Thursday, September 12, 2013

Watching the Radio – Soprano Sendungen von Ö1

Joyce, Anna, Nuria, and Miah

If you have the kind of trouble I have finding programmes on BBC Radio 3, and you can’t access U-toob* at work, you can at least listen to the broadcast from the Last Night of the Proms on my new favorite radio station, Austria’s Ö1. Of course, it’s a great listen, plus it’s fun to hear the Austrian announcer pronounce “Last Night of the Proms” perfectly, then stumble over “DiDonato.” The program is on 7 Tage, and is available for a few more days online or on your mobile Ö1 app.  

While you are there, you can also hear the Britten War Requiem from the Großen Festspielhaus Salzburg, as performed on August 18 by Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostridge, Thomas Hampson, and Antonio Pappano leading the Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

If your taste runs to earlier music, Ö1 has a weekly program for you, too: Alte Musik - neu interpretiert. This week features baroque opera arias sung by soprano Nuria Rial, and countertenor Xavier Sabata, accompanied by Enrico Onofri and the Academia 1750. This was first broadcast yesterday, which should give us a few more days to listen.

And the pièce de résistance (for me) is Miah Persson in her Schubertiade Schwarzenberg 2013 recital, singing Schubert (mostly the usual suspects, including Der Hirt auf dem Felsen), Schumann (Frauenliebe und Leben), and Grieg (Op. 48). She is accompanied by Roger Vignoles.** 

Meanwhile, back at BBC Radio 3, I did manage to stumble across a couple of intriguing programmes:

The Verdi Requiem from the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival with Erin Wall, Karen Cargill, Bryan Hymel, Eric Owens, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Donald Runnicles. 

Górecki’s depressing but lovely Symphony No 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) from the 2013 Proms, with soprano Ruby Hughes and Osmo Vänskä leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

*Eyes has very helpfully posted links on her blog for quite a few of the video clips.

**I heard a rumor that Anja Harteros was originally scheduled in this recital slot (Schubertiade 2013 - Anja Harteros / Wolfram Rieger 02.09.2013, Mon - 20:00) I’m  sorry Anja couldn’t make it, but pleased that Miah was available to make her Schwarzenberg debut.) 


  1. I find BBC Radio pages are way over-organized these days, and as a result things get buried really easily. The Proms pages especially are in desperate need of a revamp. Thanks for the links. I missed the Requiem entirely and came in late for the Gorecki.

    1. I either find out about the BBC Radio 3 broadcasts from another blogger, or from a combination of random browsing and dumb luck. BBC's website recently asked me to complete a survey about the iPlayer and I eagerly agreed. But once I got to the question about what country I was listening from, they said they were not interested in the opinions of listeners outside the UK! hmmpf! But since they DO broadcast a lot of gems, I keep going back.

    2. I have the same experience - I find things either via others or mostly dumb luck.

      I'm totally listening to Miah Persson's recital tonight!

    3. I ran into that survey too. I would have said "Less geo-blocking please". Irony of ironies.

      But I guess since we're not the ones paying the taxes to keep them in business, we have a limited footing from which to kvetch. And hunting for programming on Beeb websites is vastly more entertaining than what I actually get paid to do. (Thank you, tax-paying British persons!)

    4. @Earworm: you totally need to. I made it up to Der Hirt an dem Felsen before I had to go to sleep last night. They are Schubert standards, and standard can be a good thing sometimes.

    5. @Stray: It's true we probably shouldn't complain when it's free. And I have the same job issue you do :)


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