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In Brief: Wagner Edition

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

  • Soprano Nina Stemme joins the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, under Marek Janowski, for some Wagner, plus music by Webern and Strauss, from the Salle Pleyel. [France Musique]

  • From the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Brahms violin concerto, with Viktoria Mullova as soloist, and excerpts of Wagner's Götterdämmerung, with soprano Nina Stemme. [France Musique]

  • From the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Daniele Gatti conducts the Orchestre National de France in Wagner's Parsifal -- audio of the video embedded here. [France Musique]

  • Also from the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Daniele Gatti conducts an all-Debussy program with the Orchestre National de France. [France Musique]

  • Watch a production of Rossini's Otello from the Zurich Opera House, with Cecilia Bartoli and John Osborn. [Part 1 | Part 2]

  • Renaud Machart reports on the loving reception given to beloved soprano Grace Bumbry by her Parisian audience at the Théâtre du Châtelet in a 75th birthday concert this week: "Paris has never cared about the skin color of artists and has always revered its Black Venuses. In front of a thousand-some people, a mixed audience with more than a few young people, by the way), Grace Bumbry entered with a slow, heavy step. A haggard pianist, who looked like someone out of Christoph Marthaler production, followed in her shadow." [Le Monde]

  • Jérôme Correas conducts his ensemble Les Paladins in Marco Marazzoli and Virgillio Mazzocchi's early opera L’Egisto, from the Théâtre de Poissy. [France Musique]

  • On what sector will the Greek government's austerity measures fall the hardest? On cultural preservation, of course -- predictions of what may happen to countless treasures of antiquity are not for the faint of heart. Let's please hold off on repatriating the Elgin marbles and other Greek antiquities for another fifty years or so. [Le Figaro]

  • From the Lucerne Festival, Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Bruckner's ninth symphony and Britten's Nocturne, with tenor Ian Bostridge. [France Musique]

  • Watch Joseph Swensen conduct the Orchestre National du Capitole in music by Mendelssohn, Schumann, and the rarely heard piano concerto by Viktor Ullmann, with pianist Nathalia Romanenko. []

  • From the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, a concert of music by Leoš Janáček performed by string quartet and pianist Alain Planès. [France Musique]

  • From the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, the Chœur de Radio France performs music by Schumann, Kodály, and Brahms. [France Musique]

  • Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique (and some Debussy) at the Barbican Hall. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Flutist Sooyun Kim and pianist Juho Pohjonen play Schubert, Poulenc, and Dutilleux in the Auditorium du Louvre. [France Musique]

  • From the Schönbrunn Palace Theater, the 5th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition, prizewinners in the piano trio and string quartet divisions. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Members of the Orchestre National de France perform Elliott Carter's Tintinnabulation for six percussionists and Steve Reich's Mallet Quartet. [France Musique]

  • From 2011 at the Met, Gerald Finley, Marina Rebeka, Bryn Terfel, Isabel Leonard, et al. in Mozart's Don Giovanni. [Österreichischer Rundfunk

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