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July 30, 2012

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July 24, 2012

Through an innovative collaboration, composer Laura Karpman and the Cabrillo Festival have found a way to tell important stories in a multimedia presentation.

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Schubert Lieder on Record

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In his tragically short life, the Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797–1828) wrote over 600 songs and effectively established the German lied as a new art form in the 19th century.

When Schubert Lieder on Record (1898–1952) was first released as an 8 LP set in 1982, the compiler Keith Hardwick explained that it was his intention to examine how Schubert lieder was performed in the days before Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau, Beethoven, and Baker, and so he sought out examples of the earliest recordings. Fred Gaisberg, Gramophone’s recording engineer, began making flat-disc 78rpm records in London in August 1898. Initially he chose material of a popular nature, but in Oct. of that year the contralto Edith Clegg recorded Schubert’s Ave Maria, which opens CD 1. Hardwick finished his program at the end of the 78rpm era, and the results of his labours are contained on the first six CDs in this set.

The records are presented in roughly chronological order of recording, a pattern also followed in the later part of the set. In the days of 78s, many of the singers restricted themselves to a very small selection of the most popular songs, so this affords the opportunity to compare different interpretations of the same composition.

CDs 7 to 16 contain a program of Schubert lieder performed by a wide range of singers from 1952 to the present day. In selecting the artists and recordings for these CDs, every effort has been made to cover as many different songs as possible. The result is that the first six CDs contain 93 songs sung by 64 singers in a total of 128 performances; the remainder of the set presents 30 singers in a total of more than 200 performances. CD 7 is devoted entirely to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing some of Schubert’s most substantial although rarely performed ballads. The next six CDs contain mixed programs by a starry collection of singers, including a complete Winterreise by Thomas Hampson, which forms a link to the bonus CD, a penetratingly informative discussion by Thomas Hampson entitled: Schubert’s Journey – An Exploration with Thomas Hampson.

Sung texts and translations are included on the final enhanced CD 17.

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July 20, 2012

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July 17, 2012

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July 16, 2012

In a collaboration between the S.F. Symphony, CoMM, and SFCV, an innovative, participatory program expands with a website, bringing audiences and amateur music makers even further to the heart of the Symphony.

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After being awarded with Germany‘s prestigious Klassik ECHO award and France’s Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in 2011 for its Virgin Classics Beethoven cycle, the Artemis Quartet is releasing an all-Schubert CD. It presents the composer’s final three string quartets: No. 13 in A Minor "Rosamunde," No. 14 in D Minor "‘Death and the Maiden," and No. 15 in G Major. This new Schubert album joins the Artemis Quartet’s 2008 release of the composer’s String Quintet (for which cellist Truls Mørk complemented the ensemble) and Quartettsatz in C Minor.

Cellist Eckart Runge points out, “There is an almost terrifying modernism in these three late Schubert quartets, but it is totally different from the modernism of Beethoven. When placed together in a program, the three quartets shine in another light: No. 14 is concentrated and dramatic; No. 15 is huge, symphonic, and cosmic, and No. 13 is introspective and melancholy – less spectacular than the other two.”

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