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2.6.13

In Brief: Class of 2013 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 Opéra Comique in Paris, listen to a performance of Cendrillon, a 1904 chamber opera by Pauline Viardot, for seven voices and piano. [France Musique]

  • Listen to an excellent concert by Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, recorded in February at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, featuring Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, plus more sacred music by Leonard Leo, Giovanni Battista Ferrandini, and Tommaso Traetta, with soloists including Monica Piccinini, Ann Hallenberg, and Jussi Lehtipuu. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Zubin Mehta leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a performance of Bruckner's eighth symphony, recorded last week at the Musikverein. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • The Wiener Staatsoper's production of Bizet's Carmen, recorded last week, with Bertrand de Billy conducting Elina Garanca (Carmen), Roberto Alagna (Don José), Ludovic Tézier (Ecamillo), and Anita Hartig (Micaela). [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • You can watch the last six rounds of the Concours Reine Élisabeth, from Brussels and featuring pianists this year, including the concerto performances with the Orchestre national de Belgique and conductor Marin Alsop. Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg won first prize, and Andrew Tyson, whom I reviewed last month, took sixth prize. [ARTE Live Web]

  • If you are in the competition mood, the Van Cliburn Competition continues this week, with the semifinal round, and you can watch via live Webcast. [Van Cliburn Festival]

  • Daniele Gatti leads the Orchestre National de France, on tour in Vienna, in music by Stravinsky and Puccini, plus Ravel's concerto for piano, left hand, with Alexandre Tharaud as soloist. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Roberto Zarpellon leads a performance of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Maria Vergine with the Venice Monteverdi Academy and Ensemble Lorenzo da Ponte, recorded live in the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • A daring recital by organist Olivier Latry at the Musikverein, with music by Bach, Franck, Guilmant, Vierne, Saint-Saëns, and Wagner. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Watch the season finale of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with Leonard Slatkin conducting Tchaikovsky's fourth symphony, Missy Mazzoli's River Rouge Transfiguration, and Edward MacDowell's second piano concerto, with André Watts as soloist. [Medici.tv]

  • Christian Thielemann's Wagner anniversary program with the Staatskapelle Dresden and tenor Johan Botha, including a tribute to Wagner by Hans Werner Henze (Fraternité) recorded earlier this week at the Musikverein in Vienna. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • From the Wiener Festwochen, Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's Egmont overture and Bruckner's third symphony, plus a Mozart piano concert (K. 503) with Emanuel Ax as soloist. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • In Stockholm, Susanna Mälkki conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius's The Oceanides, Nielsen's fourth symphony, and Schumann's A minor piano concerto, with Jonathan Biss as soloist. [France Musique]

  • Mezzo-soprano Anne-Sofie von Otter joins the Cappella Mediterranea at the Salle Gaveau for a program of early Baroque music, by Claudio Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli, and Luigi Rossi. [France Musique]

  • Heinz Holliger leads a performance of his own Scardanelli-Zyklus (1975-1985), with flutist Sophie Cherrier, the Latvian Radio Chorus, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, recorded at the Cité de la Musique. [France Musique]

  • Jonathan Morton leads the Scottish Ensemble and harpsichordist Jan Waterfield in music by Geminiani, Górecki, Suckling, Britten, and others, recorded at the Wigmore Hall in London in February. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Watch the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya perform its season finale, with Pablo González conducting Strauss's Ein Heldenleben, Illes Medes by Juli Garreta, and the Korngold violin concerto with Benjamin Schmid as soloist. [Medici.tv]

  • From the Festival de Saint-Denis, a performance of Hector Berlioz's L’Enfance du Christ. [France Musique]

  • Baritone Vincent Le Texier and pianist Jeff Cohen perform an recital of songs by Poulenc, Honegger, Jolivet, Milhaud, and others, recorded last month at the Cité de la Musique. [France Musique]

  • A recital by pianist Adam Laloum, in the Auditorium du Louvre, with music by Schubert, Robert Schumann, and Brahms, recorded last month. [France Musique]

  • Music for two pianos by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Ravel, and Gershwin, performed by Khatia and Gvantsa Buniatishvili for the Klavierfrühling Deutschlandsberg 2013. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Hear the world premiere of Le Trésor de Moctezuma, based on a tale by Christophe Donner and with music by Marco Antonio Perez-Ramirez, commissioned by Radio France and performed by Laurent Stocker and the musicians of Accroche Note. [France Musique]

  • A classic recording of Wagner's Rienzi led by Robert Heger with the Chor der Wiener Staatsoper and Großes Orchester des Österreichischen Rundfunks, starring Günther Treptow (Rienzi), Gerda Scheyrer (Irene), Hilde Rössel-Majdan (Adriano), and Walter Berry (Paolo Orsini), made in 1953 in the Funkhaus Wien. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France performs a program of film scores by Alexandre Desplat at the Salle Pleyel. [France Musique]

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