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fri 13 dec 2019 07:00 
Works by Eusebius Mandyczewski, Claude Debussy, Edvard Grieg, Erik Satie, Eugène Ysaÿe, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (arr. Francisco Tarrega), Frédéric Chopin (arr. Francisco Tarrega), Gabriel Fauré, Henrik Wieniawski and Hugo Wolf.  07:01 Abend. Eusebius Mandyczewski Dénise Beck, soprano. Christina Baader, mezzo-soprano. Ilia Korol, viola  07:03 Birkelein. Eusebius Mandyczewski Dénise Beck, soprano.  07:06 Bitte. Eusebius Mandyczewski Dénise Beck, soprano. Christina Baader, mezzo-soprano. Christian Lambour, Gert Hecher, piano. Ilia Korol, violin, viola. Lehel Donáth, cello.  07:07 Dem aufgehenden Vollmonde, opus 3 no 1. Eusebius Mandyczewski Christina Baader, mezzo-soprano. Ilia Korol, violin.  07:10 Frühlingslockung. Eusebius Mandyczewski Christina Baader, mezzo-soprano. Ilia Korol, violin.  07:11 Geige und Wind. Eusebius Mandyczewski Christina Baader, mezzo-soprano. Ilia Korol, violin.  07:15 Geleite mich. Eusebius Mandyczewski Christina Baader, mezzo-soprano.  07:17 Maienglöckchen, opus 7 no 3. Eusebius Mandyczewski Christina Baader, mezzo-soprano.  07:20 Images - book 1. Claude Debussy Alain Planès, piano  07:36 Images - book 2. Claude Debussy Alain Planès, piano   Edvard Grieg Symfonieorkest van Gothenburg led by Neeme Järvi.  08:08 Gymnopédie 1, 2 & 3. Erik Satie Martin Grudaj, cello. Erik Le Cornu Huele, piano.  08:23 Sonata no 5, in G to Mathieu Crickboom Eugène Ysaÿe Tedi Papavrami, violin.  08:34 Sonata no 6, in E, to Manuel Quiroga Eugène Ysaÿe Tedi Papavrami, violin.  08:41 Lied ohne Worte, opus 19b no 6 Venetianisches Gondellied. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (arr. Francisco Tarrega) Giulio Tampalini, guitar.  08:43 Lied ohne Worte, opus 30 no 6 Venetianisches Gondellied. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (arr. Francisco Tarrega) Giulio Tampalini, guitar.  08:46 Mazurka in a, opus 67 no 4. Frédéric Chopin (arr. Francisco Tarrega) Giulio Tampalini, guitar.  08:49 Mazurka in b, opus 33 no 4. Frédéric Chopin (arr. Francisco Tarrega) Giulio Tampalini, guitar.  08:54 Mazurka in G. Frédéric Chopin (arr. Francisco Tarrega) Giulio Tampalini, guitar.  08:57 Mazurka in gis, opus 33 no 1. Frédéric Chopin (arr. Francisco Tarrega) Giulio Tampalini, guitar.  08:59 8 Pieces brèves opus 84 Gabriel Fauré Jet Röling (piano)  09:19 Vioolconcert no 1, in F sharp, opus 14. Henrik Wieniawski Michael Rabin, violin. Philharmonia Orchestra led by Sir Adrian Boult.  09:42 Nicht langer kann ich singen. Hugo Wolf Christoph Prégardien, tenor. Hilko Dumno, piano.  09:44 O wüsstest du, wie viel ich deinentwegen. Hugo Wolf Christoph Prégardien, tenor. Hilko Dumno, piano.  09:45 Schon streckt' ich aus im Bett die müden Glieder. Hugo Wolf Christoph Prégardien, tenor. Hilko Dumno, piano.  09:47 Sterb' ich, zo hüllt in Blumen meine Glieder. Hugo Wolf Christoph Prégardien, tenor. Hilko Dumno, piano.  09:50 Und steht irh früh am Morgen auf. Hugo Wolf Christoph Prégardien, tenor. Hilko Dumno, piano.  09:52 Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben sehen. Hugo Wolf Christoph Prégardien, tenor. Hilko Dumno, piano.  09:55 Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen werden. Hugo Wolf Christoph Prégardien, tenor. Hilko Dumno, piano.  09:56 Was soll der Zorn, mein Schatz. Hugo Wolf Christoph Prégardien, tenor. Hilko Dumno, piano.    

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20th century opera explained: Life with an Idiot, by Alfred Schnittke
It can be done: a recent Russian opera, premiering in Amsterdam. We’re talking about ‘Life with an Idiot’ by Alfred Schnittke. The opera premiered on 13th April 1992 in the Muziektheater Amsterdam. The story is an allegory about Sovjet repression, to a libretto by the Russian writer and essayist Viktor Jerofejev. Schnittke had worked with him before. The première was described as ‘a fusing of contemporary Russian talent, comparable with what Diaghilev achieved 75 years ago with his Ballets Russes’. Nightmarish A summary of the story : The central character is required as a punishment (for what is never clear!) to take and idiot into his house. He chooses Vova, who looks very distinguished but is not very communcative, as his madhouse warder had predicted. At first Vova behaves perfectly, but after a while instances of gluttony start, the library (including the Proust book so beloved of the wife ) gets chopped up and faeces are smeared on wallpaper. After the idiot then jumps into bed with the wife (who gets pregnant and has an abortion) the tables are turned. Finally Vova and the central figure become lovers, Vova beheads the wife with garden shears, leaves the scene untainted and the central figure winds up in the madhouse. An absurd plot, but for Russians pure realism. That’s the way it was for many years in the Soviet Union and even perestrojka and what followed that didn’t change that. So this is in fact an allegory about Russian society. Recommended recording: Alfred Schnittke- Life with an Idiot- world première- Vokaal Ensemble & Rotterdams Filharmonisch orkest conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich with among others Dale Duesing (ik), Teresa Ringholz (wife) and Howard Haskin (Vova)- 1992 Sony Classical. (also to be broadcast during ‘opera in the 20th century: from 1900 to date’ on Tuesday 10th December 2019, 17.00).