Saturday, August 27, 2005

Bartok Streams On

Maybe you haven't noticed but the streaming picture at Bartok Radio has been in a state of flux in recent weeks. Last week at this time we were listing nine (count em', 9) separate streams for Bartok Radio. This week we are listing only two, neither of which is accessible to dial-up users.

At the request of Bartok Radio we have delisted the direct links we had been listing for their highest speed Windows Media Player and MP3 streams (190k and 320k, respectively), as well as direct links for some intermediate level streams. We are not listing any Real Player stream, because the link they suggested we use opens up an inferior sounding 16.1k stream (they have a perfectly fine sounding 96k Real Player stream that is scaled and thus accessible to dial-up users, but so far we have been asked not to list it). For technically sophisticated users, the alternative streams we are no longer listing (except for the Real Player streams) are still accessible if one digs into the playlist area in each player's configuration menu (for the less technically apt among us, I know what I just said sounds like complete gibberish!)

The good news is that we are discussing these issues with the station and we hope that in coming weeks we may be able to list some or all of the alternative streams. We wish other stations would work as closely with us on streaming matters.

Happy listening,

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Saturday, 8/20/'05 (C)

More special offerings today:

At 1830/2:30PM:

From the Proms 2005, Christine Goerke stars in Sofia Gubaidulina's The Light of the End (UK premiere), over BBC RADIO 3.

This evening at 0200/10:00PM:

Jane Eaglen and Greer Grimsley are joined by Margaret Jane Wray, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Stephanie Blythe and Stephen Milling in Robert Spano's reading from Seattle Opera of the second installment in Wagner's Ring cycle, Die Walküre, over KING.

These and many other operas are on offer today. So you are invited now to browse through all the listings as well, and

Happy listening.

Saturday, 8/20/'05 (B)

More special offerings this afternoon:

At 1800/2:00PM:

From Florence, Ferruccio Furlanetto stars in Mussorgsky's Boris Godounov (seems like a Furlanetto afternoon with his Arkel also being offered earlier this afternoon), with Torsten Kerl, and led by Semyon Bychkov, over ESPACE 2.

Anna Caterina Antonacci stars as Cherubini's pioneering Assoluta heroine in his Médée, over FRANCE MUSIQUES.

KLARA brings us Marcello Viotti's reading of Massenet's Le Roi de Lahore, with Ana Maria Sanchez in the cast.

From Naples, LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA, MUSIQ3 and SVERIGES RADIO P2, Tchaikovsky's Pikovaya Dama -- Raina Kabaivanska sings the old Countess.

Handel's Atalanta can be heard over NDR KULTUR with Dominique Labelle in the title role.

RADIO TRE (RAI) brings us Paul Groves in the title role of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius.

We recall Rene Jacobs' countertenor days with his Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice over RETE DUE.

More exciting offerings from today to follow momentarily on this page. Stay "tuned".

Happy listening.

Saturday, 8/20/'05 (A)

Special offerings this afternoon:

At 1700/1:00PM:

Violeta Urmana and Mark Delavan are heard in Verdi's Forza del Destino, heard over DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR.

Mark Delavan can also be heard in the title role of Verdi's Rigoletto, with Tito Beltrán also in the cast, over RDP ANTENA 2.

RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS brings us an exciting, radiant new soprano, Karina Gauvin, starring in Handel's Alcina.

On HECTOR, Bernard Haitink conducts Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, with Wolfgang Holzmair and Anne Sofie von Otter in a "live" performance from 2000.

An even more exciting Pelléas et Mélisande can be heard over the NPR World of Opera series on well over a dozen different U.S. stations, starting either at 1700/1:00PM, or 1730/1:30PM; it features Simon Keenlyside, Mireille Delunsch, Jose Van Dam and Ferruccio Furlanetto!

At either 1700/1:00PM on WQXR or 2200/6:00PM on RDP ANTENA 2, you can catch Paul McCreesh conducting Gluck's Paride ed Elena; unclear whether Magdalena Kozena and Susan Gritton are featured in both performances or only in the one at 1700/1:00PM.

At 1730/1:30PM:

Inga Kalna can be heard in a supporting role in Conti's rarely heard Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena under Rene Jacobs, over RADIO OESTERREICH INTERNATIONAL.

More exciting offerings from today to follow momentarily on this page. Stay "tuned".

Happy listening.

Saturday, 8/20/'05

Special offerings this afternoon:

At 1700/1:00PM:

Violeta Urmana and Mark Delavan are heard in Verdi's Forza del Destino, heard over DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR.

Mark Delavan can also be heard in the title role of Verdi's Rigoletto, with Tito Beltrán also in the cast, over RDP ANTENA 2.

RADIO 4 NETHERLANDS brings us an exciting, radiant new soprano, Karina Gauvin, starring in Handel's Alcina.

On HECTOR, Bernard Haitink conducts Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, with Wolfgang Holzmair and Anne Sofie von Otter in a "live" performance from 2000.

An even more exciting Pelléas et Mélisande can be heard over the NPR World of Opera series on well over a dozen different U.S. stations, starting either at 1700/1:00PM, or 1730/1:30PM; it features Simon Keenlyside, Mireille Delunsch, Jose Van Dam and Ferruccio Furlanetto!

At either 1700/1:00PM on WQXR or 2200/6:00PM on RDP ANTENA 2, you can catch Paul McCreesh conducting Gluck's Paride ed Elena; unclear whether Magdalena Kozena and Susan Gritton are featured in both performances or only in the one at 1700/1:00PM.

At 1730/1:30PM:

Inga Kalna can be heard in a supporting role in Conti's rarely heard Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena under Rene Jacobs, over RADIO OESTERREICH INTERNATIONAL.

More exciting offerings from today to follow momentarily on this page. Stay "tuned".

Happy listening.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Saturday, 8/13/'05 (C)

Further highlighted offerings this afternoon:

At 1900/3:00PM, Handel's successful first opera in London, Rinaldo, starring David Daniels, with colleagues Bernarda Fink, Cecilia Bartoli, Gerald Finley, Luba Organasova and Bejun Mehta, conducted by Christopher Hogwood; heard over Lyric FM.

And those who may not be able to catch WCNY's exciting Glimmerglass Dialogues of the Carmelites this afternoon, with Maria Kanyova as Blanche, Joyce Castle as Madame de Croissy, Robynne Redmon as Mother Marie, Sarah Coburn as Sister Constance, Anne Evans as Madame Lidoine and Jake Gardner as the Marquis de la Force, can still hear this performance this evening at 2300/7:00PM over WDAV.

Also this evening, at 0000/8:00PM, WCLV brings us Franz Welser-Moest's reading of the Verdi Requiem, with Vaduva, Grove, Beczala and Reiter.

Finally, at 0200/10:00PM, KING starts its complete coverage of this week's Seattle RING cycle, with Das Rheingold, starring Richard Paul Fink's Alberich (Grimsley, Kazaras, Blythe and Podles also in the cast).

Quite a day. Hope you all are enjoying these and the many other opera offerings on the Web.

Happy listening.

Saturday, 8/13/'05 (B)

Especially unusual offerings further on this afternoon:

At 1730/1:30PM, another chance to hear Waltraud Meier in one of her most reassuring and polished performances in recent memory: an inspired Isolde at the Opera de la Bastille this year, in a Tristan und Isolde led by Esa Pekka Salonen, also featuring the leading Tristan today, Ben Heppner, and Yvonne Naef's strong Brangaene; heard over Cesky Rozhlas 3 - Vltava.

NPR World of Opera, broadcast over many U.S. radio stations over the Web at 1730/1:30PM, brings us Glimmerglass's youthful production of Puccini's Fanciulla del West.

Also from Glimmerglass, WCNY brings us their production of Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, with Maria Kanyova as Blanche, Joyce Castle as Madame de Croissy, Robynne Redmon as Mother Marie, Sarah Coburn as Sister Constance, Anne Evans as Madame Lidoine and Jake Gardner as the Marquis de la Force.

You can also catch at the same time slot the last installment of the Opera Stage series: Beethoven's Fidelio, starring Deborah Voigt (Stanford Olsen sings Jaquino and James Morris Don Fernando), heard over KBYU.

And there's another Fidelio, at the same time, heard over Radio Oesterreich International, featuring Camilla Nylund, Kurt Streit and Peter Rose, Bertrand de Billy conducting.

Again, please stay "tuned". More to come.

Happy listening.

Saturday, 8/13/'05

So what are some of the highlights for this Saturday afternoon? A Bayreuth 2005 rebroadcast of Tannhaeuser with the resilient Stephen Gould in the title role and Roman Trekel's superb Wolfram, under the inspired baton of Christian Thieleman, heard over Deutschlandradio Kultur at 1700/1:00PM.

From Stockholm, Valery Gergiev conducts the original version of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (concentrating only on the politics in Russia and Boris's decline), starring Vladimir Vaneev in the title role, with Vasily Gerello and Gennady Bezzubenkov also heard in the roles of Shchelkalov and Varlaam, heard over many stations this afternoon: Radio 4 Netherlands starts at 1700/1:00PM, and you can tune in at 1730/1:30PM to Latvia Radio, Musiq3, NRK Alltid Klassisk, NRK P2, Sveriges Radio, or Radio Tre.

The earliest great opera, Monteverdi's Orfeo can be heard over WOSU at 1700/1:00PM, with Ian Bostridge in the title role and Nathalie Dessay also in the cast.

For other special offerings a bit later in the afternoon, stay "tuned" to this page.

More to come very shortly.

Happy listening.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

We're Bac-c-c-k-k-k-k!

I note with some horror that I have not posted here in almost six weeks!

July was a busy month when we were on vacation for a week and also travelled out of town on two weekends (one truly sublime trip to Caramoor for a performance of La Sonnambula with the still inestimable Sumi Jo), and well....here we are back at work full time and back to bloggerworld.

So what's on for this first Saturday in August? A few Bayreuth 2005 rebroadcasts - look for Tannhauser, Tristan and Lohengrin - and some live festival offerings from Europe head the list.

First the Bayreuth rebroadcasts: Bayern 4 Klassik is carrying the Tannhauser (starting as I write this), but we hear a squeal on Bayern 4's Real Player stream and some computers may hear intermittent clicking on Bayern 4's Windows Media Player stream. A special note: we have just uploaded new stream links for both Bayern 4 streams - maybe this will help the situation with these streams.

RDP Antena 2 (Portugal), MDR Figaro, NDR Kultur and RBB Kulturradio (all German stations) are carrying Lohengrin.

Radio 4 Netherlands is carrying the Tristan und Isolde.

DeutschlandRadio -- a 1978 performance from Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin) of Paul Dessau's Einstein with Theo Adam and Peter Schreier, conducted by Otmar Suitner.

DR P2 (Denmark) -- a 2004 Copenhagen performance of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, with Michael Kristensen, Ylva Kihlberg, Hanne Fischer, Kerstin Avemo, Paula Hoffman and Jens Bruno Hansen, conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

KCSC (Oklahoma) -- from Teatro Real, Madrid, a performance of Tomás Bretón's La Dolores, with Maria Rodriguez, Cecilia Diaz, Gustavo Porta, Dario Schmunck, and Stefano Palatchi, conducted by Antoni Ros Marb.

NPR World of Opera -- from Glimmerglass, a performance of Poulenc's Dialogue of the Carmelites, with Maria Kanyova, Joyce Castle, Robynne Redmon, Sarah Coburn, Anne Evans, Jake Gardner, Jason Collins, Kate Magiameli, Marion Pratnicki and Mark Whatley, conducted by Stewart Robertson. Some NPR stations are a week behind and will be airing the Glimmerglass performance Richard Rodnet Bennett's The Mines of Sulphur that first aired last week.

WOSU (Ohio) -- A performance from Vienna State Opera of Bellini's Norma, with Edita Gruberova and Salvatore Licitra, Marcello Viotto conducting.

KBYU (Utah) -- a rebroadcast of the Paris Tristan und Isolde with Ben Heppner, Waltraute Meier and Yvonne Naef, conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen.

NRK Alltid Klassisk (Norway) -- a May 2004 performance from Montreal, Canada of Handel's Alcina, with Karina Gauvin, Christine Brandes, Krisztina Szabo, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Nathaniel Watson, Benjamin Butterfield and Shannon Mercer, conducted by Bernard Labadie.

Radio Oesterreich International (Austria) -- from the 2005 Salzburg Festival, a performance of Mozart's Mitridate, Re di Ponto, with Richard Croft, Netta Or, Miah Persson, Bejun Mehta and Ingela Bohlin, conducted by Marc Minkowski.

Sveriges Radio P2 (Sweden) -- a live double bill from Stockholm -- Francesco Mancini's opera Demofoonte, with Nikola Matisic, Karl Rombo, Erik Enqvist, Ida Falk Winland, Karolina Blixt and Trine Bastrup Møller; and Giuseppe Selitti's Fiffiga änkan, with Elisabeth Bodén Haglund and Johan Fägerlind, all conducted by Mark Tatlow.

Espace 2 (Switzerland) -- a June 2005 La Scala (Milan) performance of Puccini's La Bohème, with Roberto Aronica, Filipo Morace, Hei-Kyung Hong, Fabio Capitanucci and Daniela Bruera, conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

Klara (Belgium) -- a 2004 Pesaro Festival performance of Rossini's Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra,with Sonia Ganassi, Bruce Sledge, Mariola Cantarero, Manuela Custer, and Antonino Siragusa, conducted by Renato Palumbo.

WICR (Indiana) -- a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio from Carnegie Hall in New York City with Deborah Voigt, Thomas Moser, James Morris, Harolyn Blackwell and Stanford Olsen, conducted by Robert Bass.

France Musiques, Musique 3 (Belgium), and Radio Tre (RAI) -- a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony from L'Orange, with Mélanie Diener, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jorma Silvasti and Franz-Josef Selig, conducted by Kurt Masur.

That about wraps it up for the live performance offerings this afternoon.

Happy listening.