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January 6, 2019

Freya Parr Five essential works by Bizet


Symphony in C

Composed by Bizet when aged 17 and only rediscovered in 1935. Light and almost Schubertian in style, the slow movement includes a haunting oboe lament.

Recommended recording:
Les Siècles/François Xavier Roth
Mirare MIR 036




Bizet wrote his songs in the days before they had been elevated to ‘high art’, but they are unfailingly charming and include such classics as the sultry ‘Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe’.

Recommended recording:
Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Hyperion CDA 66976



Jeux d’enfants

Best-known in its orchestral guise, the two piano version gives a more complete collection of these affectionate vignettes of children at play. Great fun.

Recommended recording:
Tamara Granat, Daniel Propper
Dux 0739




Bizet’s incidental music to Daudet’s stage play, The Girl From Arles, perfectly captures its Provence setting; his imaginative orchestration includes an early pre-jazz use of saxophone.

Recommended recording:
Choeur de l’Opéra de Lyon; Les Musiciens du Louvre, Grenoble/Marc Minkowski
Naïve V 5130




Easily Bizet’s single most famous work, his deft characterisation and the sheer tunefulness of his opera sounds as fresh as ever.

Recommended recording:
Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers; Orchestre de Paris/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Classics for Pleasure 367 6962



jfl #morninglistening to #Schmelzer on…

#morninglistening to #Schmelzer on #Epiphany
W/@FreiburgBaroque’s #BarockConsort on @pias_usa / @harmoniamundi
I’ll be danged if the Sonata a due Violini scordati isn’t a variation on LOBE DEN HERREN.
Much of it sounds so upbeat, it could just as well be a 60’s folk pop tune.
#classicalmusic #JohannHeinrichSchmelzer #classicalmusiccollection

from Ionarts

jfl On ClassicsToday: Flotsam From Till Fellner

Fellner In Concert: Splendid Liszt, Less Impressive Beethoven

by Jens F. Laurson

If you favor pianism over star-power, Austrian Till Fellner should be right up your alley. Although the one-time Alfred Brendel-protégée is generally well regarded among connoisseurs, he strikes as perennially underrated. At his worst, Fellner’s style can appear straightforward, neat, and well behaved, making

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Ellington in Fargo

In 1940, local radio recorded the Duke Ellington band live in Fargo, North Dakota, capturing a legendary ensemble at its spontaneous best. Geoffrey Smith compares ducal classics on the road and in the studio

from Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz

On this Day January 06, 2006

A collection of
Elvis Presley memorabilia bought by a council worker who embezzled nearly £600,000 was set to be sold to compensate the local authority. Julie Wall, 46, from Rippon Drive in Sleaford, was jailed for three years for the offence last October. The collection – which included rare recordings and foreign pressings of Elvis songs, was to be auctioned off by a High Court receiver to provide compensation.

from This day in music

jfl A little #morninglistening to #Martinů #symphonies as I finished…

A little #morninglistening to #Martinů #symphonies as I finished up the #Martinu #Symphony Cycle #Discography on @ionarts
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