Archive for February, 2007

JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ

28 February 2007

I love it when something special just happens out of the blue.  I love the fabulous and the marvellous. Enter Peruvian Tenor JD Flórez.

Picture the scene: it’s Milan — at the world famous Teatro alla Scala (under Barenboim and recently renovated) — just a few days ago, on 20th February 2007. It’s the opening night of  the Donizetti Opera “La Fille du régiment”.

Now you have to appreciate that La Scala has peculiar traditions, such as all performances must end before midnight, and there has been NO ENCORES at LA SCALA for 74 years — yes, 74 years of the best tenors and sopranos, best productions, you name it — through the so-called Golden Era… until Flórez.

Yep; Juan Diego Flórez broke the theater’s 74-year-old tradition of no encores with “Ah! mes amis” with its NINE high Cs — all as a result of an overwhelming ovation from the audience.

[Embedded video clip from YouTube.com]

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Boy, I just love that sort of thing, and dearly wish I had been there for the experience; it must have been an amazing night.

Flórez is only in his early 3os, and he only got his break ten years ago at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro (Rossini’s birthplace) when he stepped in to take the leading tenor role in “Matilde di Shabran” when Bruce Ford became ill.

This guy is definitely one-to-watch-out-for!

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GUS AND FIN

19 February 2007

There’re a couple of Glaswegian Ukelele players taking You Tube by storm! Gus and Fin are their names. Yes, I know that the Ukelele is not usually thought-of as the most rock’n’roll of instruments, it’s not usually considered “cool” — until maybe now!

[embedded video “Are Friends Electric” on youtube.com]

They have taken the You Tube philosophy on board — they are broadcasting themselves — and it’s fabulous!  I love ’em.  It shows that mad hairy Glasgow drunken fools can have a laugh — and entertain.

[embedded video “Down Down” on youtube.com]

Fin has his own YouTube channel — www.youtube.com/FinRaucous, and Rumproast has quite a few of the videos — www.rumproast.com.

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