Posted at 2:44 AM on August 4, 2010
by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs
Hector Berlioz composed three operas. Benvenuto Cellini was the first, loosely based on the memoirs of the Florentine sculptor of the same name. The opera failed at the Paris Opera (in 1838) and was a major setback in the composer's career. Technically, the opera is very challenging and it's rarely if ever performed today. But the Overture is a different matter. Tonight's Euro Classic (12:05am CDT, Thursday) is a performance recorded live in October, 2008, featuring the Spanish Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra. Here's a video primer.
Listening to Mozart may not make you smarter, but a new study says it can make you happier.
Sergio Castillo-Perez headed up the research at the University of Oaxaca in Mexico and says, "Music offers a simple and elegant way to treat anhedonia, the loss of pleasures in daily activities."
As well, music aids in pain management, though several patients at first weren't interested in music. But in time - and as their symptoms improved - they asked for more music.
Bring it on!