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Exodus was just the beginning
A recap of "Catch of the Day," episode 8

January 27, 2017

Teasers or reminders: that's what these wrap-ups of "Catch of the Day" are meant to be. Not "reviews." But because the programs, though captured on audio, have yet to be posted, the comments have been running longer than intended. Now that I've come clean, let me try to reform.

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Moby Met ("Catch of the Day," episode 7)
A historic marathon

January 27, 2017

On January 29, "Catch of the Day" ran a two-plus-hour marathon through the The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met performances from 1966-67, a boxed set of ten full-length live opera broadcasts and highlights from eight more, all captured during the Metropolitan Opera's opening season at Lincoln Center, after more than eight decades in its original home at Broadway and 39th Street. Busting its buttons, the company set a stratospheric bar that year. Brief liner notes cover essential historical background, but for libretti you're on your own. Most can be found easily online, so the inconvenience is minimal—and bear in mind the fire-sale price. As of this writing, Amazon is quoting $112.71 for the set, 22 CDs in all.

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Hooked again! (continued)
Notes on Catch of the Day, Episodes 5 and 6 (Christmas 2016, New Year's Day 2017)

January 23, 2017

Before the holiday season vanishes totally from the rear-view mirror, here's a quick recap of our Christmas and New Year's editions of "Catch of the Day." If we're new on your radar and you'd like to know more about what we're up to, please check out our original announcement here.


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Hooked! (continued)
Recap of Catch of the Day, Episode 4

December 5, 2016

Started out with a big haul today: Die Walküre, the second installment in Richard Wagner's four-part, 17-hour epic Der Ring des Nibelungen, with Jaap van Zweden leading the Hong Kong Philharmonic and an international cast of important soloists (Naxos, four CD's). From the realms of fable of the curtain-raiser Das Rheingold, which is peopled by gods, dwarves, and giants, we now descend to earth. The great tug-of-war between power in the sense of coercion and the higher power of love continues, with colorful new players on the field. Act 1 introduces the heroic Siegmund, dogged by misfortune, and his long-lost twin sister Sieglinde, miserable in a forced marriage to the brutal warrior Hunding.

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Recap of Catch of the Day, episode 3

December 1, 2016

The chat that is "Catch of the Day" continues. On November 27, at noon Hawaiian time, I returned to the studio at Mana'o Radio 91.7 FM in Wailuku Town, Maui, as Paul Janes-Brown's guest on his "Alpha and Omega Show." For the next hour, I tore the cellophane off new recordings, listened in on a track or two, and weighed in with off-the-cuff first impressions. The balance, as usual, tilted to classical, but with surprises. Click on the links for extra information on the albums we checked out, complementary tracks, and background reading.

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