Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Thu May 31, 2012

In Trance 95: The Old New Wave

In Trance.
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Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 1:47 pm

A recently reconstituted Greek duo active from the late '80s to the mid-'90s, In Trance 95 specializes in a self-explanatorily named electronic subgenre called "minimal wave." Now that bare-bones synth-pop has drifted closer to the mainstream — as reflected by the Stones Throw label's well-received Minimal Wave Tapes compilations — the duo ended its nearly 15-year hiatus in 2010.

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Music News
2:28 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Requiem For A Cabaret: The Oak Room Closes

The entrance to the Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street in New York City.
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Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 4:21 am

New York's historic Algonquin Hotel has been famous for a lot of things: the roundtable where some of the greatest American wits, from George S. Kaufman to Dorothy Parker, held forth in the 1920s and '30s; generations of cats — named either Hamlet or Matilda — who haunt the lobby; and, since 1980, the Oak Room, one of New York's most loved cabaret spaces.

When Marriott purchased the hotel and closed it for renovations early this year, they announced that the Oak Room would not be reopening — instead, it will be a lounge for preferred customers.

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The Thistle and Shamrock
6:23 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Underneath The Stars

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As the days grow longer our music looks to the Northern and Western skies for inspiration and draws meaning, guidance and solace from the sun, moon and stars.

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3:42 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Reflecting On 'War Requiem' 50 Years After Premiere

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:47 pm

Fifty years ago on Wednesday, composer Benjamin Britten's haunting work "War Requiem" premiered at the Coventry Cathedral in England. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel have more.

Deceptive Cadence
3:39 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Genuflecting To A Master: Thomas Hampson On Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau performing in England in 1962.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:52 pm

German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died earlier this month at age 86, was a paragon of excellence for generations of singers and fans. After his passing, we called American baritone Thomas Hampson for his memories of Fischer-Dieskau, whom he has called "a Singer for the ages, an Artist for eternity."

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