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      A Holiday in Venice and Florence

      Let’s take a musical gondola ride this holiday weekend as we hear a song at a Regatta in Venice, drift along the Grand Canal with the Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffman, hear the glories of Venice described by Placido Domingo and depart Venice by boat in a trio from La Gioconda.

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      Dames of the British Empire

      Today we hear recordings by six artists so designated by various British monarchs. Those honored with this distinction are Dame Janet Baker, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Eva Turner, Dame Nellie Melba, Dame Joan Hammond and Dame Margaret Price.

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      Send in the Clowns

      Variously known as Clowns, Pierrot, Harlequin or Polichinelle they can easily make us laugh or cry. Hear Carlo Bergonzi in Pagliacci, Matthias Goerne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Noel Coward’s Parisian Pierrot, Hermann Prey in Die Tote Stadt and Glynis Johns in A Little Night Music.

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      Magic in Music

      Larry waves his magic wand and casts a musical spell with Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Lehar’s Land of Smiles, Wagner’s Die Walkure and Goldmark’s The Queen of Sheba. Nicolai Gedda, Walter Berry, Christine Brewer, Bryn Terfel and Enrico Caruso will be heard among other artists.

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      First the Music Then the Words

      A familiar melody is heard not once today . . but twice. James Galway plays and then Juan Diego Florez sings from Gluck’s Orphee et Euridice. Other vocal and non-vocal pairings are heard from Rossini’s Tancredi and Lehar’s The Count of Luxembourg.

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