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Carlo Bergonzi, 90, an Operatic Tenor of Subtlety and Emotional Acuity, Dies

Carlo Bergonzi, (13 July 1924 – 25 July 2014) was an Italian operatic tenor. Although he performed and recorded some bel canto and verismo roles, he was above all associated with the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, including a large number of the composer's lesser-known works that he helped revive. Essentially a lyric tenor with spinto capabilities, Bergonzi was greatly admired during the peak of his career for his beautiful diction, smooth legato, warm timbre and elegant phrasing. Above all he was acclaimed for his attention to the style required in Verdi's operas.

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Elaine Stritch, Broadway’s Enduring Dame, Dies at 89

Elaine Stritch, the raspy-voiced actress whose forceful personality and salty language enlivened the New York stage for more than six decades, died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.
Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014) was an American actress and singer, best known for her work on Broadway. She appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films, and many television programs. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995. Stritch made her professional stage debut in 1944 and her Broadway debut in the comedy Loco in 1946. Notable Broadway credits include her Tony Award nominated roles in the original production of William Inge's 1955 play Bus Stop, and musicals by Noël Coward (Sail Away, 1961) and Stephen Sondheim (Company, 1970), the latter includes her performance of the song "The Ladies Who Lunch", plus the 1996 revival of the Edward Albee play A Delicate Balance and her 2001 Tony Award winning one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Her death was confirmed by her friend, Julie Keyes, who cited age-related illnesses as the cause.
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Ken Thorne, English conductor arranger 90 years

English composer, arranger, orchestra leader, Ken Thorne passed away July 9,2014 at the age of 90 in his West Hills CA home. Kenneth Thorne (26 January 1924 – 9 July 2014) was a British television and film score composer. Thorne was born in East Dereham, a town in the English county of Norfolk. Thorne began his musical career as a pianist with the big bands of England during the 1940s, playing at night clubs and the dance halls. At age 27, Thorne decided to seriously study composition with private tutors at Cambridge and later studied the organ for five years in London.
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Lorin Maazel, Conductor, Dies at 84

Lorin Varencove Maazel (March 6, 1930 - July 13, 2014) was an American conductor, violinist and composer.
Maazel was born to Jewish American parents of Russian origin in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and brought up in the United States, primarily at his parents' home in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. His father, Lincoln Maazel (1903–2009), was a singer, teacher of voice and piano, and an actor (he co-starred in George A. Romero's 1977 horror movie Martin); and his mother, Marion "Marie" Shulman Maazel (1894–1992), founded the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. His grandfather Isaac was a violinist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for twenty years. Both Lincoln and Marie gave interviews for the Oral History Collection at the University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln's in 1994, and Marie's in 1974. These can be heard online.Wikipedia BioSHOP MAAZEL HERE:

Pianist Howard Karp

Howard Karp died June 30 2014 at the age of 84. The patriarch of a prolific musical family, he was a professor emeritus of piano at University of Wisconsin. KARP OBIT | Recordings available at Amazon.com

BERNARD ROBERTS, pianist 1933 - 2013

Bernard Roberts (23 July 1933 – 3 November 2013) was an English pianist. He was born in Manchester. His treatment of the cycle of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas has been highly acclaimed. He is also noted for his recordings of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Roberts' recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2, performed on piano, was released in 1999 by Nimbus Records and was well received. Roberts also has recorded Bach's Six Partitas, BWV 825-30, and his French Suites, BWV 812-17. In collaboration with other performers, Roberts released discs of music for one and two pianos by Paul Hindemith and of trios by Frank Bridge. OBITUARY

Paul Horn, a pioneer of New Age Music, Dies at 84

Paul Horn, a flutist and saxophonist whose mellow, meditative recordings helped lay the groundwork for New Age music, died on June 29 at his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 84. NYTimes Obit | Official Web Site | Wikipedia Bio:
Paul Horn (March 17, 1930 – June 29, 2014) was an American jazz flautist, and an early pioneer of New Age music. He was known for his innovations on both metal and traditional wooden flutes. Best known of his albums are his "Inside" recordings, which feature airy, echoing sounds created in places of spiritual importance. Horn himself was a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.[3] The series began with Horn sneaking a tape recorder into the Taj Mahal during a trip to India in 1968, (released as Inside) where he was with the Beatles at Rishikesh, and continued later with recordings inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, and a return to the Taj Mahal in 1989. Horn later made similar recordings in a cathedral, in the canyons of the Southwestern United States with Native American flautist R. Carlos Nakai, and with orcas.
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Seymour Barab, 93, Composer of Playful Operas, Dies

Seymour Barab, a composer known for his whimsical chamber operas on such stirring subjects as passion, poison and pizza, died on June 28, 2014 in Manhattan. He was 93. Seymour Barab was born January 9, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American cellist, composer, organist, and pianist. He is known for his fairy tale operas for young audiences, such as Chanticleer and Little Red Riding Hood. He is a longtime member of the Philip Glass Ensemble. NYTimes Obit | Official Web Site |
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