December 30, 2014

“FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator . . ..”

Photos of Brown house in Providence

Children Who Regularly Consume Fast-Food Score Lower Test Points

Lithuana to adopt euro

John Kerry won't call the Islamic State by its name anymore. Why that's not a good idea.

“The Islamic State has something to do with Islam. It’s only a question of what that something is.”–article in Washington Post

Daesh is euphemism du jour.

Denial is affirmation.

December 29, 2014

The John Rutter Christmas Album

The John Rutter Christmas Album, CD, amazon.com

The John Rutter Christmas Album, CD, amazon.co.uk

Recordings of Gerald Finley

Maria Callas — Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969)

Maria Callas — Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969), CD, amazon.com

Maria Callas Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969), CD, amazon.co.uk

26 complete operas and 13 recitals

“The ‘Callas Remastered’ lineup reproduces Callas’s complete studio recordings, omitting nothing, while live material has been rigorously excluded.”–Matthew Gurewitsch, wsj.com

Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs

Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs, hardcover, 3 volumes, amazon.com

Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs, hardcover, 3 volumes, amazon.co.uk

This three-volume boxed set is the definitive work on Franz Schubert’s vocal music with piano. A richly illustrated encyclopedia, these substantial volumes contain more than seven hundred song commentaries with parallel text and translations (by Richard Wigmore), detailed annotations on the songs’ poetic sources, and biographies of one hundred and twenty poets, as well as general articles on accompaniment, tonality, transcriptions, singers, and more. Written by Graham Johnson–celebrated accompanist, author, and the first pianist ever to record all of Schubert’s songs and part-songs–this sumptuous work is a must for performers, scholars, and all lovers of Schubert lieder.

amazon.com

December 25, 2014

“A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.”–nypost.com

Susan Stroman Brings a Broadway Heart to the Met for The Merry Widow

December 23, 2014

Caballé acepta medio año de cárcel por defraudar a Hacienda

A look at rehearsals of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera