It's all all-French program on this week's New York Philharmonic broadcast - performances drawn from the Philharmonic's vast recorded archive. Music by Massenet that includes an historic performance by the Philharmonic conducted by Josef Stransky (who became the orchestra's music director in 1911, following the death of Gustav Mahler), and appearances by Luciano Pavarotti and mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby. Also on the program, works by Clause Debussy that include the Image pour Orchestra, and Le Martyre de Saint Sebastian.
Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 4:53 pm
New York Philharmonic Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur, 85, has announced that he has been living with Parkinson's disease for several years: "I have had the fortune of receiving great medical care since the diagnosis, enabling me to continue my conducting activities. These recent events have served as a good opportunity to make a return to the podium with a greater sense of purpose and awareness."
I'm not sure how the Daily Mail arrived at the unfortunate headline "An Unlikely Fan: Why Opera's Biggest Star, Domingo Placido Is Crazy For Lady Gaga." The obvious hed goof aside, it's not like Domingo gives La Gaga effusive praise: "I think Lady Gaga has a very good voice. Absolutely. She has a wonderful voice.
Jill Pasternak welcomes renowned conductor Kurt Masur. The German kappelmeister has led orchestras around the globe, including the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra National de France, where he is now honorary music director.
Masur celebrated his 80th birthday in 2007 with a series of special events, concerts, and tours, including a performance in Philadelphia. He'll be at Tanglewood working with young musicians and leading the Boston Symphony in a series of concerts through August 22, 2009.