In June, BBCâ€™s Radio 3 polled listeners on their favorite aria. If youâ€™re into opera, you might guess Pucciniâ€™s â€śNessun Dormaâ€ť or "Un bel diâ€ť soared to the top of the list, or maybe â€śLa donna e mobileâ€ť from Verdiâ€™s Rigoletto. But the winner surprised everyone; it was a three-century old song from a relatively obscure opera by Henry Purcell. Officially, Englandâ€™s most
I guess we owe some kind of grudging debt to the underhanded business manager that stole Leonard Cohenâ€™s money a few years back. That betrayal plucked the songwriter from his Buddhist retreat on Mount Baldy and sent him back out on the road to refill the coffers. A lot of people have had a lot of pleasure in a lot of concert halls because of what that guy did. Leonardâ€™s one of them, actually.