I once had an argument with my English teacher in the first grade. We were told to classify some nouns (proper and common nouns) and put it under ‘feminine’, ‘masculine’, and ‘neutral.’ Beethoven was one of the names there and I classified it under ‘masculine.’ I was extremely confident in my answer, even thinking that none of my classmates knew that. One could only possibly imagine my outrage when whilst checking the answers, Beethoven was put under ‘neutral.’ I raised my hand, I normally let go of things, but I simply cannot let this one pass—there’s got to be some mistake there. ‘Beethoven was a composer. He is male!’ I argued further, ‘He was the one who made tatantantan…(imitating his famous 5th symphony)…’ ‘No, Beethoven is a name of a dog,’ my teacher countered. I cried.
* Verdi: Libiamo ne’lieti calici (Brindisi) from La Traviata Rolando Villazón, Anna Netrebko, Helene Schneidermann, Herman Wallen, Salvatore Cordella, Paul Gay, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Rizzi, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor http://smarturl.it/latraviata
* Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -“Emperor”, 3. Rondo (Allegro) Hélène Grimaud, Staatskapelle Dresden, Vladimir Jurowski http://smarturl.it/beethovengrimaud
* Bizet: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Havanaise) from Carmen Claudio Abbado, Domingo, Berganza, London Symphony Orchestra http://smarturl.it/carmenabbado
* Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries from The Ring of the Nibelung Vera Schlosser, Berit Lindholm, Brigitte Fassbaender, Helen Watts, Helga Dernesch, Vera Little, Claudia Hellmann, Marilyn Tyler, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti http://smarturl.it/wagnersolN
* Puccini: O soave fanciulla from La Bohème Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan http://smarturl.it/laboheme