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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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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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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: October 5 (I. Edwards)

1937 - Iwan Edwards, Wales; choral conductor

St. Lawrence Choir
Motivating Young Voices (La Scena Musicale, March 2001)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: September 24 (Rutter, MacNeil)

1945 - John Rutter, London, England; composer and choral conductor

Sing a Song of Christmas (The Guardian, UK, December 2000)

John Rutter's setting of Psalm 150, sung by the combined choirs of St. Paul's Cathedral and the Chapel Royal (St. Paul's Cathedral, London, 2002)

1922 - Cornell MacNeil, Minneapolis, U.S.A.; opera baritone

Reunion (Opera News Online, November 2007)

Cornell MacNeil sings "Va, Tosca" (Te Deum) from Puccini's Tosca (Metropolitan Opera, 1978)

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