With this month’s focus turned on the percussion, our ‘Gramophone Selects’ feature on medici.tv includes James MacMillan’s Second Percussion Concerto with Colin Currie and Dame Evelyn Glennie giving a marimba masterclass. We also include a documentary of the history of music through its instruments, here ones you strike! Our Icon is the conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli, so as a reminder of his art, a complete performance of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with Kiri Te Kanawa and Plácido Domingo heading a cast in Götz Friedrich’s Covent Garden production from 1983. Our back-to-back performance is Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony—Erich Leinsdorf and Valery Gergiev doing the conducting honors. And for a young performer with a big future, the pianist George Li playing Saint-Saëns’s Second Piano Concerto.
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Trésors de la Masterclass Media Foundation
Götz Friedrich (mise en scène), Giuseppe Sinopoli (direction) – Avec Plácido Domingo (Chevalier des Grieux), Kiri Te Kanawa (Manon Lescaut)...
Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1963-1969
Orchestre du Théâtre Mariinsky. Intégrale des symphonies de Tchaïkovski