Thursday, July 15, 2010

Latvian Tenor Israel Feigelson Sings Verdi's La Traviata with Riga Opera Soprano Elfrida Pakule (1956)

YouTube - TENOR ISRAEL FEIGELSON SINGS VERDI (uploaded to YouTube by fenterp)

Latvian tenor Israel Feigelson (1921-1991) in live excerpts from Verdi's "La Traviata" with Elfrida Pakule (20 May 1912 -- 31 December 1991), in 1956 singer and soloist of the Latvian Opera in Riga (coloratura soprano), plus a recital performance of the Count's Song from "Rigoletto" in 1977.

Elfrida Pakule was a sister first cousin of Emma Pakule, grandmother of Andis Kaulins, owner of "Make it Music".

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sesta Judze ("The Sixth Mile", Sestā Jūdze) : A Popular Country Music Group from Latvia

Agris Gedrovics, my second cousin, is the founder and lead singer of the very popular Latvian country group Sestā Jūdze, which has received many country music awards.

My current favorite is their album Emigrants - which you can download at

One can also hear some of the group's music for free at their MySpace pages here.

Sesta Judze means "The Sixth Mile" or simply "Sixth Mile". Sestā Jūdze is the correct orthographic spelling in Latvian - pronounced Sess-tah You-dzeh with the emphasis always on the first syllable of each word .

Their album Kalendārs (video ad here) is available for download at (payment required).

Downloadable songs (payment required) are found at

Sestā Jūdze consists of the band members Agris Gedrovics (Gedrovičs), Gatis Leitis, Modris Mikelsons (Miķelsons), Aldis Strazdins (Strazdiņš), Janis Misins (Misiņš) -- the Latvian orthography is in parentheses.

See also a sample YouTube video at Sestā Jūdze Smiltenē (Sesta Judze in Smiltene).

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Google Currently Projects Germany's Candidate Lena as the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest Winner in Oslo, Norway based on the present Search Results

Google currently projects Germany's candidate Lena as the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest Winner based on search results, where Lena has a substantial lead over other competitors.

Google projects winner based on search results | News | Eurovision Song Contest - Oslo 2010.

There are many excellent songs and performers this year, but it is unlikely that Lena can lose, given the unique nature of her song.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Satellite (Lena Meyer-Landrut song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lena (Lena Meyer-Landrut), Germany's candidate for the Eurovision song contest in Oslo, Norway, this year, 2010, with her song Satellite, is breaking all kinds of download records in Germany.

The song in English was written by American songwriter Julie Frost and Danish songwriter John Gordon.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

David Garrett :: The Virtuoso Violinist :: Nothing Else Matters!

This guy has it. Nothing Else Matters!
Rock, pop, classical music, folk songs, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, fantastic!

David Garrett :: The Virtuoso Violinist ::

Try both the U.S. and International versions for two different audio samples.
Great stuff both.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Elīna Garanča | Calendar

Elīna Garanča | Calendar

upcoming in 2010 (upcoming 2011)

February 25, 27 - Recital (with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra)
Great Guild Hall, Riga

March 25 - Recital,
Santiago de Compostela

May 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 - Carmen in Bizet's "Carmen",
Staatsoper Wien

May 30 - Carmen in Bizet's "Carmen",
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

June 3, 6, 12 - Carmen in Bizet's "Carmen",
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

further approximate dates:

August 9 - October 9 (still TBC!) - Charlotte in Massenet´s "Werther",
San Francisco Opera

October 11 - December 11 - Carmen in Bizet's "Carmen",
Metropolitan Opera

Recent in 2010:

February 13, 14 - Beethoven: Misa Solemnis,
Semperoper, Dresden

January 5, 8, 12, 16, 21 - Carmen in Bizet's "Carmen"
Metropolitan Opera, New York

San Francisco Classical Voice: Classical Music in the Bay Area

San Francisco Classical Voice: Classical Music in the Bay Area

Friday, January 8, 2010

Artist Thinking vs. Lawyer Thinking | Techdirt

Artist Thinking vs. Lawyer Thinking | Techdirt:
"... an interesting writeup by a performance artist who can't do a certain performance because of licensing issues. It's not that the musicians don't want their work used by the artist. In fact, they've spoken and they would love for their music to be used. But, of course, they don't own the copyrights on their own music, so the performer needs to work through all the licensing issues...."

Saturday, January 2, 2010

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