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Classical Notes

Euro-Classic Goes to the Opera

Posted at 12:37 AM on April 15, 2010 by Ward Jacobson (1 Comments)
Filed under: Programs

I hope you're getting the chance to stay up late with Classical MPR on Wednesday nights for our weekly Euro-Classic (Thursdays, 12:05am). Last night featured a splendid performance from pianist Ivan Martin playing five sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, a concert recorded live in the medieval Spanish monastery known as Santa Maria de Vilabertran.

You can also hear these exclusive Euro-Classic performances on the weekend - specifically Saturday nights just after 8:00. This Saturday, soprano Soile Isokoski joins the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra in the Final Scene from the Richard Strauss opera Capriccio, A Conversation Piece for Music. The performance took place in March, 2009 in Luxembourg.

Capriccio is the last completed opera by Richard Strauss. In one act, the opera was inspired by a late 18th century comical work by Antonio Salieri and librettist Biambattista Casta about tensions among opera personalities.

Tensions among opera personalities? Say it ain't so!

Check it out Saturday night.

Comments (1)

I consider you and your station one of the jewels of the mid-west. I am from Montana originally, now I am a retired prof. of Virginia Commonwealth University here in Richmond. Our local station WCVE FM has gone down in quality of programming bringing in a lot of programming that is sub-standard. I listened to them when they were WJFK but alas no more. Good luck. One of my fondest memories was m any years ago when I hear the Minneapolis symphony orchestra in Bismarck ND conducted by Anatol Dorati. I can still recall every blessed moment of it.

Posted by Dr. Loran Carrier | April 15, 2010 10:04 PM