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Classical Notes: June 14, 2006 Archive

Mozart Party Records

Posted at 9:56 AM on June 14, 2006 by Rex Levang (1 Comments)

From the wonders of the Web come two, um, unique performances of the Queen of the Night’s aria from Mozart’s “Magic Flute.”

The first, from the remarkable collection of old cylinder recordings now digitized and maintained by the University of California at Santa Barbara, is Maria Galvany’s galvanizing performance from 1910.

And, speaking of Youtube, as we just were: this second one has made the rounds, so you may already have seen the aria being performed by a boy soprano in lederhosen.

Thing is, the kid’s pretty good!

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Compulsory reading

Posted at 2:35 PM on June 14, 2006 by Don Lee (2 Comments)

Music critic Greg Sandow's blog is worth a look when you've got the chance. In the past I've recommended his online book about the future of classical music. He's just published another chapter, his last before a summer hiatus.

But more interesting at the moment on Sandow's page is a commentary thread responding to an article Allan Kozinn wrote in the May 28 New York Times. Kozinn observes that there's more good news about the health of classical music than press coverage would lead us to believe.

It’s high time someone mentioned the discussion on these pages because, as one commenter put it, it's "compulsory reading for all of us in classical music." The article has gone into the Times archive so you'll need to pay to read it, but the comments on Sandow's blog will tell you most of what you need to know.

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