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Berlin Philharmonic, Großes Festspielhaus (Salzburg)

Boulez, Mahler

Although the Salzburg Festival still runs a few more days, my ticket collection ended tonight… and what a way to end.  Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic returned to the Great Festival House and brought Mahler‘s Seventh Symphony with them.   348 more words


Stockhausen: Gruppen

performed by the Berlin Philharmonic under
Friedrich Goldman (I)
Claudio Abbado (II)
Marcus Creed (III)

“a landmark in 20th-century music . . . probably the first work of the post-war generation of composers in which technique and imagination combine on the highest level to produce an undisputable masterpiece”

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Nono: Il Canto Sospeso

performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with Susanne Otto, Marek Torzewski, Barbara Bonney, Dietrich Knothe & Rundfunkchor Berlin under Claudio Abbado

If any evidence exists that Webern’s work does not mark the esoteric “expiry” of Western music in a pianissimo of aphoristic shreds, then it is provided by Luigi Nono’s Il Canto Sospeso… The 32-year-old composer has proved himself to be the most powerful of Webern’s successors.

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Video: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, third movement

Wonderful performance of one of Tchaikovsky’s single greatest movements. Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Those wannabe Nazi courtiers

Yesterday, drawing on Jonathan Petropoulos’s fascinating book Artists under Hitler, we began taking a look at various German cultural figures who, during the Nazi era, chose not to flee their country and instead tried to find a modus vivendi with Hitler. 730 more words


Webern: Symphony, op. 21

performed by members of the London Symphony Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, or the below with (members of) the Berlin Philharmonic also under Boulez

Greater unity is impossible.

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Video: Beethoven: Overture to 'Egmont'

A very young Sergiu Celibidache conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in 1950 in the ruins of the old Philharmonie.

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