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    Leon Kirchner, composer (1919-2009)

    Leon Kirchner (January 24, 1919 – September 17, 2009) was an American composer of contemporary classical music. G. Schirmer, Inc./Associated Music Publishers and the Music Sales Group are saddened to announce the passing of Leon Kirchner.

    Leon Kirchner has made an indelible mark on contemporary music through his own remarkable style — in his words, "an artist must create a personal cosmos, a verdant world...powered by conviction and necessity." Like Arnold Schoenberg, his mentor, Kirchner weaved the past and the present, creating music that masterfully conveys our contemporary world.

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    Haydn expert H.C. Robbins Landon dies at 83

    LONDON - H.C. Robbins Landon, a musicologist noted for his pioneering research on Franz Joseph Haydn and for writing popular works on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has died at age 83. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and studied music at Swarthmore College and Boston University. He subsequently moved to Europe where he worked as a music critic. From 1947 he undertook research in Vienna on Joseph Haydn, a composer on whom he became an authority. His book Symphonies of Joseph Haydn was published in 1955, and the five volume Haydn: Chronicle and Works followed at the end of the 1970s. He also edited a number of Haydn's works.
    Robbins Landon published work on other 18th century composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonio Vivaldi. He coined the term barococo. In 1994 a controversy erupted over the appearance of various piano sonatas which Robbins Landon at first declared to be newly discovered Haydn works, but then concluded were fakes. He died on November 20, 2009 in Rabastens, France....wikipedia.

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    Elisabeth Soderstrom dies

    Swedish soprano Elisabeth Soderstrom, an international opera star, has died in Stockholm early Friday 20 NOV 2009 of complications from a stroke.
    Soderstrom was 82. She made her debut in 1947 at the Drottningholm Palace Theatre, singing in one of Mozart's lesser-known works.
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    Vintage Audio

    Available from OTRCat.com 17 Uninterrupted Classical Music Programs (1949 - 1950)

    "Let care be gone on magic wings of song… This is the Enchanted Hour …"

    The Enchanted Hour, produced in Chicago, featured classical orchestral and operatic music. Directed by Jim Ramsey and Jack LaFrandre, Henry Weber and his orchestra play uninterrupted music by composers such as Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Handel, Debussy, Strauss, and Wagner. Nancy Carr appeared often as soprano.

    "Sincerely dedicated to better radio
    listening for every member of your family…"

    October 1949 MUTUAL RADIO Broadcast with Soprano NANCY CARR and Conductor HENRY WEBER:




    A glance of what was going on in classical music history for each day of the year. Birth and death dates of composers and performers and first performances of famous works.


    Alicia de Larrocha dies at age 86

    Alicia de Larrocha, a diminutive Spanish pianist esteemed for her elegant Mozart performances and regarded as an incomparable interpreter of Albéniz, Granados, Mompou and other Spanish composers, died on Sept. 25, 2009. She was 86. Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle was born in Barcelona on May 23, 1923, to Eduardo de Larrocha and Maria Teresa de la Calle. Although her mother gave up any ambition of a performing career when she married, Ms. de Larrocha's aunt was a piano teacher at the Academia Marshall, a school founded by the pianist Frank Marshall, who was also a Granados student.
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    New SCHUBERT works for flute & strings

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    Robert Stallman does it again, breaking new ground for flute chamber music with First Recordings of his original arrangements of three Sonatas of Franz Schubert (D.568, D. 574, D. 408). After the stunning launch of the Bogner's Café label with Mozart-Stallman: New Quintets for Flute & Strings, the master flutist now gives further evidence of a special instinct for transcribing, cultivated over many years: two Quartets and a Quintet for Flute & Strings - Schubert at his youthful best, but as never heard before. Stallman is again joined by the award-winning Martinu String Quartet and violist Karel Untermüller in radiant performances from Prague.
    These brilliant re-creations by Stallman not only bring new substance to the flute repertoire but make listeners feel as though the composer himself has done the arranging. Hearing his earlier disc of Mozart arrangements, one radio host asks "Could it be that maestro Stallman has channeled the master?" FANFARE Magazine says "It may seem like a conjurer's trick, but it is actually the result of deep musical insight."

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    BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 "CHORAL"

    Beethoven, Ludwig van
    Opus 125, Symphony no. 9

    Leontyne Price, soprano ; Maureen Forrester, contralto 

    David Poleri, tenor ; Giorgio Tozzi, baritone
    New England Conservatory Chorus

    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Charles Munch, conductor


    Recorded Symphony Hall, Boston, MA 
20 December 1958

    Herbert Von Karajan Memorial Concert

    Herbert von Karajan is considered by many as the greatest conductor of the 20th century. To this day, he also remains the world's top-selling classical recording artist. The Maestro's legacy, however, has often been a subject of heated discussions fueled by his highly publicized affiliation with the Nazi Party during WW2. Nevertheless, many of his recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, and especially the Berlin Philharmonic, which he led for thirty-five years (1954-1989), are still regarded as the best in the classical repertoire. On January 28th, 2008 the Berlin Philharmonic celebrated the 100th anniversary of Herbert von Karajan's birth with an impressive concert at Wiener Musikverein, Vienna, Austria. Led by Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, the Berlin Philharmonic performed Beethoven's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major (with guest soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter), Bach's Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D minor: Sarabande and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor "Pathetique". Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major - Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Berlin Philharmonic deliver an inspiring performance of Mozart's timeless masterpiece. Maestro Ozawa's leadership is certainly felt throughout the concerto, but it is Anne-Sophie Mutter's flawless technique that impresses. The Larghetto in particular is incredibly moving - the "dialog" between the violin and the bassoon in the opening bars is most beautiful. Sarabande - Yet another highly impressive performance by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter! Her treatment of Bach's work is gentle and notably lyrical. The sense of calmness the lonely violin exudes is fantastic. Symphony No. 6 in B minor "Pathetique - Without a doubt, this is the real treat in this memorable concert (Maestro Ozawa conducted "Pathetique" for Orchestre de Paris very early in his career [Reviewed by Dr. Svet Atanasov, March 13, 2009]). The Berlin Philharmonic breeds new life into this epic work regarded by many as Tchaikovsky's masterpiece. Buy it at Amazon.com

    Birth Centennial

    8 MARCH 1909 Birth of American composer Anthony DONATO. d-1990

    Philippe Entremont at 75

    Philippe Entremont (b. Rheims, 7 June 1934)
    Philippe Entremont was born to musical parents, for his mother was a Grand Prix pianist and his father an operatic conductor. Philippe first received piano lessons from his mother at the age of six. His father introduced him to the world of chamber and orchestral music. He studied in Paris with Marguerite Long, and entered the National Conservatoire. He won prizes in sight-reading at age 12, chamber-music aged 14, and piano at 15. He became Laureat at the international Long-Thibaud Competition at the age of 16. In the following year he won a prize in the Brussels competition sponsored by Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, and then began his career of serious concert-giving at the piano.
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    1909 Birth of Ruth Michaelis Mezzo-Soprano Born 27 Feb 1909 in Posen Died 3 Dec 1989 Debut 1933 Teachers:- Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Hans Beltz, Jean Robert Sang in premiere of Rappelkopf (Lothar) Monika (Dostal)
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    1709 Birth of Francois Lepage Baritone Born 27 Feb 1709 Joinville Died 1780 Created Teycer / Ismenor in Dardanus (Rameau) Jupiter / Tiresias in Nais (Rameau) Citheron in Platee (Rameau) Cindor in Zais (Rameau) Sang in premiere of Zoroastre (Rameau) Acante et Cephise (Rameau) Castor et Pollux (Rameau) Fete de Polmnie (Rameau) Temple de la Gloire (Rameau) Fetes de l'Hymen et de l'amour (Rameau) Zaid (Royer) Isbe (Destouches)

    Classical TV

    ClassicalTV.com's upcoming webcast of Puccini’s La Bohème from the English National Opera.
    Classical TV, which is scheduled to officially launch in March, is a continually updated website that will offer both free and pay-per-view broadcasts of some of the world’s best opera, ballet, theater, and classical music performances. Classical TV has begun offering an exclusive web broadcast of Jonathan Miller’s new production of La Bohème as a free preview. In addition to streaming these performances, the site will also offer an editorial package of reviews, a viewer’s guide and an insider's look at the performance. (La Bohème Opera: http://www.classicaltv.com )

    Erland von Koch, Swedish composer dies...98 years.

    Erland von Koch received his diploma as an organist and cantor from the Music Conservatory in Stockholm in 1935. He spent the following years studying composition, conducting, and piano in Germany and France. After a couple of years at the Swedish Radio, he worked as a teacher of music theory at the conservatory in Stockholm from 1953-1975. He became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1957, and was named a Professor in 1968. Among his awards were the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's medal for contributions to music in 2000. He was a versatile composer and wrote five symphonies, 12 Scandinavian dances, the Impusli and Oxberg trilogies, 12 concerti for solo instruments, numerous solo works, string quartets, the children's opera Pelle Svanslos, five ballets, songs, psalms, and film music.(among other things, he wrote the music for one of Ingmar Bergman's early films). "I strive for a simple, clear melodic style, preferably associated with folk music, and with a clear-cut rhythmic profile. I want my harmony to be uncomplicated," he said about his own composing. Erland von Koch passed away at the end of January, three months before his 99th birthday.

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    Birth centennial soprano Marjorie LAWRENCE

    17 FEBRUARY 1909 Birth of Australian operatic soprano Marjorie LAWRENCE in Geelong Victoria. Died 14 Jan 1979 Debut as Elizabeth in Tannhauser (Wagner) 1932 Teachers:- Ivor Boustead, Cecille Gilly Pupil :- Louise Ann Wohlafka.


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    16 FEBRUARY 1709 Birth of English organist and composer Charles AVISON in Newcastle. d-Newcastle, 9 MAY 1770.

    16 FEBRUARY 1909 Birth of composer Maurice GARDNER.

    A Birth Centennial Vasco Campagnano

    11 FEBRUARY 1909 [some sources say 1910] Vasco Campagnano Tenor

    Debut in Boheme (Puccini) 1929 Teachers:- Olga Righi-Mieli, Mario Sammarco, Elvino Ventura, Luigi Bolis. Born in Egypt, to Italian parents, Campagnano studied first with Olga Righi-Mieli in Alexandria, and appeared there in concert. He came to Italy in 1926 to further his studies with Mario Sammarco and Elvino Ventura. He made his debut as a baritone in 1929, as Marcello in Bologna. He sang in small theatres in Italy throughout the 1930s, until the war interrupted his career. Ater the war, he studied further with Luigi Bolis, and resumed his career but as a tenor, making his debut in Pavia, as Pinkerton, in 1946. His career took off in 1948, when he made his debut at La Scala in Milan, as Calaf in Turandot. He was invited at the Teatro Nacional Sao Carlos in Lisbon, and the Liceu in Barcelona, also making guest appearances in Zurich, Nice, Tunis, etc. In 1957, he sang Don José at the Verona Arena, and Radames at the Chorégies d'Orange, which was also his farewell role in Tel Aviv in 1959. He made a few recordings with the Italian radio (RAI) and later released by Cetra, notably; Manon Lescaut, opposite Clara Petrella, La fanciulla del west, opposite Carla Gavazzi, and Aroldo, opposite Maria Vitale. Vasco Campagnano died in Milan, on January 16, 1976.

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    Harald Genzmer was born in Blumenthal near Bremen on 9 February 1909. In 1928 he began to study at the Berlin Hochschule für Music with Paul Hindemith (composition, until 1934), Rudolf Schmidt (piano), Alfred Richter (clarinet) and Curt Sachs (musicology). From 1934 to 1937 he worked as a repetiteur, later as assistant conductor at the Breslau Opera House. In 1938 he began to teach at the Volksmusikschule Berlin-Neukölln, where also Hindemith had been teaching before. In the 1940’s, he experimented with electronic instruments and devoted himself particularly to the "Trautonium" (an electronic instrument invented by Friedrich Trautwein). Harald Genzmer died on 16 December 2007 in Munich.

    Victor Herbert

    February 1 was the 150th birthday anniversary of Victor Herbert, the great Irish-American composer of such operettas as “Babes in Toyland,” “Naughty Marietta,” “Sweethearts” and “The Red Mill.” Herbert was also the driving force behind the establishment of ASCAP and served as Vice President of the organization from 1914 until his death in 1924. Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924) was a cellist, conductor and composer best known for his light operas. He was prominent among the tin pan alley composers. He published some of his dance music compositions under the pseudonym Noble MacClure.
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