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5.2.12

In Brief: Candlemas Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.

  • Happy birthday to both Philip Glass and Franz Schubert, who turned 75 and 215, respectively, on January 31. To celebrate, you can listen to Dennis Russell Davies conduct the Bruckner Orchester Linz in a performance of Glass's ninth symphony, programmed after Beethoven's eighth. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Susanna Mälkki leads the Ensemble Intercontemporain in a program called Ritual Cycles: Life and Death, with music by Michaël Lévinas, Georges Aperghis, Harrison Birtwistle, and Helmut Lachenmann, from the Cité de la Musique. [France Musique]

  • Watch Michel Tabachnik conduct the Brussels Philharmonic and the Chœur de la Radio Flamande in a performance of Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien. [Cité de la Musique Live]

  • Thanks to a special event called Opération «Paris face cachée», you can see the inside of buildings normally closed to the public in the French capital. Here is video taken inside the Masonic Temple of the Grand Orient de France, on the Rue Cadet in the 9th arrondissement. [Libération]

  • Jean-Christophe Spinosi leads his early music group Ensemble Matheus in a performance of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, from the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Topi Lehtipuu and Sandrine Piau star as Tamino and Pamina. [France Musique]

  • Congratulations to the very deserving soprano Angela Meade, who has won the Beverly Sills Artist Award. [New York Times]

  • Violinist Alina Ibragimova joins Kirill Karabits and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in a program of Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. [Radio France]

  • Watch Russian pianists Andrei Korobeinikov and Yuri Favorin, plus soprano Yana Ivanilova, perform a recital as part of the Folle Journée de Nantes, with music by Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and others. [ARTE Live Web]

  • Watch more performances from the Folle Journée de Nantes, including Stravinsky's Renard. [ARTE Live Web]

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra may never be the same orchestra, if it even survives its current financial crisis. The comments on Peter Dobrin's latest post of bad news are tellingly bleak. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

  • From the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes in Paris, the Quatuor Ysaÿe plays string quartets by Schumann, Rihm, and Beethoven. [France Musique]

  • Also from the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes, the Borodin Quartet plays Beethoven, Rihm, and Tchaikovsky. [France Musique]

  • Don't forget the Quatuor Modigliani, also from Paris, with more music by Wolfgang Rihm, plus Arriaga, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich. [France Musique]

  • For good measure, there is also the Quatuor Thymos from Paris, with quartets by Haydn, Rihm, and Beethoven. [France Musique]

  • Pianist Denis Kozhukhin plays with the Orchestre National de Lille under the baton of Jean-Claude Casadesus, in music of Bartók and Dvořák. [France Musique]

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