Nov 26, 2009

Attila - 1848

Museo Del Risorgimento E Della Resistenza
July 18, 2009

Nov 25, 2009

Caisse de résonance

July 13, 2009

Nov 21, 2009


July 20, 2009

Nov 14, 2009

Magdalena Kozena - French Arias

Because of my mind-blowing experience with Gounod and Minkowski in Paris, I purchased Magdalena Kozena's French Arias, with Marc Minkowski conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (2003).

It turns out to be a dreamy and delightful immersion into XIXth century French music.

1. Le Domino noir, " Flamme vengeresse ", Auber
2. Cinq Mars, " Nuit resplendissante ", Gounod
3. Roméo et Juliette, "Depuis hier je cherche en vain mon maître ", Gounod
4. Cléopatre, " J'ai versé le poison ", Massenet
5. Don Carlos, " Sous ces bois au feuillage immense ", Verdi
6. Don Carlos, " Au palais des fées ", Verdi
7. La Damnation de Faust, " Autrefois un roi de Thulé ", Berlioz
8. L'Heure Espagnole, " Oh! La Pitoyable Aventure! ", Ravel
9. Don Quichotte, " Lorsque le temps d'amour a fui ", Massenet
10. Mignon, " Connais-tu le pays? ", Thomas
11. La Dame blanche, " Chut! Chut! écoutons ", Boieldieu
12. Sapho, " O ma lyre immortelle ", Gounod
13. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, " Voyez - la sous son éventail ", Offenbach
14. Cendrillon, " Ah! que mes soeurs sont heureuses ", Massenet
15. Carmen, " Les tringles des sistres tintaient ", Bizet

YouTube extracts (audio only):

- " Nuit resplendissante ", Cinq-Mars, Charles Gounod
- " O ma lyre immortelle ", Sapho, Charles Gounod
- " Les tringles des sistres tintaient ", Carmen, Georges Bizet

Another reason to love Arte

[as if I still needed one]

It's called Arte Lounge, and it's hosted by Measha Brueggergosman.

© ZDF / © Antje Dittmann

Playlist for the 3rd show, that aired Nov.12 and can be viewed from France and Germany on Arte+7 here :

- Voyage à Paris, Francis Poulenc, Measha Brueggergosman
- Oboe Concerto, 2nd & 3rd mvts, J.S. Bach, Albrecht Mayer (Berlin Philharmoniker)
- Sorge nell'alma mia, Haendel, Max-Emanuel Cencic
- Cara Speme, Haendel, Max-Emanuel Cencic
- Black Earth, Fazil Say
- Turkischer Marsch, W.A.Mozart, superb re-interpretation by Fazil Say
- C'est la vie, Coralie Clément
- Le baiser permanent, Coralie Clément
- La diva de l'Empire, Eric Satie,  Measha Brueggergosman
- Sleepy time, Mocky
- Was Gott tut, das ich wohlgetan, J.S.Bach, Mayer, Cencic, Mocky and others...

Next show on Dec.10.

Nov 13, 2009

Salzburg 2010

Riccardo Muti will be back in Salzburg next summer with Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, a piece for which his interpretations have matured so much since three decades, it has now become, I think, his own masterpiece.

Cast info:
Elisabeth Kulman, Orfeo
Genia Kühmeier, Euridice
Christiane Karg, Amore
Vienna Philharmonic

Claus Guth's brilliant production of Don Giovanni will be back for another big buzz, as Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic.
The cast has not changed much since the 2008 premiere, so the performances should be spectacular (Erwin Schrott especially, is back as Leporello).

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will also conduct Gounod's Roméo et Juliette revival, with Anna Netrebko scheduled for 5 of the 8 performances, and with Piotr Beczala as Roméo.

There will also be two concert performances of Norma, with Edita Gruberova (Norma), Joyce DiDonato (Aldagisa), Marcello Giordani (Pollione) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (Oroveso) and Friedrich Haider conducting the Camerata Salzburg (Aug.9 and 14).

Other performances include Strauss' Elektra with Waltraud Meier, René Pape and Daniele Gatti (Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production); Berg's Lulu with Patricia Petibon ; and Rihm's Dionysus, staged by Pierre Audi.

Can anyone honestly argue that Salzburg isn't the best Summer Festival in the world right now?