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Subject: Re: Albert Innaurato 1947-2017
From: Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 27 Sep 2017 18:38:54 -0400
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I am shocked and deeply saddened over this news. I learned more from Al’s posts than from any other lister — with Bob Rideout being a close second. I know he could be a curmudgeon but what knowledge he possessed! I will miss him.

Michael

Michael J. McPherson
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> On Sep 27, 2017, at 6:32 PM, David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> It is with a real sadness that I must report on Albert's death, at home in Philadelphia a few days ago, at only 70.
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> He had planned to attend some of the events of OP's Festival this month: I had expected to see him at the ZAUBERFLOETE opening: I had a CD to give him of historic Dresden ROSENKAVALIER excerpts.  He hadn't felt well and was hoping to go along last week- and never did.
> 
> I met him only relatively recently (10-12 years?) and almost by chance; as a 14 year old, his Off-B'way ( later B'way) hit GEMINI taught me something about the world, and I told him so. Like many, I knew his fascinating and fearless OPERA NEWS and NY TIMES pieces. I liked to take him to Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concerts- vocal, piano, string quartets-- and sit in the comfortable side chairs, He was a demanding but very apt critic; recent things he particularly liked included Eric Owens singing Schubert, Sarah Shafer in Lieder, Angela Hewitt playing Bach and (at Opera Philadelphia) Troy Cook's Posa.
> 
> Hereabouts and on Parterre, he made many the target of invective but could also be incredibly generous with information and insightful. Anyone who knew him will have had fallings-out.  With me, it was some of the critical and editorial company I keep ( and am happy to keep!) but he would come around after a while. He had a great deal more detailed score-based knowledge than do I or d most music writers, but was appreciative of anyone younger who had some store of respect and dedication to the art forms he loved ( and served). It was easy to get him to warn to any reference to an obscure but good ( or bad!) vocalist of the last 100 years: he always knew the scuttlebutt!
> He made real contributions, for which I wish he had reaped more recompense and basic joy.  I will miss him and count myself lucky to have been even a minor planetoid among his wide circle of acquaintance.
> -David Shengold
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