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Legendary composer Frédéric Chopin wrote a “flood” of homoerotic love letters that were “deliberately erased from history”
Portrait of Frederic Chopin by Zelazowa Wola, 1849 Gay love letters written by Polish composer Frédéric Chopin were deliberately mistranslated by historians to conceal his sexuality, a music journalist has claimed. By Lily Wakefield PinkNews — November 28, 2020 According to The Guardian, Swiss music journalist Moritz Weber had been researching letters written by Chopin during lockdown earlier this year when he discovered a "flood of declarations of love aimed at men". His findings were explored in the two-hour radio show Chopin's Men, aired on the arts channel of Swiss broadcaster SRF, and Weber insisted that some of the composer's writing must have been intentionally mistranslated. In one letter, Chopin said that rumours about his love affairs were a "cloak for hidden feelings", and his […]
The Russian international solo cellist Alexander Buzlov died suddenly yesterday of a stroke The Strad — November 9, 2020 Born in Moscow in 1983, Bouzlov completed his studies at the Moscow Conservatoire in 2006, receiving instruction at masterclasses from cellists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, Natalia Shakhovskaya, Boris Talalay, Eberhard Finke and Bernard Greenhouse. He won prizes at the Young Concert Artist competitions in Leipzig (2000) and New York (2001) and the New Names All-Russian Open Competition (Moscow, 2000). In 2005 he took 2nd prize at the ARD International Cello Competition in Munich (Germany, 2005), the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition (2007), and the LXIII International Cello Competition in Geneva (2008), and in 2010 he was awarded Grand Prix and Audience prize at the Emanuel Feuermann Cello Competition in Berlin. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2005, and since then, worked with conductors including Valery […]
Illustration by Eleni Kalorkoti In the composer's masterly songs, the solemn and the sensual collide.By Alex RossThe New Yorker — August 10, 2020At the end of 1940, after Paris had fallen under German occupation, the spectacularly refined French composer Francis Poulenc made a musical setting of Guillaume Apollinaire's poem "Sanglots", or "Sobs". Poulenc was in no way a political artist: although he steered clear of collaboration with the Nazis, he also held back from an active role in the Resistance. Still, it is difficult not to hear the song in the context of the time, particularly when it arrives at its wrenching conclusion:And nothing will be free until the end of timeLet us leave all to the deadAnd hide our sobs"Sanglots" is the last of five songs in a cycle deceptively titled "Banalités". In a demonstration of the stealthy power of Poulenc's art, the grouping swerves from merry, irreverent vignettes […]
Krzysztof Penderecki at the Krakow opera house in 2008. Photo by Jacek Bednarczyk The Guardian — March 29, 2020Polish musician won numerous awards, scored The Exorcist, and was admired by rock starsLeading composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki has died at the age of 86 after a long illness, his family announced this morning.The Polish-born Penderecki was a major figure in contemporary music whose compositions reached millions through celebrated film scores, which included for William Friedkin's The Exorcist, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and David Lynch's Wild at Heart.Penderecki's stated aim as an avant-gardist in the early 1960s was to "liberate sound beyond all tradition", and his emotionally charged experimental 1960 work Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, for 52 strings, brought him to international attention and acclaim when he was only 26. Over a long career he has also written operas, choral works and concertos, and won multiple awards, including four […]
West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival | Fermata #1 – George Frideric Handel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ivor Gurney – Lawrence Power, Vilde Frang, John Myerscough, Pavel Kolesnikov, Tim Crawford, Annabelle Meare, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Timothy Crawford, Timothy Ridout (HD 1080p)
I'm delighted to welcome you to the 2020 West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival! We are so excited to share with you what we have been working on over the past month – as I mentioned here before, for obvious reasons we were unable to present the festival this year with live audience. However I feel this has presented us with fascinating challenges and questions... How do we recreate the energy and soul of our special festival on film? How should we programme without the energy of an audience to help and influence a performance? All questions that need answering. I feel privileged to have been joined by some truly magnificent artists on this voyage of discovery – you can discover them all here on the website and our social media channels throughout October. A Fermata is arguably the most powerful musical device available to a composer, within which the […]
The season will launch on 23 September with a programme of Shostakovich and MahlerThe Strad — September 1, 2020Having already given a concert to an audience of more than 500 (on 24 June) at Sychrov Castle outside Prague, the Czech Philharmonic has announced that it will be launching its 125th season to capacity audiences on 23 September. The programme will open with Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.1 with pianist Daniil Trifonov and trumpeter Selina Ott, and close with Mahler's Symphony No.5. The second of these concerts will be broadcast live and streamed internationally on Mezzo Live HD and Medici.tv.A day later, on 25 September, the Czech Philharmonic and its chief conductor Semyon Bychkov will travel to Vienna to present the same programme in the first of three concerts this season at the Wiener Konzerthaus.Earlier in the month on 4 and 5 September, Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic will open the 2020 Dvořák Prague […]
Erdogan Defies World, Orders Hagia Sophia to be Turned Into MosqueBy Tasos KokkinidisGreek Reporter — July 10, 2020Turkey's top administrative court, the Council of State, announced on Friday that the 1934 conversion of Constantinople's Hagia Sophia into a museum was unlawful, paving the way for its reconversion into a mosque despite strong international opposition.Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then issued a decree to formally declare Hagia Sophia as a mosque, minutes after the Council of State annulled the 1934-dated decision.Erdogan's decree cited the Council of State's verdict as the basis of his move for the transfer of the powers concerning the use of the Hagia Sophia to the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet).In a message on Twitter, Erdogan offered his "best wishes" to the Directorate.The Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet reports that crowds were observed to be gathering in front of Hagia Sophia after news broke out on the status change.President Tayyip Erdogan […]
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.3 in D minor – Michelle DeYoung, Philharmonia Voices, Tiffin Boys' Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen (HD 1080p)
Under the baton of the famous Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Philharmonia Voices (Ladies), the Tiffin Boys' Choir and the American mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung perform Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.3 in D minor. Recorded at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, on October 1, 2017.✻Gustav Mahler's monumental Third Symphony embraces heaven and Earth, nature and love. He deploys a huge orchestra, choirs and a solo singer to draw his listeners into a rich and compelling musical landscape.It's a work that means a lot to us at the Philharmonia Orchestra. Back in 1983, it was the first piece we played with an unknown young Finnish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. We hit it off straight away, and he's been our Principal Conductor since 2008.In October 2017, we returned to this epic piece with Esa-Pekka for Mahler 3: Live from London, a live stream project watched by an audience of 126,000 worldwide.Source: Philharmonia Orchestra (London, UK)✻The Third […]
Photo by Nacho Doce (Reuters) Nursery plants are seen placed in people's seats during a rehearsal as Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu opera reopens its doors with a concert for plants, to raise awareness about the importance of an audience after the coronavirus lockdown, in Barcelona, Spain on June 22, 2020.The Gran Teatre del Liceu reopens its doors, in which the 2,292 seats of the auditorium will be occupied on this occasion by plants. It will be on 22 June, broadcast live online, when the UceLi Quartet string quartet performs Puccini's "Crisantemi" for this verdant public, brought in from local nurseries.Source: avax.news