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Why this World Is Great

How about a change of pace from the negative?  If I had to sum up why this world is great in a sentence, I’d say: “The world is great because we have the capacity to appreciate beauty.”  The world could be designed so that we would observe a sunset, a rainbow, kittens playing, or a waterfall with total indifference.  125 more words

Classical Music

Carolyn plays Mozart-Volodos Turkish March preview


Sneak peek Carolyn’s upcoming musical video. It’s nothing fancy, appears on plain set, minimal styling and always focused on the music itself.

Theologians and their composers

When I was a teenager I would often go on extended walks with a piece of classical music playing on my walkman (remember those?). That doesn’t happen much these days – there are a lot more distractions inhibiting me from, say, getting lost for hours inside a Wagner opera while making myself an easy target for a mugging. 557 more words

Fragments Of Culture

Final Finta

Dear Glyndebourne,

Please take your time.  I am a patient man and you have earned considerable respect and affection, but can you please tell why, for the love of any deity you care to believe in, you thought it was a good idea to put on… 796 more words

Performances I've Seen

Sad About Pops

Recently SiriuxXM cancelled its over-the-air Pops channel that I listened to in my car.  That channel played a steady, commercial-free selection of terrific popular classical music selections.  254 more words


Birthday greetings to Bela Rudenko

“Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” (in Ukrainian translation)
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Bela Rudenko

Dark but straightforward Zauberflöte

The 2003 Royal Opera House recording of Die Zauberflöte has a terrific cast and it has Sir Colin Davis conducting.  The production is by David McVicar and it’s one of those that make one wonder how he ever got a “bad boy” reputation.  502 more words

DVD Review