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In Brief: Lakeside Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.

  • If you have missed the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, you can read this unidentified correspondent's assessments. Moldovan soprano Valentina Nafornita was the winner. [An Unamplified Voice]

  • What caused the woes of the New York City Opera or the Philadelphia Orchestra? According to Joshua Kosman, "The same way Lehman Bros. and Bear Stearns did: through poor - and specifically shortsighted - leadership. And just like on Wall Street, the people making these decisions aren't really the ones whose livelihoods are on the line." [San Francisco Chronicle]

  • You thought that foot pain was a ballerina's worst nightmare? What about pulling their hair back into a bun all the time? [New York Times]

  • With hat tip to Bookslut, does Ulysses really translate into other languages? Like, say, Mandarin? [The Atlantic]

  • Scholars have completed a dictionary of the Akkadian language. [Cronaca]

  • Peter Maxwell Davies calls for fines against concertgoers who allow their cell phones to ring during a performance. [The Telegraph]

  • For your online listening this week, Britten's War Requiem from the Festival de Saint-Denis, Yefim Bronfman in recital at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mauricio Kagel's Mare Nostrum from the Cité de la Musique, Julia Fischer with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg in the Salle Pleyel, a recital by baritone Bo Skovhus from Copenhagen, Nikolaj Znaider conducting and playing violin with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Graham Johnson leading a recital of music associated with the salon of the Princesse de Polignac, the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis chanting at the Abbaye de Payerne, and Christian Thielemann conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in Brahms and Schoenberg. [France Musique]

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