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Congratulations to Florian Uhlig on his latest rave review from +artistxite
Schumann's psychological complexity is revealed by Florian Uhlig on the highest intellectual and musical level.

Since 2010, which marked the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth) numerous high profile recordings of Schumann's music have appeared in Germany. The London-born Düsseldorf-based pianist 
Florian Uhlig is proving to be one of the hardest working: Since 2010, he has, organized thematically, piece by piece, a complete recording of the solo piano works of Schumann. "Davidsbündler against the Philistines" is the eighth installment in this now universally acclaimed recording series. The album presents Uhlig performing (as the title suggests) the "Davidsbündlertänze" op.6 in opposition to the "Philistines" as carachitured in the "Carnaval" Op. 9. 

Uhlig's piano playing proves to be even more purposeful: the character studies of Karnevalsmaskerade leap to life. Even more subtle and complex are the results he achieves even in the Davidsbündlertänze. Thanks to Uhlig's sensitive differentiations we learn that Schumann was a very close observer of his environment. In addition, both cycles present Schumann's uncanny ability to achieve the maximum effect with minimal resources, instilling each peice with a highly musical form. 

Whoever wants to know the psychological complexity of Schumann's music need look no further than Florian Uhlig's intellectually and aesthetically satisfying interpretations. -  Salvatore Pichireddu | March 26, 2015
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Today is the birthday of Béla Bartók, born in the small Banatian town of Nagyszentmiklós in the Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary on March 25, 1881. Through his far-reaching endeavors as composer, performer, educator, and ethnomusicolgist, Bartók emerged as one of the most forceful and influential musical personalities of the twentieth century. Following his graduation from the Royal Academy of Music in 1901 and the composition of his first mature works -- most notably, the symphonic poem Kossuth (1903) -- Bartók immersed himself in the study of ethnomusicology. Together with his fellow countryman and composer Zoltán Kodály, he traveled throughout Hungary and neighboring countries, collecting thousands of authentic folk songs. The music he heard would deeply influence his own compositions. As war and fascism spread throughout Europe, Bartók's activities became increasingly limited and he forbid his music to be performed in Germany and Italy. A concert in Budapest on October 8, 1940, was the composer's farewell to his home and he and his wife set sail for America.

Bartók's own style evolved through several stages, building upon the the models of Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms, and later, Richard Strauss, to become one of the most distinctive and influential musical idioms of the first half of the twentieth century. The complete assimilation of elements from varied sources -- the Classical masters, contemporaries like Debussy, folk songs and his own profound sense of musical architecture -- is one of the most extraordinary aspects of Bartók's music.

We celebrate this great Hungarian composer's birthday with a track from from the stunning new cycle of the COMPLETE works for solo piano being recorded by Andreas Bach; one of his many, haunting nocturnes, "The Night's Music" from his piano suite. Szabadban (Out of Doors).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGkxzFZtFq8
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On March 23, 1878, the Austrian composer, conductor, teacher and administrator Franz Schreker was born in Monaco, the eldest son of the Bohemian Jewish court photographer Ignaz Schreker,
In 1892, Schreker received a scholarship to the Vienna Conservatory where he studied violin with Sigismund Bachrich and Arnold Rosé, and composition with Robert Fuchs. His first success was with the Intermezzo for strings, Op. 8, which won an important prize sponsored by the Neue musikalische Presse in 1901. The première of his opera Die Gezeichneten, in Frankfurt on April 25, 1918, established Schreker as one of the most important contemporary opera composers.

In March 1920 he was appointed director of the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin where he taught until 1932. Among his students were Berthold Goldschmidt, Alois Hába, Jascha Horenstein, 
Julius Bürger, Ernst Krenek, Artur Rodziński, Stefan Wolpe, Zdenka Ticharich and Grete von Zieritz.

Schreker's fame and influence were at their peak during the early years of the Weimar Republic when he was the most performed living opera composer after Richard Strauss. While Schreker's 
erotically-charged, musically complex stage works were always controversial and even scandalous, it was the rise of the national Socialists that led to the end of the composer's career. Right wing protests forced the cancellation of a number of performances and in June 1932, Schreker lost his position as Director of the Musikhochschule in Berlin and, the following year, also his post as professor of composition at the Akademie der Künste. After decades of obscurity, Schreker has begun to enjoy a considerable revival in reputation in the German-speaking world and in the United States.
Today's birthday tribute is a performance of Franz Schreker's Prelude to a Drama by Michael Gielen and the SWR Sinfonieorchester.

https://play.spotify.com/track/6hQl4oQMi1N8fdtrOTObuL
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Friends in Palm Beach, Florida will not want to miss the Minetti Quartett tonight as they conclude their Spring 2015 US tour. They will be performing works by Mozart, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn at The Society of the Four Arts
For more information, visit their website: http://www.fourarts.org/event/minetti-quartett/#lightbox/0/ 
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Happy 90th Birthday, Maestro Pierre Boulez, born March 26 1925, in Montbrison, Loire, France. Boulez is also one of the twentieth century's most influential conductors, known for extraordinarily precise performances of contemporary works by Bartok, Ligeti, Messiaen, and Varése, as well as highly acclaimed interpretations
of Mahler, Wagner and the French Impressionists. In 1968 he was named Music Director of both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. In 1969, the Cleveland Orchestra named him Principal Guest Conductor. In 1975, he formed the Ensemble Inter Contemporain, an ensemble devoted entirely to the performance of new music. He was also appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1995.

Boulez also embodies the spirit of the composer-conductor, in the grand tradition of Mahler and Bernstein, but his music reflected his intensely modernist preoccupations. He studied mathematics at Lyon before pursuing music at the Paris Conservatoire under Olivier Messiaen and Andrée Vaurabourg (the wife of Arthur Honegger). Through Messiaen, Boulez discovered twelve-tone technique writing atonal music in a post-Webernian serial style. Boulez extended the twelve-tone technique beyond the realm of pitch organization, serialising durations, dynamics, mode of attack, and so on. This technique became known as integral serialism.

Despite the advanced compositional techniques he used, much of Boulez's music exhibits an exquisite French sense of refinement, even sensuality. We honor this great 20th-century musician on the occasion of his 90th birthday with a performance of his large-scale orchestral piece Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna for Orchestra in eight groups, performed by Michael Gielen and the SWR Sinfonieorchester.
https://play.spotify.com/track/0NkjCxeIzzTRdkvHHyXqxh
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On this day in 1721, Johann Sebastian Bach took up his pen and his is most elegant script, wrote a dedicatory letter to Christian Ludwig, the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt. Enclosed in the packet he would send were the manuscripts for a set of works the composers described as "Six Concerts à plusieurs instruments" - The Brandenburg Concertos!
As fate would have it, King Frederick William I of Prussia was not a significant patron of the arts, so the Margrave Christian Ludwig seems to have lacked the musicians in his Berlin ensemble to perform the concertos. The full score was left unused in the Margrave's library until his death in 1734, when it was sold for 24 groschen (as of 2014, about US$24.00) of silver. The autograph manuscript of the concertos was only rediscovered in the archives of Brandenburg by Siegfried Wilhelm Dehn in 1849; the concertos were first published in the following year.

In commemoration of Bach's earnest efforts to seek employment at the royal court, we offer the suitably grandiose opening movement from the First Concerto in F Major, as performed by the Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Helmuth Rilling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB75F75IDYE&index=1&list=PLQ1eGCmYpNi-orXWrGvJgq4y2iLEDbMhD
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March 21st - A VERY good day for music:
BIRTHS: 
1624 Birth of composer François Roberday.
1839 Birth of Russian composer Modeste MOUSSORGSKY
1900 Birth of Polish born, Swiss conductor Paul KLETZKI 
1904 (8th?)Birth of Greek composer Nikos SKALKOTTAS
1914 Birth of French cellist and conductor Paul TORTELIER
1920 (Apr 21st?) Birth of composer Bruno Maderna.
1921 Birth of Belgian violinist Arthur GRUMIAUX
1932 Birth of American violinist and conductor Joseph SILVERSTEIN. 
1935 Birth of American conductor Erich KUNZEL.
1942 Birth of Welsh conductor Owain Arwel HUGHES.

...and, of course, Johann Sebastian Bach, born in 1685!

Today's music may be a surprise to some; the Sinfonia to Ich liebe den Hochsten von ganzem Gemute, BWV 174 is actually Bach's grand re-orchestration of the First Movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBbOe-1F6Iw

“I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.” ― Johann Sebastian Bach
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Happy Birthday to Sir Roger Arthur Carver Norrington, born on March 16th 1934. Sir Roger was born into a musical family in Oxford, England and played the violin and sang from a young age. He studied History at Westminster School and English Literature at Cambridge University, where he was a choral scholar. Following several years working as a publisher of scholarly books, Sir Roger returned to musical studies at the Royal College of Music in London and the start of his professional career as a singer and conductor.

Norrington is best known for his historically informed performances of Baroque, Classical and Romantic music and has recorded nearly all of the major symphonies from those eras. In 1978, he founded the London Classical Players and remained their musical director until 1997. His work within the historically informed performance movement has led to development of a highly distinctive interpretive style, advocating a limited or no use of vibrato in orchestral performances,

Since 1998 Norrington has been the Principal Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), and until 2006, of the Camerata Salzburg. Since the 2011/12 season he is the Principal Conductor of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. In 2012 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the only 
federal decoration of Germany, for his collaboration with the RSO Stuttgart.

We invite you to enjoy and explore a sampling of Sir Roger's artistry with this special playlist - featuring nearly TWO HOURS of music - on the hänssler CLASSIC Soundcloud channel.  
https://soundcloud.com/haenssler-classic/sets/roger-norrington-the-symphony
The Romantics played in "Pure Tone" - This has been the colophon that has defined the continuing cooperation between Sir Roger Norrington (born March 16, 1934) and hänssler CLASSIC. As chief conducto
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Congratulations to the SWR Vokalensemble on a FIVE STAR review for Italia from Klassik.com! http://bit.ly/1E6cKpJ

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Friends in New York, do not miss the Minetti Quartet in concert tonight at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. Their program includes:
W. A. Mozart - Adagio und Fuge in c-moll KV 546
Balduin Sulzer - Invention (written for the Minetti Quartett)
Joseph Haydn - String Quartet op.76/2 "Quintenquartett"
Bedrich Smetana - String Quartet No.1 "From My Life"

http://www.acfny.org/event/minetti-quartett-1/
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Enjoy a sample of this attractive quartet's artistry with a selection from their recording of Haydn's quartet G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3, Hob.III:74, "The Rider": IV. Allegro con brio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWxx8fsOMkQ
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