Thursday, November 20, 2014

Emmanuelle Haïm Speaks about Handel's "La Resurrezione"

The Berlin Phil posted this video interview on Facebook. When I clicked the YT video to share it, I got this message:

This video is unlisted. Be considerate and think twice before sharing.

So I thought twice, and quite a few more times, and I thought maybe I should just leave it alone. Then I thought, "If I am intrigued enough by this interview to go to the Digital Concert Hall and pay to see the concert, maybe some other people would be, too." (I found it most interesting when she talked about the unusual orchestrations in La Resurrezione and the very operatic tone of this oratorio. It sure made me want to go hear the program!)

I also thought, "Why post it if you don't want people to see it?" and, "I hope I don't get in trouble." Maybe they'd prefer you go directly to the DCH to see the interview. (This is why I just added the link—in two different places.) 

But in the meantime, I can name quite a few people in the blog world who would be really delighted to see this interview (fellow Haïm-heads, unite!) who may not regularly visit DCH or follow the BPO on Facebook. 

So here she is, Emmanuelle Haïm and her hair (in English, with German subtitles):  

I also thought, "I haven't posted anything for a while. I'd better remind the blogosphere that I am still here!" 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Wiener Staatsoper Live

About a year ago the Vienna State Opera started streaming live broadcasts on the web and to specially equipped Samsung TVs. It seems they've noticed that not everyone who is interested in their programming speaks German. So this fall they broadened their advertising to reach the English-speaking audience. It is now somewhat easier to figure out how works the website. 

Unlike some organizations, the Staatsoper does charge for their streamed performances, but they also offer benefits such as delayed streaming so you can see the opera at 6pm in your own time zone. Right now you can also get a free pass to an opera of your choice just by registering at their websiteAnd there are some goodies coming up just within the coming week:

Sunday, November 2 
Wagner: Tannhäuser

Friday, November 7
Puccini: La Boheme 

Le Nozze di Figaro
La Cenerentola
La Traviata
Die Fledermaus

...all before the clock strikes 2015!

Check out the webpage, to get the free offer, and go to to see the full schedule. And click below to see a preview:

I have to add, whether in the interest of full disclosure, or just to brag, that I received an email a few days ago from the Staatsoperlive folks asking me to post this video on my blog. I have posted about their broadcasts before, so I don't feel I am pandering. On the contrary, I am flattered that they found me and thought my little blog was worth their effort!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

JDD Hits a Home Run at KC

OK, so I am not the first blogger to post this; and I know I won't be the last. But here it is. Thank goodness for the intrepid viewer who captured and already posted this clip!

JDD did a few interpretive things I'd disagree with. However, (1) JDD does not need my approval; and (2) overall, this is an awesome performance and a model of how to "properly" sing our National Anthem! Brava Joyce!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Anticipation – What I Downloaded Today...

...but don't have time to listen to till tomorrow:
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87 (74a)

Barry Banks (Mitridate)
Sophie Bevan (Sifare)
Lawrence Zazzo (Farnace)
Klara Ek (Ismene)
Robert Murray (Marzio)
Anna Devin (Arbate)
The Orchestra of Classical OperaIan Page, conductor
Recorded at St Jude-on-the-Hill, London, England, UK, 12 – 26 July 2013

Friday, October 10, 2014

More Joyce/More Medici

Tuesday November 4, 2014 @ 8:00pm (New York time)
Be there!
(at least in front of your computer, if you can't make it to NYC)

Other People's Blogs

The Eyes Have It points us to a great interview with conductor Marin Alsop on BBC's Desert Island Discs. (You can download this show as a podcast, too.)

Dorothea Röschmann – An Appreciation alerts us to a new recital recording guessed it: Dorothea Röschmann!

Over at opera, innit, dehggial didn't like Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges; but at least now we know where to find it at YT.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Laurence Equilbey Conducts Mozart, Beethoven, and Weber

Live broadcast on October 11, 2pm (Eastern U.S. time) 
and in archive for a while thereafter.

 I just acquired LE's Mozart Requiem recording. Of course, it's amazing. 
More to follow about that. But meanwhile be sure this concert is on your to do list!

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