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    Quote Originally Posted by itywltmt View Post
    Composed after Rachmaninov’s great Third Piano Concerto, The Bells can be thought of as his Third Symphony (in the same way Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde could be his Ninth…). It distinguishes itself from the other symphonies by the use of choir and vocal soloists, but it is built as a symphony (in fact, I have seen it referred to as a “Choral Symphony for STB, Chorus and Orchestra”.
    Yes, and then there are the Symphonic Dances (the 5th Symphony?), so really Rachmaninoff has five symphonies. All good too.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    One-Aria Operas

    The works I chose to assemble in today’s montage are essentially single arias, meant to stand alone in concert, and in some cases sound like they’re taken out of a larger (contemporaneous) operatic work, inspired by a character from literature.

    Our Commentary -
    http://itywltmt.blogspot.com/2017/07/mini-operas.html

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...06_00_00-07_00

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/pcast253

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    Lightbulb Mahler's Third Symphony

    Every conceivable single kind of human, natural, physical, and spiritual emotion that has ever existed can be found in this gargantuan six-movement work, which incorporates material not only from Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" song cycle, but also the Night Wanderer's Song of Nietzsche's "Also Sprach Zarathustra". The first movement alone, with a normal duration of a little more than thirty minutes, sometimes forty, forms Part One of the symphony. Part Two consists of the other five movements and has a duration of about sixty to seventy minutes.

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...light=itywltmt

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/pcast150

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...07_00_00-07_00

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    Lightbulb Strauss’ Four Last Songs

    Richard Strauss produced lieder throughout his career. The Four Last Songs are among his best known, along with Ruhe, meine Seele!, Cäcilie, Morgen!, Heimliche Aufforderung, Traum durch die Dämmerung, and others (some of these are featured as “filler tracks” from the album I selected for today’s podcast).

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...our-Last-Songs

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...07_00_00-07_00

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/pcast274

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    Lightbulb Last Night of the Proms

    A yearly tradition, this coming Saturday will be the Last Night at the Proms. I thought it would be appropriate to recycle an old broadcast to illustrate and discuss this special concert and its unique format.

    Original Commentary - https://itywltmt.blogspot.com/search?q=proms

    Active Podcasts - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...07_00_00-07_00 (Part 1), https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...07_00_01-07_00 (Part 2)

    Archived video - https://archive.org/details/BBCProms...ightOfTheProms

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/LNP200402

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    I love watching the YouTube clips of the "Last Night" when Jonas Kaufmann was one of the guest soloists. This is quite a remarkable event and wonderful to see the audience's participation.

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    Great Voices from the Past

    These podcasts are taken from Capital Radio's Friday Night at the Opera/At the Opera weekly programs dubbed “Opera Potpourri”. Sean Bianco discusses and shares recordings of the Nimbus “Viva Voce” series dedicated to vintage acoustic and electrical recordings of some of the great singers of the early 20rth century. All of the recordings featured today are from before 1939 (the “youngest” being from 1938, I believe).


    CREDIT - Capital Public Radio, Sacramento CA

    PART 1 - Great Voices from before 1939

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...07_00_00-07_00

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...-(Before-1939)

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/03OperaPotpourri110401

    PART 2 - Great Voices from the Recent Past

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...07_00_01-07_00

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...-distant)-past

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/OperaPot...1Apr2012Protti

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    Lightbulb Opera Weekend - Maskarade

    Featured this weekend, a comic opera involving some of those great elements: love, fun and general reveling in the context of an evening of dancing, encounters and the topsy-turvy world of a masquerade ball.


    The masquerade isn’t a unique theme: think of Johann Strauss’ Fledermaus, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and this gem of an opera from Denmark’s Carl Nielsen, Maskarade.


    This Nielsen opera is more aligned with the shenanigans of Strauss’ tale than Verdi’s murderous plot . The masquerade of the title is a place where the characters can leave behind the oppressed lives they lead in a rigid society; it represents liberty and the Enlightenment, and even more, perhaps, a sense of joie de vivre in a land where weather (and duty) is often cold and gloomy. Not surprisingly, Maskarade has become the Danish national opera.



    Original OTF Article - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...y-Carl-Nielsen

    Active Podcast: Acts 1 & 2 - Act 3

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/MaskaradeFs39ByCarlNielsen

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    Lightbulb Opera Weekend - La Bohème (Leoncavallo)

    Puccini wasn’t the only composer to attempt a work on Henri Murger's novel Scènes de la vie de bohème. In February 1893, two Milan newspapers announced that two operas were to be composed on the subject of La bohème, one by Leoncavallo and one by Puccini. Ruggero Leoncavallo, best known as the composer of Pagliacci, first considered composing the opera, and offered a libretto that he had written to Puccini, who refused because he supposedly was considering another subject. Puccini then employed Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa to provide him with their version, which reached the stage in 1896, while Leoncavallo’s version debuted in the following year. Although Leoncavallo’s version was well received at its premiere, it shortly was totally eclipsed by Puccini’s work.

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...er%94-Boh%E8me

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...07_00_00-07_00 (Acts 1-2) https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...07_00_01-07_00 (Acts 3-4)

    Archive Pages - https://archive.org/details/leoncava...heme_mp_06_etc (Acts 1-2) https://archive.org/details/leoncava...heme_mp_25_etc (Acts 3-4)

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    Lightbulb Opera Weekend - Cavalleria Rusticana

    Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana is an opera in one act to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play written by Giovanni Verga based on his short story. Considered one of the classic verismo operas, it premiered on May 17, 1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Since 1893, it has often been performed in a so-called Cav/Pag double-bill with Pagliacci.

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...eria-rusticana

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...13_00_00-07_00

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/01CavalleriaRusticanaPartI0

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    Lightbulb Happy Hallowe'en

    The Medium is something of a cautionary tale, which had its genesis in a séance attended by the composer himself. Living in conditions of near-squalor, Baba poses as a medium with her daughter, Monica, posing as ghosts from the beyond. She takes in Toby, a mute, as a lodger but distrusts him. The business continues until, during a séance, she is touched herself by a hand, an occurrence she cannot explain and which drives her to insanity and murder.

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...-Carlo-Menotti

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...05_34_53-07_00

    Archive Page (Audio only) - https://archive.org/details/01-the-medium-1946-act-i


    The original television broadcast video can be found @ http://archive.org/details/StudioOneTheMedium1948

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    Lightbulb Opera Weekend - The Flying Dutchman

    The tempestuous opening bars of the overture to Der fliegende Holländer throw us immediately into the passionate story of love, anguish and self-sacrifice that is to be played out in this, the first opera of Wagner’s musical maturity. Der fliegende Holländer was first performed on 2nd January 1843 at the Königliches Sächsisches Hoftheater in Dresden. His initial conception was to present Der fliegende Holländer in one unbroken act, but shortly before the opening he reworked this into three separate acts, in which form it was customarily produced during the nineteenth century.

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...Holl%C3%A4nder

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...14_00_00-08_00 (Part 1) https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...14_00_01-08_00 (Part 2)

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/03DerFliegendeHollanderAct2

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    Lightbulb Opera Weekend - Die Tote Stadt

    Bruges is a city in the heart of the Flanders region of Belgium –that area was one of the main theatres of the First World War. The city is depicted as the morose backdrop of the novel and the opera. Paul, the main protagonist, has suffered a deep loss – that of his young wife – and we witness Paul going through what we can only qualify as a nervous breakdown right before our eyes. This breakdown is precipitated by Paul encountering Marietta, who could be his dead wife’s twin sister.

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...fgang-Korngold

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...14_00_00-08_00 (Act 1) https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...14_00_01-08_00 (Acts 2 & 3)

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/KorngoldDieToteStadt

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