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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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Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn

performed by the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado

(original two-piano version here)

… except not, because it isn’t. The “Chorale St Antoni” was supposed or assumed at the time to have been composed by Haydn, but later found not to be so; as a result, the piece is sometimes referred to more accurately (although  1,124 more words


Berlin Philharmonic in Taipei

There are no words.

But I shall try.

Maybe it’s just me, but for some of these really special concerts from visiting ensembles (and/or just amazing performances all around), there’s a strange sense of connection, of appreciation and gratitude, that endear one to the performers, and in most cases, the face of the performers is the conductor. 1,699 more words

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