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Thursday, February 23, 2017


My Classical Notes

February 10

Angela Gheorghiu’s New Recording

My Classical NotesAngela Gheorghiu’s new recording is titled ‘Live from Covent Garden’, and it features the following music: Bellini: Casta Diva (from Norma) Brediceanu: Câte flori pe deal in sus (from Le Seceris) Charpentier, G: Depuis le jour (from Louise) Cilea: Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l’umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur) Handel: Lascia ch’io pianga (from Rinaldo) Loewe, F: I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady) Massenet: Allons! Il le faut pour lui-même!… Adieu, notre petite table (from Manon) Mozart: Porgi amor (from Le nozze di Figaro) Puccini: Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot) Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly) O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi) Performed by Angela Gheorghiu (soprano), with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ion Marin conducting. Angela Gheorghiu is an artist Who has an astounding voice, and she enjoys a special relationship with London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she first captured the imagination and hearts of the world’s opera-lovers. This recital with orchestra showcases Gheorghiu in roles she has championed in the theatre or on record (Adriana Lecouvreur, Madama Butterfly, Manon), and provides glimpses of the magic she brings to Bellini, Mozart and Handel – and the music of her native Romania and Broadway. Here is Ms. Gheorghiu in the opera Toscanini, with the Vienna State Opera company:

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

February 21

Opera house goes on strike

Staff at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe have called a ‘warning strike’ in pursuit of a six percent pay rise. The company’s latest production is a Clinton-Lewinsky themed version of Handel’s Semele.






George Frideric Handel
(1685 – 1759)

George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 - 14 April 1759) was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos. Handel was born in Germany in the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. Handel received critical musical training in Italy before settling in London and becoming a naturalised British subject. His works include Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks. He was strongly influenced by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition. Handel's music was well-known to composers including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.



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