23 May 2011
An interesting Verdi Requiem
News and Notes: The Ottawa Classical Choir and a number of other choruses from the Montreal and Tremblant areas render a respectable account of the Verdi Requiem.
27 April 2011
Evenings at the opera
News and Notes: Reflections on two recent opera productions, Montreal's Salomé and Ottawa's Lucia di Lammermoor.
8 April 2011
Making haste slowly
Opus Pocus is redeveloping a mite gradually, but I pledge to keep at it. Today I've posted reviews of CDs of music by Britten, Walton and d'Indy, and added an item to the Music Answer Man column. In the next little while I'll be adding a piece on operatic productions I've seen recently in Ottawa and Monteal. And there there are a few other things in the works for the near future.
Il riturno di Ulisse in patria
Not long ago I promised to write about two DVDs of Monteverdi's Odyssey-inspired opera. It turned out that I actually had three and in the course of studying them, I fell madly in love with the work. So I ordered a fourth version. There are major textual difference among them, quite aside from musical and production details, and I'm enjoying them enormously. I'll synthesize my observations after I return from a week-long French immersion homestay in Quebec City.
My work is made a little easier by an excellent Wikipedia article that provides a synopsis, background and other information, so I can refer you to it rather than providing all that stuff myself. I hope to publish my essay on the DVDs by the end of this month.
24 February 2011
This time we're really back
Okay, it's excuse time: Blame it on Internet Explorer. The previous version of Opus Pocus worked reasonably well on Firefox and on Explorer. This one works on Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome, but on Explorer the layout is seriously messed up. I've spent two months trying to fix the problem, but have been unable to find it. Therefore all I can do is offer readers three suggestions:
- Install Firefox, Safari and/or Google Chrome. You'll see, it's really easy; or
- Put up with it. Explorer users put up with so much already, one more thing won't hurt; or
- If you have a good knowledge of Web design, help me find the problem.
Would you believe that I used to design for a living?
New content and stuff to come
This week there are three new CD/SACD reviews and an essay on magic and music.
In a few weeks there will be more sound recording reviews, a comparison of two DVDs of Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and the Music Answer Man will be back at his post.
13 November 2010
The Ottawa Choral Society
in a program of Willan, Stravinsky, Britten