by Daniel Hathaway
Today, May 16, would have seen the first of three Cleveland Orchestra concert performances of Alban Berg’s Lulu, in the two-act version premiered in 1937. Berg’s opera, with soprano Barbara Hannigan as the title character, was to have been the centerpiece of the “Censored: Art and Power” mini-festival featuring pianists Aaron Diehl and Conrad Tao, and soprano Audrey Luna. Those plans were scuttled by the pandemic, but this may be a good moment to revisit Alban Berg. Click here to watch a 1972 Berg documentary produced by BBC 2 with Helene Berg, Pierre Boulez, Willi Reich, Alfred Kalmus, Jascha Horenstein, Jean-Rodolphe Kars, the BBC Symphony, and the Delme String Quartet. Note: the last eight minutes are missing.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE WEB (AND AIRWAVES):
On Saturday, the Berlin Philharmonic Brass Ensemble performs live ($), the MET opera streams Verdi’s Rigoletto, the Cincinnati Symphony replaces its 150th anniversary concert with a physically-distanced live stream, and WCLV rebroadcasts The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus with Jakub Hrůša. [Read more…]