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FEBRUARY 13 - Lisa's tear-jerker
Edward Elgar: Salut d'amour, Op.12
Why do certain pieces of music stir the soul, warm the heart and start up the tear ducts? Perhaps it’s a certain association, a tender memory or just a moment of vulnerability. We just can’t explain it! Elgar’s “Salut d’amour” is one such tear-jerker for our announcer, Lisa Bergman. What classical pieces get you all sentimental? Let us know on our Facebook page.
FEBRUARY 12 - De Falla's magical piano
Manuel de Falla: Night in the Gardens of Spain: In the Generalife
Spanish composer Manuel de Falla magically captured the essence of Spain with rhythm, melody and texture. This three-movement work is actually a piano concerto, but the piano is more a source of color than a spotlight showpiece, accompanying strings in a love ballad and imitating the sounds of Spanish fountains and castanets.
FEBRUARY 11 - Donizetti's birthday
Gaetano Donizetti: The Daughter of the Regiment: Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête
This aria from Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment” is considered to be the Mount Everest for tenors: it ain’t no picnic to climb, but there’s an immense sense of satisfaction awaiting anyone who reaches the top. Donizetti cruelly places a string of nine high Cs in a row right smack in the middle of the solo, which few tenors can sing passably. But guess which portly Italian opera legend used to knock it out of the park? That’s right: Luciano Pavarotti.
FEBRUARY 10 - Sopranos rule!
Jacques Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffman: The Doll's Song
The word soprano derives from the Italian word “sovrano”—meaning the highest, the chief, the sovereign. With a range extending about two octaves upward from middle C, the soprano is certainly the ruler of the opera world—especially if she’s a coloratura. This type of soprano steals the show every time with her veritable vocal acrobatics that often sound like very sophisticated yodeling!
FEBRUARY 9 - Scoring "Intermezzo"
Christian Sinding: A Rustle of Spring, Op.32/3
Brahms, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Schubert wrote a whole bunch of “Intermezzos,” but when it came time to score the 1936 Ingrid Bergman film “Intermezzo,” Hollywood chose none of these old standbys. Instead, they chose “A Rustle of Spring” from the obscure Norwegian composer Christian Sinding, launching him into unexpected fame.