Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tales of a City and a Sea...

A compilation of four short films shot in Athens and in Evia, Greece.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Frederick Delius - A BBC documentary

Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden (Proms 2012)

Frederick Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden *

Tadaaki Otaka, conductor

Royal Albert Hall, 31 July 2012

* Interlude from the opera "A Village Romeo and Juliet"

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde | Leonard Bernstein

Tristan: Peter Hofmann
Isolde: Hildegard Behrens
Brangäne: Yvonne Minton
König Marke: Hans Sotin
Kurwenal: Bernd Weikl
Melot: Heribert Steinbach
Seemann Thomas Moser
Hirt: Heinz Zednik
Steuermann: Raimund Grumbach

Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Chorus of the Bavarian Radio (Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lili Boulanger: Du fond de l'abîme (Psalm 130)

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918):
Du fond de l'abîme (1917)

Monteverdichor Würzburg
Matthias Beckert (cond.)

Monday, August 15, 2016

"Scaramouche" (1952) - Suite | Victor Young

Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Kaufman (score reconstruction: William Stromberg).

1. Main Title
2. Vanished Merchant
3. The Tomb, Andre and Aline
4. Why?
5. Pavane
6. Andre Escapes
7. The Big Apple
8. The Magic Box/Roses and Napoleon
9. End Cast

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Wagner: Götterdämmerung | Boulez, Bayreuth '79

Brünnhilde - Gwyneth Jones
Siegfried - Manfred Jung
Hagen - Fritz Hübner
Alberich - Hermann Becht
Gunther - Franz Mazura
Gutrune - Jeannine Altmeyer

Musical Direction: Pierre Boulez
Bayreuth Theater, 1979

Elgar - Symphony No 2 in E-flat major, Op 63 - Petrenko

Edward Elgar
Symphony No 2 in E-flat major, Op 63

1 Allegro vivace e nobilmente
2 Larghetto
3 Rondo
4 Moderato e maestoso

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

London, Proms 2014

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Granville Bantock: Hebridean Symphony & Celtic Symphony

Sir Granville Bantock (1868 – 1946)

Hebridean Symphony
Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic
Dir. Adrian Leaper

Celtic Symphony
London Promenade Orchestra
Dir. Walter Collins

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Tchaikovsky Research: The Bayreuth Music Festival

From Tchaikovsky Research:

The Bayreuth Music Festival (Байрейтское музыкальное торжество) (TH 314 ; ČW 580) was a special article by Tchaikovsky for the Moscow journal Russian Register (Русские ведомости), in which it appeared over five issues between May and August 1876 [O.S.].

It concerns the first performance of Wagner's complete Ring cycle in 1876 at the opening season of the new Festival Theatre in Bayreuth—Das Rheingold on 1/13 August, Die Walküre on 2/14 August, Siegfried on 4/16 August, and Götterdämmerung on 5/17 August 1876—conducted by Hans Richter, and with a first cast which included Amalie Materna as Brünnhilde.

The article is divided into five parts with the following subjects:

Part I: An outline of the genesis of the Ring cycle and how the Bayreuth Festival Theatre came to be built;
Part II: A synopsis of the plot of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre;
Part III: A synopsis of the plot of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung;
Part IV: A tourist's walk through Bayreuth, including interesting descriptions of the Festival Theatre and Wagner's Villa Wahnfried; a description of the reception for Emperor Wilhelm I and the procession of musicians, including a fascinating 'snapshot' of Wagner himself and some admiring remarks on Liszt; a very amusing account of the trials and tribulations faced by hapless tourists in this small Bavarian town; a list of those famous composers who had not come to the Festival, as well as of those Russians who had; a description of the performance practice and audience etiquette at the Festival;
Part V: A fascinating general discussion of Wagner's "symphonic style" in the Ring, with various criticisms and reservations (which Tchaikovsky attributes in part to lack of sufficient familiarity with the cycle as yet—something that he hoped to put right by "further study"); at the same time, though, tremendous admiration for Wagner's "strength of spirit" in accomplishing this "titanic endeavour", and even if Tchaikovsky drops various hints that he does not agree with Wagner's "quixotic" approach to opera as "music drama", he concludes that this first complete performance of the Ring was "an epoch-making event in the history of art"!

Read the full article