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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-01-25 22:34
(Note from Linz—an edited version of this interview appears in the current issue of Capital Magazine. Here is the interview in full, with the magazine's introduction.)
Great Interview! — by mvardoulis on Mon, 2015-01-26 17:44
Well... — by Olivia on Mon, 2015-01-26 03:11
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-22 06:39
"Singers should sing words, not notes. The words tell the story of the music, and should be made clear to those who want to hear them. I will never sing an operatic aria if I do not know the words, because I do not believe that the melody is enough, no matter how beautiful it may be."
—Mario Lanza, August 1959.
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-22 00:50
Beethoven's 5th and final concerto is one of the crowning glories not just of Romanticism in music but of Western Civilisation itself. "Emperor" is a fitting sobriquet, though it is doubtful Beethoven approved (it was not his idea) because of the endorsement such a title would have implied of Napoleon, with whom Beethoven had become disillusioned when Bonaparte assumed the moniker of a monarch.
Exquisite! — by Olivia on Tue, 2015-02-24 06:17
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-15 03:27
Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, to be played by Freddy Kempf at the final concert of his New Zealand Beetfest at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on March 14, was completed in 1806, six years after the Third. In the interim, the piano qua instrument had acquired new, higher notes, more volume (three strings per note) and more pedaling options (a mechanism enabling the hammers to hit one, two or all three strings). Beethoven took full advantage of the new options.
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-08 06:35
Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto was composed three years after No 1 and thirteen years after No. 2 (explained in previous posts)! Here the transition from Classicism to what we now identify as Romanticism is pronounced: I have underlined the characteristics of Romanticism, as chronicled in my Music of the Gods article, that are especially conspicuous in this concerto:
Outrageous — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2015-02-10 22:47
Wonderful presentation of the — by Newberry on Sun, 2015-02-08 08:03
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-02-01 21:24
As mentioned in the discussion of PC No. 1, No. 2 was written ten years previously, between 1787 and 1789, when Beethoven was in his teens. He premiered the work himself in Vienna in 1795. While it had undergone many revisions, the version Beethoven played on that occasion is the version played today.
Freddy Kempf says:
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2015-01-25 23:09
"What is in my heart must come out and so I write it down."
—Ludwig van Beethoven
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.
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
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:
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
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-02-12 09:19
This is an upgrade of an old warhorse—my 1981 interview for National Radio with Constantine Callinicos, accompanist and conductor for The Great Mario.
Update — by gregster on Thu, 2012-08-23 10:47
Overdue recognition — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-04-13 09:40
goode just musical styles? — by seymourblogger on Sun, 2012-02-19 00:20
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2011-12-29 10:54
Anna Moffo was surpassed only by Maria Callas.
Thanks for the chocolate fish — by 0 on Mon, 2012-01-09 01:32
Chocolate fish — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-01-08 09:02
Rachmaninoff on steroids — by Richard Goode on Sun, 2012-01-08 06:55
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:
RIP — by Olivia on Mon, 2014-08-18 11:09
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2015-02-18 05:33
When I last wrote about Islamatrocities, there had just been some in Sydney, Australia, and Paris, France. In the wake of these unspeakable doings by Islamofilth, there was a heartening, unprecedented outpouring of rational rage across the globe—some of it from the most unlikely quarters, such as French citizens.
Olivia the Red — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2015-02-22 03:46
Lindsay... — by Olivia on Sat, 2015-02-21 03:16
Defeating ISIS and the Philsophy of Islam — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Fri, 2015-02-20 11:55
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2015-01-08 03:26
Savage superstitionists have just slaughtered eight journalists in Paris for the crime of making fun of their paedophile prophet. Had these sub-excreta been around in Voltaire's day, Voltaire's day no doubt would have been brutally shortened. The free-thinking French philosopher wrote of the murderous Mohammed:
Praising imaginary tolerance — by Rick Giles on Thu, 2015-02-19 05:58
No problem'o — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2015-02-11 23:23
I like where you're going there, Rick — by mvardoulis on Wed, 2015-02-11 19:39
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.
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
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.
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
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!):
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
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2009-12-26 00:07
SOLO-International Op-Ed: A Second Declaration of Independence
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.
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
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2015-01-31 10:36
On his 94th birthday, the most beautiful tribute to Mario ever penned, by David C. Adams, included in The One Tenor:
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-12-17 06:39
It is galling to me that some years after I pointed out why Catholicism was still beating Objectivism's ass, Objectivists still haven't gotten it. As the annual apogee of Goblianity approaches, I've been reflecting on this anew. It's the sentimentality, stoopid!
It is galling to me that some — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2015-01-30 20:23
Speaking of the Ascent of Man — by Olivia on Thu, 2015-01-22 03:01
The Ascent of Man — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2015-01-06 09:17
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-11-05 09:12
I have paid no attention to American politics for about a year now, since I am convinced America is finished, and deserves to be.
Sam — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-11-09 21:17
Lindsay — by Sam W. on Sun, 2014-11-09 19:40
Sam — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-11-09 19:31
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2014-09-16 04:01
Greg Sandow, music critic and Juilliard teacher, cried a few months ago when he watched The Great Caruso. I cried when I read his article about it just now.
I get this.... — by Olivia on Sun, 2014-09-28 22:38
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-09-06 07:40
[Published in this month's Capital Magazine—believe it or not at their instigation! They have printed every word I wrote, as I wrote it, aside from their putting my "gutless in thrall to the clueless" line inside the Mike Moore quote. I am agreeably astonished. Is the blacklist finally at an end?]
I googled — by gregster on Tue, 2014-10-21 05:57
I seem to recall a — by Shane Pleasance on Fri, 2014-10-17 19:47
Well — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-10-10 20:00
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Rather Mechanically-Made — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2014-11-19 13:42
Hurrah! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2014-11-19 08:13
Atlas Part 2 3/5 stars — by Kasper on Wed, 2014-11-19 02:15
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:
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
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:
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2014-03-07 21:01
Ted takes on the RINOs:
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
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-02-02 04:33
Born, February 2, 1905; died March 6, 1982.
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