Friday, December 19, 2008

What Are You Listening To This Weekend

Friday! And time again to share our listening plans for the weekend. This is our last one of these for the year as the Aria Serious crew will be busy with family and friends for the next few weeks.

That said, we've decided to break with tradition and feature, not operas, not even operettas, definitely not musicals, but instead two singers whose cds have been sitting on my desk for some time now that I've yet to unwrap and battle that silly barcode sticker thingy that keeps the cd case closed.

First is Anja Harteros and her cd Bella Voce. It has been out a year and we just love Anja so it is time to give this one a spin. And yes, being #2 in the Best Divas of 2008 was a much needed kick in the butt to get me to listen to this.

Second will be Isabel Bayrakdarian's Gomidas Songs which is showing up on many "Best of" year end lists. Isabel is a friend of Aria Serious and an incredible performer. I know these songs are very close to her heart so I'm interested to hear what she has done with them.

After that, we'll make our way through some of Pitchfork Media's "Top 50 Albums" of 2008.

Happy holidays! And be sure to tell us what you are listening to over the long break.

-- Edward

1 comment:

Smorg said...

Ooooh! Great choices! :o) I have Frau Harteros' CD, but not Ms Bayrakdarian's.

Anyhow, this weekend my pad is being flooded with Richard Strauss, I'm afraid. I'm having a good go at all the CDs of David Zinmann & Tonhalle Orchestra doing much of his work (with Melanie Diener shipping in to do the Vier letzte Lieder). Feelin' alpine. ;o)

Merry Christmas (a bit early)!!