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French Geography or Classical Composers?

Chédeville Picturesquely located on the banks of the Loire River, the settlement of Chédeville has been famous for its cultivation of wine since prehistoric times. Truth be told, however, it hasn’t, as a city by this name is only found [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 21st, 2017
Niels Gade “A distinctive Nordic Voice”

Although the public reception of the works of Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817-1890) was left untouched by political and cultural censorship, he never quite achieved the fame of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. Nevertheless, Gade is still regarded as one of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 19th, 2017
Unsung Concertos Paul Hindemith: Klaviermusik mit Orchester , Op. 29

The pianist Paul Wittgenstein tragically lost his right arm in World War I. Nevertheless, Wittgenstein decided to continue his pianistic career by commissioning the leading composers of his day to write dedicated piano works for his left hand. Lured by [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 18th, 2017
Mozartwoche Salzburg 2017 Vienna Philharmonic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Rolando Villazón

1 February 2017Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concert Arias for Tenor and Orchestra, KV 420, 431, 36, 21 The vast majority of Mozart’s independent arias is composed for the soprano voice. However, there are a handful of concert arias for the tenor [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 17th, 2017
Steady as a Rock Niels Gade, Sophie Hartmann, and Mathilde Staeger

As long as anybody could remember, Niels Gade had always been in love with music! He taught himself to play a variety of instruments, and started composing at a super early age. Once his musical education was formalized, he steadfastly [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 15th, 2017
Unsung Concertos Ralph Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto in C major

The reputation of Ralph Vaughan Williams as the most important English composer of his generation squarely rests on his compositions for the operatic stage and the Concert Hall. These theatrical dramas and orchestral essays characteristically reference the landscapes, myths and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 11th, 2017
Claude Debussy: La Flûte de Pan/ Syrinx Melodrama and Flute Solo

Claude Debussy composed very little music for the theatre. Although he conceived a substantial number of theatrical projects with the playwright, novelist, poet and translator Gabriel Mourey, they somehow never fully materialized. The notable exception is the three-act dramatic poem [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 5th, 2017
Unsung Concertos Francesco Petrini: Harp Concerto No. 1 , Op. 25

Before she ingloriously lost her head, Marie-Antoinette reigned over music in France in the Age of Enlightenment for nearly twenty years. She invited and actively supported foreign composers, and simultaneously fostered the great tragédie lyrique of Gluck alongside the opéa [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 4th, 2017