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A.C. Douglas
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You should listen to this. You really should. Meltingly beautiful. (Our thanks to Parterre Box for the link.) Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sounds & Fury
The following astounding tweet showed up on my Twitter timeline — so astounding I felt compelled to read it some three times to make certain... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at This & That
We just viewed our DVRed copy of the Democrats Presidential Debate on CBS. The difference between that debate and the previous Republican Presidential Debate on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at This & That
[NOTE: This entry has been updated (1) as of 1:21 AM Eastern on 8 Nov. See below.] If this production doesn't drive us back to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
We just got around to viewing this lovely movie (thank you, Amazon Instant Video) and it's a thorough delight. Set in a fictional English retirement... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
Alex Ross, classical music critic for The New Yorker, notes on his blog The Rest Is Noise: Russell Thomas, speaking to Anne Midgette [here]: "The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
To no one's surprise, Hillary Clinton emerged the clear winner in this first 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate aired on CNN last night. Of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at This & That
Over the decades, we've viewed Citizen Kane some two- or three-dozen times and each time it seems as fresh as our first viewing. We viewed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
For the most part, commercial TV spot commercials today, either of the 30-second or 60-second sort (rarely longer or shorter), are each a kind of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
In yesterday's New York Times there appeared an article titled "Debating 'Otello,' Blackface and Casting Trends" wherein Ben Brantley, the Times's theater critic, and Anthony... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
It's been amusing watching the vacillating, almost tipsy roller-coaster opinion polls on the gazillion Republican candidates seeking the Republican nomination for POTUS, but the time... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at This & That
We recently posed the following hypothetical: What damage, if any, would be done to world culture were it the case that in no competent public... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
The first commission given newly naturalized British citizen George Frideric Handel by George I of Great Britain in 1727 was to write music for the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
Our S&F entry "The Met Panders To The Sensibilities Of Simpletons — Again" of 5 August addressing an aspect of the Met's new production of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
You all (or rather, most of you, even if you're not Jewish) have at least heard of Kol Nidre, the ancient Jewish prayer and rite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
First it was an absurd Met no-makeup Caucasian Otello (coming at you on Monday, 21 September). Now it's a cancelled December New York Gilbert &... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
We mean the above in earnest. Danny Kaye, the great comic actor, is actually conducting the NYP (1981), not merely waving his arms around following... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
Few have done it better than The New Yorker's classical music critic Alex Ross here taking a break from his seemingly endless (but we confess... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
(Since the inception of S&F in 2004 the subject of Regietheater and Regietheater Wagner in particular has been something of an idée fixe here. It's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
[NOTE: This entry has been updated (1) as of 11:55 PM Eastern on 30 Aug. See below.] When asked at age 5 what he liked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
Uh-Oh. Just saw a live Trump news conference from Dubuque, Iowa. A new Donald Trump. Buoyed by his consistent highest ranking in the polls and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at This & That
A 1965 debate between the brilliant and eloquently articulate James Baldwin and the brilliant and eloquently articulate William F. Buckley on the question: Has the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at This & That
In the closing graf of a thoughtful, well-considered, 1500-word 2001 New York Times piece written by (now) chief classical music critic for The Washington Post... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
The following video is quite astonishing and deeply touching. The surgical nurse monitoring the recumbent tenor is worth her weight in gold. (Our thanks to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
[NOTE: This entry has been edited as of 11:04 AM Eastern on 13 Aug to clarify and sharpen language and add remarks unintentionally omitted.] Courtesy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Sounds & Fury