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In Brief: I Could Write a Sonnet Edition

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

  • The Leipzig Thomanerchor celebrates its 800th anniversary this year: help mark the occasion with their performance of the St. Matthew Passion (embedded here) with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Georg Christoph Biller. [ARTE Live Web]

  • For Holy Week, Ton Koopman leads the Chœur de Radio France and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in a performance of Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross. [France Musique]

  • Hans-Christoph Rademann conducts Concerto Köln and the RIAS Kammerchor in Bach's St. Matthew Passion. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts Concerto Italiano in sacred music by Antonio Bononcini. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Hans-Christoph Rademann conducts the Hille-Perl-Gambenconsort and Dresdner Kammerchor in sacred music by Heinrich Schütz, from the Stiftskirche St. Arnual in Saarbrücken. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • For Easter, watch Bertrand de Billy conduct the Wiener Symphoniker in the Springtime in Vienna concert. []

  • From the Folle Journée de Nantes, a performance of Stravinsky's L’Histoire du soldat by the Orchestre Poitou Charentes conducted by Jean-François Heisser. [France Musique]

  • Les Dissonances perform music by Webern, Vasks, Ligeti, and Strauss in the Cité de la Musique. [France Musique]

  • Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Concentus Musicus Wien and the Arnold Schoenberg Chor, with soloists including Anna Prohaska und Christiane Oelze, in music of Handel. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • From Barcelona, a recital by pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, featuring a challenging program of music by Bach, Schumann, and Beethoven -- concluding with an encore improvised by Neuburger. [France Musique]

  • From the Osterfestspiele Salzburg, the Berlin Philharmonic and Magdalena Kožená. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • On Friday, Hervé Niquet celebrated the 25th anniversary of his early music ensemble, Le Concert Spirituel, with a performance of Alessandro Striggio's Mass for 40 Voices at Versailles, to be broadcast this week. [Le Figaro]

  • In honor of André Previn, some historic concerts replayed for a Journée spéciale: Previn conducting the London Philharmonic and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy in 1976 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, with Beethoven and Prokofiev on the bill. [France Musique]

  • Also, Previn conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in Mozart and Brahms. [France Musique]

  • In other anniversary news, violinist Shlomo Mintz celebrates his birthday with the Orchestre National de France, playing and conducting music of Beethoven and Dvořák, from the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. [France Musique]

  • Listen to Anna Netrebko in Massenet's Manon, from the Metropolitan Opera. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Starting this Thursday (April 12), tune in for the video of Thanks to My Eyes, a recent opera by Oscar Bianchi. [Théâtre de la Monnaie]

  • Listen to the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms, performed by the Quatuor Ardéo and clarinetist Reto Bieri, from the studios of Radio France. [France Musique]

  • Pianist Giovanni Bellucci plays the first installment of the Hungarian rhapsodies of Franz Liszt, at the Auditorium du Louvre. [France Musique]

  • A performance of Ambroise Thomas's opera Mignon, conducted in 1952 by Georges Sebastian at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. [Österreichischer Rundfunk]

  • Hear the concert by the winners of the Concours International de Chant Francisco Vinas 2012. [France Musique]

  • Listen to the world premiere of Terre et Cendres, a new opera by Jérôme Combier based on the novel of the same title by Atiq Rahimi, performed by the Opéra de Lyon and conducted by Philippe Forget. [France Musique]

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