Saturday, January 19, 2008

Seven and a half hours of the Pav?!*&%+!... and lots more ...

Before I get to this afternoon's offerings, I would like to call your attention to a new station, Connoisseur Classics, recently started by WHRO in Norfolk, Virginia. The service broadcasts locally as HD Radio and also over the internet and provides round-the-clock classical music seven days a week. This station should be of interest to our listeners because every Tuesday they broadcast opera all day, featuring several complete operas along the way. They are not yet able to post any schedule information before things actually air, so we have not included them in our schedule pages, but the station does appear on our Opera Stations page.

And now for some highlights of todays offerings. The Metropolitan Opera is featuring an historic broadcast from 1976 of La Boheme, with Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto. WHRB (Harvard's radio station) is wrapping a tribute to Pavarotti around its broadcast of the Boheme - seven and one half hours of the Pav! Terje Stensvold's Wanderer in Siegfried from this past fall's Oslo Ring Cycle should prove worthwhile. More Wagner comes from Covent Garden - a Parsifal with John Tomlinson as Gurnemanz and Petra Lang as Kundry. Czech Radio offers Janacek's From the House of the Dead. From Vienna comes Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites. I'm still not quite sure what Radio Tre (RAI) will be broadcasting this afternoon - it's either going to be Tosca from Rome or Attila from Bari (personally the cast of unknowns from Rome sounds more appealing than the better known singers in the Bari Attila). And if you missed the Met's War and Peace the first time around, this weekend you get a second chance to hear it on the antipodes stations.

Here are the best of the live offerings for today:

  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - From the Aix-en-Provence Festival, a performance of Janacek's From the House of the Dead, with Olaf Bär, Eric Stoklossa, Štefan Margita, Peter Strak, Vladimír Chmelo, Jirí Sulženko, Heinz Zednik, John Mark Ainsley, Jan Galla, Tomáš Krejcirík, Martin Bárta, Vratislav Kríž, Olivier Dumait, Susannah Haberfeld, Aleš Jenis, Marian Pavlovic, Peter Hoare, Gerd Grochowski and Andreas Conrad, conducted by Pierre Boulez.
  • Dwojke Polskie Radio, Espace 2 & France Musique - From Vienna, a November 16th concert performance of Bellini's Norma, with Edita Gruberova, Caroline Wenborne, José Cura, Paul Dan Dumitrescu, Marian Talaba and Elina Garanca, conducted by Friedrich Haider.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk & NRK P2 - Danish radio continues its traversal of this past September's Oslo Ring Cycle, with Siegfried, with Stig Fogh Andersen, Svein Erik Sagbråten, Terje Stensvold, Marcus Jupither, Carsten Stabell, Anne Gjevang, Tine Kiberg and Eli Kristin Hagen, conducted by Paul Daniel.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From Amsterdam, Rameau's Caster et Pollux, with Finnur Bjarnasson, Henk Neven and Anna Maria Panzarella, conducted by Christophe Rousset.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - From Theater an der Wien, Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, with Jean Philippe Lafont, Sally Matthews, Yann Beuron, Marjana Lipovsek, Heidi Brunner, Michelle Breedt and Patricia Petibon, conducted by Bertrand de Billy.
  • BBC Radio 3 - From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a performance of Wagner's Parsifal, with John Tomlinson, Petra Lang, Falk Struckmann, Christopher Ventris, Gwynne Howell, Willard White and Elizabeth Cragg, conducted by Bernard Haitink.
  • Metropolitan Opera (Numerous stations) - The archival broadcast of La Boheme mentioned above.
  • Latvia Radio Klasika - A rebroadcast of a November 28th Rome performance of Rossini's Guillaume Tell, with John Osborne, Michele Pertusi and Nora Ansellem, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - EITHER Tosca from Rome, with Myrto Papatanasiu, Giuseppe Gipali and Giorgio Surian, conducted by Josè Maria Sciutto; OR From Bari, a performance of Verdi's Attila, with Michele Pertusi, Giovanni Meoni, Andrea Gruber, Gustavo Ariel Porta, Gianluca Floris and Pietro Naviglio, conducted by Renato Palumbo.
  • ABC Classic FM (Australian Radio) & Concert FM (New Zealand radio) - are still on the same page - their Sunday opera this week will be the Met's performance of Prokofiev's War and Peace, with Marina Poplovskaya, Ekaterina Semenchuck, Mikhail Kit, Larisa Shevchenko, Kim Begley, Alexei Markov, Vassily Gerello and Samuel Ramey, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Happy listening,

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

This week: More choice ... Less Met

With fewer stations joining the Met's bandwagon this week (for Verdi's Macbeth), there are more listening choices for us all. A couple of interesting looking Wagner offerings (including Pavlo Hunka's Alberich in Siegfried from Lyon - it's nice to see him back) . . . catch the wonderful Sophie Koch in Le Roi D'Ys from Toulouse . . . and here are the live offerings for today:

  • Deutschlandradio Kultur - From Potsdam's Schlosstheater Neues Palais von Sanssouci, a live concert performance of Rossini's La scala di seta, with Christian Dietz, Raffaella Milanesi, Giorgia Milanesi, Daniele Zanfardino, Maurizio Leoni and Enrico Marabelli, conducted by Felice Venanzoni.
  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From Vienna Staatsoper, Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, with Johan Botha, Ricarda Merbeth and Falk Struckmann, conducted by Christian Thielemann.
  • Dwojke polskie Radio - From this past summer's Salzburg Festival, Cellini's Benvenuto Cellini, with Laurent Naouri, Brindley Sheratt, Michail Petrenko, Maija Kovalevska, Kate Aldrich, Xavier Mas, Roberto Tagliavini, Adam Plachetka, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
  • France Musique - From Opéra de Lyon, an October perfromance of Wagner's Siegfried, with Stig Andersen, Robert Künzli, Matthew Best, Pavlo Hunka, Kurt Gysen, Mette Ejsing, Susan Bullock, Louise Fribo and George Molnar, conducted by Gérard Korsten.
  • MDR Figaro - From Toulouse, an October performance of Lalo's Le Roi d’Ys, with Inva Mula, Sophie Koch, Charles Castronovo, Franck Ferrari, Eric Martin-Bonnet, André Heyboer and Paul Gay, conducted by Yves Abel.
  • Metropolitan Opera (numerous stations) - Verdi's Macbeth, with Maria Guleghina,Zeljko Lucic (sunstituting for the originally scheduled Lado Ataneli), Dmitri Pittas, John Relyea, Russell Thomas, Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs, Keith Miller and James Courtney, conducted by James Levine. On Sunday (late Saturday night, very early Sunday morning here on the East Coast) ABC Classic FM (Australian Radio) and Concert FM (New Zealand) are now offering the complete Met season on a four week delay - this Sunday they are offering Gounod's Romeo at Juliette with Netrebko and Alagna.
  • NRK Alltid Klassisk & NRK P2 - From Vienna Staatsoper, a rebroadcast of the April 1st performance of Donizetti's La Fille du régiment, with Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Flórez, Carlos Alvarez, Montserrat Caballé, Janina Baechle, Clemens Unterreiner, Marcus Pelz, Carlo Chies, Wolfram Igor Derntl, conducted by Yves Abel.
  • Sveriges Radio P2 - From the Fäviken operafestival, a July 2007 performance of Cimarosa's Den gifte stackaren (L'infedeltà fedele), with Sami Yousri, Patrik Landgren, Hillevi Berg Niska, Andrea Hagman, Miriam Ryen, Jakob Högström and Jon Nilsson, conducted by Per-Erik Öhrn.
  • Cesky Rozhlas 3-Vltava - Legrenzi's Giustino, with Georg Nigl, Cornelia Ptassek, Elisabeth Kulman, Delphine Galou, Peter Kennel, Terry Wey, Hermann Oswald, Manfred Bittner), Thomas Stache and Marina Bartoli, conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - From Turin, a live performance of Carter's What Next?, with Christine Buffle, Dean Elzinga, Sarah Leonard William Joyner and Hilary Summers, conducted by Peter Rundel.

Happy listening,

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Saturday Highlights

Greetings from the snowy wastes of Brunswick, Maine!

This week we received a couple of emails complaining of problems connecting to Sveriges Radio P2 (Swedish Radio), so we have investigated and have now replaced all three stream links for the station. If you notice problems with any of the links we list on our pages, please do let us know.

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

  • Radio 4 Netherlands - From Rome, a November 18th performance of Rossini's Guillaume Tell, with Michele Pertusi, Alex Esposito and Norah Amsellem, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
  • France Musique - From Nantes, France, a performance of Rossini's Comte Ory, with Luciano Botelho, Pascale Beaudin, Anna Destraël, Isabelle Henriquez, Franck Leguérinel, Nicolas Courjal and Stéphanie Loris, conducted by Giuseppe Grazioli.
  • Metropolitan Opera, New York (numerous stations) - Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, with Michele Crider, Ofelia Sala, Stephanie Blythe, Salvatore Licitra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jeff Mattsey and Hao Jiang Tian, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
  • Radio Oesterreich International - From Teatro Real in Madrid, a November 10, 2007 performance of Martin y Soler's Il burbero di buon cuore, with Elena de la Merced, Véronique Gens, Saimir Pirgu, Luca Pisaroni and Carlos Chausson, conducted by Christophe Rousset.
  • Espace 2 - A rebroadcast of this season's La Scala Opening Night performance of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, with Ian Storey, Matti Salminen, Waltraud Meier, Gerd Grokowski, Will Hartmann, Michelle De Young, Ryland Davies, Ernesto Panariello and Alfredo Nigro, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
  • Catalunya Musica - From the foyer of Gran Teatre del Liceu a May 5, 2007 performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's An Acquired Taste, with Janis Kelly and Richard Suart, Wyn Davies on piano.
  • RBB Kulturradio - From Friedenskirche Potsdam as part of the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Handel's Messiah, with Helen Williams, Daniel Taylor, Mark Dobel, Neal Davies and The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers.
  • Radio Tre (RAI) - On their late-night program, ESERCIZI DI MEMORIA - SUONI DALL'ARCHIVIO DELLA RADIO, features Boris Christoff. Saturday night he appears in an archival broadcast from Milan in 1954 of Glinka's A Life for the Czar with Virginia Zeani, Giuseppe Campora and Anna Maria Rota, conducted by Alfredo Simonetto. On Sunday night Christoff appears in a 1964 Rome broadcast of Borodin's Prince Igor, with Giussepe Taddei. Margherita Kalmus. Luigi Infantino. Oralia Dominguez, Ennio Buoso, Nelly Pucci and Vito Susca, conducted by Armando La Rosa Parodi.

Happy listening,

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