12 09:14

The underwhelmingly-publicised Atlas Shrugged Part 3 has apparently been sneak-previewed in Las Vegas, and been well received.

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What the hell? — by Tore on Sun, 2014-07-27 13:19
Should add though — by Tore on Sun, 2014-07-27 08:57
Peikoff — by Tore on Sat, 2014-07-26 09:07

KASS Music Gem (and Epitome of Rational Disagreement): Brahms/Bernstein/Gould/Sgouros/Zimerman

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-07-06 08:56

The first clip here is the first movement of Brahms' rapturous Piano Concerto #1, as played by Glenn Gould and conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

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Lenny... — by Olivia on Mon, 2014-07-07 06:38
I love the way you put that Gregster... — by Olivia on Mon, 2014-07-07 05:52
Lucky — by gregster on Mon, 2014-07-07 03:47

Intro to 'Total Passion'

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-06-14 23:05

Kyrel Zantonavitch's new review on Amazon of my book, 'Total Passion for the Total Height,' prompted me to start re-reading the thing myself. As I made my way through the Introduction I became quite exercised by the trenchant accuracy of my own observations, and motivated to lift myself from the pessimistic funk induced by the horrors of which I write. It occurred to me that I'd never published that Introduction here. Here it is (oh, and of course, buy the book if you want more!):

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Tore — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-06-15 22:33
i Did buy the book... — by Tore on Sun, 2014-06-15 08:05

KASS Music Gem—Luciano Pavarotti/Lindsay Perigo: Full Interview

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2013-11-14 19:46

My thanks to highly talented singing student Rory Sweeney for obtaining and posting this:

Recent Comments:
Beautiful Luciano! — by Olivia on Fri, 2013-11-22 06:23
Nice — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2013-11-16 03:10
Well done for retrieving this — by gregster on Sat, 2013-11-16 02:57

Luciano and Linz

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-10-05 21:03

Here is a recently retrieved fragment, the concluding moments, of an interview I did with The Great Pavarotti in Sydney in 1991, along with all takes of the promo that he graciously agreed to do, reading from his own handwritten script! My thanks as always to Gregster for putting this together.

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Bravissimo! — by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2013-10-09 14:06
Thank you Liv — by gregster on Wed, 2013-10-09 02:48
Beautiful Luciano... — by Olivia on Tue, 2013-10-08 05:43

Comets in Our Twilight, 2: Rachmaninoff

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-01-31 07:48

"Only art that is free can be meaningful; only creativity that is free can be joyful."

Rachmaninoff in his own words, including his musical philosophy and searing denunciation of Soviet tyranny:


Annals of Airheadery (aka Chronicles of Cretinism)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-12-28 21:51

I am going to keep this thread permanently blue-stickied, like Marcus's Global Warming thread, Philip Duck's UN thread, etc. It will serve as a repository for exhibits in my case that America has now become Airhead America indisputably—comprachicoed, cretinized, lobotomized, infantilized, collectivized, Slayerized, zombified, pomofied, Gramscified, Alinskyfied and generally filthified beyond recognition (from the Founding Fathers' Republic) and beyond salvation. It is not a cliff that America hovers atop; it is the abyss.

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No shortage of uses for Australian taxpayers money — by Richard Wiig on Sun, 2013-12-01 07:10
Competition for Clarke and Dawe — by Richard Wiig on Fri, 2013-11-29 10:24
Matt Damon — by Shane on Sun, 2013-11-24 22:50

Sex, Lies and YouTube Videos (Reprised for Obvious Reasons)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2012-11-10 06:27

So now Petraeus has resigned, ostensibly because of an extra-marital affair. Yeah, right.

Here's my theory:

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Obamagate — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2013-10-25 21:31
Issa looks good on Meet The Press — by gregster on Wed, 2013-05-15 09:50
The lies summarized — by gregster on Tue, 2013-05-14 08:48

Music of the Gods

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2008-04-21 06:11

"The emotion involved in art is not an emotion in the ordinary meaning of the term. It is experienced more as a 'sense' or a 'feel,' but it has two characteristics pertaining to emotions: it is automatically immediate and it has an intense, profoundly personal (yet undefined) value-meaning to the individual experiencing it.

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Astounding! — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2013-10-31 09:19
All hail the mellotron — by ding_an_sich on Fri, 2013-06-07 14:58
Cloud Atlas! — by Marcus on Fri, 2013-06-07 12:16

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The Movie Thread

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2009-10-11 07:26

If like me you haven't yet seen Dark Knight it's just about to screen on Sky Movie Channels 1 & 2.

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Holy Flying Circus — by Sam Pierson on Tue, 2013-02-19 07:45
Les Miserables — by Rosie on Mon, 2013-02-18 22:59
The Cabin in the Woods — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Mon, 2013-02-18 20:45

July 4 Reprise—SOLO-International Op-Ed: A Second Declaration of Independence

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2009-12-26 00:07

SOLO-International Op-Ed: A Second Declaration of Independence

Lindsay Perigo
December 26, 2009

When in the course of human affairs it becomes necessary for citizens to break the political chains that hitherto have bound them, and to reclaim the individual sovereignty which is their birthright, it is opportune and appropriate for them to declare the causes which have impelled them to self-liberation. We, the freedom-loving citizens of the United States of America, choose to do so at this historic moment.

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Not Pedantry — by Doug Bandler on Fri, 2010-07-09 18:57
Doug — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2010-07-09 08:01
Lindsay — by Doug Bandler on Wed, 2010-07-07 19:40

Ian Thorpe Is *Fully* Out!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2014-07-14 07:24

Australian one-time Olympic swimming champion, the impossibly prepossessing Ian Thorpe, has now admitted what has long been rumoured and anyone with even a minimally-functioning "gaydar" has believed all along—he is gay.

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Rick — by gregster on Fri, 2014-08-15 16:10
Stung you — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2014-08-13 10:28
Having won the auction the — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2014-08-12 21:19

Comets in Our Twilight, 1: Evgeny Kissin

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2014-04-21 10:02

Evgeny Kissin is the only musician among his pre-eminent contemporaries not only prepared *not* to go along with Political Correctness and its capitulation to Islamofilth (for capitulation in OrgOism, see weasel-worders who talk about "Islamism" as distinct from Islam), but brave enough to challenge it openly:

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Decent But... — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2014-06-12 13:42
Try this one Kyrel — by Jules Troy on Thu, 2014-06-12 09:12
Clear Words And Logic — by tvr on Sun, 2014-04-27 22:20

Message from Nicholas Dykes

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-04-12 04:14

Staunch champion of freedom, stellar writer Nicholas Dykes has just contacted me with the following news, and asked that I share it with SOLOists:


Wow!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-03-07 21:01

Ted takes on the RINOs:

Recent Comments:
Yes one can dream — by Jules Troy on Wed, 2014-06-11 10:47
Yes, surely a traitor — by gregster on Wed, 2014-06-11 10:15
Jeanine! — by Jules Troy on Wed, 2014-06-11 08:16

Happy Birthday, Ayn Rand!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-02-02 04:33

Born, February 2, 1905; died March 6, 1982.

http://www.solopassion.com/obj...


Happy Birthday, Mario Lanza!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-02-01 09:39

Born, Jan 31, 1921. Died, October 7, 1959, because of a world too stupid, small and lifeless to understand him.


Airhead Americans, You Asked for It!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-01-29 06:49

For anyone falling within the category, "human," there can have been no more repulsive spectacle recently than President Obama's State of the Union address today. It was vile on several counts:


Merry Xmas SOLOists

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2013-12-24 05:50

Goblians claim, mistakenly, that December 25 is Jeezy's birthday, and that Jeezy was the Son of Gobby while simultaneously being Gobby, while both were/are simultaneously Ghosty. It's all nonsense, of course, but one has to acknowledge it was/is momentous nonsense (one hopes for not much longer, even as a more vicious nonsense threatens to trump it). Let us, in the spirit of no nonsense, and SOLO's commitment to an aesthetic renewal, revel in this stellar performance of Tchaikovsky's life-and-beauty-proclaiming 5th Symphony and know what is possible to man in spite of the irrationalists in all their guises.

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Olivia — by Luke Setzer on Tue, 2013-12-31 23:38
Ed. — by Olivia on Tue, 2013-12-31 22:30
Personally... — by Olivia on Tue, 2013-12-31 21:55

Horreurs! Deux Heures du Linz!!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-12-21 09:38

With Jeff Rense on his Internet radio show, promoting The One Tenor:

http://rense.gsradio.net:8080/...

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I Was Kind Of... — by Michael Moeller on Wed, 2013-12-25 05:55
Michael — by gregster on Wed, 2013-12-25 04:10
Sigh — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2013-12-25 03:08

KASS Music Gem: The KASSest Ever!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-12-14 09:23

I've recently re-read a biography of Tchaikovsky I first read when it came out, in 1995, by Anthony Holden. I'm now re-opening others by Michael Hoffmann and John Warrack.

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Oh yes... — by Olivia on Wed, 2013-12-18 07:39
I have not come across this — by Matthew Humphreys on Mon, 2013-12-16 19:09
Lady Slapper — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2013-12-16 05:15

Ubermarx Obamarx

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2013-12-04 05:41

I have referred for some time to The Anti-American President as "Obamarx," for obvious reasons.

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ya.. — by Jules Troy on Thu, 2013-12-05 04:19
Right and Duty — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2013-12-04 15:11

The Dictatorship of "Diversity"

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2013-11-07 06:22

I offer three instructive items of recent news, one from Europe, one from Obamarx's Amerika, the other from New Zealand, eloquent testimony to Western Civilisation's self-immolation at the altar of Islam, described by some who should know better as "Islamism":

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Muslims and Bigotry — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2013-11-14 05:45
A Few Instructive Cartoons... — by tvr on Thu, 2013-11-07 21:04

Crackpot Corner! It's JFK Month—Here's One for Moeller! :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2013-11-04 21:32
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Nothing But Rhetorical Legerdemain — by Michael Moeller on Mon, 2013-12-16 22:57
Robert — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-12-14 10:57
A Thanksgiving Peace Offer — by Michael Moeller on Thu, 2013-11-28 04:15

KASS Music Gem (and Refutation of Bandlerian Determinism!): Lady Leontyne

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-10-26 05:17

Recent Comments:
Great interview! — by Tom Burroughes on Sun, 2013-10-27 19:46
Wow. — by Olivia on Sun, 2013-10-27 02:27
Loved it, what a treat — by Kasper on Sat, 2013-10-26 08:48

KASS Music Gem—Verdi Requiem, complete

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2013-10-14 06:42

Here is an unassailable reminder of the objective superiority of Romantic Music ... and of Western Civilisation. Nothing more need be said:

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I'm sitting in the office — by Matthew Humphreys on Mon, 2013-10-14 15:46

Chris Lewis Serve Goes Viral!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-10-05 23:45

1983 Wimbledon finalist and SOLO reader Chris Lewis is famous again. The California-based coach's comments on what has led to America's loss of tennis dominance—top-heavy bureaucracy and an ethos of conformism and anti-individualism—have gone viral:

http://www.tennisconsult.com/d...


Comets in Our Twilight, 3—Geneva Lewis

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2013-10-05 07:41

Fifteen-year-old Geneva Lewis, whose tennis ace father Chris wrote the Foreword to Total Passion for the Total Height, here plays the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and demonstrates yet again that objectively, Rand to the contrary notwithstanding, Romantic music is the best — and she, Geneva, at so unbelievably young an age, is shaping up to be one of its best exponents.

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Beautiful — by ding_an_sich on Mon, 2013-11-11 14:02
Kyrel — by ding_an_sich on Mon, 2013-11-11 13:17
Federer — by Chris Lewis on Mon, 2013-11-11 02:06

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