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June 16, 2021

Art and life

in Bloc

by Sílvia

Song of the week: L'alba sepàra dalla luce l'ombra (P. Tosti) - J. D. Flórez, C. Tenan (dir.)
The Sower - Vincent van Gogh

Can you separate the art from the artist? A few months ago, I listened to a radio program (Musiques empoderades, Catalunya Música) where this matter was discussed. Some guests thought that the work doesn't necessarily reflect the darkest aspects of the creator's life, while others maintained that the work is part of life, and that both are inseparable.

 

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai

No star did smile down at me

Song of the week: Um Mitternacht (G. Mahler) - K. Ferrier, B. Walter (cond.) | T. Hampson, W. Rieger   You should jot down this date for your next journey in time: January 29, 1905. That day the Rückert-Lieder, the Kindertotenlieder and three lieder from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Der Tamboursg'sell,…

Greetings from... (III)

Song of the week: Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer (J. Brahms) - C. Ludwig, L. Bernstein   My dearest all, I'm still on holiday, but I'm thinking of you and I've been looking for the usual musical postcard to send you. I must admit I was getting on my nerves…

Lord Byron, the lyricist

Song of the week: Sonne der Schlummerlosen (H. Wolf) - W. Dazeley, S. Kynoch George Gordon Noel Byron's poetry soon had some extensive dissemination in Germany; some translations were distributed, and he also had some protectors such as Goethe, Heine and Müller, who was also the poet's biographer. Despite all…

SV15 - Sleep

Song of the week: Sleep (I. Gurney) - S. Connolly, M. Martineau   We continue reviewing song recitals at the next Schubertiade Vilabertran; This week is time for Matthias Goerne and Alexander Schmalcz (Sunday, 23rd August) and Sarah Connolly and Malcolm Martineau (Thursday, 27th August).

Nocturne at the palace

Song of the week: In der Nacht (R. Schumann) - G. MacGreevy, A. Thompson, G. Johnson   In 1848 and 1849, Germany lived from one revolution to another in different cities and in Dresden, where the Schumanns lived, it broke out in May 1949. Coinciding with this atmosphere of horrors…

Finds

Song of the week: Dark House (J. Dove) - P. Sly, M. McMahon   What do you think a specialized blog in 20th & 21th century Opera and one about Art Song have in common? Apart from this strong impulse to talk over minority subjects? Well, they have in common…

N is for night

Song of the week: The infinite shining heavens (R. V. Williams) - B. Terfel, M. Martineau   If the Enlightenment is the reason, Romanticism is fantasy. If the Enlightenment is being awake, Romanticism is dreaming. If the Enlightenment is the light, Romanticism is darkness. If the Enlightenment is the day,…

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