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26.8.12

In Brief: End of Summer Festivals Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) There is so much this week that you had better get started.

  • It is time for the Annecy Classic Festival, beginning with Charles Dutoit leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in music by Berlioz and Dvořák, plus Denis Matsuev as soloist in Beethoven's third piano concerto. [Medici.tv]

  • More Dutoit with the RPO from Annecy, this time with cellist Henri Demarquette. [Medici.tv]

  • Watch Nikolai Lugansky play a solo recital in Annecy, with music by Chopin, Liszt, Janáček, and Rachmaninoff. [Medici.tv]

  • Vladimir Spivakov leads the Moscow Virtuosi and a gaggle of soloists in a varied program of Mozart, Boccherini, and many others. [Medici.tv]

  • From the Proms in London, Valery Gergiev leads the London Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev's score for Cinderella. [France Musique]

  • From the Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache, the Chœur de Chambre de Namur and the Cappella Mediterranea join the Ensemble Clematis to perform Spanish polyphony from the late Renaissance and early Baroque. [France Musique]

  • Also from the Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache, Jean-Luc Ho plays a recital of Renaissance and Baroque music on the Jean Boizard organ, built in 1714. [France Musique]

  • The festival of ancient music at the Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache also featured soprano Raquel Andueza and the Ensemble La Galania in early music on Castilian texts. [France Musique]

  • The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic and conductor Michael Schönwand celebrate the Debussy sesquicentennial with the composer's La Damoiselle élue and other music. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • From the Salzburg Festival, Matthias Goerne joins the NDR Sinfonieorchester and conductor Christoph Eschenbach for music by Berg, Schubert, and Zimmermann. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • The Talea Ensemble plays a concert in the Orangerie at Darmstadt 2012, with music by Pierluigi Billone, James Dillon, and Jen Wang. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Watch Khatia Buniatishvili play Schumann's piano concerto with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paavo Järvi, from the Rheingau Musik Festival. [ARTE Live Web]

  • A classic performance of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, with Montserrat Caballé, Ezio Flagello, Alfredo Kraus, and Shirley Verrett, made in Rome in 1966. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Listen to Andris Nelsons lead the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the Proms, in a program centered on Shostakovich's seventh symphony. [France Musique]

  • Also at the Proms, Osmo Vänskä leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Nielsen's fifth symphony, Delius's Eventyr, and Mozart's clarinet concerto with Michael Collins as soloist. [France Musique]

  • The Ensemble De Caelis performs medieval polyphony and the world premiere of a new piece by Martin Matalon, Formas in pulvere, for five female voices, percussion, and electronics, from the Festival de Radio France Montpellier-Languedoc Roussillon. [France Musique]

  • Also from the Festival de Radio France Montpellier-Languedoc Roussillon, David Fray plays a recital of music by Mozart and Beethoven. [France Musique]

  • From London, the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers perform Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard. (Note that the Proms broadcasts are available for only seven days.) [BBC Proms]

  • The BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Oliver Knussen, performs Helen Grime's Night Songs and Debussy's Martyrdom of St. Sebastian. [BBC Proms]

  • Knussen also leads performances of his own third symphony and Goehr's Metamorphosis/Dance. [BBC Proms]

  • Alice Coote sings Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski. [BBC Proms]

  • Stuart Skelton sings the title of Britten's Peter Grimes, with the English National Opera at the Proms. [Act I | Act II | Act III]

  • Vasily Petrenko leads the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Shostakovich's tenth symphony, Peter Maxwell Davies's ninth symphony, and Delius's violin concerto, from the Proms. [Part 1 | Part 2]

  • I Fagiolini performs music by Viadana, Bassano, Grandi, Gabrieli, and Monteverdi. [BBC Proms]

  • From the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Concerto Köln performs music by rarely heard composers from the late 18th or early 19th century: Franciszek Lessel (1780-1838), Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski (1807-1867), and Antonio Rosetti (1746-1792). [France Musique]

  • Mario Brunello plays Nino Rota's cello concerto with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana at the Lugano Festival, with George Crumb's Toccata as a first encore. [France Musique]

  • French children who want to study music in the official conservatory system must pass a rigorous set of exams in studies of theory and solfege known as formation musicale. It counts for three times more instruction time than applied lessons, and students are winnowed out of classes when they cannot pass it. A woman named Murielle Radault, a music teacher and mother, has published an op-ed piece asking that the system be relaxed because it drives students away from music. The comments are almost all positive. [Le Monde]

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