Saturday, 26 October 2013

Shelter from the storm ? What's on broadcast

A big storm is predicted for Sunday/Monday night. A good opportunity to stay safe and warm at home (if you can). ; I've been unwell since Wednesday so I've been collecting stuff to listen to. Here are some highlights :

Tonight on BBC Radio 3 LIVE from the Barbican, Marc Minkowski conducts Poulenc: Figure Humaine and Concerto for Two Pianos, Ravel Mother Goose Suite (complete) and Rousssel Symphony no 3 with the BBCSO,  the BBC Singers, pianists Guillaume Vincent and David Kadouch. Even the interval feature is Les Six., an excerpt from the 6pm BBC Singers concert tonight. .A friend has travelled to hear this  it's that good. Lucky me I won't miss it, even tho' I was thinking of Nézet-Séguin at the RFH. This concert stays available online on demand for a week.

Tomorrow Sunday live aus Berlin, Simon Rattle conducts Schoenberg Gurrelieder with the Berliner Philharmoniker with an all-star cast. This will be worth hearing, and will of course rermain in the archive. You could do a "Battle of the Gurrelieders", since BBC Radio 3 is rebroadcasting Gurrelieder from the 2012 Proms (reviewed here). But strictly speaking, I think comparative listening is for nerds not for "real" listeners, since every performance is unique. 

On medici TV,  Gaspare Spontini La Vestale, recorded live from the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris,with Ermonela Jaho singing Julia. Written in 1805, La vestale is very early for Romantic opera, closer to Fidelio , Mozart and even Haydn than to later Italian or French opera. Hence this production is faithful to period aesthetic. It's classical simplicity is as pure as the vestal virgins themselves.  Jaho creates Julia with the right mix of passion and heroic torment. I enjoyed this so much that I'll be writing more when I feel better. 

Thank you aussiegall for the pic, a great motto to live by !

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