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      Carl's Morning Quiz: : It was Fanny Mendelssohn who introduced the Bach prelude in C to Gounod on which the famous Ave Maria is based. Fanny's brother was instrumental in a revival of interest in Bach's music. What great Bach work did Felix Mendelssohn conduct to begin this revival? Answer >>


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      Marina Rebeka Sings “La traviata” at the Met

      The Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi's La traviata with Marina Rebeka as Violetta, a singer who has headlined a couple Lyric Opera of Chicago productions, including Lyric's own La traviata. Stephen Costello sings Alfredo and Ludovic Tézier sings Germont. Marco Armiliato conducts the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra. more...

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      “Bring a Torch!” Christmas with VocalEssence

      ohn Birge hosts this Christmas special with the VocalEssence choir, featuring Brubeck's La Fiesta de la Posada. This year's program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest. The new carols call for the intriguing combination of men's chorus with English horn. more...

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      Christmas in Harvard Square

      Decca B0020969-02

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      Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums

      Warner Classics 0825646243648 (5 CDs)

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      Lux de caelo

      Harmonia Mundi HMU-907615

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      Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

      Chandos CHSA-5144

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