Lost Mozart Works Discovered

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Via Reiter’s News Service:

Twenty pieces of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have been discovered 220 years after he died.

The Vienna-based International Mozart Academy said yesterday that the compositions have been identified as works composed by Mozart in the year before his death. The works include 2 complete symphonies, a 28th piano concerto, a Masonic hymn, songs, and an opera based on the play The Stolen Kiss by Pierre Beaumarchais.

Mozart, who was born in Salzburg, lived from 1756 to 1791. He played the piano from an early age and began composing when he was five. He eventually created more than 600 works, including operas, chamber music, orchestral works and choral pieces.

You can listen to the finale to the Piano Concerto No. 28 in A major here.

Women’s History Month – Clara Schumann

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Clara Josephine Wieck was born in Leipzig on 13 September 1819. Her father taught her music theory and performance in a rigorous schedule at an early age. She performed publicly as a young girl and met another young musician, Robert Schumann, when she performed at a home at the age of eight. Schumann moved into the Wieck house as a student of Clara’s father. Ten years later, Clara and Schumann married.

Clara was giving solo piano recitals in a European tour when she was eleven. She continued to perform to rave reviews after her marriage. She was praised by Frederick Chopin and Franz Liszt. She and Robert formed a close friendship to the young Johannes Brahms and she championed his music.

Although she composed many mature compositions, Clara Schumann’s legacy lies mostly in her career as a pianist. She was one of the first performers to perform works from memory in public, a practice that has been used ever since. Edvard Grieg called Clara “one of the most soulful and famous pianists of the day”. She performed her piano concerto at the age of sixteen in Leipzig with Felix Mendelssohn conducting.

Clara Schumann was responsible for raising not only her children but some of her grandchildren as well. She showed great courage when, at the age of 29, she walked through the streets of Dresden during the May Uprising to rescue her children. Although confronted by a group of armed men, she retrieved her children and escorted them back home to safety.

Enjoy this romanticized reenactment of Clara Schumann from the film “Song of Love” in which Clara (Katharine Hepburn) schools Franz Liszt on the art of simplicity.

Grammy Awards Wrap Up

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony wrapped up last night, and it was a huge night for new classical music. In the classical category, most went to new groups and new music. Here are the winners:
Best Orchestral Performance -
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)
Label: BIS Records

Best Opera Recording -
Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna & Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Best Choral Performance -
Pärt: Adam’s Lament
Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis)
Label: ECM New Series

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance -
Roomful Of Teeth
Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth
Label: New Amsterdam Records

Best Classical Instrumental Solo -
Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra
Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)
Track from: Corigliano: Conjurer; Vocalise
Label: Naxos

Best Classical Vocal Solo -
Winter Morning Walks
Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
Label: ArtistShare

Best Classical Compendium -
Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Label: Ondine

Best Contemporary Classical Composition -
Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks
Maria Schneider, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson & Australian Chamber Orchestra)
Track from: Winter Morning Walks
Label: ArtistShare

And, while not an award, a highlight of the evening was pianist Lang Lang playing with the metal band Metallica

Louisville Public Media: Who We Are

Gaëlle Solal

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Gaëlle Solal started playing guitar at age 6, after becoming fascinated by a classical guitar concert. Since then she’s received many awards, including three gold medals from the Conservatory in Marseilles, a finalist for the Concert Artists Guild in New York, and the 2006 2nd Prize from the Guitar Foundation of America. She is in town this week for the 2013 Convention and Competition, and stopped by to talk about her career and to play Turkish and Brazilian music.