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  1. Happy Birthday to Birgit Nilsson!

    Happy birthday to Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson!
    (May 17, 1918 - December 25, 2005)

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    Documentary:

    https://youtu.be/XYTNHW60uJw

    As Turandot (complete opera):

    https://youtu.be/IFtwn00ufOc

    As Isolde (opera with a cut I believe):

    https://youtu.be/McoRns-aWQQ

    As Isolde (with Vickers):

    https://youtu.be/krGBq7zk0-I

    Fragmented performance
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  2. Vladimir Ashkenazy ‎– Piano Sonatas Moonlight / Appassionata / Waldstein

    This month’s Cover 2 Cover starts a three-part arc on our #Beethoven2020 series focused on works for solo piano.

    The chief contribution Beethoven made to the solo piano repertoire are his 32 piano sonatas. Composed between 1795 and 1822, they span the entirety of his career, and allow us to witness Beethoven’s evolution as a composer. Although originally not intended to be a meaningful whole, as a set they compose one of the most important collections of works in the history of
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  3. Respighi, Antal Dorati, Philharmonia Hungarica ‎– Ancient Dances And Airs Suites

    Today’s share, under the Cover 2 Cover series, looks at Ottorino Respighi’s three suites of Ancient Airs and Dances “for he lute” adapted for small orchestra. We know Respighi today mostly for his Roman Trilogy of tone poems, but he did dabble quite a bit in “re-purposing” the music of other composers: Rossini (la Boutique Fantasque and Rossiniana) and Rachmaninov (some of his Etudes-Tableaux) come to mind.

    In addition to being a renowned composer and conductor, Respighi was also
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  4. Ludwig van Beethoven, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini ‎– Missa Solemnis

    Today's post combines our ongoing #Beethoven2020 series and Holy Week with a Once Upon the Internet share sourced from the old Japanese Public Domain Classic site we so often have acknowledged in past Tuesday Blogs.

    A few days ago on my Friday Blog and Podcast, I began a look at Beethoven's sacred choral works with the oratorio Christus am Ölberge and a YouTube share of the Mass in C. Today, we complete the trifecta with the Missa Solemnis in a vintage performance featuring the Robert
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  5. The Symphonic Organ – Orchestra Edition

    About a year ago, we shared a montage of music for the symphonic organ – works by three giants of the French Organ tradition – exploiting the palette of organs built mainly in the 1800’s in France. This week, we revisit the idea of symphonic organ music, this time with organs adding to the palette of a symphony orchestra.

    As large organs became more common in new concert halls in the later 19th century, a modest repertoire of celebratory music for organ and orchestra also began to develop.
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    Updated Mar-31-2020 at 12:31 by itywltmt

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