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7.4.13

In Brief: Quasimodo 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.) Oh, so much to watch and listen to this week, so get started!


  • Washingtonians may want to listen to Christoph Eschenbach with another band, the Czech Philharmonic, performing the eighth and ninth symphonies of Dvořák, recorded last year in Prague. [France Musique]

  • The ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien's re-creation of the infamous Skandalkonzert, given on March 31, 1913, with music by Weber, Zemlinksy, Schoenberg, Berg, and Mahler, in the Musikverein in Vienna, with Cornelius Meister conducting and soloists Christiane Oelze and Iris Vermillion. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Here is a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion led by René Jacobs last August, with the RIAS Kammerchor, the Akademie für alte Musik, and soloists Werner Güra (Evangelist), Johannes Weisser (Christ), Sunhae Im, Bernarda Fink, Topi Lehtipuu, and Konstantin Wolff. [France Musique]

  • A performance of Handel's Belshazzar, performed by Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, with Rosemary Joshua, Caitlin Hulcup, Iestyn Davies, and others as soloists. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • The Orchestre National de France performs a concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, with Ligeti's Atmosphères, Prokofiev's suite from Romeo and Juliet, and Beethoven's third piano concerto with Till Fellner as soloist. David Afkham conducts. [France Musique]

  • From the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Yefim Bronfman also plays the third Beethoven concerto, with the Cologne Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jukka Pekka Saraste, plus music by Sibelius and Bartók, recorded at the Philharmonie in Essen. [France Musique]

  • Michael Tilson Thomas leads the Vienna Philharmonic in the Brahms first piano quartet, in the orchestral arrangement by Schoenberg, Schoenberg's Theme and Variations for Orchestra, and the Brahms second piano concerto with Yefim Bronfman as soloist. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • William Christie leads Les Arts Florissant in the Concert des Lauréats du 6ème Jardin des Voix, featuring some of his finest young voices. [Cité de la Musique Live]

  • From the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, pieces for violin and piano by Bartók, Brahms, and Prokofiev performed by Vadim Repin and Nikolai Lugansky. [France Musique]

  • Listen again to the Metropolitan Opera's production of La Traviata, with the extraordinary Diana Damrau, Saimir Pirgu, and Plácido Domingo, recorded on March 30. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Philippe Bianconi gives a complete performance of Debussy's Preludes for piano at the Théâtre de l'Athénée. [France Musique]

  • Lars Ulrik Mortensen conducts Concerto Copenhagen and violinist Cecilia Bernardini in music of Mozart, Weyse, and Beethoven. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Watch Mikko Franck lead the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Sibelius's second symphony and Stravinsky's violin concerto, with violinist Leila Josefowicz as soloist. [Cité de la Musique Live]

  • Mikko Franck leads the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in a performance of Mahler's fifth symphony, recorded in February. [France Musique]

  • Philippe Herreweghe conducts the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic in Schumann's third symphony and Mendelssohn's E minor violin concerto, with Alina Ibragimova as soloist, recorded in 2011 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. [France Musique]

  • Fabio Luisi conducts the Vienna Symphony in Franck's D minor symphony, a piece by Gottfried von Einem, Beethoven's fourth piano concerto (with Ingolf Wunder as soloist). [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • A 2011 recital by Alexei Volodin at the Fondation Gianadda in Martigny, with music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Kapustin. [France Musique]

  • The 2011 recital by violinist Hilary Haha and pianist Valentina Lisitsa, with music by Tartini, Bach, Beethoven, Ives, and Antheil, recorded in the Musikverein in Vienna. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Cello sonatas by Brahms and Poulence with Bruno Philippe (cello) and Tanguy de Williencourt (piano). [France Musique]

  • How about an old recording of Gluck's Alceste, with Kirsten Flagstad in London in 1956? [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

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