For anyone interested in opera and/or classical music, I would be delighted to discuss the masters with you.

I studied classical music since the old Metropolitan on Broadway. What beatiful memories I have.

So, here's one of my favorites, which is perfect for beginners. It's wonderful that this jewel was recorded. Jussi Bjorling died on stage in 1960. The chances of two such wonderful stars meeting on stage at the same time is extremely rare. Both were among the greatest ever.

If you watch, please tell me what modern day actress could radiate such femininity, joy and poise. Watch Tabaldi and you'll be amazed. It doesn't get any better.

Hope you enjoy it.

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Have you listened to much of Bond's music? Can't say I'm a classical fan but these girls play classical music in a way that excites me.

Thanks for the comment, Jeff. I can see why you feel this music in exciting. Those ladies would be exciting playing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

I'm not sure who the composer was. I'd guess either Aram Khacthaturian or Demitri Shostakovich, but it's definitely gypsy music. I don't know if supping up the music adds anything. The gypsies were great violinists and added much to the history of music. These girls are high-paid professionals, but do they add to the sincerity? Do they add to the simplicity and honesty?
Well Richard, I did say classical isn't my cup of tea, however, I have 3 of Bond's albums and I have to admit, the music is great. Do they add to the sincerity, simplicity and honesty? I think they do. I've watched numerous videos and even at one time had a full concert DVD but I'm not sure what happened to it. They are highly paid professionals yes, but in the end they allow me to easily listen to that which I might otherwise not listen to. That expands horizons and there's nothing at all wrong with that.

I have several Bond favorites, Victory (above), Fuego and Duel are three. Not certain if you've heard much of their music but I will say, I haven't heard a song I don't like.
Same thing here, except it's the exact opposite ;-)
Jeff, when I was your age I was into the Moody Blues and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. I think there’s an age factor here. Nothing wrong, different strokes etc.

To me, Bond is glitz. They belong in Vagas. Their musicianship is fine, but it’s the total package that bothers me. The electricity scares me. It’s hyper and empty of feeling. When your older perhaps you’ll understand. I just turned 65 Friday.

Consider this song by Edvard Grieg, a great Norwegian composer who ranks with the greatest ever. Compare the simplicity and sincerity of the Last Spring of his life with the tinsel of Bond. I can remember an old team in the 50’s of Wes Paul and Mary Ford who were the first to electrify the guitar. I had no idea it would evolve into Bond.

I just listened to Fuego. Same thing. Notice the hyperactive pace of the filming. Each cut last three to five seconds. It’s frenetic.
Yes, it is frenetic and it is designed to sell, however, if you take the time to listen to more of their music they are serious artists. Hey, you know, I'm only a few years younger than you. The picture of me used for my icon was taken in 1970. I'm 54.

Jussi Björling is one of my two all-time favorites tenors. The other one is Fritz Wunderlich, who died in a tragic accident shortly after Björling, a few days before turning 36. Not only did he have an amazing voice, he also knew to use it better than any other tenor since.


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