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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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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: October 9 (Saint-Saëns)

1835 - Camille Saint-Saëns, Paris, France; composer, organist, conductor and pianist


Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony), 3rd mvt. (Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Rik Ghesquière; Luc Ponet organ.  Antwerp 2007)

Mstislav Rostropovich plays the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto, 1st mvt. (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini conducting, 1977)

"Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" from Samson et Dalila; Shirley Verrett and Jon Vickers (Covent Garden, 1981)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Today's Birthday in Music: October 8 (Schütz)

1585 - Heinrich Schütz, Köstritz, Germany; composer and organist


"Also hat Gott" sung by the Calmus Ensemble (Musica Sacra International, Leipzig 2008)

"Meine Seele" sung by Knabenchor Hannover (2006)

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Today's Birthdays in Music: March 21 (Bach, Mussorgsky)

1685 - Johann Sebastian Bach, Eisenach, Germany; composer and organist

Wiki entry
Detailed bio

Glenn Gould plays J.S.Bach Piano Concerto No.7 in G minor BWV1058

Extract from The St. John Passion (1971 - Munich Bach Choir and Orchestra, conductor Karl Richter; soloists Kieth Engen, Siegmund Nimsgern, Peter Schreier)

1839 - Modest Mussorgsky, Karevo, Russia; composer

Wiki entry

Evgenij Kissin plays "The Great Gate at Kiev" from Pictures at an Exhibition

Ukrainian bass Mark Reizen makes his 1st act entrance as Dosifey, leader of the Old Believers, in Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina (1950s Mosfilm production)

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