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November 21, 2012

From innovative fare to traditional-carol sing-alongs, sacred music, and dance, the Bay Area brims with concerts celebrating the holidays.

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Mahler: <em>Symphony No.1</em>

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The opening movement of Symphony No. 1, is filled with sounds that Mahler recalled from childhood, depicting “Nature’s awakening from the long sleep of winter” and followed by a scherzo and trio based on a Ländler. The slow movement funeral march is based on the children’s song Frère Jacques. Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in this recording and also is the Music Director of California’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

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November 15, 2012
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Berlioz: <em>Symphonie Fantastique</em>

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Symphonie Fantastique was composed while Hector Berlioz was suffering an intense and unreciprocated passion for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Its autobiographical tale describes a young musician’s opium-poisoned nightmares of jealous despair following the murder of his beloved. Berlioz wrote a second movement cornet solo into a subsequent revision of the score, here included as an optional extra. This recording is conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

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November 8, 2012
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Feature Article
November 6, 2012

The iconic American composer Elliott Carter died in New York on Nov. 5, 2012. He was just weeks away from his 104th birthday, but active and productive until his last day.

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Joyce DiDonato: <em>Drama Queens</em>

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Drama Queens features a program of 13 arias from the 17th and 18th centuries, by composers as famous as Handel and Vivaldi and as little-known as Orlandini and Porta, all of which offer up Joyce DiDonato portraying a variety of royal personages. Alan Curtis and his period ensemble Il Complesso Barocco accompany DiDonato on the recording.

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November 1, 2012
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Alison Balsom: <em>Sound the Trumpet</em>

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Alison Balsom celebrates the Baroque trumpet era in works by George Frideric Handel and Henry Purcell, composers whose works have provided the music for numerous royal celebrations from their day to the present. Joining forces with harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock, and with the English Concert orchestra that he founded, Balsom demonstrates the versatility of her valve-less instrument in original works and new arrangements. These include Purcell’s Sound the trumpet and Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine in duet with countertenor Iestyn Davies and Purcell’s "The Plaint" from The Fairy Queen in duet with soprano Lucy Crowe. Further repertoire includes suites from Purcell’s semi-operas King Arthur and The Fairy Queen in new arrangements by Balsom and Pinnock, Handel’s Water Piece in D Major HWV 341 and his Oboe Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major HWV 301 transposed into C Major.

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October 25, 2012
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