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Saturday, August 19, 2017

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July 27

The Music of Glenn Gould

My Classical NotesGlenn Gould in Russia: Works by J S Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Webern, and Krenek Bach, J S: Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 2 in C minor, BWV788 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 3 in D major, BWV789 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 4 in D minor, BWV790 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 5 in E major, BWV791 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 6 in E major, BWV792 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 7 in E minor, BWV793 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 8 in F major, BWV794 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 9 in F minor, BWV795 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 10 in G major, BWV796 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 11 in G minor, BWV797 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 12 in A major, BWV798 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 13 in A minor, BWV799 Three-part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 14 in B major, BWV800 The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus I The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus II The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus IV Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV105 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Ladislav Slovak conducting. Goldberg Variations, BWV988: excerpts Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Ladislav Slovak conducting. Alban Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1 Krenek: Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 62, No.4: 1. Allegretto piacevole, animato e flessibile & IV. Adagio Webern: Variations, Op. 27 All performed by Glenn Gound (piano) Among the rare tours far from Unated States, that of 1957 is one the most famous for Glenn Gould. Beside the concerts in Berlin, where he performed the Third Concerto of Beethoven with Karajan, Gould held masterclassess via radio and TV in Russia. These two CD’s are excerpts From these tours. In the first, there are the radio recordings with authors that were contemporaneous at the time, such as Krenek, Berg and Weber, beside the evergreen Bach. In the second CD two great live performances dedicated to Bach’s and Beehoven’s Concertos. Here is Glenn Gould, performing the Sarabande from the French Suite by Bach:

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August 15

Charles Dutoit strikes gold

The Swiss conductor will be awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s gold medal at the BBC Proms this week. press release: One of classical music’s highest honours, the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, has been awarded to the Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit. He becomes the 103rd recipient since the medal was founded in 1870 in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Beethoven (London’s Philharmonic Society commissioned Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and enjoyed a close association with the composer). The medal will be presented to Charles Dutoit at the BBC Proms, on Thursday 17 August as part of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall (and live on BBC Radio 3) by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.* Charles Dutoit is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducts a programme that includes Saint-Saën’s 3rd Symphony, commissioned by the Philharmonic Society in 1886. Current RPS Gold Medallists include Martha Argerich, Janet Baker, Daniel Barenboim, Alfred Brendel, Placido Domingo, Bernard Haitink, György Kurtag, Antonio Pappano, Thomas Quasthoff, Simon Rattle, András Schiff, John Tomlinson and Mitsuko Uchida. Distinguished conductors previously awarded the RPS Gold Medal include: Thomas Beecham; Bruno Walter; Arturo Toscanini; Felix Weingartner; Adrian Boult; John Barbirolli; Herbert von Karajan; Leonard Bernstein; Georg Solti; Colin Davis; Pierre Boulez; Claudio Abbado; Charles Mackerras and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

July 16

Radio France is attacked for engaging Gergiev on Bastille Day

The cultural commentator Antoine Perraud has compared the hiring of Putin-puppet Valery Gergiev on Bastille Day to Radio France’s past error in favouring Herbert von Karajan who conducted in Paris under Nazi occupation. The full article is pay-walled, but this gives the general gist: En confiant, pour le traditionnel concert du Champ-de-Mars, l’Orchestre national de France au grand chef Valery Gergiev, salaud politique au sens sartrien du terme, le service public verse dans la bassesse, au nom du panem et circenses… Pour ce 14-Juillet 2017, Radio France – dans le rôle du grand… « crétinstitutionnel » ! – justifie l’injustifiable par la voix de son président, Mathieu Gallet : « Valery Gergiev est un des plus grands chefs d’orchestre. C’est un immense honneur qu’il nous fait de venir diriger les musiciens le soir de notre fête nationale. Je ne veux pas commenter les choix qu’il peut faire au niveau politique. Il ne s’agit que de musique ce soir-là. Sa stature et sa renommée médiatique sont une chance pour nous puisque cela permet au plus grand nombre d’écouter de la musique classique à une heure de grande écoute. Le Concert de Paris est devenu un vrai rendez-vous avec le grand public. » Traduction : on a réussi un sacré coup de pub pour en mettre plein la vue des gogos et gonfler l’audimat avec une bête de scène qui va rapporter gros. Contexte : ce « Concert de Paris du 14 juillet » est diffusé en direct sur France Inter, France 2 puis, en différé, sur CultureBox.

Herbert von Karajan
(1908 – 1989)

Herbert von Karajan (5 April 1908 - 16 July 1989) was an Austrian orchestra and opera conductor. To the wider world he was perhaps most famously associated with the Berlin Philharmonic of which he was principal conductor for 35 years. Although he was not without criticism, he is generally considered to have been one of the greatest conductors of all time, and he was a dominant figure in European classical music from the 1960s until his death. Part of the reason for this was the large number of recordings he made and their prominence during his lifetime. By one estimate he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records.

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