And that really is it for the moment, I hope, although concert No. 2 was so delayed from the original schedule that we've got another one due in a couple of months...
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Went to see revisionist OperaUpClose "Carmen" again -- it still irritates me :-(
My companion's response -- "But this is the first time I've seen a production that gives Carmen a reason to leave him; otherwise she comes across as heartless" -- just validates my point: Carmen *is* heartless. The whole point of the plot is that she is a free spirit, she does what she likes. Bashing José (via some major changes in the lyrics) to make Carmen into a battered girlfriend who gets slapped around on a regular basis runs clean counter to the music, to the author's intent, and to the characters' integrity. And as a result it comes across as pushing a political point at the expense of the opera.( Read more... )
Having now worked out a way of posting again, I'll add this lyrics meme (borrowed from pedanther: the original challenge was to select thirty opening lines as chosen at random by the 'shuffle' feature of your computer's music player and challenge people to identify the songs from which they came (and name the performers!)
In my case I only went up to ten and wouldn't expect anyone to be able to identify the majority of those in any case -- I was amused by the way that my sample came out as an almost-coherent narrative in its own right, though.
The results (with answers linked back to the actual file in most cases, as almost my entire computer music collection comes from period downloads in the first place; hence the predominance of 78rpm recordings in this selection):
(due to the settings of the music player, the randomised results then came out in alphabetical order!)
I Must Have That Man (Jack Hylton recording, 1929)
I Want to Be Happy (From the hit show "No, No, Nanette": Binnie Hale and Joseph Coyne, 1925)
It's Foolish but it's Fun (From the film "Spring Parade": Deanna Durbin, 1940)
Lady Be Good (From guess which musical? Sung here by a woman, but it could almost be the authentic male role)
Let the People Sing (Jack Hylton recording, 1940)
Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) (Rudy Vallee, 1928)
Lily of Laguna... and it's actually Errol Flynn singing here, in 1954
Lord, You Made the Night Too Long (Jack Hylton recording, 1932)
This is "Love's Garden of Roses", a lesser-known work by Haydn Wood (composer of "Roses of Picardy", etc.): this actual recording (by Webster Booth and Anne Ziegler) was uploaded on YouTube by duettists as an 'unlinked' item, so in deference to her wishes I shan't post the URL here...
Lover, Come Back to Me (sung by Evelyn Laye in the show "New Moon", but recorded here by Rudy Vallee, 1929)
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