Playlist #865: 2008-11-10

November 10th, 2008 · < mtheo & renée >
Ursula Mamlock: From my garden (1983)
Roger Zahab vn (Truemedia D93317)
Aram Khachaturian: Trio (1932)
Strata (James Stern va / Nathan Williams cl / Audrey Andrist pf) (Arizona University Recordings 3097)
Henry Cowell: Three works for piano: Aeolian Harp (1923) / The Banshee 1925) / The Lilt of the Reel (1925)
Henry Cowell pf (CRI 750)
Harry Partch: Ulysses at the edge of the world (1960)
The Gate Five Ensemble of the University of Illinois (CRI 750)
Egon Wellesz: Symphony no. 7, op. 102 (1968)
Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien / Gottfried Rabi cond (cpo/ORF 999 808-2)

Playlist #862: 10-20-2008

October 20th, 2008 · < Renée >
Michael Torke: Monday (1992)
London Sinfonietta / Lothar Zagrosek cond (Ecstatic 092204)
Nikolai Medtner: Forgotten melodies, op. 38 (1922)
Evgeny Svetlanov pf (Russian Disc 10 045)
Aaron Copland: Twelve poems of Emily Dickinson (1950)
Phillis Curtin sop / Aaron Copland pf (VAI 1194)

Playlist #860: 10-06-08

October 6th, 2008 · < Renée >
Karen Tanaka: Crystalline II (1996)
Xak Bjerken pf (CRI 855)
Igor Stravinsky: Apollo (1947)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Simon Rattle cond (EMI D 163864)
Samuel Barber: String quartet op. 11 (1936)
Emerson String Quartet (Philip Setzer vn / Eugene Drucker vn / Lawrence Dutton va / David Finckel vc) (Deutche Grammophon 101392)
Johannes Brahms: He, zigeuner, from Zigeunerlieder op. 103 (1888)
Anne Sofie von Otter mz / Bengt Forsberg pf (Deutche Grammophone 429 727-2)

Playlist #859: 09-29-2008

September 30th, 2008 · < Renée >
George Gershwin: Three preludes for piano (1926)
Michael Tilson Thomas pf (CBS Masterworks 42516)
Michael Tippett: Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli (1953)
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra / Christopher Hogwood cond (London D102952)
Antonín Dvořák: Mĕsíčku na nebi hlubokém (O moon high up in the deep sky) from Rusalka (1900)
Frederica von Stade mz / Boston Symphony Orchestra / Seiji Ozawa cond (Sony 46687)
Johannes Brahms: Intermezzi op. 117 (1892)
Ivo Pogorelich pf (Deutche Grammophon 437460-2)
Antonín Dvořák: Humoresque in E-flat minor, op. 101, no. 1 (1894)
Rudolf Firkušný pf (Sony 46687)

Playlist #857: 2008-09-15

September 16th, 2008 · < Renée >
John Charlillo: Self-similarity (1992)
Roger Zahab vn / John Charlillo etronics (Truemedia D93317)
Terry Riley: The cusp of magic (2004)
Kronos Quartet (David Harrington, vn; b dm; peyote rattle; toys / John Sherba vn; perc / Hank Dutt va; toys / Jeffrey Zeigler vc; toys) / Wu Man pipa; toys (Nonesuch 360508)
Ram Narayan, arr. Kronos Quartet: Alap from Raga mishra bhairavi (1989)
Kronos Quartet (David Harrington shruti box / John Sherba tambura / Hank Dutt va / Jeffrey Zeigler vc) Terry Riley tambura / Wu Man electric sitar (Nonesuch 360508)

Playlist #855: 2008-09-01

September 2nd, 2008 · < mtheo & renée >
Hugo Wolf: Abschied (Farewell) (1888)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Bar / Svjatoslaw Richter pf (Deutsche Grammophon 2530 584)
Lou Harrison: Concerto for pipa with string orchestra (1997)
Wu Man pipa / The New Professionals Orchestra / Rebecca Miller cond (Mode 140)
Joaquin Nin-Culmell: Tonadas, volume 1, nos. 1-8 (1956)
Maria Luisa Cantos pf (Marco Polo 8.223534)
Joaquin Nin-Culmell: Tonadas, volume 2, nos. 22, 24 (1956)
Alicia de Larrocha pf (London CS 6677)

Playlist #854: 2008-08-25

August 26th, 2008 · < Renée >
Somei Satoh: From the depth of silence (2001)
Janácek Philharmonic / Petr Kotik cond (Mode 135)
Somei Satoh: Burning meditation (1993)
Janácek Philharmonic / Thomas Buckner Bar / Petr Kotik cond (Mode 135)
John Adams: Gnarly buttons (1996)
Michael Collins cl / London Sinfonietta / John Adams cond (Nonesuch 79465)

Playlist #848: 2008-07-14

July 15th, 2008 · < Renée >
Benjamin Britten: Young Apollo, Op. 16 (1939)
I Musici de Montréal / Yuri Turovsky cond (Chandos 241-2)
Henryk Górecki: Harpsichord concerto, Op. 40 (1980)
I Musici de Montréal / Yuri Turovsky cond (Chandos 9590)
Benjamin Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937)
English Chamber Orchestra / Benjamin Britten cond (London 417 509-2)
Samuel Barber: Ballade, Op. 46 (1977)
John Browning pf (MHS 513597L)

Playlist #843: 2008-06-09

June 10th, 2008 · < Renée >
Vincent Persichetti: The hollow men (1944)
Anthony Plog tpt / Hans-Ola Ericsson org (BIS-CD-565)
Elie Siegmeister: On this ground (1972)
Kenneth Boulton pf (Naxos 8.559020)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli (1555)
Pro Cantione Antique / Bruno Turner cond (MHS 416608T)

Messiaen’s St-François d’Assise at the Nederlandse Opera

June 1st, 2008 · < Q >

St-François d’Assise

Opera in three Acts and eight Scenes

Libretto and Music by Olivier Messiaen

A New Production of the Nederlandse Opera
Première Performance of 1 June 2008
Het Musiktheater, Amsterdam

Musical Direction: Ingo Metzmacher
Director: Pierre Audi
Sets and Lighting: Jean Kalman
Costumes Angelo Figus
Video: Ervan Huon
Dramaturge: Klaus Bertisch
Choral Director: Martin Wright
Resident Orchestra and Choir of the Nederlandse Opera

L’ange: Camilla Tilling
Saint François: Rod Gilfry
Le lépreux: Hubert Delamboye
Frère Léon: Henk Neven
Frère Massée: Tom Randle
Frère Élie: Donald Kaasch
Frère Bernard: Armand Arapian
Frère Sylvestre: Jan Willem Baljet
Frère Rufin: André Morsch

an account by KEN QUANDT

The saints have shown us many ways to live a perfect life. Yet somehow the lesson we tend to come away with is that the saints are special, rather than their lives. We know they would not have it this way, that they want us to know and to use what they have learned in our own lives rather than idolize them; and we know this because this is what their lives and actions always teach us. Therefore we need to be told their lives over and over again. Saint Francis is a perfect case. As we come to know him, we are stunned by his humility – not because we wish we were less proud, but because his humility, as it is described by the stories of his life, is so credible.
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