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11.12.18

#morninglistening to another #Birthdayboy’s #OrganMusic on...



#morninglistening to another #Birthdayboy’s #OrganMusic on @LaDolceVolta: #CésarFranck this time, born Dec.10th, 1822

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Fab 1975 recordings from the #Calliope label of the complete #organworks of #Franck’s on the 1857 #CavailleColl organ @ Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’-Assomption #Luçon / Vendée.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #solokeyboard #ladolcevolta #noFilter
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10.12.18

#morninglistening to more of #LouisThiry’s excellent...



#morninglistening to more of #LouisThiry’s excellent #OrganMusic of #Messiaen’s on @LaDolceVolta

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Terrific 1972 recordings from the #Calliope label of the then complete #organworks of #OlivierMessiaen’s on the gorgeous 1965 #MetzlerOrgelbau organ in #SaintPierreDeGeneve

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #solokeyboard #ladolcevolta #noFilter #BestOf2018 #Lebkuchen
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#morninglistening to @missymazzoli’s...



#morninglistening to @missymazzoli’s #VespersForANewDarkAge on @newamrecords

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#classicalmusic #postclassical
#classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #contemporarymusic #21stcenturyclassical #missymazzoli
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#morninglistening to @surprisedbeauty composer...



#morninglistening to @surprisedbeauty composer #GünterRaphael’s #violinmusic w/#PaulineReguig on @toccatamusicgrp

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Raphael (1903-60) #entartetekunst #entartetemusik
#chambermusic #germanromanticism #surprisedbybeauty music
#ToccataClassics #classicalmusic
#classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #contemporarymusic #21stcenturyclassical #20thCenturyMusic #soloviolin #ViolinSonatas
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9.12.18

#morninglistening to #Messiaen #OrganMusic w/#LouisThiry on...



#morninglistening to #Messiaen #OrganMusic w/#LouisThiry on @LaDolceVolta

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Terrific 1972 recordings from the #Calliope label of the then complete #organworks of #OlivierMessiaen’s on the gorgeous 1965 #MetzlerOrgelbau organ in #SaintPierreDeGeneve

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #solokeyboard #ladolcevolta #noFilter
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#morninglistening to #LéonBerben play the #organworks of...



#morninglistening to #LéonBerben play the #organworks of #AntonioDeCabezón on @aeolusianer

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#classicalmusic #renaissancemusic
#classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #EarlyMusic #organMusic #SpanishClassicalMusic

#AntonioDeCabezon, royal court organist (ca.1510-1566), was a #blindmusician
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8.12.18

#morninglistening to #Liszt & #Pärt #PianoMusic...



#morninglistening to #Liszt & #Pärt #PianoMusic w/@vwagnerpianiste on @LaDolceVolta

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#VanessaWagner

#PenséeDesMorts #Funérailles #AndanteLagrimoso and other such cheerful stuff. #FürAlina et al. Fine recital, indeed.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #solokeyboard #germanromanticism #FranzLiszt #ArvoPärt #ladolcevolta #noFilter
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#morninglistening to #Schumann #PianoMusic from this...



#morninglistening to #Schumann #PianoMusic from this ‘integrale’ on @LaDolceVolta w/@ciocarliedana

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Live recordings

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #solokeyboard #germanromanticism #RobertSchumann #ladolcevolta
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7.12.18

#morninglistening to #Telemann #concertos from #Dresden &...



#morninglistening to #Telemann #concertos from #Dresden & #Darmstadt on #MusicaFicta w/@LEspritsAnimaux:

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This #georgphilipptelemann sure sounds different! More Italian than usual? Something and the SQ makes it so…

#classicalmusic #earlyclassicalmusic #baroquemusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #orchestralmusic
♡ #TelemannLove ♡ #lesEspritsAnimaux

(Awful logo for the record company. Ugly *and* indecipherable. Ugh! Musica Ticta? Sicta?)
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6.12.18

News: Osmo Vänskä to Step Down from Minnesota Orchestra Post


News: Osmo Vänskä Fixes Date to Step Down from Minnesota Orchestra Music Directorship in 2022


It’s hard to believe that Osmo Vänskä has helmed the Minnesota Orchestra for 16 years already, having started there in 2003. But the math works out. Yesterday it was announced at the Minnesota Orchestra’s annual meeting that he will leave his position of Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra in August of 2022… by which time it will have been 19 years for the Finish Maestro in the Twin Cities. Well, 17-plus, if you deduct the ugly 15 month lockout period in which the orchestra nearly managed to abolish itself, dealing with hard, inconvenient realities and (what seemed to be) an intransigent board.

The collaboration with Vänskä has put the Minnesota Orchestra internationally back on the map, after it had experienced something of a reputational slump in the Edo de Waart (1986–1995) and Eiji Oue (1995–2002) years. Before that, it had been led for forty years by a trio of podium greats, Dimitri Mitropoulos (1937–1949), Antal Doráti (1949–1960), and Stanisław Skrowaczewski (1960–1979). (Not to forget Eugene Ormandy in the pre-war years, 1931–1936.)


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L.v.Beethoven, Complete Symphonies
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Apart from touring, which is essential to spread the impressions of and for an orchestra beyond its natural habitat, the relationship with Swedish record label BIS was instrumental in the increased exposure. The well-regarded, well-curated audiophile label that had successfully recorded with Vänskä for years, continued to release one notable recording after another. A Beethoven Cycle early on in the orchestra-conductor relationship proved a milestone; one of the finest such achievements to-date, in a much overcrowded field. (The Fourth being one of my all-time favorite Beethoven recordings.) Recordings with Russian concert pianist Yevgeny Sudbin made ears perk. And a new, second cycle of the Sibelius Symphonies by Vänskä with his Minnesotans topped it off, not to universal (though considerable) acclaim perhaps, garnering plenty attention in the process. The team is currently engaged in recording a cycle of Mahler Symphonies which is scheduled to commence by or before the end of Mr. Vänskä’s tenure.

When he steps down, Osmo Vänskä will have been the longest-serving music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, along with founding director Emil Oberhoffer (1903–1922) and Skrowaczewski, who both also served for 19 years.





Photo courtesy Minnesota Orchestra, © Travis Anderson

5.12.18

#morninglistening to #Bach’s #GoldbergVariations w/...



#morninglistening to #Bach’s #GoldbergVariations w/ #AndrasSchiff on @ecm_records

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@BACH_JohannSeb

A modern classic rec. of #BWV988 since it came out (during my Tower-days, some time - 2004?), and yet I heard it for the first time only now.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #baroquemusic #earlyclassicalmusic #harpsichordmusic #PianoMusic #solokeyboard #JohannSebastianBach #andrásschiff #SchiffAndrás
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In the News: New SFS Music Director, Philip Glass, and Jeremy Denk


In the News:



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Esa-Pekka Salonen -
the Complete Sony Recordings

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Top News surely the announcement that Esa-Pekka Salonen (as had been rumored) will succeed Michael Tilson-Thomas in San Francisco to be the San Francisco Symphony’s 10th Music Director. It’s a logical appointment. A stellar conductor with a great reputation, interesting repertoire, and a real feel for the American – indeed Californian – way of being an MD… which is to suggest: naturally good at fundraising. For the very little it’s worth: I should have liked to see the slightly less splashy appointment of David Robertson… not so much because I think that would have been better for the SFS but simply because I want Robertson, whom I consider to be one of the most underrated conductors around, to be more in the limelight and with an orchestra of an international reputation to play with. After all, he’s at an age where one might consider that the once steeply ascendant conductor’s career has petered out, lest he pull a Günter Wand-like golden autumn. (Which would be fine, but I want him now.) Anyway, Salonen is certainly the safer choice and every bit as good (and certainly more glam-inducing) for the orchestra. Here’s the official announcement.



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P.Glass, Symphony No.11
D.R.Davies / Bruckner Orch. Linz
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Next up: You must get intimations of mortality when a university names a program after you. Case in point Philip Glass and The New School’s College of Performing Arts, which announced today to engage in a landmark partnership with the Philip Glass Ensemble (PGE) and long-time PGE member, Lisa Bielawa (named inaugural Composer-in-Residence and Chief Curator), around the work of Philip Glas, to form a new learning and creative center. Because Glass’ works have been so neglected, the Philip Glass Institute will offer students, faculty, and the public the opportunity to immerse themselves in the work of Philip Glass, other important artists within his circle, and the work of the iconic Philip Glass Ensemble. Facetiousness aside, this is good news for the PGE, which is Glass’ legacy, and the future of which is thereby secured, independently of its namesake… erm, aliveness. Added the composer himself: “At the new PGI we can prioritize a curriculum which doesn’t require critical approval of any period or style...Young composers need to be true to their voices. ‘Coming up’ can be very independent, and this is what will be guiding our work at The New School.” The whole thing will launch on January 6th at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium.



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Beethoven / Ligeti, op.111 / Etudes
Jeremy Denk
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Combining the topics of San Francisco and schools: Pianist (and once our blogging-colleague) Jeremy Denk has been announced to join the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As such, he will lead a piano studio beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, joining piano department instructors at SFCM such as Jon Nakamatsu and Garrick Ohlsson. How gratifying (if envy-inducing) to see Denk’s career – not only as a musician but also as a man of letters – blossom like the dickens: MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, Avery Fisher Prize, and most recently his being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences… and now a great job. Here’s to you, Jeremy, and hats off. Here’s the official announcement.



#morninglistening to #Bruckner 5 w/#Jochum & @RCOamsterdam...



#morninglistening to #Bruckner 5 w/#Jochum & @RCOamsterdam on Philips /
@DeccaClassics

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- his 1964 recording of the #5th #Symphony @ #Ottobeuren Abbey

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #germanromanticism #Symphony #orchestralmusic #AntonBruckner #FifthSymphony #Decca #EugenJochum #Concertgebouw #OttobeurenAbbey
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4.12.18

#morninglistening to #prewar #Beethoven w/#WilhelmBackhaus on...



#morninglistening to #prewar #Beethoven w/#WilhelmBackhaus on #APR:

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After having covered #WilhelmKempff’s early recordings of the #LvB #pianosonatas & concertos, APR now turns its attention on the other Wilhelm, #Backhaus, with these 2 concertos and 4 sonatas meticulously presented on CD for the first time.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #solokeyboard #78s #ludwigvanbeethoven #LvB #ludwigvan #WienerKlassik #MarkObertThorn

APR (w/engineer Mark Obert-Thorn) are doing a superb job of unearthing these early Wilhelms who both are now only well known as a mature-to-old pianists. (Check the Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle Survey on ionarts for more details and links to every such cycle ever recorded.)
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#morninglistening to #childrenssongs op.152 by wonderful...



#morninglistening to #childrenssongs op.152 by wonderful #Rheinberger on #ArsProduction

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#Liederbuch für Kinder

Students of #ClemensMorgenthaler / Feldkirch, #Vorarlberg, perform these simple ditties about sparrows and whatnot. Very much charming, children-appropriate stuff, alas harmonically not what makes #JosefRheinberger so special. Of interest for german parents maybe.

#classicalmusic #vocalmusic #20thcenturyclassical #20thcenturyromanticism #classicalcdcollection #classicalmusiccollection #Kinderlieder
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3.12.18

#morninglistening to #Bach’s #TheArtOfTheFugue #BWV1080...



#morninglistening to #Bach’s #TheArtOfTheFugue #BWV1080 w/#BobVanAsperen on @aeolusianer

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#harpsichordmusic #EarlyMusic #baroquemusic #solokeyboard #classicalmusic #JohannSebastianBach #Aeolus #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #DieKunstDerFuge / #KunstDerFuge
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#morninglistening to #Zemlisky & #Korngold #PianoTrios...



#morninglistening to #Zemlisky & #Korngold #PianoTrios w/#StefanZweigTrio on #ArsProduction

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w/Cellist #TristanCornut, @queyrasjg-student & 2010 @ard_competition 3rd prize winner.

#classicalmusic #ChamberMusic #20thcenturyclassical #20thcenturyromanticism #classicalcdcollection #classicalmusiccollection #PianoTrio
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#morninglistening to #arias of #AntonioCaldara for bass. @SerFore & @StefanoAresi w#StileGalante on #PANclassics.

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#MusicalDiscover #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #italianbaroque #EarlyMusic #Caldara #vocalmusic #cantatas #SergioForesti
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2.12.18

#morninglistening to the fine #MissaSanctiPauli of...



#morninglistening to the fine #MissaSanctiPauli of #FrancescoBartolomeo w/the #OrfeoOrchestra & #PurcellChoir on #glossamusic:

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#MajorDiscovery

#GyörgyVashegyi dir.
#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #italianbaroque #EarlyMusic
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1.12.18

#morninglistening to a terrific recording of the luscious...



#morninglistening to a terrific recording of the luscious #GrandMotets of #DeLalande’s on #glossamusic w/@CMB_V Orch & Chorus + @Collegium_M et al.

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Venite, exultemus Domini

#OlivierSchneebeli dir.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #frenchbaroque #EarlyMusic #frenchclassicalmusic #Delalande #MichelRichardDeLalande #CentreDeMusiqueBaroquesDeVersailles
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#morninglistening to @colincurrieperc & #HåkanHardenberger...



#morninglistening to @colincurrieperc & #HåkanHardenberger on the former’s own new label: #TheSceneOfTheCrime

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#AndréJolivet + #contemporaryclassical works incl. the title-giving’ opus by #BrettDean

#classicalmusic
#classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #20thcenturyclassical #21stcenturyclassical for #trumpet & #percussion #ColinCurrie
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