Something for the weekend!
On this day
Many happy returns to Leos Janáček, who was born on 3 July, 1854 in Moravia. Here's a clip from his String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters (audio player, right), written in 1928 after he fell in love with a married woman more than thirty years his junior, Kamila Stösslová.
'It is the first composition which sprang from my directly experienced feelings,' he wrote. 'Intimate Letters was composed in fire. My earlier compositions only in hot ashes.'
Audio clip: Janáček: Intimate Letters – Adagio
Pavel Haas Quartet
Supraphon SU 3877-2
What they've said…
'I think the opera world is really used to dealing with dead people. And, really, I did feel dead at a certain point.'
Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright on writing his debut opera, Prima Donna
Questionable CD covers:
What can we say? This is one of the most ridiculous CD covers we've ever been sent. Electro-acoustic classical music apparently...
In this rare outing for Alban Berg’s Lulu, broadcast this Saturday in Opera on 3, director Christof Loy throws light on the dark psychological corners of a disturbing tale. Agnet Eichenholz plays the title role in a tragic story about a woman who destroys all who come within her orbit. Lulu’s journey takes her from society darling of the glittering salons of Vienna and Paris, to the pitiful squalor of prostitution in East End London, the victim of Jack the Ripper. From the Royal Opera House, London.
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