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Monday, September 15, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: September 15 (Norman, Walter)

1945 - Jessye Norman, Augusta, U.S.A.; opera and recital soprano

Biography and pictures

Jessye Norman sings:

"Ein Schönes war" from Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (Metropolitan Opera, 1988, James Levine conducting)

"I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls" from Balfe's The Bohemian Girl (London, 1986)

"Ride on, King Jesus" (Carnegie Hall, James Levine conducting)

1876 - Bruno Walter, Berlin, Germany; conductor

Biography and pictures

Bruno Walter conducts Beethoven's Leonore No. 3 overture (Metropolitan Opera House, 1941)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf sings, and Bruno Walter conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler's 4th Symphony (1960)

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