MAY ISSUE

Breaking news :

German mezzo BARBARA BORNEMANN (b. 1955) died on 12th May, click here for an obituary (info courtesy Joachim Weise)

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Belgian soprano LISE ROLLAN - a former star at the Munt/Monnaie died at age 95 on 14th April.

 

NEW !!!

A luxurious biography on 'verismo' soprano MARIA FARNETI has been published in Italy.

MARIA FARNETI nel cielo di Puccini e Mascagni : click here for our review and how to order this splendid publication

(photos courtesy Charles Mintzer collection)

The best release of her recordings can be found on the TrueSound transfer series :

 

 

 

French-Canadian mezzo HUGUETTE TOURANGEAU (click here for her bio) -aged 79 - died on 21st April

 

 

American pianist/accompanist IRWIN GAGE (click here for his bio) died on 12th April in Zurich.

 

Born in New York City in 1928, the Italo-American composer and conductor NICOLAS FLAGELLO would have celebrated his 90th birthday on 15 March

(brothers Nicolas and Ezio)

Click here to read a full tribute !!!!!!!

Click here to listen to his 'serenata per orchestra'

Click here to listen to his 1st symphony

For CD releases of Nicolas Flagello click here

 

 

JAN BRANDTS BUYS FESTIVAL (1868 -1933) in the Netherlands

 

Brandts Buys was a Dutch composer who came from a long line of Dutch organists and composers of protestant church music.

His father was an organ player in the town of Zutphen in the Netherlands, where Jan was born. He studied at the Raff Conservatory in Frankfurt and in 1892 settled in Vienna, where he got to know Johannes Brahms, who, along with Edvard Grieg, praised his early works. His piano concerto won an important international prize and such famous artists as Lilli Lehmann often included his songs on the same program with those of Franz Schubert.

Brandts Buys's oeuvre comprises piano pieces, organ pieces, chamber music, orchestral music, songs, pieces for choir, cantates and operas.

We present a video trailer of a promo cd release anticipating the Jan Brandts Buys Festival Zutphen 21-23 September 2018. The cd and the festival will commemorate Brandts Buys's 150th birthday on September 12. The cd features an integral recording of Brandts Buys's 1919 opera Micarême by tenor Denzil Delaere, soprano Jolien De Gendt and baritone Hans de Vries, accompanied by the 81 years young Dutch piano legend René Rakier. The cd also features a preview from the Lieder recital with songs by tenor Hendrik Vonk, accompanied by pianist Wolter Willemsen. Soprano Julia Bronkhorst recorded a few excerpts of her "8 composers in 5 generations Brandts Buys festival recital". Jan ten Bokum recorded excerpts of the piano recital. Sopranos Barbara Schilstra and Jolien De Gendt recorded excerpts from their arias in the opera programme, precisely Hero und Leander and Die Schneider von Schönau. The opera concert in Hanzehof Zutphen on September 22 will include highlights from all 10 operas composed by Brandts Buys.

The festival will also feature chamber music (with Jeroen den Herder), an organ recital (with Frank van Wijk). For the opera and Lieder recital the renowned soprano Johannette Zomer will be a key attraction.

CD is available at concerts and from 401sales.com. For more information on the Brandts Buys cd and festival click here !!!

 

Click here to hear his opera Die Schneider von Schonau with Soile Isokoski

Click here to hear the most famous duet from the same opera with Rudolf Schock

 

 

 

NEW !! Stefan Zucker just released his second volume of FRANCO CORELLI A REVOLUTION IN SINGING.

A "to be read to be believed" publication. Click here for our comments on the book and how to order it.

 

 

 

 

NEW !!! The Belgian-Walloon CD label "Musique en Wallonie" issued a two CD set of the Belgian basso PIERRE D'ASSY (1868-1910)

Click here for an extended review of this very welcome release + click here to order the CD

(cd cover) (the only LP release of some of his recordings)

 

 

LEGENDA BAŁTYKU live from Poznań Opera !!!!

English subtitles provided

Under the waves of the Baltic Sea lies the lost city of Vineta. Legends swirl around this place; legends so powerful that young Doman (Pavlo Tolstoy) will dive down into an unforgiving ocean to find it, in order to win the hand of his beloved Bogna (Wioletta Chodowicz)... this production of Legenda Bałtyku (The Baltic Legend) by Polish composer Feliks Nowowiejski (click here for more on the composer) is directed by Robert Bondara and conducted by Tadeusz Kozłowski. This is the first live stream in the history of Teatr Wielki - Opera Poznań.

 

 

 

NEW !!

Maurizio Tiberi from Rome just released his new state-of-the-art biography of BENVENUTO FRANCI

Click here for our review and how and where to order this magnificent publication

 

NEW : a wonderful and moving documentary of the life and career of REGINA RESNIK produced by her son !!

 

 

 

LOTTE LEHMANN, the accoustic recordings a 4 CD release by Marstonrecords and not to be missed !!!

Lotte Lehmann enjoyed a forty-year career spanning 1910 to 1950 on stage in opera and on the concert platform. Remembered now primarily for her portrayals of Wagner and Strauss roles and as a consummate interpreter of German lieder, her early recordings, not widely known, give us a broader picture of this great artist. It will, perhaps, not come as a surprise to hear Lehmann in her now familiar roles: Sieglinde, Elsa, Eva, and the Marschallin. What really makes these records outstanding is the ease and beauty of Lehmann's vocal production, and the opportunity of hearing her in repertoire not associated with her. We are treated to a generous sprinkling of Mozart, including three duets with baritone Heinrich Schlusnus, as well as arias by Weber, Lortzing, and Nicolai. Although she sings in German, you can hear French opera arias from La JuiveFaustMignonCarmenTales of Hoffmann, and Manon. From Italian opera, we hear the Willow Song from Otello and Puccini arias from Manon LescautLa BohèmeToscaButterfly, and two rare recordings from Suor Angelica. Other highlights include Lehmann's recording of Tatyana's Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin, an aria from d'Albert's Die toten Augen, and the exquisite aria and duet from Korngold's Die tote Stadt with tenor Richard Tauber. These are among the greatest treasures of the acoustic recording era. The booklet contains a biographical essay by Dr. Daniel Jacobson, Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, an essay on the recordings by Michael Aspinall, and a personal reminiscence by André Tubeuf, who has also provided numerous rare and lovely photos from Lehmann’s early career prior to her emergence on to the international operatic scene. Since there is some extra space at the end of the fourth CD, we are offering a selection of operatic and lieder recordings from her electric Odeon discography, 1927-1932.

Click here to read all about it

 


REYNALDO HAHN TRIBUTE : A Proust/Hahn and music conference.

Click here to watch the videos of the conference

 

 

 

Remarkable and heart-warming : a museum devoted to the tenor AMEDEO BASSI has been opened in Montespertoli. Click here for more information

Exclusive : a few photos from the Amedeo Bassi museum (courtesy and copyright Museo Amedeo Bassi/Francesca Di Natali)