Deceptive Cadence
3:28 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: February 24, 2012

A duet for the ages: Domingo and Colbert.
courtesy of Comedy Central

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 2:02 pm

  • Stephen Colbert had Plácido Domingo on as his guest last night. (Question: "What's the longest it's taken you to die on stage?" Answer: Simon Boccanegra — get poisoned in the second act, don't die until the third.) Also, they sang "La donna è mobile" together.
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Monkey See
12:51 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Step Right Up For The Oscar Spectacular!

Owen Wilson is a writer with a block — and a fiancee (Rachel McAdams) who may be part of the problem — in Woody Allen's latest romance.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 12:48 pm

On this week's show, we're coming up to the Oscars, so it seemed like a great time to sit down with the delightful Bob Mondello, film critic for All Things Considered.

We talk about The Artist — which we all agree is the likely Best Picture winner on Sunday night — and how its limitations of silence and black and white operate to perhaps make it stronger. We discuss how it might look different to those who see it on home video, and it's safe to say we all think you're better off seeing it in a theater.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:02 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

yMusic: Joyful Virtuosity For 'Spinning On Air'

yMusic performs at WNYC.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 10:13 am

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Deceptive Cadence
1:43 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: The Birth Of Opera

Orpheus makes his way through the underworld, in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's production of one of the first operas, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, from 1607.
Deutsche Grammophon

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 12:29 pm

(Talk Like An Opera Geek attempts to decode the intriguing and intimidating lexicon of the opera house.)

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Deceptive Cadence
1:43 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

New York Polyphony: A Vocal Quartet Takes On Death

New York Polyphony.
Chris Owyoung courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 1:41 pm

It's been about three decades since pre-Baroque music began to be revived in a big way. A whole constellation of big-name vocal superstars has evolved, with Anonymous 4, The Tallis Scholars and the late Montserrat Figueras among the firmament.

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Music Interviews
4:23 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Three Poetic Traditions Inspire A Mideast Symphony

Mohammed Fairouz recently premiered his Symphony No. 3: Poems and Prayers, a choral symphony set to Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic texts.
Samantha West Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 2:58 pm

For his third symphony, the 26-year-old American composer Mohammed Fairouz decided to incorporate text in three languages. Poems and Prayers, which had its debut Thursday in New York, features passages in Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic.

The symphony was commissioned by Northeastern University, where Fairouz teaches. The idea was to write something exploring the conflicts in the Middle East, so for inspiration, Fairouz delved into the region's poetry — both ancient and modern.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:24 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: February 17, 2012

Soprano Anna Netrebko in a 2011 file photo.
Thomas Niedermueller Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 1:37 pm

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4:34 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Beloit International Film Festival

The Beloit International Film Festival is underway.  The event, which runs through February 19th, is holding some events on the Illinois side this year. 

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Deceptive Cadence
4:01 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Why Do People Hate Rap And Opera?

Opera and rap seem to hit a nerve with many music lovers.
Morozova Tatiana

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 10:47 am

So what's wrong with rap and opera? Not much, really. Except that last week when we asked readers to name their musical blind spots (genres or bands they ignored, either by choice or neglect) a distinct refrain emerged within the responses. Two examples:

"Oh, and by the way, rap is not music. It is mostly a bunch of meaningless drivel by people with no real talent and who certainly should not get paid."

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Deceptive Cadence
8:11 am
Tue February 14, 2012

A New Twist On A Leonard Cohen Classic For Valentine's Day

Simone Dinnerstein, at NPR's Studio 4A, plays The Cohen Variations, a new piece based on Leonard Cohen's song "Suzanne."
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 8:00 am

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