Anna Russell

Following on from my post about Florence Foster Jenkins, I am now writing about Anna Russell.  Anna was from a later period that Florence Foster Jenkins, but unlike Florence, Anna deliberately set out to be funny – and a lot of her humour came from making fun of absurd.  When I was young, living in Mount Gambier, … Read more

Florence Foster Jenkins

For some time I have been thinking of making a post about Florence Foster Jenkins.  She was an aspiring US opera singer born in 1886 who gave a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1944 and it was sold out within two hours.  People were scrambling to get seats and some were offering to … Read more

Christmas 2014

Album Sampler Track List 1. The Budapest City Orchestra and The Budapest Choral Voices – The Downton Christmas Suite Pt.1 2. Julian Ovenden (Charles Blake) – O Holy Night 3. Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley, Countless of Grantham) – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 4. Elizabeth McGovern & Julian Ovenden – The First Noel 5. … Read more

Karajan 1970s

Over the past couple of years I’ve become a fan of large box sets of classical music. It began with The Decca Sound, and I published a post about it on 30 December 2011. Since then I’ve bought many other box sets and have published posts about several of them. One of the sets I … Read more

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – 2nd June 1953 – The Day

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place 60 years ago today.  I had looked forward to it for about a year after reading about the history and traditions, in The Illustrated London News special issues and weekly editions, in Mum’s copies of The Australian Women’s Weekly (and it was weekly in those days) and in … Read more

Nabucco, the iPad 4, and the Pancake Lens

In my last post, about the CD boxed set Verdi: The Complete Works, there is a section headed Nabucco.  Under this I included an image of the cover of the LP set of the opera which I got from the Internet.  Initially I wrote that I’d replace it later with a photo I’d take myself … Read more