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20.1.13

In Brief: Inauguration Edition

There is something big going on here in Washington this weekend: best to stay inside and listen to some music. 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.) It's a long list this week.


  • The Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles mounted a production of the Ballet des fées des forêts de Saint-Germain, a court ballet danced at the Louvre by Louis XIII and his court in 1625. [Cité de la Musique Live]

  • Valery Gergiev leads the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra at the Salle Pleyel, in two Shostakovich symphonies (nos. 3 and 13) and the second cello concerto, with cellist Mario Brunello and bass Mikhail Petrenko. [France Musique]

  • More Shostakovich from the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, this time three symphonies (nos. 1, 2, and 15), plus the second piano concerto with Denis Matsuev. [France Musique]

  • A new year's concert from the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor in J. S. Bach's Magnificat and C. P. E. Bach's Heilig, heilig ist Gott, Wq 217, and Magnificat, Wq 215, at the Berlin Philharmonie. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Daniel Harding leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Robert Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust. [BR-Klassik]

  • Marek Janowski leads the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in excerpts of Wagner operas, with tenor Stephen Gould, bass Albert Dohmen, and soprano Violeta Urmana. [France Musique]

  • Catch Joyce DiDonato in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • From the Salle Pleyel, watch Herbert Blomstedt lead the Orchestre de Paris, in an all-Beethoven program with pianist Lars Vogt. [Cité de la Musique Live]

  • A concert by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by Mariss Jansons and recorded last November: Beethoven's second and sixth symphonies, plus a new piece by Misato Mochizuki, Nirai, composed as an intermezzo to go between those two symphonies. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Pianist Edna Stern plays music of Debussy as part of a play called La Boîte à joujoux by Pierre Senges, recorded this past fall. [France Musique]

  • Listen to a recital of French and Spanish songs recorded last November, featuring the young artists of Les Solistes de l’Atelier Lyrique in the Amphithéâtre Bastille in Paris. [France Musique]

  • Hear the New World program from Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and Tembembe Ensemble Continuo under Jordi Savall. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • I have been on a 19th-century historical piano kick the last year or so. Here is a recital by Philippe Bianconi, playing on two such pianos, an 1860 Pleyel and an 1890 Érard from the Musée de la musique. [France Musique]

  • Claudio Abbado conducts the Orchestra Mozart and violinist Isabelle Faust in Schumann's second symphony plus Mozart's Linz symphony and K. 219 violin concerto. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Pianist Boris Berezovski joins the Orchestre National de Lyon, under conductor Josep Pons, for music of Ginastera and Falla. [France Musique]

  • Two concerts from Stockholm: Sakari Oramo conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in music by Per Nørgård and Jean Sibelius; plus the Trio con brio Copenhagen with a piano trio by Per Nørgård. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, conducted by Frans Brüggen, performs Haydn and Fauré, plus Chopin's second piano concerto with soloist Nelson Goerner. [France Musique]

  • From the Proms last July, Hervé Niquet leads Le Concert Spirituel in Handel's Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • The Wiener Mozartisten and friends perform music by Leó Weiner, Debussy, and Strauss. [France Musique]

  • Fabio Luisi conducts the Wiener Symphoniker and Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien in Bruckner's seventh symphony and Gerd Kühr's Jetzt wohin? for speaker, chorus, and orchestra. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Listen to a recital from the Auditorium du Louvre with cellist Yan Levionnois and pianist Guillaume Vincent, playing music by Schumann, Britten, and Debussy, introduced by Vincent's recording of Rachmaninoff preludes. [France Musique]

  • Wolfgang Sawallisch conducts a 1983 performance of Wagner's Die Feen in Munich, with Kurt Moll, Linda Ester Gray, June Anderson, and Cheryl Studer. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

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