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Friday, March 25, 2011
For Japan (2)
Alfred Schnittke's 1957 Nagsaki Symphony -- not his best work, but worth a listen. The orchestras of Berlin have embraced the spirit of charity in the face of the Japanese devastation. Bernard Haitink paid tribute to the victims of the earthquake recently in a stirring performance of Lutoslawski's Funeral Music, and the Berlin Philharmonic and Staatskapelle Orchestras, under their directors, will be performing a can't-miss double-bill of Tchaikovsky's Sixth and Brahms' Fourth on Tuesday. Alas, I will be in Paris, but you can watch live on their Digital Concert Hall (all proceeds from the concert and webcast go to UNICEF). Already planned was the joint Staatskapelle/Philharmonic April 22nd concert commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, which will now also be dedicated to the sufferings in Japan; with the Pathetique again as well as Takemitsu's Requiem, Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, and Ukrainian and Russian Choruses, it should prove to be just as powerful (and will also stream online).