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No. 97 is Mozart’s Requiem – Lacrimosa. Composed in Vienna in 1791, the Requiem has been featured on countless movie soundtracks. Lacrimosa is the 8th movement of the Requiem, and the most famous. Mozart died before finishing the Requiem at the young age of 35, and Franz Xaver Süssmayr completed and delivered the Requiem to Count Franz von Wasell. The Count had commissioned the piece for a requiem Mass to commemorate his wife’s death (which, incidentally, fell on Valentine’s Day – how tragic!).  Count Franz von Wassell commissioned the extensive work anonymously,and it is likely that he intended to put his own name on it.  Perhaps he would be a household name had he succeeded, but Mozart’s unexpected death and a benefit concert for his widow put a spanner in the works.  In the critically acclaimed 1984 film adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s highly fictionalised stage play Amadeus, it is suggested that it was not Franz von Wassell but Salieri (the famous Italian composer of the Habsburg Court) who anonymously commissioned Mozart’s Requiem.  If you haven’t seen it yet, Amadeus really is a first class film which is sure to ignite your passion for Mozart as it did mine.

No. 97

Requiem – Lacrimosa

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791)

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May 2011 – Events in Sydney

Opera

Baroque Opera: King Arthur – Purcell

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The Early Music Ensemble

Neal Peres Da Costa conductor

Brendan Carmody director

May 13, 14

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Haunting Handel

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

May 13, 14,  18, 20, 21

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Symphony 

The Fellowship of the Ring: On Stage and Screen

Sydney Symphony

Peter Jackson’s epic film complete with music by Howard Shore

Ludwig Wicki conductor

Kaitlyn Lusk vocalist

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Sydney Children’s Choir

May 6, 8

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Mahler 10, Love and Death

HINDSON Concerto for two pianos world premiere

MAHLER Symphony No. 10 (completion Rudolf Barshai)

Ami Rogé piano

Pascal Rogé piano

May 12, 13

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Mahler 9: Another World

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 13 in C, K415

MAHLER Symphony No. 9

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor

Steven Osborne piano

May 18, 21

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Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra: Symphonic Spotlight

KERRY Symphony PREMIERE

GRAINGER In a Nutshell 

BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra

Ben Northey conductor

May 25, 26

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Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra: Symphonic Spotlight – Tea & Symphony

GRAINGER In a Nutshell 

BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra

Ben Northey conductor

May 27

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Glittering Fröst

MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik

BRAHMS (arr Fröst) Hungarian Dances

HILLBORG Peacock Tales (Australian Premiere)

COPLAND Clarinet Concerto

RAVEL (arr. Tognetti) String Quartet

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Richard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin

Martin Frost Clarinet

May 22

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Recitals

Mike Majkowski and Decibel

New  Music Network

May 15

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Musica Barroca

Salut! Baroque

May 25

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Classic 3

Musica Viva

May 23

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Brentato String Quartet

Musica Viva

May 23

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Emerald Crossing

Selby & Friends

RACHMANINOV Piano Trio Elegiaque No.1 in G minor TNii/34

MOZART Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, K.478

EDWARDS Emerald Crossing

SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.47

May 17

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Jazz in the Café

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

May 16

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Cocktail Hour Recitals

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

May 9 – 6:00pm

May 16 – 6:00pm

May 23 – 6:00pm

May 23 – 7:30pm

May 30 – 6:00pm

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Ironwood

ARRIAGA Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Major (first movement only)

KEVIN MARCH Water Dreamers

MOZART Quartet in E-flat major, K428

May 15

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Top of the Pops presented by Sydney Omega Ensemble

Kats-Chernin – Eliza’s Aria

Beethoven – Clarinet Trio

Schubert – Trout Quintet

May 29

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Lang Lang in Recital

BEETHOVEN Sonata in C, Op.2 No.3

BEETHOVEN Appassionata Sonata, Op. 57

ALBENIZ Iberia, Book I

PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 7

June 8

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Choirs 

It’s all about Rhythm!

 Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Carl Orff Carmina Burana

George Gershwin Porgy and Bess (Symphonic Picture)

Leonard Bernstein West Side Story (Symphonic Dances)

May 14, 15 

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Radio Broadcasts

The following ABC Classic FM (92.9 MHz) broadcasts are advertised on the ABC Classic FM website.

Sunday 8 May

METROPOLITAN OPERA – Capriccio – 7:05pm

Richard Strauss’ Capriccio was recoreded in New York last month with a cast including Renee Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaise and Russell Braun.

Monday 9 May

IN PERFORMANCE: Australian String Quartet – 8.00pm

At last year’s Bangalow Festival, the Australian String Quartet perform Andrew Schultz’s Clarinet Quintet along with Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor.

Tuesday 10 May

IN PERFORMANCE: Venice Baroque Orchestra – 8.00pm

Recorded in the Concertgebouw, Asmterdam, the Venice Baroque Orchestra features soprano Karina Gauvin, mezzo-soprano Kristina Hammarstrom and tenor Peter Gijsbertsen performing Vivaldi’s La Senna festeggiante.

Wednesday 11 May

AFTERNOON CONCERT: Suisse Romande Orchestra – 1.05pm

Arabella Steinbacher (violin) and Tobias Berndt (organ) feature in this performance including Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor and Faure’s Pelleas and Melisande, Op 80: Prelude.

Thursday 12 May

AFTERNOON CONCERT: Anna Grinberg & Liam Viney – 1.05pm

From last year’s Bangalow Festival we hear pianists Anna Grinberg and Liam Viney perform a program including Schumann’s Carnival Jest from Vienna and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No 4 and 5.

Friday 13 May

IN PERFORMANCE (LIVE): Ami and Pascal Roge – 8.00pm

Live from the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, the Sydney Symphony is joined by husband and wife pianists Ami and Pascal Roge to perform the world premiere of Matthew Hindson’s Concerto for two pianos and the Mahler realised Carpenter Symphony No 10 in F sharp.

 

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Dr Gina Ismene Chitty – Australian Musician Spotlight

Gina Ismene Chitty is an Australian pianist, composer and author. debussycat had the opportunity to interview her and discuss her latest book.  Dr. Gina Ismene Chitty, primarily an Australian classical concert pianist and composer, has performed in the USA, West Germany, India, Australia and Sri Lanka. She was a winner of a Tchaikovsky Piano Competition held in Sri Lanka and was awarded a scholarship at the Moscow Conservatorium. However, a family diplomatic appointment took her to Washington D.C. where she graduated with a B. Mus majoring in piano performance from the George Washington University. She continued her postgraduate work at the American University and later at Sydney University. Gina was awarded a Ph.D at the Contemporary Music department at Macquarie University in Sydney in 2006. She has performed at various venues in Washington DC, with solo piano performances at Meridian House International, George Washington University and recorded performances on WGMS, Washington DC Radio Station. In Sydney she has had performances of her compositions, as well as major works by well-known composers. Gina has performed as a soloist playing the piano concerti of Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninoff.

Dr Gina Ismene Chitty: Australian pianist, composer & author.

Gina’s research for her Ph.d involved analysing Afro Lusitanian music genres in diasporic communities, with a focus on the Sri Lankan diaspora in Sydney, and their ambivalent attitudes toward the dance and music forms of the hybrid baila. Baila is a genre of popular dance music which originated among the Kaffir people (a group whose ethnicity comprises a blend of Portuguese, African and native Sinhalese). Gina outlines the engagement of diasporic communities with the music of their homeland in her book Public Postures, Private Positions. This book includes some of the findings of her doctoral research. The book was released in 2010 and focuses on an interesting sociological perspective, hitherto never addressed in academia. Sydney Sri Lankans are a diverse community, and Gina has a field day analysing and studying the often ambivalent and surprising attitudes of this group towards the baila genre. The more anglicised Sri Lankan migrants and the less anglicised migrants have contrasting and different attitudes and ideas about the baila, as do their offspring. Public Postures, Private Positions is an amusing and interesting engagement of diasporic communities with this particular strand of music of their homeland. Gina is presently writing a book The Transitional Motifs in the Late Piano Sonatas of Beethoven as well as a book about Sri Lanka where she addresses the very early years of her childhood, with anecdotes about the quaint community of academics in the University of Peradeniya where her father, Senator Doric De Souza and mother Violet de Souza (former head of the University library) were domiciled.

Public Postures, Private Positions is available from Amazon here and is a must have for sociologists and ethnomusicologists. 

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Sensual, rhythmic and emotionally stirring, No. 98 is Ravel’s Boléro, a famous one movement orchestral piece, originally commissioned as a ballet by a Russian ballerina (Ida Rubenstein). The video below is of Andre Rieu conducting Bolero at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne. Whilst Rieu has been criticised by some as being too ‘popular’, debussycat applauds him for bringing classical music to a wider audience.

 

No. 98

 

Bolero

 

 by Joseph-Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

 

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We heart...

We heart…

music themed cupcakes.

 OK… perhaps this post is a little self indulgent, but I don’t care.

Cupcakes are soft, buttery and delicious and therefore deserving of our attention.

Musical Cupcake
Piano Cupcake
Piano cupcakes sitting on sheet music... apparently it's a Chopin Nocturne!
Musical Note Cupcakes
Treble Clef Cupcake
Baby Blue Piano Cupcakes

 

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No. 99 is Pomp & Circumstance, a triumphant march often heard at American graduation ceremonies. You’ll recognise it at 1:56.  The title was actually taken from Act III, Scene iii of Shakespeare’s Othello:

 

Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump,
The spirit-stirring drum, th’ear-piercing fife,
The royal banner, and all quality,
Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!”

 

No. 99

 

Pomp & Circumstance
(March No. 1 in D major)

by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

 

Click for Pomp and Circumstance Marches on CD – (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yehudi Menuhin)

 

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Popular Classical Top 100

Beginning with No. 100, debussycat takes you through 100 popular classical hits. Our very first piece is an all time Debussy favourite, and the rendition below by German pianist Walter Gieseking is one of the very finest. Gieseking was widely respected for his interpretation and execution of Debussy.

No. 100

Clair de Lune

by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)


Gieseking’s recording available here

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