Here’s the latest from the music and arts world, from Norman Lebrecht….
1) Good news from Japan: Maestro Seiji Ozawa is off the disabled list after a long fight with cancer, and he’s on the podium again! Norman has details from Matsumoto, Japan.
2) How has conductor Valery Gergiev changed the classical music world? Norman Lebrecht says how at Slipped Disc, and you can hear more details tonight at 10:15 P.M. UK time (5:15 P.M. Eastern time) on the Lebrecht Interview on BBC Radio 3. If you can’t listen this evening, they’ll have a podcast here after the regular broadcast.
3) First a Jane Austen opera (mentioned the other day on Slipped Disc)– now there’s music by Dario Marinelli for a new film version of Jane Eyre! Norman has more about these musical settings of English literature.
4) Not an arts matter as such, but as Norman says, “culturally significant.” What can British Prime Minister David Cameron learn from Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s response to recent violence? Norman offers some opinions on the matter; feel free to share yours as well, here or at Slipped Disc!
5) Norman shares this YouTube video of Klaus Tennstedt in memory of the conductor’s recently departed widow, Inge Tennstedt. For those who did not see the news on yesterday’s WCNY blog, the link to the obituary is here.
6) An encore that Norman posted on Facebook later in the day…he comments in French, “Un souvenir très intime, consacré a une qui ne sera jamais oubliée.” And if you don’t recognize the original French lyrics and title of this song, sung here by Yves Montand…well, let’s just say autumn will be here in a few weeks!
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