Today, November 9, 2018 at 8 PM EST (GMT -5), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present a live webcast featuring pianist Emanuel Ax playing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. Cristian Măcelaru will conduct. You can see the concert at www.dso.org/live. Here’s the program:
On Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 9PM EDT (GMT-4) the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will present a live concert on its website. It is also viewable on the SPCO’s app for Apple and Android. Conductor Thomas Zehetmair and the orchestra will present the following program:
Jean-Féry Rebel: The Elements (this take on the creation of the world includes a movement, Chaos, which is strikingly modern even though it was written in 1737).
Claude Vivier: Zipangu
The concert will be added to the on-demand concert library thereafter (great collection, check it out), which is available on the website or via the SPCO app.
Benjamin Franklin, colonial America’s Renaissance man, said, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” I’m here to save you a few pennies today.
The Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester has made a wealth of music scores and books from the Sibley Music Library available on the web. The digitized items may be downloaded for your reading and playing pleasure.
Here is a link to the Sibley Music Library digitized collection, where you can search for the topic of your choice. A search on Beethoven will yield hundreds of music scores and 83 books, as well as theses and other analytical works. The books are older and in the public domain, but then, Beethoven hasn’t written any new letters lately (the previous link is for a biography containing letters translated into English. You can read Beethoven’s letters in German here). As always, verify that the works are indeed in the public domain in your country (laws vary).
And since we’re being frugal, I thought it would be appropriate to present Beethoven’s Rondo e capriccio Op. 129, which is commonly called Rage Over the Lost Penny. Enjoy!
For more opera, visit operavision.eu where you can see these and more on demand:
Donizetti: La Favorite
Mascagni/Leoncavallo: Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci
Verdi: Aida, La Traviata, Il corsaro
Wagner: Götterdämmerung, Parsifal
Today, March 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT (GMT -4) the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert webcast. You can see it at http://www.dso.org/live. The conductor will be Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and violinist Augustin Hadelich will perform Britten’s Violin Concerto. Here’s the program:
The soloist will be Steven Copes, concertmaster of the SPCO.
If you can’t make it, it will soon be available as part of the SPCO’s library of classical music performances. With performances of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, John Adams, Hugo Wolf, Shostakovich and more, you’re sure to find a favorite.
Happy New Year, everyone! It’s good to be back after a very busy holiday season.
Great news for piano music lovers! Pianist Jonathan Biss is back with his third series of lectures on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas on Coursera.org. Biss is in the process of recording all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.
This series, like the previous two, is designed for everyone—no prior knowledge is needed. And if you missed the first two lecture series, they are also available on Coursera. The first series provides a wealth of background information to understand Beethoven’s world and the sonata form. I wrote about series one here. The second series focuses on the exploration of individual sonatas, including the Waldstein and Pathétique.
Here are links for the three lecture series on Coursera
Need more Beethoven? This post provides more resources for learning more about Beethoven.
Image attribution: Beethoven, Painting by Carl Jäger (1833-1887), public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Beethoven_.jpg.