Saturday, August 19, 2017
Glenn 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:
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.
The principal trumpet of the Hamburg Philharmonic, André Schoch, has been recruited by the Berlin Phil. Schoch, 30 and a graduate of the Karajan Academy, starts in Berlin on September 1. He is listed as the fifth member in the Berlin section.
The papers of the Austrian conductor Karl Böhm have been consigned to the University of Salzburg, which will curate and make them accessible to researchers. Although the acquisition is being presented in a positive light, the announcement makes clear that Böhm twice accepted key positions from Adolf Hitler – as music director of the Semper Oper in Dresden and later at the Vienna State Opera. He also lived in a mansion that had been stolen from Jewish owners and presented to him by the Vienna Gauleiter Baldur von Schirach. Curiously, Böhm never joined the Nazi party though he made no secret of his enthusiastic support for its aims. Böhm died in August 1981. Read on here. Tha Salzburg Festival describes him as its most influential post-War conductor, after Herbert von Karajan.
"Mr. Jordan, 42, a well-respected, charismatic second-generation conductor who is music director of the Paris Opera and the Vienna Symphony, will succeed Franz Welser-Möst, who abruptly resigned in 2014. Mr. Welser-Möst was the most recent in a long line of eminent musicians who left the post early, whether by choice or not - a roster that includes Mahler, Richard Strauss and Herbert von Karajan."
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.