Robert Greenberg

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Dr. Bob Prescribes Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel
Tommy Emmanuel (born 1955)

As per my usual MO, my original intention for today’s Dr. Bob Prescribes post was to follow up on yesterday’s Music History Monday with a recommendation for Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera, Orfeo ed Euridice. Composed in 1762, it is the earliest opera in the standard operatic repertoire today. However, my present pandemic/election-year-inspired state of mind requires that I dwell on something a tad more upbeat than another retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, even if it is a version that ends “happily ever after”, as Gluck’s opera does. Consequently, having fulfilled my responsibility towards Master Gluck and his ground-breaking opera, we move on to the “featured attraction” of today’s post: two albums by the Australian guitarist William Thomas (Tommy) Emmanuel (born 1955). Never heard of him? We’ll take care of that immediately.…

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