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      Carl's Morning Quiz: Who am I? I was born on this date in 1876 in Berlin. I began studying conducting and obtained my first post while still a teenager. In my 20s, I became Gustav Mahler's assistant at the Court Opera in Vienna. My career flourished in Germany and Austria until I left for the U.S. in 1939. In America I conducted many major orchestras (including the CSO) and at the Metropolitan Opera. I held a post with the N.Y. Philharmonic and made many recordings of the core German repertoire for Columbia Records. Who am I? Answer >>

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      Quiz: How much do you know about Handel's operas?

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      Who would even believe it? asks Elviro towards the end of Nicholas Hytners venerable staging of Handels comic opera, Xerxes. Its a rather loose translation, which could be inserted equally into any of Handels operas, but its particularly apt here in a work whose absurd plot twists even Handels contemporaries found hard to stomach. And yet, on an emotional level, there is something deeply credible about the way in which Handels Persian emperor slowly comes to accept that the bonds of love cannot be made and unmade at his command.

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      To teach children about music is to teach them about joy | Christina Patterson

      Despite a music boom in schools many children have never even seen a musical instrument

      It was the wooden blocks that got me worried. The orchestra had come on stage, looking like orchestras do. The conductor had joined them, in one of those Nehru jackets you only see at places like Wigmore Hall. And scattered around the stage, where you might expect a choir to be, were what looked like balsa-wood blocks.

      Moments later they trooped on: men and women who had been told to wear black, and saw it as a chance to express their personality. Some had gone the whole hog, in slinky dresses or long, loose ones with chiffon wings. The man I thought was Jesus, but who I later found out was the Evangelist, was in skinny black trousers and brown shoes. It was only when we were walking into the Royal Albert Hall that the friend who had invited me to this performance of the St Matthew Passion told me it was semi-staged.

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