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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 31 (Schubert, Glass)

1797 - Franz Schubert, Vienna, Austria; composer


Schubert documentary, Part 1

Schubert documentary, Part 2

Piano Quintet in A ("The Trout"), 4th mvt.  (Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Itzhak Perlman, Jacqueline DuPré, Pinchas Zuckerman)

1937 - Philip Glass, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.; composer


La Jolla Symphony and Chorus perform the North American premiere of Glass's Cello Concerto (Wendy Sutter, cello; Steven Schick, conductor)

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 30 (Finley, Harrell)

1960 - Gerald Finley, Montreal, Canada; opera bass-baritone

Official website

Gerald Finley sings "Batter, my heart" from John Adams's Doctor Atomic (Metropolitan Opera, 2008)

1944 - Lynn Harrell, New York City, U.S.A.; cellist


Lynn Harrell's Cello Workshop

Lynn Harrell and James Levine play Mendelssohn's Cello Sonata No. 2 in D, 1st mvt.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 29 (Delius)

1862 - Frederick Delius, Bradford, England; composer

Official website

"La Calinda" from Koanga

"Sunset" from Florida Suite (Welsh National Opera Orchestra, conducted by Charles Mackerras)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 28 (Arthur Rubinstein, Tavener)

1887 - Arthur Rubinstein, Łódź, Poland; pianist

Arthur Rubinstein - The Artist

Arthur Rubinstein plays Chopin's Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31 (1973 recording)

1944 - John Tavener, Wembley, England; composer

John Tavener - Life

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, sings "The Lamb" (1998)

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 27 (W.A. Mozart, Ehnes)

1756 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vienna, Austria; composer


Symphony No. 41 in  C, K.551("Jupiter"), 3rd mvt. (Jeffrey Tate conducts the English Chamber Orchestra)

Clarinet concerto in A, K.622, 2nd mvt. (Eric Hoeprich, basset clarinet; orchestra of the Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens conducting.  Festival la Chaise-Dieu Abbatiale, 2005)

Leontyne Price sings "L'amerò, sarò costante" from Il Re Pastore with Izthak Perlman, violin; Zubin Mehta conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (1980).

1976 - James Ehnes, Brandon, Canada; violinist

Official website

James Ehnes plays the Largo from J.S. Bach's Sonata for violin solo #3 in C, BWV 1005

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 26 (Furtwängler, Dudamel)

1886 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, Berlin, Germany; conductor, composer

"Genius forged in the cauldron of war"

Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in the Overture to Wagner's Die Meistersinger (1942)

1981 - Gustavo Dudamel, Barquisimeto, Venezuela; conductor, violinist

Gustavo Dudamel website

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Arturo Márquez's Danzón No. 2 (Promenade Concerts, London, 2007)

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 25 (Lutosławski)

1913 - Witold Lutosławski, Warsaw, Poland; composer


Witold Lutosławski conducts the London Sinfonietta in his Chain 1

Martha Argerich and Gabriela Montero play Lutosławski's Variations on a Theme of Paganini (Verbier Festival, 2007)

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 24 (Farinelli, Hoffmann)

1705 - Farinelli (Carlo Boschi), Andria, Italy; castrato soprano

1776 - E.T.A. Hoffmann, Königsberg, Germany; author, composer, music critic

Harp Quintet by E.T.A. Hoffmann (Floraleda Sacchi, harp, with the Arion String Quartet)

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 23 (Clementi, Żylis-Gara)

1752 - Muzio Clementi, Rome, Italy; composer

Muzio Clementi Society website

Angela Hewitt plays the Presto from Clementi's Piano Sonata No.. 25, Op. 5

1935 - Teresa Żylis-Gara, Wilno, Poland; opera and concert soprano

Biography and pictures

Teresa Żylis-Gara sings "Gdyby rannem slonkiem" from Stanislav Moniuszko's Halka

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 22 (R. Ponselle)

1897 - Rosa Ponselle, Meriden, CT, U.S.A.; opera soprano

Rosa Ponselle Foundation website

Rosa Ponselle sings:

"Suicidio" from Ponchielli's La Gioconda (1925

"Pace, pace mio Dio" from Verdi's La Forza del Destino (1928)

Rosa and Carmela Ponselle sing Schubert's Ständchen (1926)

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 21 (Domingo)

1941 - Plácido Domingo, Madrid, Spain; opera and concert tenor, conductor

Official website

Plácido Domingo sings:

"E lucevan le stelle" from Puccini's Tosca (1992 production, on-site in Rome; Zubin Mehta conducting)

"No puede ser" from the zarzuela Luisa Fernanda by Federico Moreno Torroba (Operalia concert, 2006)

César Franck's Panis Angelicus at the Papal Mass for Pope Benedict, Washington Nationals Park (April 2008)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 20 (Chausson, Loriod)

1855 - Ernest Chausson, Paris, France; composer


Elly Ameling sings Chausson's Le Colibri with Dalton Baldwin, piano (1980 recording)

1924 - Yvonne Loriod, Houilles, Seine-et-Oise, France; pianist


Yvonne Loriod plays "Le Moqueur Polyglotte" from Olivier Messiaen's Des Canyons aux étoiles

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 19 (Rattle, Hotter)

1955 - Simon Rattle, Liverpool, England; conductor


Just Simon: Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker

1909 - Hans Hotter, Offenbach am Main, Germany; opera bass-baritone

Obituary (The Guardian, December 2003)

Hans Hotter sings "Die Frist ist Um" from Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 18 (Ricciarelli)

1946 - Katia Ricciarelli, Rovigo, Italy; opera soprano

Official website (in Italian)

Katia Ricciarelli sings:

The Mad Scene from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (Bregenz, 1982)

"Bel raggio lusinghier" from Rossini's Semiramide (1981)

Katia Ricciarelli and Lucia Valentini-Terrani sing "Quando corpus morietur" from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (chorus and orchestra of La Scala, Claudio Abbado conducting; 1979)

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 17 (G. Weir, Morawetz)

1941 - Gillian Weir, Martinsborough, New Zealand; organist

Gillian Weir's website

1917 - Oskar Morawetz, Světlà nad Sàzavou. Czechoslovakia; composer

Biography (Encyclopedia of Music in Canada)

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 16 (Horne, Lorengar)

1934 - Marilyn Horne, Bradford, PA, U.S.A.; opera mezzo-soprano


Marilyn Horne sings "Pensa alla patria" from Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri (Metropolitan Opera, 1986)

1928 - Pilar Lorengar, Zaragoza, Spain; opera and zarzuela soprano

Wikipedia (mistakenly gives y.o.b. as 1929)
Obituary (New York Times, June 1996)

Pilar Lorengar sings "Mañanica era" by Granados (1988)

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Today’s Birthday in Music: January 15 (Frager)

1935 – Malcolm Frager, St. Louis, MO, U.S.A.; pianist


Malcolm Frager plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 5, K. 175, 3rd mvt. (Orchestra della Radio-televisione della Svizzera Italiana, Marc Andreae conducting; Mantua, 1989)

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 14 (Heppner, Schweitzer)

1956 - Ben Heppner, Murrayville, Canada; opera and concert tenor

Biography (Encyclopedia of Music in Canada)

Ben Heppner sings Walter’s Prize Song from Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Metropolitan Opera, 2001)

1875 - Albert Schweitzer, Keyserberg, Germany; theologian, musician, philosopher, physician

Albert Schweitzer and Music

Albert Schweitzer plays J.S. Bach’s Chorale Prelude in F minor, BWV 639

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 13 (Flórez)

1973 - Juan Diego Flórez, Lima, Peru; opera tenor

Official website

Juan Diego Flórez sings:

"Ah, mes amis, quel jour de fête" from Donizetti's La fille du régiment (Metropolitan Opera, 2008)

"A te o cara" from Bellini's I Puritani (with Mariola Cantarero as Elvira; Las Palmas, 2004)

"J'ai perdu mon Eurydice" from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice (2004)

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 12 (Wolf-Ferrari)

1876 - Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Venice, Italy; composer

Ermanno-Wolf Ferrari website

Renata Scotto sings "O gioia le nube leggera" from Il segreto di Susanna (1980 recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra under John Pritchard)

Tito Gobbi sings "Aprile o bella" from I gioielli della Madonna (1954 recording)

Concertino for bassoon, 2 horns and strings, 1st mvt. (Jim Morgan, bassoon, with the RI Community Orchestra, John Eells conducting; 2003)

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 11 (Glière, Duruflé)

1875 - Reinhold Glière, Kiev, Ukraine; composer

Life and Work

Emma Dogliani sings Glière's Concerto for Coloratura Soprano, 1st mvt.

Glière's Horn Concerto, 3rd mvt. (Ionut Podgoreanu, horn; Ploiesti Symphony Orchestra, Romania; Ilarion Ionescu-Galati, conducting)

1902 - Maurice Duruflé, Louviers, France; composer, organist; arranger

Biography and pictures

Introit and Kyrie from Duruflé's Requiem (University Singers, Laura Artisani, organ; Dennis Cox conducting; University of Maine, 2008)

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 10 (Milnes, Maisky)

1935 - Sherrill Milnes, Downers Grove, IL, U.S.A.; opera baritone

Unofficial website

Sherrill Milnes sings The Prologue from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci (Arena di Verona, 1985)

1948 - Mischa Maisky, Riga, Latvia; cellist

Official website

Mischa Maisky performs "The Swan" from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns (introduction by Roger Moore; Richard Hyung-ki Joo, piano; Julian Rachlin and Friends Chamber Music Festival)

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 9 (Bing, W. Meier)

1902 - Rudolf Bing, Vienna, Austria; opera impresario

Obituary (New York Times, Sept. 1997)

Rudolf Bing's Farewell (Metropolitan Opera, 1972)

1956 - Waltraud Meier, Würzburg, Germany; opera mezzo-soprano

Official website

Waltraud Meier sings Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (filmed at Bayerische Staatsoper München, 1999; Zubin Mehta conducting)

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 8 (Feltsman, Tozzi)

1952 - Vladimir Feltsman, Moscow, Russia; pianist

Official website

Vladimir Feltsman demonstrates Chopin's Sonata #3 at SUNY New Paltz masterclass

1923 - Giorgio Tozzi, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.; opera bass


Giorgio Tozzi sings "Wahn !Wahn!" from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1970 film)

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 7 (Poulenc, Rampal)

1899 - Francis Poulenc, Paris, France; composer


Final scene from Dialogue des Carmélites (Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti conducting)

Francis Poulenc and Jacques Février play Concerto for Two Pianos, 3rd mvt. (Orchestre national de la RTF, Georges Prêtre conducting)

1922 - Jean-Pierre Rampal, Marseilles, France; flautist

The Man with the Golden Flute

Jean-Pierre Rampal and Francis Poulenc play Poulenc's Flute Sonata, 2nd mvt.

"Véloce" from Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, played by Jean-Pierre Rampal , Claude Bolling and Marcel Sabiani

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 6 (Bruch)

1838 - Max Bruch, Cologne, Germany; composer and conductor


Gil Shahan plays Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, 1st mvt. (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Dan Ettinger conducting; Tel Aviv 2002)

Jascha Heifetz plays and conducts Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, 2nd mvt.

"Nachtgesang" from Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (Brise Soleil Trio, Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, 2006)

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 5 (Brendel)

1931 - Alfred Brendel, Wiesenberg, Moravia (now Czech Republic); pianist

Alfred Brendel website

Alfred Brendel plays:

Schubert's Piano Sonata in B flat major, D. 960, 1st mvt. (1988)

Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, 3rd mvt. (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado conducting)

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Today's Birthday in Music: January 4 (Bumbry)

1937 - Grace Bumbry, St. Louis, MO, U.S.A.; opera soprano and mezzo-soprano

"Grace Ann Under Pressure" (Opera News, March 2001)

Grace Bumbry sings:

"Nel giardin del velo" from Verdi's Don Carlo (Théâtre Antique d'Orange, 1984)

"Les tringles des sistres tintaient" from Bizet's Carmen (1967 film, Herbert von Karajan conducting)

Grace Bumbry and Juan Diego Flórez sing "Angels from the realm of glory" (Christmas in Vienna, 2006)

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 3 (Borge)

1909 - Victor Borge, Copenhagen, Denmark; pianist and humourist

Biography and analysis

"Hands Off" - Victor Borge with Marilyn Mulvey

Victor Borge conducts "The Dance of the Comedians" (from Smetana's The Bartered Bride)

Victor Borge plays Debussy's "Clair de Lune"

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 2 (Pentland, Tippett)

1905 - Barbara Pentland, Winnipeg, Canada; composer, pianist

Biography (Encyclopedia of Music in Canada)

1905 - Michael Tippett, London, England; composer

Michael Tippett conducts the first public performance of The Shires Suite, part 2, "Cantata" (Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra and Schola Cantorum of Oxford. Cheltenham, England, 1970)

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Today's Birthdays in Music: January 1 (Verreau, Greenhouse)

1926 - Richard Verreau, Château-Richer, Canada; opera tenor

Biography (Encyclopedia of Music in Canada)

Richard Verreau sings "Du moment qu'on aime" from Zémire et Azor by André Grétry

1916 - Bernard Greenhouse, Newark, NJ, U.S.A., cellist (a founding member of Beaux Arts Trio) (some sources give birthdate as January 3)

Conversation with Bernard Greenhouse (1998)

Bernard Greenhouse: Introduction

The Beaux Arts Trios (Isidore Cohen, violin, Bernard Greenhouse, cello, Menahem Pressler, piano) plays Ravel's Piano Trio, 4th (final) mvt. (1970s)

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 31 (Milstein)

1903 - Nathan Milstein, Odessa, Russia; violinist

Biography and more

Nathan Milstein plays:

Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, 1st mvt. (Georges Pludermacher at the piano)

J.S. Bach's Partita for solo violin in D minor (filmed in Paris, 1968)

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 30 (J. Anderson)

1952 - June Anderson, Boston, MA, U.S.A.; opera soprano

Official website

June Anderson sings:

"Casta diva" from Bellini's Norma (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2001)

"Salut à la France" from Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment (Opéra Comique, Paris, 1985)

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 29 (Casals)

1876 - Pablo Casals, El Vendrell, Spain; cellist, composer

In Search of Pablo Casals

Pablo Casals plays J.S. Bach's Suite No. 1 for Cello Solo (filmed at the Abbaye Saint-Michel-de Cuxa, France, August 1954)

Maynooth Chamber Choir sings "O vos omnes" composed by Pablo Casals

Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 played by Pablo Casals, cello, Jacques Thibaud, violin and Alfred Cortet, piano (HMV recording, 1927)

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 28 (Kennedy, Sessions)

1956 - Nigel Kennedy, Brighton, England; violinist and violist


Nigel Kennedy with Aisling Casey and the Irish Chamber Orchestra plays J.S. Bach's Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060, 1st mvt.

1896 - Roger Sessions, Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.; composer


Duo for Violin and Piano, 2nd mvt. (Carlos Bernales and Chris Christopher, Queen's College, 2008)

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 27 (Schipa)

1888 - Tito Schipa, Lecce, Italy; opera tenor

Schipa family website

Tito Schipa sings:

"Che farò senza Euridice?" from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice (Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, conducted by Carlo Sabajno.  1932 HMV recording)

"M'appari" from Flotow's Martha

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Todays's Birthdays in Music: December 26 (Thea King, Earle Brown)

1925 - Thea King, Hitchin, England; clarinetist

Obituary (The Independent, UK, June 2007)

Thea King, with the Allegri String Quartet, plays Crusell's Clarinet Quartet in C minor

1926 - Earle Brown, Lunenburg, MA, U.S.A.; composer


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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 25 (De Luca, Swarthout)

1876 - Giuseppe De Luca, Rome, Italy; opera baritone

Official website

Giuseppe De Luca sings the Largo al Factotum from Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1920s?)

1900 - Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater, MO, U.S.A.; opera contralto

Biography and more

Gladys Swarthout sings "Stride la vampa" from Verdi's Il Trovatore (1937 recording)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 24 (Larsen, Stich-Randall)

1950 - Libby Larsen, Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.; composer

Official website

"Concert Piece for Tuba and Piano" (Beth McDonald, tuba; Tedrin Lindsay, piano.  Singletary Center for the Arts, 2008)

1927 - Teresa Stich-Randall, New Hertford, CT, U.S.A.; opera and concert soprano

Biography and pictures
Obituary (The Times, London, July 2007)

Teresa Stich-Randall sings "Non mi dir" from Mozart's Don Giovanni (1960)

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 23 (Gruberová, Boismortier)

1946 - Edita Gruberová, Bratislava, Slovakia; opera and concert soprano

Biography and pictures

Edita Gruberová sings "Ach ich liebt" from Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1989, Karl Böhm conducting)

1689 - Joseph Boismortier, Thionville, France; composer


"Air de dessus" from Motet à grand choeur (Véronique Gens, soprano, with Le Concert Spirituel, directed by Hervé Piquet)

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 22 (Puccini)

1858 - Giacomo Puccini, Lucca, Italy; composer


Tito Gobbi and Maria Callas in the finale of Act 2 of Tosca (Covent Garden, 1964)

Renata Scotto sings "Quando m'en vo'" (Musetta's Waltz Song) from La Bohème (1982 Franco Zeffirelli Metropolitan Opera production; conductor James Levine)

"Gloria" from Messa di Gloria (Coro Rossini, Sassano, Sardinia)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 21 (Turp, Tilson Thomas)

1925 - André Turp, Montreal, Canada; opera tenor

Biography (Encyclopedia of Music in Canada)

1944 - Michael Tilson Thomas, Los Angeles, U.S.A.; conductor, pianist, composer

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, 1st mvt. (BBC Promenade Concert, London, 2007)

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Today's Birthday s in Music: December 20 (Uchida)

1948 - Mitsuko Uchida, Atami, Japan; pianist

Official website

Mitsuko Uchida plays:

Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9, "Jeunehomme", 1st mvt. (Mozarteum Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Tate, Salzburg, 1989)

Excerpt from Schoenberg's Piano Concerto Op.42 (Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, conducted by Jeffrey Tate)

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 19 (Isserlis, Reiner)

1958 - Steven Isserlis, London, England; cellist

Personal website

Steven Isserlis gives a masterclass on Schumann's "Fantasy Pieces"

1888 - Fritz Reiner, Budapest, Hungary; conductor


Fritz Reiner conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in two movements from Respighi's Pines of Rome

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 18 (Streich)

1920 - Rita Streich, Barnaul, Russia; opera soprano


Rita Streich sings:

"Song to the Moon" from Dvořák's Rusalka

Felix Mendelssohn's "Auf Flügein des Gesanges" (1972 performance)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 17 (Beethoven)

1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn, Germany; composer and pianist (baptized December 17; date of birth probably December 15 or 16)

The Magnificent Master

Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, 1st mvt. (Rome, 2001)

Glenn Gould plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, final mvt. (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Karel Ančerl)

String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135, 3rd mvt. (Amadeus Quartet, 1973)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 16 (Kodály, Pinnock)

1882 - Zoltán Kodály, Kecskemét, Hungary; composer


Janos Starker plays Kodály's Sonata for Solo Cello, 1st mvt. (Tokyo, 1988)

Dances of Galánta (Philharmonia Hungarica, conducted by Ervin Acél at the Vatican)

1946 - Trevor Pinnock, Canterbury, England; conductor and harpsichordist


Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert play J.S. Bach's Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052, 1st mvt. (Allegro)

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 15 (I. Haendel)

1928 - Ida Haendel, Chelm, Poland; violinist

Biography (Encyclopedia of Music in Canada)
"The one they don't want you to hear" (La Scena Musicale, June 2000)

Ida Haendel plays Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy, 1st mvt. (Orchestre de Radio-Canada, conducted by Franz-Paul Decker, 1981)

Brahms Violin Concerto, 2nd mvt. (Orchestre de Radio-Canada, conducted by Franz-Paul Decker, 1981)

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 14 (Tureck, Thill)

1914 - Rosalyn Tureck, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.; pianist and harpsichordist

Tureck Bach Research Foundation webpage

Rosalyn Tureck plays Prelude and Fugue from J.S. Bach's Well Tempered Klavier Book II, No. 22, in B flat minor

1897 - Georges Thill, Paris, France; opera tenor

Life and career

Georges Thill sings:

 "J'aurais sur ma poitrine" from Massenet's Werther

Adolphe Adam's Cantique de Noël (1932 recording)

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 13 (Belmont, Lhévinne)

1879 - Eleanor Robson Belmont, Wigan, England; founder of Metropolitan Opera Guild 

Biography (Metropolitan Opera Guild)

1874 - Josef Lhévinne, Orel, Russia; pianist


Josef Lhevinne plays Chopin's Etude No. 12, Op. 25 (Welte piano roll)

Josef and Rosina Lhevinne play Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos, K.448, 3rd mvt. (1939 recording)

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 12 (Tan)

1953 - Margaret Tan, Singapore; pianist

Some Notes on Margaret Leng Tan

Margaret Tan plays John Cage's "In the name of the Holocaust" on prepared piano

Margaret Tan performs Guy Klucevsek's "SweetChinoiserie" on toy piano and other instruments (Lincoln Center, N.Y., 2008)

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 11 (Berlioz, E. Carter)

1803 - Hector Berlioz, La-Côte-Saint-André, France; composer

Hector Berlioz website

"Un bal" (2nd mvt.) from Symphonie Fantastique (Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Herbert von Karajan, 1970)

"Gloire à Didon" from Les Troyens (N.Y. Metropolitan Opera, 1983)

1908 - Elliott Carter, New York, U.S.A.; composer

Elliott Carter at 99 (Los Angeles Times, August 2008)

Interview with Elliott Carter (2008)

Quintet for Piano and Strings (Part 1) (Arditti Quartet with Ursula Oppens, piano; Amsterdam, 1999)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 10 (Messiaen, Franck)

1908 - Olivier Messiaen, Avignon, France; composer, organist


Turangalîla Symphony, Final (10th) mvt. (Orchestre de l'Opéra Bastille, Paris, Myung-Whun Chung conducting, 1990)

Messiaen on Birds (Yvonne Loriod, piano)

1822 - César Franck, Liège, Belgium; composer, organist


Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra (Georges Cziffra, piano; György Cziffra Jr. conducting)

Renée Fleming sings "Panis Angelicus" (Mainz Cathedral, 2005)

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 9 (Schwarzkopf, Bell)

1915 - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jarotschin, Germany; opera and lieder soprano

Obituary (The Times, London, August 2006)

First part of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf documentary (1985)

"Frühling" and "September" from Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs (Georg Szell conducts the Radio Symphonie Orchestra Berlin

1967 - Joshua Bell, Bloomington, IN, U.S.A.; violinist

Official website

Joshua Bell plays and conducts Haydn's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in C (Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, July 2008)

Joshua Bell plays The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, by Debussy (with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: December 8 (Sibelius, Martinů)

1865 - Jean Sibelius, Hämeenlinna, Finland; composer

Jean Sibelius website

Finlandia (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Berglund)

Violin Concerto in D minor, 1st mvt. (Christian Fatu, violin, with the Kansas City Philharmonia, conducted by Andres Franco)

1890 - Bohuslav Martinů, Polička, Bohemia; composer


Piano Quartet, 3rd mvt. (Carl Banner, piano, David Cho, cello, Judith Spokes, violin, Andrea Vercoe, viola; Washington Musica Viva concert, 2008)

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: December 7 (Mascagni)

1863 - Pietro Mascagni, Livorno, Italy; composer

Mascagni and Mussolini

Fiorenza Cossotto and chorus sing "Inneggiamo, Il Signor non è morto" ("Easter Hymn") from Cavalleria Rusticana (Herbert von Karajan conducting)

Meray Boustan and Adam Shelton sing "Suzel, buon di" ("Cherry Duet") from L'Amico Fritz (University of Arizona production)

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