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Wilhelm Furtwängler – “Lohengrin” – Prelude to Act I – R. Wagner by Luca

‎”Lohengrin” is a romantic opera in three acts composed and written by Richard Wagner, first performed in 1850. The story of the eponymous character is taken from medieval German romance, notably the Parzival of Wolfram von Eschenbach and its sequel, Lohengrin, written by a different author, itself inspired by the epic of Garin le Loherain. […]

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Luca Casagrande – “Era la notte e muto” – Cantata per voce sola e basso continuo – Antonio Cesti (1623 – 1669) by Luca

(Pietro) Antonio Cesti, byname Marc’ Antonio (baptized Aug. 5, 1623, Arezzo, Tuscany [Italy] — died Oct. 14, 1669, Florence), composer who, with Francesco Cavalli, was one of the leading Italian composers of the 17th century, known today primarily as an Italian composer of the Baroque era, he was also a singer (tenor), and organist. He […]

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Luca Casagrande – “Nel mar che bagna al bel Sebeto il piede” – Cantata per basso e b.c. – Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725) by Luca

Pietro Alessandro Gaspare Scarlatti (* 2. Mai 1660 in Sizilien – entweder Trapani oder Palermo; † 24. Oktober 1725 in Neapel) war ein Komponist des Barock mit vielfältigem Oeuvre und gilt als Erneuerer der Barockmusik. Er war Vater von neun Söhnen, darunter die ebenfalls als Komponisten bekannt gewordenen Domenico Scarlatti und Pietro Filippo Scarlatti. Scarlatti […]

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Luca Casagrande – “Tiranna Ingrata” – Cantata per basso, due violini e b. c. – Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725) by Luca

Alessandro Scarlatti (2 May 1660 – 24 October 1725) was an Italian Baroque composer especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He was the father of two other composers, Domenico Scarlatti and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti. Scarlatti was born in Palermo, then part of […]

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Jacques Jansen (1913 – 2002) – Ballades Médiévales by Luca

‎”Mention the name of french baritone singer Jacques Jansen, and immediately some operalover will think: “Ah, the Pelléas of his time!” Actually he was renowned as the foremost exponent of the role in Debussy´s unconventional masterpiece PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE (first performed 1902). In 1941, Jansen gave his debut with Pelléas in Genève, the same year […]

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Sesto Bruscantini – Baritone – (1919-2003) – “Son pronto!… All´idea di quel metallo” – “Il barbiere di Siviglia” – G. Rossini – Conducted by V. Gui -1962 by Luca

Sesto Bruscantini (10 December 1919 – 4 May 2003) was a great (maybe the greatest) Italian baritone, one of the greatest buffo singers of the post-war era, especially renowned in Mozart and Rossini. Bruscantini was born in Civitanova Marche, Italy. After obtaining a law degree, he turned to vocal studies in Rome, with Luigi Ricci […]

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Maria Callas – Final Scene (Mad Scene) – “Col sorriso d’innocenza … Oh, Sole, ti vela” – “Il Pirata” – V. Bellini – Live in Hamburg – 1959 by Luca

La Callas L’Objet Trouvé These Callas paintings are stills from concert videos available on YouTube, an upstart startup that has since permitted an unprecedented dissemination of videos of virtually all calibers and contents to anyone who seeks them. In the 1950s, the artist Jasper Johns took similarly ubiquitous images such as STOP signs and the […]

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