Something for the weekend!
What they've said…
'Sometimes I wonder if Verdi actually just didn't like the soprano he was writing it for'
Soprano Renée Fleming reflects on the difficulties of the part of Violetta in La traviata
The CD covers that seemed like a good idea at the time:
In our postbag this week: is Mozart hiding in a locker? We're confused…
On air and screen
If you missed any of this year's Bath Music Festival, there's a chance to catch up in BBC Radio 3's Lunchtime Concert next week. String quartet fans should make sure to tune in on 16 June to hear the Jerusalem Quartet perform two 20th-century classics by Bartók and Debussy. And on 18 June the Pavel Haas Quartet follows suit with Prokofiev, Janácek and Dvorák. Wind instruments get a look in on 17 June when Ensemble 360 performs a programme of Britten, Poulenc, Debussy and Mozart. And to bring the week's broadcasts to a triumphant conclusion, Bath Music Festival director and pianist Joanna MacGregor will perform Musorgsky's colourful Pictures at an Exhibition.
Practice makes purr-fect
A Lithuanian conductor has written a piece for a piano-playing cat. Nora, whose keyboard antics have made her a YouTube star over the past two years, was the inspiration for Mindaugas Piecaitis's Catcerto, which was premiered on 5 June. To hear an extract from the piece, click here. And if you want to find out more about this feline wonder, the multi-talented Nora finds time between practising her scales and arpeggios to keep a blog.
Pianist Haochen Zhang, joint gold medallist at this year's Van Cliburn competition, impresses the jury in the preliminary round with his performance of Beethoven's Sonata in A flat,