Sunday, January 29, 2006

James Levine Conducts the MET In Bartok, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky -- And Some Upstart Named Mozart

This afternoon, Sunday January 29, James Levine led the MET Orchestra, and soprano Anja Silja, at Carnegie Hall in Bartok's Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, Schoenberg's Erwartung, and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps.

What's with all the old music?

While, unfortunately, I missed this afternoon's concert, due to work responsibilities, I did enjoy tremendously, James Levine conducting, yesterday afternoon, the MET Opera in Mozart's and da Ponte's Cosi fan Tutti.

Such "reason" in the music!

Such broadcasts make me a big fan of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and make living in the American provinces partially bearable.

Bluebeard's Castle -- I mean Stalin's Castle (Massandra) -- in Yalta, Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine). (The Crimean Tatars, who Stalin forcefully removed from Crimea after World War II, have been slowly returning, this past decade, to Crimea -- largely from Uzbekistan.)

Photo credit: With thanks.


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