Inspiration

 
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
 
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
 
Holiday Fun: Die Fledermaus

A New Year’s Eve tradition in the opera world is Johann Strauss II’s operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat). A year earlier, Eisenstein abandoned his friend Falke in center of town, drunken and dressed as a bat (hence the title), and [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 1st, 2017
 
Happy New Year from Franz Schubert and the Nonsense Society

In April 1817, a merry little band of artists decided to form a small private club called the “Unsinnsgesellschaft” (Nonsense Society). Based in Vienna, this congenial group of artistic friends published a weekly magazine, the “Archiv des menschlichen Unsinns” (Archive [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 31st, 2016
 
Holiday Fun: The Nutcracker

From its first notes, Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker takes us to someplace warm and magical. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Overture (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Simon Rattle, cond.) The ballet originates in a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 31st, 2016
 
Holiday Fun: Hansel and Gretel

The tale of the two children and how they fool the wicked witch who has captured them in her gingerbread house has become a holiday opera. The recasting of the Grimm Brother’s tale into something more family friendly was done [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 29th, 2016
 
The Taras Bulba of the Pampas: Ginastera’s Ollantay

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) was born in Buenos Aires and studied at the conservatory there. One of his best known students is the tango composer Ástor Piazzola, who studied with him in 1941. Ginastera was inspired by the life of Argentina, [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 20th, 2016
 
Moritz Moszkowski: Suite for 2 Violins and Piano , Op. 71

Moritz Moszkowski was known the world over as the “Sunshine Composer.” When he died in April 1925, a prominent musical journal reported, “Moszkowski dead! So painful an announcement has not stricken the entire musical word since the deaths of Chopin, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 15th, 2016