Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Anna wants to be naked

Here's a Times article from a couple of weeks ago in which Anna Netrebko declares

There is only one opera when you have to get naked, as far as I know: Salome. I want to do Salome, but it may be the last day of my career. It’s very big... I want to get naked on the stage!

Permit me to make a couple of suggestions. First, don't make it your last role. Bump it up 50 or 60 spots. Second, I think a full 2 1/2 hours of nudity while singing the Countess in Capriccio would probably fit her voice better.

Earlier in the article comes this:

In November, she sang for Martin Scorsese at the White House.

I had no idea Martin Scorsese was president. I've got to pay more attention: cable news has really given me the runaround on this one.

Update 2008-Jan-31 8:15AM - The nudity in the Dance in Salome isn't specifically called for - I think it's a relatively recent performing convention. Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane, however, does specifically call for nudity. I can't think of any others off hand.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Throw out your old harpsichords

At this year's NAMM show, Roland has announced their latest digital harpsichord. Throw in one of their new V-Accordions and you'll have the makings for a pretty cool band.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Greatest Classical CD Covers EVER, Part V

Click here for the complete (ongoing) series...

WIZARDS! WORKS!
All the people in your office you hate the most have gotten together to record an album.

THE 2 CONTRAS
Cover design by Hans and Franz.

BACH AND BASSOON
Fusilli Jerry plays Bach.

THE BASSOON BROTHERS - CAPTURED!
"The use of excessive force in the apprehension of the Bassoon Brothers has been approved."

WIZARDS! FANTASY FOR WIZARDS!
Double-reed disco music!

KNAUB/WOODS - SOUND WAVES
This cover is missing something - the Napoleon hat and the hand slipped in the vest. His previous album featured a close up of him in a straight jacket with his eyes crossed. He's like the classical Ray Stevens.

DENIS MATSUEV - UNKNOWN RACHMANINOFF
Straighten up, 6079 Matsuev D! Rachmaninoff is watching you on the telescreen.

WILLIAM MATHIAS - THE THREE STRING QUARTETS
"So what have you got for covers for the new Mathias CD? Talk to me."

"We were thinking of going with the disembodied head concept."

"Classic. Great. I love it."

"I'm not done! We've come up with something that'll really put it over the top."

"What's that?"

"He's purple."

"RUN WITH IT!"

Kna Tease



An all too brief clip of Knappertsbusch conducting Parsifal in Bayreuth. With bonus backstage Flowermaiden footage!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Stunning News

Least surprising news ever: Carreras says Pavarotti won't be replaced in the Three Tenors. Someone on the Opera-L mailing list had a good response to the news. He has it on good authority that there won't be any new Marx Brothers movies either.

What I'm not clear on, though, is whether there will be any future Pavarotti/Bryan Adams collaborations...

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

This I gotta read

Here is a book containing the full history of David Gilmour's black Stratocaster. "A whole book about the life of one guitar?!" you shriek? I agree -- how did they get it all into only one book? Also check here for an extremely detailed account of Gilmour's setups throughout the years.

Now how the same treatment for Steve Howe's Gibson ES-175 or one of Pete Townshend's numbered Les Pauls?