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  • Camille: Thanks very much for the advisory, grimoaldo, for I shall be listening in earnest and whistling whilst I work today! Tell me, I... 1:23 PM
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  • Cocky Kurwenal: La Calumnia is legit in D major or C major – did Silvestrelli do something else? Furlanetto does it in C on the rare... 1:02 PM
  • le cerf agile: …and another favorite Endrèze recording: httpv://www.youtub GTQkkD0 12:58 PM
  • le cerf agile: A favorite Endrèze recording: httpv://www.youtub 9uIZ7Ao 12:57 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I admit to having “tiqué” ; on seeing his name in the roster. 12:48 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I’m sorry to say that the last time I was there was so long ago it was practically still smoking after Alexander̵... 12:47 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I have to thank a friend in Serbia who noticed it and thought of me – and of course the person who posted it, but I... 12:43 PM

“Oh how I sympathize with King Canute!”

Norman Lebrecht, who seems now to have no goal in life beyond actively impeding the progress of classical music—and why not: look how cruelly the industry has treated him!—has published a “review” from a “critic” who walked out of a three-act opera after the first act.

Sticks and stones

Here’s a story in which practically nobody in authority comes off well. Daniel Harding conducts a concert at La Scala that includes a selection from Tristan und Isolde, about which the Corriere della Sera‘s venerable critic Paolo Isotta snipes “Harding’s conducting was so soft it made you think he wanted to back the unfounded theory that Wagner was homosexual.” So then La Scala’s GM Stéphane Lissner kicks Isotta off the press list for the company: he can still review Scala events but will have to pay for his own ticket. [The Telegraph]

Her bark and her bite

Anna Bolena… opened at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday in a new production featuring Anna Netrebko and two handsome Irish wolfhounds who helped us get through one very tedious scene.” (Bloomberg News, Manuela Hoelterhoff) Read more »