Sunday, April 23, 2017
Perspectives: Hélène Grimaud Bach, J S: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I, BWV846-869 (excerpts) Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68 Brahms: Waltz, Op. 39 No. 15 in A flat major Chopin: Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57 Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop’ Debussy: Préludes – Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie Liszt: Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este (Années de pèlerinage III, S. 163 No. 4) Prelude and Fugue in a minor, BWV 543 (J.S. Bach), S. 462/1 Sgambati: Melodie from Gluck’s ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ Ms. Grimaud also plays individual movements from solo works and concertos by JS Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Schumann. All performed by Hélène Grimaud (piano) For each successive Deutsche Grammophon release to date, pianist Helene Grimaud has created carefully considered (and occasionally provocative) contexts. For Hélène, this collection is a retrospective offering new perspectives through a very personal choice of repertoire which creates enlightening new echoes between works. From Bach to Rachmaninov, Mozart to Chopin, Hélène Grimaud’s own selection of highlights from her albums reflects her artistic journey through the piano’s most famous solo and concerto repertoire in a series of interpretations that never fail to offer new perspectives on even the most familiar music.
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Marin Alsop inspired individuality and panache, and led a zinging European premiere of a special John Adams workLola Montez’s extraordinary story has been told in films, and could in itself be a whole opera, with characters including her lovers Alexandre Dumas, père, Liszt and Ludwig I of Bavaria. But American theatregoers feted her as a cabaret hoofer, and that’s the cameo John Adams gives her in his Girls of the Golden West, which will premiere at San Francisco Opera in November.As a dance-alone taster, Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance is tantalising, and this was a zinging European premiere by the Britten-Pears Orchestra under Marin Alsop, to whom it is dedicated. It is not quite a tarantella, but its rhythms and zany, brassy feel, together with the exhibitionist clarinet, created a vivid picture of Montez (who did eventually go a bit mad, not from a tarantula bite but probably tertiary syphilis). Paired with the Adams was Anna Clyne’s Masquerade, premiered by Alsop at the 2013 Proms, its polished surface shining bright here. Continue reading...
Saturday night’s audience in Philadelphia was informed before the concert that Yannick Nézet-Séguin was unwell. Up steps Kensho Watanabe, the recently installed assistant conductor , and (according to our observer) delivers a terrific account of a long and difficult programme – Mason Bates’s “Alternative Energy”, Daniil Trifonov in Mozart’s K271, Beethoven’s Prometheus prelude and finale and Liszt’s Prometheus symphony. Our observer writes: ‘Watching the emergent conductor command this magnificent orchestra with such grace, dignity and warmth, while hearing (and feeling) the ensemble react to his direction with ease and understanding felt like nothing short of magic. For those of us fortunate enough to be there, the multiple standing ovations and the collective cheers signal the start of a brilliant career. Congrats to the young maestro.’ Kensho, a Japanese-American, is a Curtis grad. Philly likes to keep it local. Credit: Pete Checchia There has been no mention of the substitution on the orchestra website, or in other media.
My post today deals with a new recording by soprano Natalie Dessay in which we hear the following: Liszt: Auf dem Wasser zu singen (No. 2 from Zwölf Lieder von Franz Schubert, S558) Schubert: Liebesbotschaft, D957 No.1 Du bist die Ruh D776 (Rückert) Erlkönig, D328 Die Gotter Griechenlands D677 (Schiller) Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118 Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D877/4 Die Stadt, D957 No. 11 Am Bach im Fruhling, D361 Suleika I, D720 Geheimes, D719 (Goethe) Ganymed, D544 (Goethe) Nachtviolen D752 (Mayrhofer) Rastlose Liebe, D138 Im Frühling, D882 Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965, with Thomas Savy (clarinet) All performed by Natalie Dessay (soprano) and Philippe Cassard (piano) In this first German album of Natalie Dessay, 4 Lieder have never been sung by a woman before. Natalie Dessay is a regular collaborator with Michel Legrand and together they have performed all over the world. She is also a committed recital singer, frequently performing French melodies and German Lieder with Laurent Naouri, Maciej Pikulski or Philippe Cassard. In 2015 she revealed new depths of dramatic and rhetorical insight, making her debut as a narrator in performances of Howard Barkler’s monologue Und at the Théâtre Olympia in Tours, and in Paris at the Théâtre de l’Athénée. Natalie Dessay is the only French female artist to be awarded the honorary rank of Kammersängerin (Chamber singer) by the Vienna Opera.
Marianela Nuñez in Giselle © ROH 2016. Photograph by Tristram Kenton Details of The Royal Ballet's 2017/18 Season have been announced. The full production list is as follows: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 27 September—28 October 2017 Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Music: Joby Talbot Cast TBC Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book. Jeux (part of MacMillan: A National Celebration) 18–24 October 2017 (Clore Studio Upstairs) Choreography: Wayne Eagling after Kenneth MacMillan and Vaslav Nijinsky Music: Claude Debussy Cast TBC As part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, The Royal Ballet dances Wayne Eagling’s short ballet inspired by MacMillan’s re-creation of Nijinsky’s lost Debussy work. Concerto / Le Baiser de la fée / Elite Syncopations (part of MacMillan: A National Celebration) 18–19 October 2017 Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Music: Dmitry Shostakovich / Igor Stravinsky / Scott Joplin Performed by: The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet Cast TBC Dancers from the UK’s five leading ballet companies perform two of MacMillan’s sunniest works alongside a new production of his dark, classical fairytale, as part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration. The Judas Tree / Song of the Earth (part of MacMillan: A National Celebration) 24 October—1 November 2017 Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Music: Gustav Mahler / Brian Elias Performed by: The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet Cast TBC The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet present two of Kenneth MacMillan’s most complex and important works, in the second programme of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration. Sea of Troubles (part of MacMillan: A National Celebration) 26 October—1 November 2017 (Clore Studio Upstairs) Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Music: Anton Webern and Bohuslav Martinů Cast TBC As part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration, Yorke Dance Project performs Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful short ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Gloria / The Judas Tree / Elite Syncopations (part of MacMillan: A National Celebration) 26–27 October 2017 Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Music: Francis Poulenc / Brian Elias / Scott Joplin Performed by: The Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet Cast TBC Leading UK dance companies perform three ballets that show the range and versatility of MacMillan’s muse, in the third and final programme of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration. The Illustrated 'Farewell' NEW / The Wind NEW / Untouchable 2x WORLD PREMIERES 6–17 November 2017 Choreography: Twyla Tharp / Arthur Pita / Hofesh Shechter Music: Joseph Haydn / Frank Moon and Christopher Austin / Hofesh Shechter and Nell Catchpole Cast TBC Twyla Tharp and Arthur Pita create new works for The Royal Ballet, in a programme that includes the first revival of Hofesh Shechter’s 2015 work for the Company. Sylvia 23 November—16 December 2017 Choreography: Frederick Ashton Music: Léo Delibes Cast TBC Frederick Ashton’s delightful full-length classical ballet is a charming feast for the senses, set to Delibes’ marvellous score. The Nutcracker 5 December 2017—10 January 2018 Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Cast TBC A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Giselle 19 January—9 March 2018 Choreography: Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot Music: Adolphe Adam revised by Lars Paine Cast TBC The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death. The Winter's Tale 13 February—21 March 2018 Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Music: Joby Talbot Cast TBC Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot. NEW Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / NEW Christopher Wheeldon 2x WORLD PREMIERES 15 March—13 April 2018 Choreography: Wayne McGregor / Liam Scarlett / Christopher Wheeldon Music: Leonard Bernstein Cast TBC The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company’s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon. Manon 29 March—16 May 2018 Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Music: Jules Massenet Cast TBC Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece of modern ballet is revived this Season as part of continuing celebrations of MacMillan’s profound impact on British ballet, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death. Obsidian Tear / Marguerite and Armand / Elite Syncopations 14 April—11 May 2018 Choreography: Wayne McGregor / Frederick Ashton / Kenneth MacMillan Music: Esa-Pekka Salonen / Franz Liszt / Scott Joplin Performed by: The Royal Ballet Cast TBC Characteristic works from three of The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographers – Wayne McGregor, Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan – display the diversity of The Royal Ballet and its virtuoso dancers. Swan Lake NEW PRODUCTION 17 May—21 June 2018 Choreography: Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Cast TBC The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane. The Royal Ballet School Summer Performance 2018 8 July 2018 This summer showcase offers a chance to see the depth and breadth of talent emerging from The Royal Ballet School. What are you most looking forward to in the 2017/18 Season? Let us know in the comments below or using the #ROH201718 hashtag on Twitter.
Liszt/Wagner: As performed by Imogen Cooper Liszt: Valse oubliée No. 2, S.215/2 Gretchen aus Faust-Symphonie, S513 Sposalizio (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 1) Il penseroso (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 2) Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 3) Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5) Nuages gris, S199 La Lugubre Gondola I, S200 No. 1 Isolde’s Liebestod (after Wagner), S447 Bagatelle sans tonalite, S216a c1885 Wagner: Elegy in A flat Einleitung zu ‘Tristan und Isolde’, WWV 90 Performed by Imogen Cooper (piano) After highly successful recordings of works by Brahms, the Schumanns, and Chopin, Imogen Cooper plunges into the world of another great romantic, Franz Liszt, and places him alongside that another giant, Richard Wagner. This is an interesting program of original compositions and intimate transcriptions. Here is Imogen Cooper playing the music of Liszt:
Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 July 31, 1886) was a 19th century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist and teacher. Liszt became renowned throughout Europe during the 19th century for his great skill as a performer. Liszt was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age and perhaps the greatest pianist of all time. Liszt was also an important and influential composer, a notable piano teacher, a conductor who contributed significantly to the modern development of the art, and a benefactor to other composers and performers, notably Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, Camille Saint-Saëns, Edvard Grieg and Alexander Borodin. As a composer, Franz Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the New German School. He left behind an extensive and diverse body of work, in which he influenced his forward-looking contemporaries and anticipated some 20th-century ideas and trends. Some of Liszt's most notable contributions were the invention of the symphonic poem, developing the concept of thematic transformation as part of his experiments in musical form and making radical departures in harmony.
Great composers of classical music