Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Turandot on tap

As I've written before, I like to listen to Låtlista SR Klassiskt, the Swedish public radio station on the web. It plays the kind of classical music I like best: a mix of chamber, vocal, and (not too much) orchestral, mixing familiar with stuff I don't know. One of its main attractions is that it's pleasant but not distracting. I can concentrate -- Muzak as it should be.

Not right now. They're playing stuff from Puccini's Turandot, and what stuff: arias reconfigured for piano (wild glissandos and such), arias that Puccini wrote for solo voice done in choral treatment. Arias as Puccini did write them. All excellent performances. Wonderful! But I do have to work.

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