Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Remembrances: H. C. Robbins Landon and Elisabeth Söderström

Remembering two giants of the musical world: musicologist H. C. Robbins Landon (March 1926 - Nov. 2009) and soprano Elisabeth Söderström (May 1927 - Nov. 2009).
Obituary of the late Mr. Landon [The Guardian UK]
Obituary of the late Elisabeth Söderström [Times Online UK]
Jessica Duchen remembers them also at Standpoint Magazine.
In particular I would like to note and praise their many years of study and practice, the many solitary hours of combing through manuscripts or singing scales, that is, all of the thankless, often painfully slow work nonetheless required for such brilliant scholarship and performance.
J. Haydn.
Die Schöpfung, Part I: Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes
Herbert von Karajan. Wiener Philharmoniker.

Fidelio, Act I: Mir ist so wunderbar
Elizabeth Gale, Elisabeth Söderström, Ian Caley, Curt Appelgren.
Directed by Bernard Haitink. Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

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