October 18, 2014
October 16, 2014
“Two of the most famous children’s classics are turned into musical extravaganza by composer Rob Kapilow. Nathan Gunn sings The Polar Express while Isabel Leonard sings Gertrude McFuzz. They are accompanied by the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra and members of the Broadway Youth Ensemble.”–naxosusa.com
October 2, 2014
“The Boys of St. Paul Choir School are releasing their debut international recording, Christmas in Harvard Square. The Christmas album repertoire includes 19 classic songs, which have both traditional and contemporary arrangements, including some original arrangements by Mr. John Robinson the Director of Music. It also includes some must-have renditions of Rutter & Sir David Willcocks arrangements. The school itself is uniquely one of the only boys’ choir schools in the US and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The academy has been described not as a school with a choir, but as a choir with a school. This cozy and ethereal collection celebrating The Nativity of Christ will be a timeless classic for many seasons to come.”–amazon.com
August 15, 2014
A biography in French of Admiral Horthy, who was regent of Hungary from 1920 to 1944, is scheduled for release at amazon.fr on 4 September 2014.
August 13, 2014
In the Spirit of Monte Carlo, amazon.com, release date 7 October 2014
In the Spirit of Monte Carlo, amazon.co.uk, release date 30 September 2014
LEGENDE DE MONTE CARLO, amazon.fr, in French, release date 23 October 2014
The soon-to-be-published book In the Spirit of Monte Carlo “chronicles the 700-year-old Grimaldi dynasty, the artists and socialites who first brought the luxury and glamour, the fairy-tale story of how Hollywood darling Grace Kelly attracted the celebrity spotlight, the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene and legendary Grand Prix race, and the recent, controversial metamorphosis of the cityscape. This gorgeous volume also includes an insider’s guide featuring the best hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs, shopping, attractions, and activities in Monte Carlo and its environs.”–amazon.com
28 August 2014 is the scheduled release date at amazon.fr
for a new book in French about those queens who ruled France as regent. They were Blanche de Castille, Isabeau de Bavière, Catherine de Médicis, Marie de Médicis, and Anne d’Autriche. A woman was not eligible to inherit the throne, but the mother of a king was the preferred choice for regent if the king was under age.
August 2, 2014
Jonas Kaufmann’s double CD Du bist die Welt für mich is being released in Germany on 19 September 2014, while in the United Kingdom a single CD You mean the world to me is being released on 15 September 2014. Will there be more tracks on the double CD? One would think so, but I have not seen any list of the tracks for the German double CD. The tracks for the U. K. single CD are:
1. Paganini: “Girls Are Made to Love and Kiss”
2. The Land of Smiles: “You Are My Heart’s Delight”
3. Der singende Traum: “Du bist die Welt für mich”
4. Frasquita: “My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue”
5. Liebeskommando: “Im Traum hast Du mir alles erlaubt”
6. Gräfin Mariza: “Grüß mir mein Wien”
7. Ein blonder Traum: “Irgendwo auf der Welt”
8. My Song Goes Round the World
9. Giuditta: “Freunde das Leben ist lebenswert!”
10. Victor und ihr Husar: “Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände”
11. The White Horse Inn:”It Must Be Wonderful”
12. Die Blume von Hawaii: “Diwanpüppchen”
13. The Song is Over:”Don’t Ask Me Why”
14. Das Lied einer Nacht: “Heute Nacht oder nie”
15. Die große Sünderin: “Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk”
16. Die tote Stadt: “Glück, das mir verblieb”
17. Das Land des Lächelns: “Je t’ai donné mon coeur”
I have seen no mention so far of a U. S. release.
From 17 April 2015 to 23 May 2015 Jonas Kaufmann will make a number of appearances in Germany as well as in Lucerne, Vienna, and Paris for “Du bist die Welt für mich” concerts. Details are on the singer’s website.
August 1, 2014
In October 2014 American soprano Renée Fleming releases her first-ever holiday album entitled Christmas in New York.
Guest artists include, Alison Krauss, Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Chris Botti, Joshua Bell, Brad Mehldau and Wynton Marsalis.
The release of the album will be supported by Renée’s appearance on the broadcast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade followed by a confirmed December pledge PBS Christmas Special first air date being December 4th, 2014.
While Renée is known mostly as an opera singer, her career has encompassed numerous genres and styles of singing. For Christmas in New York, Renée sings in a more intimate style.
July 31, 2014
An apparently interesting new book is scheduled for release in August.
Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems—boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy—in David Shafer’s darkly comic debut novel.
The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.
Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark’s platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading—and erasing—Leo’s words. On the other side of the world, Leila’s discoveries about the Committee’s far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her.
In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.
July 26, 2014
Some of us have been reading frequent mention of a decline in ticket sales in recent years at the Metropolitan Opera. No doubt there are many factors responsible, including, most likely, the quality of the performances. I, for one, certainly do not believe that the potential audience has suddenly died off or has become too infirm to attend the opera. One potential factor that I have not seen mentioned is the decline in readership of newspapers. Newspaper readership in the United States has declined in the past twenty years, and especially in the past ten years. I wonder whether the Metropolitan Opera attracted a significant part of its ticket buyers from newspaper readers, and has yet to find a new way to remind people of its existence and its performances.
For information on newspaper readership, scroll down to “Audience” at the web page The State of the News Media 2013.