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Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Karajan      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  January 16, 2015

The year was 1974, in which Herbert von Karajan made two recordings of MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Actually he made one-and-a-half recordings. In January he went to the Sofiensaal in Vienna and made the first, audio-only recording for Decca, with Luciano Pavarotti as Pinkerton. For some reason when time came ... more
The art of Paniagua      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  September 30, 2014

There are no encyclopedia entries on Gregorio Paniagua, but a Google search coughed up the tidbit that his matronymic (the second of the two Hispanic last names) was Axivil. Another site calls him "Gorio Paniagua Rodriguez" -- but if they got the first name wrong, can they be trusted with the last ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies - Karajan (1963)      (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  August 25, 2014

I listened to the blu-ray of Karajan's 1962 Beethoven cycle in a single day several weeks ago, and am surprised that no one has posted a review. So let me dip my feet into the water and say--what a marvelous blu-ray in every way. Forty years ago, when I was in graduate school, a friend of mine had ... more
Allegri: Miserere - Tallis Scholars      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  March 22, 2014

My review from -- I now have three performances of Palestrina's Missa papae Marcelli by the Tallis Scholars: (1) The analog recording made at Merton College Chapel, Oxford in 1980, which appeared first on vinyl and then on a well-remastered CD. The work is well performed and well ... more
Bach: Organ music - Karl Richter      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  March 1, 2014

In February of 1979, Karl Richter traveled to Japan and gave at least two concerts open to the general public and also broadcast. The radio company paid for his airfare and expense, and then retained rights to the recording, as the system worked and still works in Japan. Although Richter had ... more

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