Maestro Riccardo Frizza in Conversation

Maestro Riccardo Frizza is an Italian conductor and a charming, pleasant human being. But don’t take my word for it, read the interview he gave me here or click on his photo and judge for yourself.  Find out why he thinks “music is an exchange of effort and energy” and a lot, lot more. Enjoy!

Photo of Riccardo Frizza by Joan Tomás, courtesy of Karen Kriendler Nelson (Maestro Frizza’s Publicist)

Russell Thomas, tenor – In Conversation

African-American tenor Russell Thomas is the owner of an extraordinary voice and an interesting, intelligent, articulate and friendly personality. Interviewing him was a pleasure that I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you will too.

Read here or click on the photo.

Photo of Mr Thomas by Fay Fox, courtesy of Karen Kriendler Nelson (KKN Enterprises) – Mr Thomas’s Personal Press Representative

Neumeier & Pushkin – A Fab Combination

John Neumeier (b. 1942) is an award winning choreographer born in the United States but who has worked for most of his life in Germany and is the artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet.

Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) should need no introduction. As one of the greatest figures of Russian Literature many people will know his work by name even if they’ve never read it – just a few examples are Eugene Onegin, Ruslan and Ludmila and Mozart and Salieri, to name just a few.

So it was a great pleasure for me to review the blu-ray of the new ballet by Neumeier (one of my favourite choreographers), based on Eugene Onegin, a  novel in verse by Pushkin (one of my favourite authors and poets).

The ballet is called Tatiana (the heroine in the novel) and is a cracker – beautiful, elegant with unusual gorgeous choreography and extraordinary performances. One to watch and enjoy time and time again – read my review here.

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Margaret Lang: Second Instalment!

Back in October I reviewed a CD of songs by a woman composer called Margaret Ruthven Lang and who until then was unknown to me. This amazing American lady lived to be 104. Her work was almost forgotten, partially because she destroyed many of her compositions. Luckily for us, tenor Donald George and pianist Lucy Mauro have been performing and recording her work thus restoring Lang to her rightful place amongst other great composers.

The first CD “Love is everywhere” was a recording of a selection of Lang’s songs. It was beautiful and a very pleasant surprise. So much so that I chose it as one of my recordings of the year 2011.

The present CD is the second volume of Lang’s songs, entitled “New Love Must Rise“. Could it be as good as the first? I remember wondering. Well, actually it’s better! It will take you on a delightful, charming journey, full of heart-warming, adorable songs, throwing in a few mini masterpieces along the way. Take the time and listen to it. You won’t regret it.

 

Margaret Ruthven Lang: Do you know her?

Margaret Ruthven Lang was a name completely unknown to me until I received a CD of songs that she composed. Ms Lang was actually a fascinating American composer and a pioneer in her day. She lived an incredibly long life (born in 1867, she died short of her 105th birthday in 1972), was a fascinating woman and an extraordinary composer.
Intrigued by her compositions, after listening to the CD, I was so impressed that I felt compelled to contact the two artists that brought her songs to life: Tenor Donald George and pianist Lucy Mauro. Kindly, they gave me an insightful interview about Lang, the composer and Lang, the woman; contributing to a very interesting review of a delightful recording by a fascinating female composer. You can read the review and interview here or by clicking on the CD cover.