Saturday, April 22, 2006

Saturday LIVE offerings

Here's the lineup of live offerings for this afternoon:

  • France Musiques, Latvia Radio Klasika and Radio Tre (RAI) - The Chatelet Ring Cycle from January of this year, continues with Siegfried, featuring Jon Fredric West, Volker Vogel, Jukka Rasilainen, Sergei Leiferkus, Kurt Rydl, Linda Watson, Qiu Lin Zhang and Natalie Karl, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.
  • DeutschlandKultur Radio - A performance from Amsterdam of Massenet's Don Quichotte, with Roberto Scandiuzzi, Alain Vernhes, Monica Bacelli, Silvia de la Muela, Thomas Oliemans and Pedro, conducted by Jaap van Zweden.
  • DR P2 - Lully's Isis, with Françoise Masset, Isabelle Desrochers Calliope, Valérie Gabail, Guillemette Laurens, Robert Getchell, Howard Crook, Bertrand Chuberre, Bernard Deletré and Renaud Delaigue, conducted by Hugo Reyne.
  • Klara - A Bolshoi perfromance of Prokoviev's War and Peace with Andrej Grigoriev, Jekaterina Sjerbasjenko, Margarita Mamsirova, Roman Muravitski, Oksana Kornievskaja, Vsevolod Grivnov, Paata Burchuladze, Boris Statsenko, Tatiana Jerastova and Joeri Baranov, conducted by Alexander Vermikov.
  • Musiq3 - From December 2005, a Vienna Staastoper performance of Verdi's Falstaff, with Thomas Hampson, Boaz Daniel, Saimir Pirgu, Krassimira Stoyanova, Tatiana Lisnic, Jane Henschel and Nadia Krasteva, conducted by Daniele Gatti.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From Netherlands opera, a performance of Strauss' Elektra, with Felicity Palmer, Nadine Secunde, Gabriele Fontana, Donald Kaasch and Gerd Grochowski, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher.
  • Metropolitan Opera Broadcast (numerous stations) - A performance of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, with John Relyea, Andrea Rost, Maurizio Muraro, Wendy White, Alice Coote, Peter Mattei, Soile Isokoski, David Cangelosi, Patrick Carfizzi, Bernard Fitch and Tonna Miller, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk - A rebroadcast of an April 2005 performance from Covent Garden of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, with Marcelo Alvarez, Karita Mattila, Thomas Hampson, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Camilla Tilling, Giovan Battista Parodi, Matthew Rose and Jared Holt, Andrew Kennedy, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
  • Radio Oesterreich International (ORF) - A concert performance of Schubert's Alfonso und Estrella, with Dorothea Röschmann, Kurt Streit, Christian Gerhaher, Jochen Schmeckenbecher and Hanno Müller-Brachmann, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • NPR World of Opera - Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso from Genoa's Teatro Carlo Felice, with Ann Hallenberg, Elena Belfiore, Laura Aikin, Annarita Gemmabella, Max Emanuel Cencic, Vito Priante and Franco Fagioli, conducted by Alan Curtis. [Note that WDAV is broadcasting NPR World of Opera on a one-week delay and will be carrytin the P:odles Tabcredi from Toronto.]
  • Espace 2 - A January 2006 performance of Massenet's Cherubin from Teatro Lirico de Cagliari, with Michelle Breendt, Patrizia Ciofi, Carmela Remigio, Giorgio Surjan, Teresa Di Bari, Alessandra Palomba, Nicola Ebau, Bruno Lazzaretti, Riccardo Novaro, Riccardo Giannino and George Mosley, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.
  • Rete Due - Donizetti's Pietro Il Grande conducted by Marco Berdondini.
Happy listening,

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Offerings for Saturday, April 8

The big offerings this weekend seem to be the Met's Manon with Renée Fleming and Wagner's Rheingold, from this past February at the Chatelet in Paris with the Wotan of Jukka Rasilainen, the Fricka of Mihiko Fujimura, the Alberich of Sergei Leiferkus and the Mime of Volker Vogel, under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach. But, as usual there are some other things out there, including a couple or rarities, that are worth a listen. And since Holy Week is almost upon us, you can expect a fair sampling of oratorio and sacred vocal music over the next week or so. Here's the rundown of live performances available on Saturday:

  • RDP ANTENA 2 (Portugal), FRANCE MUSIQUES, LATVIA RADIO KLASIKA, RADIO TRE (RAI) - The aforementioned Rheingold from Chatelet in Paris.
  • DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR - a live concert performance from March, 2005 of Georg Philipp Telemann's Der für die Sünden der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus ("Brockes-Passion") under René Jacobs, with Annette Dasch, Dietrich Henschel, Sandrine Piau, Kobie van Rendsburg and Marie-Claude Chappuis.
  • KLARA and MUSIQ3 - a performance of Paisiello's Il barbiere di Siviglia, with Stefano Ferrari, Elena Monti, Luciano di Pasquale, Giulio Mastrototaro, Filippo Morace and Nabil Suliman, Rinaldo Alessandrini conducting.
  • DWOJKE POLSKIE RADIO - a performance of Verdi's Requiem with Gweneth-Ann Jeffers, Anna Luban'ska, Michal Lehotsky and Daniel Borowski, conducted by Gabriel Chmura.
  • METROPOLITAN OPERA BROADCAST - Massenet's Manon with Renée Fleming, Massimo Giordano, Jean-Luc Chaignaud, Hao Jiang Tian, Monica Yunus, Kate Lindsey , Sandra Piques Eddy, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt and William Shimell, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos.
  • RADIO OESTERREICH INTERNATIONAL - a live performance of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande from the Salzburg Festival Easter Festival, with Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Robert Lloyd, José von Dam and Anna Larsson, conducted by Simon Rattle.
  • SVERIGES RADIO P2 - a live performance from Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, of Daniel Börtz's opera, Svall, with Liine Carlsson, Katarina Giotas, Ingela Berglund, John Sax, Jon Nilsson, Per-Arne Wahlgren, Karl Rombo and JohnErik Eleby, conducted by Jan Söderblom.
  • NPR WORLD OF OPERA - a performance of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, with Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Mark Padmore, Bernada Fink, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Sunhae Im and Sergio Foresti, conducted by René Jacobs. Note also that WDAV is one week behind the regular schedule, so if you did not hear Handel's Atalanta last week, today you will have abother chance to do so.
  • ESPACE 2 - a January, 2006 performance of Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna, from Fribourg, with Patricia Schnell, Mathias Vidal, Kelly Hodson, Marie-Bénédicte Souquet, Carmine Monaco, Stefano Benini and Marie Kalinine, conducted by Laurent Gendre.
  • CATALUNYA MÚSICA - a lieder recital with Julianne Banse, accompanied by Justus Zeyen, piano.
  • RDP ANTENA 2 - Frank Martin's oratorio Gólgota, with Cornelia Hosp, Annette Markert, Jorge Perdigón, Petteri Salomaa, Jean-Philippe Courtis and Norbert Zeilberger, conducted by Herbert Böck.
  • WCLV - live from Severance Hall, a special Cleveland Orchestra performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Malin Hartelius, Bernarda Fink, Christoph Strehl, James Taylor, Christian Gerhaher and Olaf Bär, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
Happy listening!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Mattila Cancels!

I had hoped to get this post up before the braodcast afternoon gor rolling, but we have had some difficulties with the site this morning.

When I tried to upload the Saturday page with a change showing that Mattila was NOT going to be in today's Met Fidelio, the page got corrupted and I had to work with a backup copy and find another way to get the page uploaded. After a couple of tries and some heart palpitations, I finally got the Saturday page up and running again, but not until around 1:30. So the Saturday page was down and out for over 45 minutes immediately preceding the start of Saturday's hot broadcast hour.

Without Mattila, my listening choices for this afternoon are very much in the air, although the Radio Tre (RAI) broadcast of Zandonai's Cavalieri de Ekebu intrigues. Right now I am listening to the beginning of Fidelio to see how the new gal, Erika Sunnegårdh, sounds....

I did think it was curious that only three (3) European stations chose to carry this broadcast, but maybe they knew something that we didn't...?

I now feel very fortunate that G and I attended Tuesday's Fidelio, in which Mattila DID sing. She was incandescent! I have never heard an Abscheulicher sung like that! She keeps getting better in this role (and she was already the best I had ever heard live in the role), and the voice seems to get bigger every time I hear her. The whole performance was probably the best Fidelio either of us had ever heard - a complete ensemble where everyone was good. Kristinn Sigmundsson's Rocco was very different from Pape's from the last time they did this production, but he was most effective. Ben Heppner was more secure than I had ever heard him in this role (the last time out he was in the midst of his vocal woes and cracked more than once). Alan Held was a most dastardly and effective Pizarro.

Happy listening,