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Killing Cleopatra, saving Weinberg and other weekend tasks

1 It’s the sixth anniversary of OpenLettersMonthly, our literary partner, and they are marking it with a Cleopatra mystery. Read here.

2 Gidon Kremer, responding the animated video we posted about the life of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, has sent us his performance of his 10th symphony for solo strings, one of his least-known and most powerful compositions. (Starts at 16′ in this Tokyo concert).

3 Tracing Mark Twain’s footsteps in Italy. Been there? Click here.

4 Gasp at the virtuoso folk guitar playing from our pals at WGBH Boston.

5 The first opera I’ll be seeing next week


Take it easy, this weekend!

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  1. Mr Oakmountain says:

    I assume the photo of the lady with the violin is your contribution towards showing more respect towards female musicians … as opposed to the VPO.

  2. Oh dear, “virtuoso FOLK guitar playing”? This is David Russell, a very fine, long-established, Scottish classical guitarist, resident in London. And the piece, “The Bucks of Oranmore” is actually a tune in traditional style by Michael Cooney, an American folk musician.

    Pretty nice playing, though!

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