First up, "Song to the Moon," from the opera Rusalka, by Antonin Dvorák. Tell me, who can perform it better than Renée Fleming? Here she is singing it at the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fischer Hall in 1991, in a simple, unaffected way:
The first movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata is so overplayed and over-quoted that it's easy to dismiss it entirely. That's a mistake, especially when you hear an old master like Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991) play it with such quiet restraint. I have no information on this clip but, based on the Hamburg Steinway, it's likely a European recital. My guess it's from the late-1970s:
There are not a lot of recordings available for Joseph Haydn's Il mondo della luna. Fortunately there was a production mounted by the Teatro Colón company in Buenos Aires last year that is true to the buffa spirit aesthetically. Here's a clip from Act I which deals with the subterfuge of the telescope. It's a lot of fun, even if the audio isn't great:
Then, on the other side of the aethetic-value continuum is Stephen Edwards' 2007 musical creation, Moon Landing. You be the judge:
John Terauds started at the Toronto Star as a freelance writer in 1988, and has been on staff since 1997. He began writing on classical music in 2001, and has been the full-time classical music critic since 2005.
He is also the organist and choir director at St. Peter's Anglican Church, a parish founded in 1863 in downtown Toronto.
If he's not listening to, writing about or playing music, it means he's either asleep, unconscious, walking his dog -- or all of the above.
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