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Mozart in Mannheim I

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first visited the city of Mannheim — a little side trip after a performance in Munich — in 1763. Accompanied by his parents and his sister Nannerl, he only stayed for a couple of days before the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 31st, 2012
Old Bach meets Old Fritz!

Musical Offering, BWV 1079 Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Ton Koopman Frederick the Great of Prussia, affectionately known as “Der Alte Fritz” (Old Fritz) is generally known as a brilliant military campaigner who established the reputation of Prussian military might. In addition, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 30th, 2012
Schumann Fantasie Op. 17

Clara, Ludwig, or both? Fantasie in C major, Op. 17 Leif Ove Andsnes, piano Music Score Robert Schumann (1810-1856) had one of the most fascinating and varied biographies of all the nineteenth-century German composers. Forced by his guardian to study [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 29th, 2012
Redemption through Consumption! Liszt and Marie Duplessis

Liszt Liebestraum After Franz Liszt had successfully escaped the ravenous attention of Lola Montez in early autumn 1845, he hastily made his way to Paris. Performing in a variety of public and salon concerts, he apparently liked to spend his [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 24th, 2012
German Adventures II Lola and her “Montez”

King Ludwig I of Bavaria had the somewhat conceited habit of having his lovers, real and imagined, portrait by the royal painter Joseph Karl Stieler. When the Bavarian Revolution forced his abdication in 1848, he possessed a proud collection of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 12th, 2012
Hands off my Flute!

Frederick the Great and his greatest Obsession Frederick II, of Prussia, subsequently known as Frederick the Great, was the eldest surviving son of Frederick William I and Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, the sister of George II of England. Daddy Frederick, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 11th, 2012
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (1908-11)

Bruno Walter: Vienna Philharmonic, 1938 MAHLER: Symphony No. 9 The German born conductor Bruno Walter worked closely with Gustav Mahler as an assistant and protégé. In addition, he frequently heard Mahler conduct his own works. Since Mahler did not live [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 10th, 2012
Mozart in London V

Scholars are generally in agreement that the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart attended a performance of J.C. Bach’s opera “Adriano in Siria,” which premiered at King’s Theatre London on 26 January 1765. J.C. was clearly at the centre of London’s almost [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 8th, 2012