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The Man Who Would Be Scarbo

American pianist and writer John Bell Young's monograph on Michelangeli - The Man Who
Would Be Scarbo: Remembering Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
- is on-line for your perusal at the Tower of Babel. You can also read John Bell Young (pictured above, playing at Beaulieu Abbey in the United Kingdom recently) here at Music & Vision, writing about Russian Opera - the best in Slavic Song and about guitarist Guiomar Novaes. Watch out for the imminent arrival of JBY's own website.

Classical Net update

Dave Lampson's celebrated Classical Net website has just received its Spring/Summer 1999 update. This is a major update, with over 700 files added or updated. In addition to a new Java-based frames version and many new links, there are new articles and reviews by Gerald Fenech, Paul Geffen, Tom Godell, Alex Morin, Steve Schwartz, Robert Stumpf, Ray Tuttle and John Bell Young. Information about composers Antonio Caldara and Moisei Vainberg has also been added. Look for the What's New for Spring/Summer 1999? page, which has links to the new material.

Dave apologises for possible unavailability at the end of certain peak hours, usually 5-10 minutes only, when traffic reaches the maximum allowed by his service provider. If you encounter this situation, simply wait for a few minutes and then try again.

St. Petersburg online

Alexander Boldachev, Editor of the Classical Music of St.Petersburg web server, invites you to visit his well-designed and attractive pages (in English) for various St Petersburg musicians and groups, as listed below. Start up your mp3 player first ...

Sasha Boldachev is a nine-year-old harpist who performs in prestigious concert halls. A relation of the webmaster, I wonder? If you prefer your harpists a little older, Olga Shevelevich is harp soloist of the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre Orchestra. Opera singers Tatiana Kravtsova and Natalia Vlasova, both sopranos, Igor Gavrilov, bass and Andrei Slavny, baritone are also represented. Pianist Irina Sharapova is Professor of Chamber Ensemble and Accompaniment at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Groups represented on the St. Petersburg server are the St. Petersburg Male Voice Choir, the Nevsky String Quartet (Quinten-Quartet), Peacock's feather (an a capella vocal ensemble), Russian Brass (the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Brass Quintet) and the Russian Virtuosi Project (a unique combination of instrumentalists specialising in Russian and Italian national melodies, as well as classical and contemporary works).

If you want to see more, Classical Music of St. Petersburg, Russia links to Boldachev's home page, reflecting musical life in the city - its concert halls, theatres, musicians, composers and organizations.

JL for flautists

Specialising in classical music books with MIDI accompaniments, flute solo and duet literature, JL Publishing's website is not solely commercial, but is also designed to serve the needs of flautists, who can play along with the music samples (music notation with MIDI accompaniments) even if they're not interested in buying any books. They list concerts involving flautists and feature a chronological history of the transverse flute. Jack Lee's site is at .


Announcements ...

Takane Arimatsu's unofficial but informative website about the conductor Jun'ichi Hirokami is now open at .

Glyndebourne Opera is now on-line at . Information is provided about which performances still have seats, but there's no online booking facility. is a new site with information on Bach 2000 projects and lots of links.

Italian violinist and composer Fabrizio Ferrari is offering free sheet music. Visit his page to find out more.

A new site for voice students, voice teachers and singers is hosted by the Atlanta voice teacher Winnie Wilson Goree.

American composer Judith Lang Zaimont is also Professor of Composition at the University of Minnesota's School of Music. Her website address has changed to .

USA-based CD store Opera Classics has been having some website problems. They're now online at their own domain - but they still have problems with their software and are having to process orders by hand. The delays caused are fortunately very slight. Staff are working to reduce the additional charges necessary for international orders.

Copyright © Keith Bramich, June 22nd 1999

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