Sinatra 100th birthday tribute on CBS

Sinatra 100. CBS television commemorating Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday

 

CBS put its spotlight on Sinatra’s selection of repertoire, which is a worthy topic, even though it presented very little of his voice. It was frustrating to see a tribute to a singer that was almost-entirely devoted to other singers. On Sinatra 100 viewers heard …

Lulu and its creator, Alban Berg

Alban Berg’s only two operas, Wozzeck and Lulu are filled with depravity, bloodshed and sex. Audiences and critics have denounced them as sordid and pornographic. Therefore you might assume he led a dissolute and degenerate life—especially since Berg picked his subjects and wrote his own librettos as well as the music.

To the contrary, …

Romberg remembered

The music of Sigmund Romberg has faded from attention. His once-popular shows, The Student Prince, The Desert Song and The New Moon are rarely performed anymore. When they are reissued on disc, intelligent critics such as Steven Suskin of Playbill are dismissive, saying “It was all the rage in 1924, but I think that …

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