Egypt – ancient and modern

With its epic setting in ancient Egypt, Verdi’s opera Aida was first performed, appropriately, at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on Christmas Eve, 1871. The conductor was Giovanni Bottesini, whose Messa da Requiem (Naxos 8.572994) was among our new … Read More →


Podcast: Composer Mohammed Fairouz talks with Gail Wein about his new CD of chamber and vocal music, Native Informant

Mohammed Fairouz’s music is distinctive for his blending of western and middle-eastern sonorities. He talks about how a musician can have the same effect as a storyteller, and tells us about a lullaby for a newborn baby…and a 300-year-old violin. … Read More →