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In Brief: Whan That Aprill 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.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

  • For the Whan That Aprille Day celebration, a day to read from texts in ancient languages, which took place on April 1, an excerpt from Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain, ou le Chevalier au Lion (lines 2017-2024): "Dame, fet il, la force vient / de mon cuer, qui a vos se tient; / an ce voloir m'a mes cuers mis. -- Et qui le cuer, biax dolz amis? -- Dame, mi oel. -- Et les ialz, qui? / -- La granz biautez que an vos vi. / Et la biautez qu'i a forfet? / -- Dame, tant que amer me fet." [Yvain et le Lion]

  • Translation of the above: "Lady, he said, the power comes / from my heart, which binds itself to you; / in that desire has my heart put me. -- And who did that to your heart, beautiful, sweet friend? -- Lady, my eye. -- And your eyes, who? -- The great beauty that I see in you. And the beauty, in what was its fault? / -- Lady, all that which love does to me." [Project Gutenberg]

  • A performance of Francesco Maria Veracini's 1735 opera Adriano in Siria, with Fabio Biondi leading Europa Galante and singers Sonia Prina, Ann Hallenberg, and Roberta Invernizzi, recorded in January at the Wiener Konzerthaus. [France Musique]

  • From the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, a performance of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier with Kirill Petrenko leading the Bavarian State Orchestra and Chorus, starring Soile Isokoski, Peter Rose, Sophie Koch, and Christiane Karg. [France Musique]

  • Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Mozart's Don Giovanni with Concentus Musicus Wien and the Arnold Schoenberg Chor, starring Andrè Schuen (Don Giovanni), Christine Schäfer (Donna Anna), and Maite Beaumont (Donna Elvira), recorded last month at the Theater an der Wien. [ORF]

  • Another Don Giovanni, from Covent Garden, starring Mariusz Kwiecien and Véronique Gens, recorded in February. [RTBF]

  • The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Haydn's Cello Concerto in C and Bruckner's Symphony No 7, with cellist Truls Mørk and conductor Mariss Jansons. [BBC3]

  • Listen to the 2007 recording of Bellini's La Straniera, with the London Philharmonic and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir: David Parry conducts a cast led by Patrizia Ciofi (Alaide), Mark Stone (Valdeburgo), and Dario Schmunck (Arturo). [ORF]

  • Listen to a new opera by Hèctor Parra, Te craindre en ton absence, with a libretto by Marie NDiaye, in its world premiere performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain. [France Musique]

  • Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in music by Ravel, Puccini, and Respighi. [BBC3]

  • Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in a performance of Mahler's third symphony, with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, the Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris, and the Maîtrise de Paris, recorded last month at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. [France Musique]

  • More from the San Francisco Symphony, in a concert of music by Ives, Adams, and Beethoven, also featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet. [France Musique]

  • The Borodin Quartet plays music by Tchaikovsky and Brahms, recorded in 2012 in Vienna. [ORF]

  • From Brussels, a 1993 recording of the opera Reigen by Philippe Boesmans, with Sylvain Cambreling conducting. [RTBF]

  • Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in music of Mozart and Bruckner. [BBC3]

  • Watch Tugan Sokhiev and Edgar Moreau with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse during a concert dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich. []

  • The Wiener Klavier Trio playing Mozart, Dvorak, Beethoven, and others, recorded last July in the Wiener Konzerthaus. [RTBF]

  • Vladimir Jurowski leads the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and violinist Christian Tetzlaff in music by Schubert, Beethoven, Bach, and Webern. [France Musique]

  • Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena joins Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for music by Vaughan Williams, Dvorak, and Beethoven. [RTBF]

  • Bertrand de Billy leads the Wiener Symphoniker last month, in Charles Gounod's Messe solenelle en L'honneur de Sainte Cécile and Cherubini's D major symphony. [ORF]

  • Violinist Akiko Suwanai and pianist Itamar Golan perform music by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Eric Tanguy, and Bartok. [France Musique]

  • Soprano Sophie Karthäuser joins conductor Hans Graf and the Belgian National Orchestra in Brussels, for music by Debussy, Berlioz, and Ravel, recorded last month. [RTBF]

  • A recital by organist Matthias Maierhofer and violinist Sophie Gansch, with music by Buxtehude, Bach, and Rheinberger. [ORF]

  • The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, under Principal Conductor Thomas Sondergard, performs Schubert's Unfinished and Sibelius's 7th symphonies. [BBC3]

  • Listen to Marin Alsop conduct the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, in Bernstein's first symphony, plus Mahler's first symphony. [ORF]

  • Lars Ulrik Mortensen conducts the European Union Baroque Orchestr and flutist Anne Freitag, in music by Bach and Leclair. [ORF]

  • Cellist Xavier Phillips joins the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, under conductor Fabien Gabel, perform music by Richard Strauss, Bloch, and Korngold. [ORF]

  • Music by Beethoven and Brahms with Marc Albrecht leading the Wiener Symphoniker and violinist Baiba Skride. [ORF]

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