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29.4.12

In Brief: End of April Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond.

  • As reported earlier this week Kurt Masur had an accident falling off the podium during a concert with the Orchestre National de France at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, during the third movement of Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony. That concert was broadcast live on French radio, and you can still listen to it (the Tchaikovsky third movement begins at around 1'30"). We wish the Maestro a speedy recovery: he reportedly fell from the platform into the audience (the audience gasps in fright when the fall happens at 1'36") and was taken to the hospital, where he is reportedly in good condition. [France Musique]

  • Christian Thielemann conducts a performance of Wagner's Die Walküre at the Wiener Staatsoper, from last November. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Also with the above in the same cycle, a performance of Das Rheingold. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • From the Gasteig in Munich, Andris Nelsons conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in music of Janáček and Dvořák, with Janine Jansen playing the Brahms violin concerto. [France Musique]

  • More Andris Nelsons, when he conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, this time at the Musikverein in Vienna, with Hélène Grimaud in Beethoven's fifth piano concerto. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Also the above, without Grimaud, playing Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Listen to actress Fanny Ardant as the reciter in a performance of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the baton of Arvo Volmer, from the Cité de la Musique earlier this month. [France Musique]

  • An artist has taken one of the most brutal images of suffering in art history, the tortured body of Christ in the crucifixion scene on Grünewald's Isenheim Altarpiece, and made it into a few matching metal sculptures. These are being displayed in the Musée Unterlinden de Colmar, next to the the famous Renaissance work. The creator of the work, Adel Abdessemed, fled Algeria in 1994 because of the rising threat of Islamic fundamentalism. [Le Figaro]

  • Listen to a concert by the Ensemble Intercontemporain and mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch, conducted by Alain Altinoglu, with music by Stravinsky, Ravel, Dalbavie, Berio, and Lu Wang. [France Musique]

  • The Ballet of the Opera de Paris revived the ballet L'Histoire de Manon, the music of Massenet (but not from his opera on the same story) choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. Above all performances, in the estimation of dance critic Ariane Bavelier, was the star Aurélie Dupont, who was also an "incredibly captivating" lead in La Bayadère this season. Mark your calendars: Dupont will dance the title role in the first cast of Giselle when the company visits the Kennedy Center in June. [Le Figaro]

  • If you missed the recent recital by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, reviewed in both Washington and Oslo, you can hear the same program from the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, with music by Haydn, Bartók, Debussy, and Chopin. [France Musique]

  • Sol Gabetta joins Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre National de Lyon for a program of music by Bloch, Bruch, and Tchaikovsky. [Medici.tv]

  • As rumored earlier this year, Charlotte Gainsbourg will work again with director Lars von Trier, after their collaboration in the excellent Melancholia, in Nymphomaniac, which will explore the sexual life of Gainsbourg's character, from childhood (yes, childhood) to her 50th birthday. [Le Figaro]

  • For Washingtonians missing Christoph Eschenbach, listen to him conduct the Orchestre de Paris, in music of Webern, Bruckner, and Berg, the last with violinist Gil Shaham as soloist in the violin concerto ("In memory of an angel"), from the Salle Pleyel. [France Musique]

  • News from Cannes: Nanno Moretti will preside over a jury consisting of Diane Kruger, Ewan McGregor, Emmanuelle Devos, Hiam Abbass, Andrea Arnold, Alexander Payne, Raoul Peck, and Jean Paul Gaultier. [Le Monde]

  • Watch Valery Gergiev conduct the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater in music of Prokofiev for the final concert of the Moscow Easter Festival. [Medici.tv]

  • Bertrand de Billy conducts the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien in a performance of Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • According to research, only 2.6% of the streets of Paris are named after women. In all of the 5e and 6e arrondissements, for example, there are only ten streets that have a feminine name. Claire Fleury explores. [Le Nouvel Observateur]

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