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1: Michael Maniaci – 2: Mahler Lieder

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In the past month I’ve made two posts about the counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky.  As I’ve mentioned, I first came across him when I bought the rediscovered opera by Vivaldi – Ercole s’ul Termodonte.   When I first listened to the opera I assumed his part was sung by a soprano, and I found it difficult to tell the voices apart in the …

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Learning Italian 10

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The purpose of my post titled Learning Italian 9 was to review my progress over the past seven months in trying to casually pick up some Italian. I was very surprised to find three effects that I didn’t expect from my decision to find out how much Italian I could pick in a year. The 4th unexpected effect, which I …

Learning Italian 9

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It’s now more than seven months since I decided on 31 December 2009 to see how much of the Italian language I could pick up in a year without any formal training or serious study, but spending a few minutes each day with a new word from the desk calendar I bought. So, with more than half the year gone …

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Learning Italian 8

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The thumbnail picture for this post on my blog home page is a beautiful view of Florence at sunset.  I’ve never been to Italy, but I did fly over it on my way home from London in 1993.  And in my childhood, from age 5 to 8, I grew up in Mount Gambier, South Australia, with an Italian prisoner of …

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Learning Italian 7

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On Sunday afternoon I followed up one the suggestions in my books, which Ralph also gave a week or two ago, and I looked at an Italian newspaper online.  I did a Google search to find Italian newspapers and chose Corriere Della Sera.it online. It wasn’t very interesting so I decided to have a look at the motoring section.  I was instantly …

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Learning Italian 6

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It’s only last Thursday that I drove to Chadstone shopping centre – the biggest in the Southern hemisphere – to buy the Italian for Dummies Audio Set. It’s an audio course with 3 CDs and a small 96 page book that you can follow along with the CDs to see in print the words you are hearing, and repeating.  I’ve …