Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Vienna dances to the music of time


Good to see that youth is still a state of mind, not a time of life, in Vienna where the 83 year old Georges Prêtre (above) conducted the Vienna Philarmonic's annual New Year's Day concert. Prêtre has the huge range of musical experience that only age can bring, including giving the premieres of Francis Poulenc's opera La voix humaine at the Opéra-Comique in 1959 and his Sept répons des ténèbres in 1963.

More Poulenc here.
A Dance to the Music of Time is the title of a twelve novel sequence by Anthony Powell. Image credit RAI National Symphony Orchestra. Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk

2 comments:

Pliable said...

Email received:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flute_Sonata_(Poulenc)

In my humble opinion a masterpiece.

BT

violainvilnius said...

did not find that concert very thrilling this year - it was just simpering along. But if the man has a link to Poulenc that might explain it.....

On another channel (for me) was Harnoncourt rehearsing the Fledermaus which was much more interesting.