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In Brief: It's December Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.

  • Get your Baroque fix with a performance from the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles: the Chœur de chambre de Namur and Les Agrémens perform La Vénitienne, an opera by Antoine Dauvergne (1713-1797). [France Musique]

  • Listen to Natalie Dessay in a concert performance of Bellini's La Sonnambula, from the Opéra de Lausanne, with Evelino Pido conducting the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. [France Musique]

  • For dessert, a number of opera excerpts recorded in concert, all featuring Natalie Dessay. [France Musique]

  • From the Cité de la Musique, Steve Reich joins the Ensemble Modern and Synergy Vocals in performances of his own music: Drumming, Part 1, Double Sextet, and Music for 18 Musicians. [France Musique]

  • The Maison européenne de la photographie has an exhibit of William Klein photographs taken in Rome. [Le Figaro]

  • William Klein spoke to Claire Guillot for a piece on the exhibit. [Le Monde]

  • Yves Castagnet plays the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, with music by Widor, Vierne, and Franck. [France Musique]

  • In a recent interview with Jean-Paul Chaillet, director Roman Polanski referred to his period of house arrest as "my sabbatical year," during which he worked on the script of his new film, Carnage. "I never reassess the past," he said. "It's my baggage and that's it. I accept things as they are." [Le Figaro]

  • Listen to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, under Vladimir Jurowski, playing Liszt's Faust-Symphonie and the Brahms first piano concerto, with Alexei Lubimov. [France Musique]

  • Andreas Staier plays Schubert on a reproduction of an 1826 Conrad Graf piano, at the Cité de la Musique. [France Musique]

  • Leonard Slatkin leads another program of American music with the Orchestre National de Lyon. [France Musique]

  • Lars Vogt plays the second Brahms piano concerto, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, under Mikko Franck, plus Schumann's third symphony. [France Musique]

  • Watch the Orchestre Philharmonique and Choeur de Radio France perform Beethoven's ninth symphony, with soloists including Sally Matthews and Matthias Goerne. [ARTE Live Web]

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