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The Tales of Offenbach? ...

Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880):
Tales of Hoffmann Suite
Detroit Symphony; Paul Paray, cond.
Mercury 434 332

On Offenbach
On the different versions of "The Tales of Hoffmann"

1690 — Italian composer Francesco Maria Veracini, in Florence;
1701 — Swedish composer Johan Joachim Agrell, in Löth;
1859 — Irish-born American composer and cellist Victor Herbert, in Dublin;
1869 — Russian composer and violinist Julius Conus (Yuly Konyus), in Moscow (Julian date: Jan. 20);
1907 — Hungarian-born Swiss composer Sándor Veress, in Kolozsvár;
1928 — German-born American composer Ursula Mamlok, in Berlin;

1824 — Austrian composer and pianist Maria Theresia von Paradis, age 64, in Vienna;
1875 — British composer Sir William Sterndale Bennett, age 58, in London;
1981 — German composer Ernst Pepping, age 79, in Berlin;
1981 — Norwegian composer Nils Geirr Tveitt, age 72, in Oslo;

1893 — Puccini: opera, "Manon Lescaut," in Turin at the Teatro Regio;
1896 — Puccini: opera "La Bohème," in Turin at the Teatro Regio, with Arturo Toscanini conducting;
1916 — Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 ("The Inextinguishable") with the orchestra of the Copenhagen Music Society, the composer conducting;
1918 — Lehar: operetta "Wo die Lerche singt" (Where the Lark Sings) in Budapest;
1930 — Schoenberg: opera "Von Heute af Morgen" (From One Day to the Next), at the Frankfurt Opera;
1947 — Hindemith: "Sinfonia Serena" by the Dallas Symphony, Antal Dorati conducting;
1982 — Tobias Picker: Violin Concerto, by the American Composers Orchestra, Paul Dunkel conducting, with Rolf Schulte the soloist;
1984 — John Harbison: chamber orchestra version of “Mirabai Songs” (to poems of Mirabai, translated by Robert Bly), at Sanders Theater in Cambridge, Mass., with mezzo-soprano Hance Felty and the ensemble Collage, Gunther Schuller conducting; The original voice and piano version of this work premiered in Boston on Nov. 15, 1983;
1996 — George Walker: "Lilacs" for voice and orchestra, by soprano Faye Robinson and the Boston Symphony, Seiji Ozawa conducting; This work was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music;
2002 — Michael Torke: "An American Abroad" for orchestra, in Edinburgh, Scotland, by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Marin Alsop conducting;

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