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23.12.12

In Brief: Advent IV 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.)


  • From the Pesaro Festival, Ewa Podles and Michael Spyres star in Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia, conducted by Will Crutchfield last August. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants in a performance of Handel's Belshazzar, at the Salle Pleyel, with soloists Rosemary Joshua, Iestyn Davies, and others. [France Musique]

  • A concert of sacred music by Jan Dismas Zelenka performed by Musica Florea and conducted by Marek Strynck, in the Church of Sts. Simon and Jude in Prague. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Al Ayre Español performs Alessandro Scarlatti's Il Martirio di Santa Teodosia, directed by Eduardo López Banzo and recorded in August in the Church of St. Jakob in Bruges for the Flanders Festival. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • For his inauguration concert, Christian Thielemann conducts the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden in Bruckner's seventh symphony, plus soprano Renée Fleming in music by Wolf and Strauss. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • A recital by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, recorded in May 2011 in Victoria Hall in Geneva. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Hear the world premiere of Pascal Zavaro's Battle of San Romano, performed by the Orchestre National de France under Daniele Gatti (plus Beethoven's third and eighth symphonies). [France Musique]

  • The Orchestre National de France also gives the world premiere of Bechara El Khoury's Espaces–Fragmentations, Poème symphonique N°6, again under Daniele Gatti, this time with Beethoven's second and sixth symphonies. [France Musique]

  • Soprano Soile Isokoski gives a recital with pianist Marita Viitasalo, with music by Schubert, Duparc, Messiaen, and Strauss, at the Wiener Musikverein. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Hear the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse, played by a series of organists for the Festival International Toulouse. [France Musique]

  • From the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, two concerts by the Quatuor Diotima, playing Schoenberg, Boulez, and Beethoven. [Part 1 | Part 2]

  • Cornelius Meister conducts the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien with clarinetist Sabine Meyer. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Watch Mikko Franck conduct the Orchestre de Paris in music by Ravel, with mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch. [Cité de la Musique Live]

  • Music by Bacewicz, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with conductor Andrew Manze and pianist Steven Osborne. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Pianist Eric Le Sage and the Quintette Moraguès team up for a chamber music concert, with music by Mozart, Ravel, and Schumann. [France Musique]

  • An archival recording of Tchaikovsky's opera The Slippers, recorded in 1974 with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, under Wladimir Fedosejew. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

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