12-11: M.S. Subbulakshmi : Concert Album 1970 - Mahler 7 live / Kondrashin 1979 - Brahms 4 / De Sabata 1939 - Victor De Sabata Orchestral Works / Ceccato 2001

1831 – George Schetky (Scottish-born American cellist, composer, conductor, teacher & publisher)
1857 – Castil-Blaze [François-Henri-Joseph Blaze] (French musicologist, music critic, composer & music editor)
1911 – Thomas Ball (American sculptor, painter, violinist & singer, active also in Italy)
1955 – Franz Syberg (Danish composer & organist)
1964 – Sam Cooke (American soul, R&B & gospel singer & songwriter)
1964 – Alma Mahler (Austrian socialite & composer, spouse of Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius & Franz Werfel)
1967 – Richard Stöhr (Austrian composer, author & teacher)

1967 – Victor De Sabata (Italian conductor & composer)
1975 – Lee Wiley (American jazz singer)
1983 – Simon [Szymon] Laks (Polish composer, violinist, pianist & author, head of prisoners' orchestra at Birkenau-Auschwitz from 1942–44)
1998 – Lynn Strait (American rock singer & songwriter, Snot)
2004 – M.S. Subbulakshmi [
மதுரை சண்முகவடிவு சுப்புலட்சுமி] (Indian Carnatic vocalist)
2007 – Christie Hennessy (Irish folk singer, songwriter & guitarist)

Alma mater? I thought you said Alma Mahler!

I'm disappointed that I was unable to find you a recording of some of the dozen-and-a-half-or-so songs composed by Alma Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel. I really did have my heart set on it. But instead, here is the one symphony we haven't yet had from Hubby #1, in this our year-long remembrance of the 100th anniversary of his death. And the live performance here is a particularly exciting and relatively light-hearted one of this weirdest of all Mahler's works.

So, bummer on the Alma front, but good news in the way of Indian music. I've been bemoaning that I have so little information on death dates for many Asian musicians, but here we've lucked out. M.S. Subbulakshmi was one of the most lauded and highly awarded singers of Carnatic music, and I have not only her date of death, but also some excellent sources for transfers of a number of her old LP recordings. The 3-disc set offered here should do you nicely.

I'm also pleased to offer you a first here at YiDM: someone on our list, in separate roles as conductor and composer. (Of course, this doesn't include persons like Stravinsky and Copland whom we've had in both roles simultaneously.) Victor de Sabata was a fiery conductor of both the opera pit and concert stage. He hated the process of making recordings and thus left behind only a few, which are treasured by collectors. I've heard some of them, including this great Brahms 4th, but I've never heard any of the music de Sabata composed. So, I'll be listening to that along with the rest of you!


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