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August 01, 2010

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Jack

It appears those 8 Wagner sopranos you quote learned their diction in "Tra-na", Ontario. Thank you so much for posting these. They are the best thing that has happened to me since ABT's season ended three weeks ago. The "William Tell" somehow manages to sound more like Gottschalk and less like Rossini to my ear, which is a good thing because I am fond of Rossini but I love Gottschalk. Because I believe that evil is simply the absence of good in the way that darkness is simply the absence of light, I don't believe in a satanic being. If I did, I would be certain that pipe organs were it's (his?) creation. Such contraptions!(No offence intended.) Of the two "Rides", I believe I prefer the Jonathan Scott, as I can hear more details. I must admit that by the end of that one I was imagining myself as "Norma Desmond" declaiming: "I AM big! It's the pictures that got small." (No offence intended to either Mr. Wagner or Mr. Scott.) I don't know much about transcriptions and even less about pipe organs, but it seems to me that the Lamare transcription (at "John the Too, Too Divine") must surely be less detailed than the other in order for the player to be able to tear through it at that speed. (I kept hearing "Elmer Fudd" singing "Kill the wabbit".) After having seen St.JtTTD for yourself last December, didn't you wonder how they ever got that much light on the inside of the building in order to take those photos? I hope you can tell that your post is having a wonderful effect, and that a good time is being had by me.

Duffy

At my college, there was a group of guys who used The Ride of the Valkyries in Stereo Wars (you stick your speakers out your window at the facing dormitory and blast them with music. The last standing wins.). None of them could beat the blaring of B52 bombers from another guy's Sound Effects album though.

Thanks for the links!

Fiber Ninja

I concur with Jack in my preference for the first Wagner piece. The attention to detail in the orchestration is much higher, as well as the tempo at which it is played. It is from the beginning of the third act in "Die Valkyries", which is the second of the four operas in The Ring Cycle. And you just thought I was a dumb jock, eh?

Sharon in Surrey

Honey, have some ginger tea & a pedicure. Love the orange yarn!! Get well soon.

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