Notes about update #003 of The Classical mixtape.
Happy Birthday Jacqueline du Pre. She was a astonishing cellist but had to stop performing at the age of 27 because she had multiple sclerosis. She was most famous for her performance and recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto. She also made a number of recordings with chamber music together with Daniel Barenboim (with whom she was married at the time). For instance the Beethoven Cello Sonatas, his Piano Trios and the Brahms Cello Sonatas.
On March 31, 1913, there was a scandalous concert in Wien that ended in riots and couldn’t be finished. The conductor was Schoenberg and below is the program.
- Zemlinsky 6 Songs after Poems by Maeterlinck, op 13
- Webern Six pieces of Orchestra, op 6
- Schoenberg Chamber Symphony no 1, op 9
- Berg Five Orchestral Songs, Op. 4
- Mahler Kindertotenlieder
Two month after that concert, on the 29th of May, the most famous scandalous concert took place. The premiere of The Rite Of Spring.
I really like Maurizio Pollini’s album with the late works of Chopin. He plays with ease and a light, thoughtful touch.