Song of the week: Ich liebe dich (R. Strauss) - P. Beczala, C. Thielemann (dir.)
"O is for orchestra? But you shared just a few songs with orchestra!" Well, that's the point. I realized when I chose the letter, and thought that our alphabet
alphabet would give me a chance for self-examination. To begin with, how many different kinds of songs with orchestra are there? Let's see.
There are orchestral songs, without piano version (as far as I know). So my only options are to share them and not to share them. Of course, I share them, but, in fact, there aren't so many... For example, we listened to one of the Ernest Bloch's Poèmes
d'Automne, or Richard Strauss' Hymnus
. Then we have the songs with two versions simultaneously published, with piano and with orchestral accompaniment; That meaning mostly Mahler [...]
Song of the week: Die Stadt (F. Schubert) - T. Quasthoff, J. Zeyen
Little is known about the relationship between Schubert and Wagner. Over the years, the apple of my eyes learnt to overcome his shyness to some extent, but Wagner’s overwhelming personality was a tough test for him. They might have met several times; as I said last week, maybe Schubert also attended that 1863 meeting where Brahms and Wagner were first introduced, although they didn’t become friends, they kept in mutual respect and admiration. Schubert gave opera up very early, demotivated by the cold reception his works have. Despite being told that he only needed a good libretto, he suspected that the main problem was another: he used to compose German opera, while the audience wanted Italian opera (and then he smiled, remembering his good master Salieri). No doubt many Italian operas with absurd libretti were really successful in Vienna! So, after his [...]
Song of the week: Des Mädchens Klage (F. Schubert) - G. Janowitz, I. Gage
Franz Schubert died on 19 November 1883 and this week we're commemorating on Liederabend the 134th anniversary of his death. He was 86 years old, and he passed away quietly, as he had always sung in his Lieder: he took a nap after having lunch and death took him in his arms to rest after a long and worthwhile life. From that inner circle of friends, he used to gather with during his youth, only two of them were still with him: Anton Stadler, his friend since his boarding school times, who died five years later, and Eduard Bauernfeld, who died in 1890. The rest had already died; the dearest Franz Schober, just one year earlier. Grillparzer, too; someone else should write his epitaph.
¿Cómo les gustan los ramos de flores? ¿Variados, con muchos tipos de flores diferentes? ¿Con un único tipo de flor? ¿De muchos colores, vivos y contrastados? ¿O quizás coordinados, en una gama de colores que armonicen? ¿O no les gustan las flores? Bien, en este caso tenemos un problema, porque esto, indudablemente, va de flores, las que eligieron la soprano Carolyn Sampson y el pianista Joseph Middleton para su concierto del pasado jueves 9 de noviembre en la Capilla de Santa Ágata, en el marco del LIFE Victoria. Un buen recital que nos presentó cuatro ramos de composición muy diferente.