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July 7, 2018

Ionarts #morninglistening to this surprising, terrific reissue of…

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Classical-Music.com The best classical music on TV and radio this week

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What: Opera on 3 – Lohengrin
When: Saturday 7 July, 5-9.30pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Wagner's Lohengrin, recorded earlier this month at the Royal Opera House in London, is led by tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and soprano Jennifer Davis. This ‘Romantic opera’ which is based on a German medieval romance is conducted by Latvian maestro Andris Nelsons.

 

What: Andre Rieu: Wedding Special
When: Sunday 8th July, 5pm
Where: Sky Arts

The celebrated Dutch composer and violinist plays a selection of commemorative songs.

 

What: Pavarotti: Live in Barcelona
When: Monday 9th July, 7.15am
Where: Sky Arts

Luciano Pavarotti’s solo concert from Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu in 1989. The Italian tenor is accompanied by pianist Leone Magiera, performing pieces including 'Un Aura Amorosa', 'La Danza' and 'O Sole Mio'.

 

What: Sir Simon Rattle: Beethoven Symphonies
When: Tuesday 10th July, 6am
Where: Sky Arts

Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, the Berlin Philharmonic perform Beethoven’s ninth symphony, one of his greatest works.

 

 

What: Rachmaninov: Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons
When: Wednesday 11th July, 7am
Where: Sky Arts

The Royal Opera House celebrates the legacy of Frederick Ashton, founding choreographer of The Royal Ballet, in two contrasting works. Created for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rhapsody is a celebration of the male virtuoso. The Two Pigeons (1962) is a quintessential Ashton work. The pieces are set to scores by Rachmaninov and Messager.

 

What: Radio 3 In Concert – live from Truro Cathedral
When: Wednesday 11th July, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Directed by Christopher Gray, the Choir of Truro Cathedral with organist Joseph Wicks perform contemporary works from around the world. There will also be a performance of the iconic Requiem by the twentieth century composer Maurice Durufle, incorporating themes from Gregorian Chant. Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

 

What: Radio 3 In Concert – York Early Music Festival
When: Thursday 12th July, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Live from York Early Music Festival, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen give a concert of music by English composers Benjamin Britten and William Cornysh. Presented by Adam Tomlinson.

 

 

What: BBC Proms 2018 – Prom 1 First Night of the Proms
When: Friday 13th July, 8-10.45pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

The BBC Proms 2018 kicks off with an all-British season launch. Featuring Holst’s The Planets (premiered in 1918), Vaughan Williams’s choral masterpiece Toward the Unknown Region, and a new work by Anna Meredith which draws on communications sent by young soldiers in 1918 and features specially produced digital projections.

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BBC Music Magazine The best classical music on TV and radio this week

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In The Wall Street Journal this week,
I interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Bragg on growing up in Possum Trot, Ala., for my “House Call” column in the Mansion section. Rick is a sensational storyteller. For his new book, The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table, Rick spent years interviewing his mom on her stories and passed-along recipes, some of which date back before the Civil War. His new book is one of my favorite and most rewarding reads of the year (go here). [Photo above of Rick Bragg from YouTube]

Here’s Rick reading from his new book and Rick with his mom…

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Paris Blues
(1961).
This lesser-known jazz film, directed by Martin Ritt, starred Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll, with a guest appearance by Louis Armstrong and music by Duke Ellington. By today’s standards, the story and script are a tad sappy—two expatriate jazz musicians in Paris encounter two vacationing American women who try to lure them back to squaresville in the States. What makes the film compelling is the subject—American artists unable to fit in back home—and the modern, dynamic performances. Not to mention Louis and the Duke’s music.

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One more thing—the camera absolutely loves Newman, Poitier, Woodward and Carroll. They were a new generation of actors in the early ’60s and impossibly good looking.

Here’s Paris Blues. Kick back and enjoy…

Oddball album cover of the week.

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I’m not quite sure why “special people” needed special music. How exactly were you supposed to give this album to someone “special” without finding it broken over your head?

       

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On this day in music On this Day July 07, 2009

Michael Jackson’s family and fans said farewell to the pop superstar at an emotional memorial service. The singer’s coffin was placed in front of the stage during the event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after an earlier private funeral. Jackson’s daughter Paris, 11, fought back tears to describe him as “the best father you could ever imagine”. Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey paid tribute before the family joined a sombre finale on stage. Motown boss Berry Gordy, who signed the Jackson Five, ended his tribute with the words: “Michael, thank you for the joy, thank you for the love. You will live in my heart forever.”

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