A privileged voice - Alfredo Kraus
One of opera's most famous lyric tenors, Alfredo Kraus, died of cancer
on September 10 in Madrid, aged 71. Kraus was born on 24 September 1927
in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, the son of a Spanish-naturalised Austrian.
Following his 1956 debut in Cairo as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto,
he sang and acted around the world's stages and screens for more than 40
years. Montserrat Caballé said that Kraus had a 'privileged voice',
and that his death leaves a huge void in the opera world.
Bernstein Center aquired by NARAS
Leonard Bernstein believed that the experiencing and creation of art
could be a model for learning, and his belief was used as the basis for
the founding of the Leonard Bernstein Center for Learning. Since its creation
in 1992, the Center has produced a teacher-training course - 'the Bernstein
Artful Learning Approach'. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
(NARAS) has recently announced its acquisition of the Bernstein Center,
and NARAS president Michael Green considers that the Center's aims are in-line
with those of NARAS.
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Scriabin in the Himalayas
An unusual new CD from pianist John Bell Young offers recording premières
of music by Scriabin, by his lecture-recital partner Hugh Downs, by Leo
Tolstoy (!) and by concert pianist Michel Block. Young arranged for Scriabin's
dying wish - that his uncompleted final work, the ceremonial Mysterium
be performed in the Himalayas - to be satisfied. Alpine climber Carlos Buhler scaled Himalayan Mount Melungtse in August 1999, with a copy of Young's
new CD, and played both Scriabin's 7th sonata and a recording of a 'completion'
of Mysterium by Russian composer Alexander Nemtin from the summit.
Further information from Americus
Records or from John
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