Category Archives: Music

Want to Hear More Karl Haas Programs?
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That’s Dr. Karl Haas on the left. In case you don’t already know who he is, Dr. Karl Haas was a distinguished classical music performer and presenter, interpreter, and explainer who for decades originated a widely-syndicated and highly successful radio … Continue reading

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The Red Shoes—A Great Film by the Archers
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You may have seen the 1948 classic movie, The Red Shoes; lots of people have. If not, don’t miss this movie if you care about ballet or any of the other performance arts. The Red Shoes is a British film … Continue reading

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Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann–A Good Filming, a Great Performance
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The 2002 performance of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann at the Opera National de Paris, Bastille, released on DVD in 2004, is a masterful performance of a masterwork by a master composer. Conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, the part of Hoffmann … Continue reading

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Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann
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The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann) is an opera composed by Jacques Offenbach (picture at left). To my thinking it’s not only his best, it’s one of the best operas ever written by anyone, a masterwork. It’s a shame … Continue reading

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Piano vs. Harpsichord
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When it comes to classical music written for the harpsichord, I stay away from piano transcriptions. Ugh! Why? Because composers like Byrd, Couperin, Scarlatti, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mozart knew what the harpsichord was good for; they knew what they were … Continue reading

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Zoot
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 Are you in the groove? Can you “dig a zoot suit with a reet pleat and a drape shape and a stuff cuff to look sharp enough to see your Sunday gal?” Know what a zoot suit is and what … Continue reading

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Movies About The Arts
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I’d really like to see them make more dramatic movies with settings based on the arts. I’m not talking about movies about the arts, like films about Picasso’s life or about how to sculpt a vase. I’m talking about movies … Continue reading

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