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Yay! I got it up and working finally. Welcome to my new Radio Blog! Right now, there are several classical music selections on the turntable.

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer; performed by Academy of St.-Martin-In-the-Fields under Neville Marriner, Amadeus soundtrack; Piano Concerto in D Minor, K. 466, 2nd Movement (Romanza)
  • Giacomo Puccini, composer; performed by Jussi Björling, “Nessun dorma” from Turandot
  • Giacomo Puccini, composer; performed by the Chorus Of the Theatro Nuovo Di Milano and the Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra under Napoleone Annovazzi; “Humming Chorus” from Madama Butterfly
  • Claude Debussy, composer; performed by Roger Rundle on Souvenirs; “Clair de Lune” from Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 75
  • Fryderyk Chopin, composer; performed by Dmitriy Sokolov; Prelude No. 15 In D-Flat Major (Sostenuto)

A little commentary is forthcoming. Many of you are familiar with the movie Amadeus, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. The first piece comes from its soundtrack. The second piece is one of my favorite arias (my husband sings it often) sung by Jussi Björling, one of my husband’s favorite tenors (and the tenor Pavarotti admired and modeled himself after). This recording is older, so the sound quality isn’t perfect. The third piece is the “Humming Chorus” from Madama Butterfly, which I discussed in more detail in yesterday’s entry. The fourth piece is one of my all-time favorites: “Clair de Lune” by Debussy. I think I will always close my eyes and cry as I listen to it. You might have heard it in the movie Seven Years in Tibet (which was a great movie). The final piece is by another favorite composer, Fryderyk Chopin. It is one of his 24 preludes. It makes me think of big, fat drops of rain rolling down the window. If there’s thunder, it is only gentle rolling, and the lightning simply isn’t there at all.

Please give it a listen. I hope to change the playlist about once a week.