Sunday, July 23, 2017
Gianandrea Noseda, who underwent back surgery this week, has withdrawn from Wolf Trap performances at the end of next month. The concerts would have marked the start of his music directorship with the National Symphony Orchestra. According to the press release, ‘the following cancellations announced by Maestro Noseda are his first cancellations in 20 years.’ He will, however, be fit to conduct two weeks later at the Edinburgh Festival. Gianandrea writes: Dear Friends and Colleagues, First of all, thank you so much for all of the love and support I have received from my many friends and colleagues around the world. I am saddened to have to cancel all of my performances until the middle of August. However, Lucia and I have decided to follow very carefully the advice of Prof. Naddeo and that it would be best to take this time for me to make a full and complete recovery so I am physically prepared for the Teatro Regio Torino’s historic residency at the Edinburgh International Festival in the second half of August and to start my new position as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. I cherish my relationships with the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, the Verbier Festival, the Ravinia Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival and look forward to returning to those festivals in the coming seasons. I was very much looking forward to my debut at Wolf Trap with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as my inaugural concert as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. next month. Together with my colleagues in Washington, D.C. we will present a special free public concert at a later date. Once again, Lucia and I are grateful to all of our friends and colleagues all over the world and look forward to seeing you again soon. In the interim, I wish you all a wonderful summer of music and cannot wait to make music with all of you very soon. With deep gratitude and respect, Gianandrea Noseda
Rare video was posted roday of a Mozart duet played by Vladimir Horowitz with Gitta Gradova, a pianist who vanished from the music scene in 1942, never to be heard in public again. Admired by Rachmaninov and Toscanini, Gradova apparently succumbed to demands from her physician husband to give up the career and devote herself to family. Her son believes the decision almost destroyed her. This private tape is dated Chicago, 1950. Anyone in Chicago remember hearing her play?
The Boston Symphony is quietly whooping up the PR on its forthcoming Tanglewood performance of the second act of Puccini’s Tosca, featuring Kristine Opolais and Bryn Terfel and conducted by Andris Nelsons. Opolais and her husband Nelsons have pulled out of the Met’s showcase Tosca on New Year’s Eve. press release: On Saturday, August 26, Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons will lead the orchestra in Act II of Puccini’s Tosca, featuring soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role, along with bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. The performance will also feature tenor Russell Thomas as Cavaradossi; tenor Matthew DiBattista as Spoletta, and baritone Douglas Williams as Sciarrone (in his BSO debut). The Opera Gala program will also feature songs and arias from composers including Smetana, Dvořák, and Mozart. Ms. Opolais and Sir Bryn recently performed Tosca in concert together at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod on July 4, 2017, under conductor Gareth Jones. In May, it was announced that Sir Bryn Terfel would replace baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who withdrew from the concert for reasons of health. Mr & Mrs photo (c) Marco Borggreve
Due to a couple of renunciations there are still availability for conductors at Orvieto Spaziomusica Workshop for “Così fan tutte” by Mozart, July 17 – August 7. The masterclass, held by Vittorio Parisi (teacher of orchestra conducting in Milano Conservatorio) includes conducting lessons, rehearsals with singers and stage director, orchestra rehearsals in the last […]
Make your plans now for what promises to be a memorable concert in Los Angeles: Venue: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California Dates/Times: December 14 and 15, 2017 at 8:00 PM ARTISTS: Los Angeles Philharmonic Zubin Mehta, conductor Khatia Buniatishvili, piano PROGRAM MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488 BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 Here is Ms. Buniatishvili in the Piano Concerto by Grieg:
The DVD of the Month for July 2017 at My Classical Notes is the performance of music by Bach and Mozart by Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. We hear the following: Bach, J S: Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord Nos. 1-6, BWV1014-1019, with pianist Enrico Pace (piano) Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216, with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink conducting. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 ‘Turkish’, with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink conducting. Bonus Film: Frank Peter Zimmermann – Bach and Me Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann is one of the world’s top instrumentalists. His recordings are acclaimed by both the press and audience and have already received countless awards. He performs Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3 in G major and number 5 in A major with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Bernard Haitink. Accompanied by Enrico Pace, he plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s unrivalled violin sonatas.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 - 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood in Salzburg. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of Mozart's death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons. Mozart learned voraciously from others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. His influence on subsequent Western art music is profound. Beethoven wrote his own early compositions in the shadow of Mozart, of whom Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years."
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