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Erzsebet, the Blood Countess

10/26/11 11:00AM

Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
16th-century Hungarian Countess Erzsebet Bathory was accused of unspeakable crimes.  Was she really the 'Blood Countess' of legend?  That's the subject of Erzsebet by Vermont composer Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, which will receive its premiere performances this weekend in Hyde Park, Plainfield and Burlington.  At 11 today I speak with him and we listen to some of his Csardas, played by Michael Arnowitt.  Dennis reworked Csardas as the overture to Erzsebet. 





Serenade #12 for Winds in c, K 388
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble: Marlboro Music Festival
CD/Album: Marlboro Music festival - 40th Anniversary - Mozart: Serenades
Record co./Cat #: Sony 47295


Kreisleriana, Op. 16
Composer: Robert Schumann
Soloists: Vassily Primakov, piano
CD/Album: Schumann - Vassily Primakov, piano
Record co./Cat #: Bridge 9300


A la musique
Composer: Emmanuel Chabrier
Ensemble: Toulouse Capitol Orchestra & Women of the Chorus of Toulouse Midi-Pyrenees
Conductor: Michel Plasson
Soloists: Barbara Hendricks, soprano
CD/Album: Chabrier: Oeuvres pour Orchestre
Record co./Cat #: EMI 74336
Note: Ode to music, for a friend's housewarming.


String Quartet #15 in G, D 887
Composer: Franz Schubert
Ensemble: Hugo Wolf Quartet
CD/Album: Hugo Wolf Quartett - Franz Schubert: Streichquartette D 87 & D 887
Record co./Cat #: VMS Musical Treasures 208


Csardas (excerpts)
Composer: Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
Soloists: Michael Arnowitt, piano
CD/Album: Alive and Well
Record co./Cat #: Michael Arnowitt


Tzigane (Concert Rhapsody)
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Soloists: Maxim Vengerov, violin
CD/Album: Lalo - Saint-Saens - Ravel
Record co./Cat #: EMI 57593


Symphony #1 in g, Op. 7, FS 16
Composer: Carl Nielsen
Ensemble: Royal Danish Orchestra
Conductor: Paavo Berglund
CD/Album: Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
Record co./Cat #: RCA 7701


Sinfonia in F, F. 67
Composer: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Ensemble: Les Violons du Roy, Quebec
Conductor: Bernard Labadie
CD/Album: Music of Bach's Sons
Record co./Cat #: Dorian 90239


Clarinet Sonatina
Composer: Joseph Horovitz
Soloists: Gervase de Peyer, clarinet (JAIR-vahz de PY-er) ; Gwenneth Pryor, piano
CD/Album: English Music for Clarinet & Piano
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 8549


Concierto de Aranjuez
Composer: Joaquin Rodrigo
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Placido Domingo
Soloists: Manuel Barrueco, guitar
CD/Album: Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Songs, etc.
Record co./Cat #: EMI 56175


Composer: Emmanuel Chabrier
Ensemble: Toulouse Capitole Orchetra
Conductor: Michel Plasson
CD/Album: Chabrier: Oeuvres pour orchestre
Record co./Cat #: EMI 74336


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