For the finale, back to harmony and counterpoint. This is the final trio from Der Rosenkavalier, by my all-time favorite cast of Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, and Christine Schaefer. In 2000 a friend and I saw the Fleming-Graham-Schaefer trio in Rosenkavalier at the Met Opera and it was glorious. So my friend told me that they were repeating the production at the Royal Opera in London and we should go. Since we both had money at that time, we went. If New York was glorious, London was transcendent. This is music that has always made so many emotions of joy and sorrow audible. I have sometimes chased my favorite music to Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago, but this was the first (and probably the last) time I traveled across an ocean and it was worth it. Since I could only find the final trio for F-G-S, I have added the final duet by Anne Sophie von Otter and Barbara Bonney for your listening pleasure.
Richard Strauss: trio and duet from Der Rosenkavalier
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Penny Ross has had an eclectic professional life. Became a rock and roll publicist at a great time – post-Beatles, but the rise of Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, the re-birth of the Kinks – all of whom were clients. Also was publicist for Elektra Records, Epic Records, ABC FM Radio, before they were killed by corporate play lists. Then wrote about said rock and roll plus dance and theater for another ten years for Daily News, Village Voice, SoHo News and many many magazines. After a break, she went to work for NYFOS – doing whatever needed doing for subscribers and in the office – and stayed for six years. Since then, she have been semi-retired, as they say, and looking for the next big thing, while listening to as much of the live music New York offers as I can manage.