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Subject: XM Radio and Opera (was: Paris performing edition of VEPRES SICILIENNES on XM Radio)
From: John Webber <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:John Webber <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 30 Mar 2005 21:45:37 -0500

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From: "Jonathan Dorsch" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2005 11:21 AM
Subject: Paris performing edition of VEPRES SICILIENNES on XM Radio
> As a brand new convert to satellite radio.... I'm quickly becoming
> attached to XM Radio and especially the all-classical-vocal channel VOX.
> This is the radio of the future, and BTW the sound is amazing.

Jon's post re: XM is "right on". (Disclaimer: I own some XM stock! Wish I'd
bought it @ $3.00!)

As a result of his comments, I too joined XM on a their trial basis - free
for 3 days!  And have listened (twice) to the LES VEPRES + the other 2
classical channels of XM (there are dozens more!).
Wonderful stuff - and thank goodness for Martin Goldsmith, who left
"Performance Today" on NPR, and who now hosts the Classics channel and
oversees the whole classical show!
In my opinion (based on a recent 5-day rental car with Sirius, the rival,
installed), and now 2-full days of XM's offerings, they seem toi be far
superor in terms of content and range, especially in the opera vien.

Anyone a Sirius convert here with a different testimony?  XM's new payment
includes streaming on-line for the same price as Sirius' basiuc price of

John Webber
Rockville MD & Santa Fe NM

 This is Jon's forwarde message from Martin goldsmith Re: the current
> ------ Forwarded Message
>> Big Ticket Special (noon Saturday, repeats 6 pm Tuesday, noon Wednesday):
>> An all Opera Rara extravaganza featuring the re-licensed and beautifully
>> mastered 1969 BBC performance of the original Paris performing edition of
>> Verdi's Sicilian Vespers, Les Vepres Siciliennes. Opera-L people can
>> throw
>> away their old bootleg versions--here's the real thing! The other new
>> project is highlights
>>from the BIG operatic hit of 1838, Ricci's La Prigione di Edimburgo. And
>> keeping with the 1838-1855 time frame, with the Risorgimento cooking and
>> revolution in the air, we'll round out the program with material from
>> Volume V of the label's settings of salon songs with music from Milan,
>> and
>> Italian-expatriate composers in London from the same years.

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