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Classical Notes: June 9, 2006 Archive

Go for the Overture, Stay for the Show

Posted at 12:52 AM on June 9, 2006 by Bob Christiansen
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Don't get me started on Gilbert & Sullivan...or rather, please get me started on G&S! Rex mentioned the North Star Opera production of "Iolanthe" which has probably the best overture of the lot. That's because its the one that Sullivan actually wrote himself and is a self-contained gem. Most of the others, delightful as they are, are pastiches put together by, mostly, Edward German from the best tunes from the operettas. Sullivan trusted him to do a good job of picking the top melodies and saved himself some extra work.

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Posted at 9:25 AM on June 9, 2006 by Rex Levang


Alex Ross has an appreciative note on the classical fare on Youtube. (I’d link directly to Youtube, but Ross’s blog is a treat – hence this plug.) I seem to have better luck on Youtube using rather specific search terms; if you just search on “Mozart” or “Berlioz,” you’re likely to get video of a garage band or someone’s pet hedgehog. . . .

The Saint Paul Summer Festival of Song starts tonight!