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France announces its withdrawal of troops from NATO • UN votes sanctions against Rhodesia • Mrs Indira Ghandi becomes Prime Minister of India • The Tashkent Declaration restores friendly relations with India and Pakistan • China denounces Soviet collaboration with the
West • Vietnam War continues, interrupted only by a 48-hour truce at Christmas • The USA’s first black senator, Edward Brooke (Rep, Mass) is elected; meanwhile, race riots rage in American cities • Marc Chagall (Fr) paints mural The Triumph of Music for the Met Opera, New York City

Right-wing military coup in Greece • The ‘Six Day War’: fearing attack from the Arab countries, the Israeli’s strike first, and inflict a humiliating defeat on the Arab forces; Israeli troops occupy the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza strip (Egyptian), the Golan Heights (Syrian), and all Jordanian territory west of the Jordan River, including eastern Jerusalem • Civil war breaks out in Nigeria (to 1970) • Christiaan Barnard (S. Afr) performs the world’s first heart transplant operation • Film: Disney’s The Jungle Book • David Hockney (Eng) paints A Bigger Splash • V. S. Naipaul (Trin/UK): A Flag on the Island • Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colomb): One Hundred Years of Solitude

In USA, Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior is assassinated; Senator Robert L. Kennedy assassinated • The Vietnam War continues to escalate: more than 500,000 US troops are now involved • The USA, USSR, Britain and 58 other countries sign a treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons • Mass student protests (anti-war and injustice; pro-civil liberties) around Europe and the Americas • USSR invades Czechoslovakia to reverse a new liberal reform programme • Apollo 8, crewed by three US astronauts, makes the first orbit of the Moon • Max Perutz (Austria/UK) establishes the structure of the haemoglobin molecule • Three-Piece No. 3: Vertebrae  by Henry Moore •  Alexander Solzhenitsyn (USSR): The First Circle

Richard M. Nixon takes office as 37th President of the USA • The Vietnam War continues • IRA (Irish Republican Army) terrorist activities grow; troops from mainland Britain move in to restore order • French President Charles de Gaulle resigns; succeeded by Georges Pompidou • US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin become the first men to set foot on the Moon • The supersonic Anglo-French airliner Concorde makes its first flight from Toulon (Fr) • The US Supreme Court rules that segregation in schools must end immediately • Voting age is reduced from 21 to 18 in Britain • Film: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick) • Mario Puzo (US): The Godfather

The Vietnam War continues: US and South Vietnamese forces briefly enter Cambodia, President Richard M. Nixon announces that 150,000 US troops will be withdrawn from Vietnam • Communist leader Salvador Allende becomes President of Chile • Violence continues in Northern Ireland • The civil war in Nigeria ends with the collapse of the breakaway province of Biafra • Middle East tension increases when Palestinian guerrillas hijack and blow up four airliners; Civil war between Jordanian army and Palestinian guerrillas ensues • The Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed • Henri Charriere (Fr): Papillon • Richard Bach (US): Jonathan Livingston Seagull • Ted Hughes (Eng): poems Crow


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and helped to raise global awareness of its Gulag forced labor camp system. He was allowed to publish only one work in the Soviet Union, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962), in the periodical Novy Mir. After this he had to publish in the West, most notably Cancer Ward (1968), August 1914 (1971), and The Gulag Archipelago (1973). Solzhenitsyn was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature". Solzhenitsyn was afraid to go to Stockholm to receive his award for fear that he would not be allowed to reenter. He was eventually expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974, but returned to Russia in 1994 after the state's dissolution.



Krzysztof Penderecki completes his St Luke Passion, inspired by the Passions of Bach.

Krzysztof Penderecki - St. Luke Passion 
Boys' Chorus: Warsaw Boys' Choir
Chorus: Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir
Orchestra: Warsaw Nation Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit
Soprano Soloist: Izabella Kłosińska
Baritone Soloist: Adam Kruszewski
Bass Soloist: Romuald Tesarowicz
Evangelist: Krzysztof Kolberger

3 April
An 88-piece orchestra, all seated among the audience, introduces Terretektorh by Iannis ​Xenakis, in Royan, France.

Iannis Xenakis - "Terretektorh" für Orchester - Cresc... Biennale für Moderne Musik
Dirigent: Matthias Pintscher
Live aus der Böllenfalltorhalle, Darmstadt - 26.11.2011

28 May
Dmitri Shostakovich’s Eleventh String Quartet is first performed in Leningrad. At the same concert the 59-year-old composer performs in public for the last time—already in poor health, he suffers a non-fatal heart attack shortly afterwards.

Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 11, Op. 122 in F minor
Emerson String Quartet:

Eugene Drucker, 1st Violin

Philip Setzer, 2nd Violin 

Lawrence Dutton, Viola 

David Finckel, Cello 

Introduction: Andantino - 0:00

Scherzo: Allegretto - 2:11

Recitative: Adagio - 4:53

Etude: Allegro - 6:02

Humoresque: Allegro - 7:17

Elegy: Adagio - 8:19

Finale: Moderato - Meno mosso - Moderato - 12:31

9 June
Benjamin Britten’s presents his second 'church parable’, The Burning Fiery Furnace, at Aldeburgh.

Britten - The Burning Fiery Furnace 
The 1968 television broadcast of the original English Opera Group production of Britten's second Church Parable "The Burning Fiery Furnace", recorded in Orford Parish Church, where it was first performed. Peter Pears,
Bryan Drake,
Benjamin Luxon,
Robert Tear,
Paschal Allen,
Peter Leeming,
members of the English Opera Group and the English Chamber Orchestra.
Music directed by Benjamin Britten and Viola Tunnard. Production and setting by Colin Graham.
Produced for television by John Culshaw.


6 August
Hans Werner Henze
’s opera The Bassarids, after Euripides, is first staged in Salzburg.

Hans Werner Henze: The Bassarids (1/2)
Primo Movimento

Secondo Movimento
RIAS-Kammerchor (Uwe Gronostay, Maestro del coro), Südfunkchor (Werner Hagen, Maestro del coro) e Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin diretti da Gerd Albrecht -

Dionysus, Voice e Stranger: Kenneth Riegel, tenore
Pentheus Re di  Tebe e figlio di Agave: Andreas Schmidt, baritono
Cadmus ex Re di Tebe, padre di Agave e Autonoe: Michael Burt, basso
Tiresias, veggente e seguace di Dionysus: Robert Tear, tenore
Captain of the Guard: William B. Murray, baritono
Agave, figlia di Cadmus: Karan Armstrong, mezzosoprano
Autonoe, sorella di Agave: Celina Lindsley, soprano
Beroe, nutrice di Dionysus: Ortrun Wenkel, contralto

Hans Werner Henze: The Bassarids (2/2)
Terzo Movimento
Quarto Movimento

16 September
Samuel Barber
’s Antony and Cleopatra inaugurates the new $46m Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Franco Zeffirelli supplies the libretto and an opulent production to match the occasion. 'Artifice masquerading with great flourish as art,’ complains Harold Schonberg in the New York Times.

Samuel Barber: Antony and Cleopatra  - 1
Cleopatra - Catherine Malfitano
Antony - Richard Cowan
Caesar Octavius - Jacque Trussel
Enobarbus - Eric Halfvarson
Charmian - Wendy White
Iras - Nancy Maultsby
Agrippa - Michael Wadsworth
Dolabella - Paul Kreider
Eros - Philip Zawisza
Alexas - William F Walker
A Rustic - James Ramlet
A Messenger - Paul Jacobsen
A Soothsayer; Guard - Kurt Link
Octavia - Beverly Thiele
Thidias - Patrick Denniston
A Soldier - Brad Cresswell
A Guardsman; Guard - Charles Austin
A Senator - Roy Cornelius Smith
Guard - Gary Lehman
Guard - Victor Benedetti
Watchman - Andrew Schroeder
Watchman - Elias Mokole
Conductor - Richard Buckley, 1991

Samuel Barber: Antony and Cleopatra  - 2

25 September
Dmitri Shostakovich
’s Second Cello Concerto is premiered in Moscow.

Dmitri Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 2
Boston Symphony Orchestra - Seiji Ozawa
Cello: Mstislav Rostropovich 

8 October
Robert Craft conducts Igor Stravinsky’s 
last major work, the serial Requiem Canticles, in Princeton, USA.

Igor Stravinsky - Requiem Canticles 
Sally Burgess, contralto
Roderick Williams, bass
Simon Joly Chorale
Philharmonia Orchestra Robert Craft, cond.

2 November
György Ligeti’s otherworldly Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light) for 16 mixed voices is first performed in Stuttgart. The work ends with 30 seconds of scored silence.

György Ligeti: Lux Aeterna
A Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss & Susanne Van Els



Steve Reich composes his first significant pieces of notated minimalism: Piano Phase for two pianos and Violin Phase for four violins.

Reich: Piano Phase
Tine Allegaert & Lukas Huisman

Reich - Violin Phase
NYO Canada Chamber Music Concert Jul 06, 2016
Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University
Marie-Claire Cardinal
Joanna Gorska
Dorothy Lin
Ethan Balakrishnan

6 March
Hungary’s Zoltan Kodaly a national hero, dies in Budapest, aged 84. Thousands attend his funeral five days later.


3 June
The Aldeburgh Festival mounts the first production of
William Walton’s 45-minute opera The Bear, based on a story by Chekov.

William Walton: The Bear
"Extravaganza in one Act"

Popova: Della Jones
Smirnov: Alan Opie
Luka: John Shirley-Quirk

Northern Sinfonia diretta da Richard Hickox.

26 September
David Oistrakh gives the first official performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s soul-searching Second Violin Concerto in Moscow.

Dmitri Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 2 in c-sharp minor, op. 129
Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
Violin: David Oistrakh

00:00 - I. Moderato
12:47 - II. Adagio
21:37 - III. Adagio - Allegro

21 May
The Karlheinz ​Stockhausen Ensemble performs the composer’s Prozession for acoustic instruments and electronics, in Helsinki. The notation of the work includes plus, minus and equals signs to indicate more, less, the same in application to pitch, dynamic, duration and complexity.

The music itself is drawn from any previously composed pieces by Stockhausen that the players can recall by memory.

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Prozession / Ceylon
Effects [Filters, Potentiometers] – Karlheinz Stockhausen
Piano – Aloys Kontarsky
Synthesizer [Electrochord] – Péter Eötvös*
Synthesizer [Electronium] – Harald Bojé
Tam-tam – Christoph Caskel, Joachim Krist 

Bells [Persian Camel Bells], Triangle [2 Triangles] – Péter Eötvös*
Percussion [Candy Drum] – Karlheinz Stockhausen
Piano ["Modulated Piano"] – Aloys Kontarsky
Synthesizer – Péter Eötvös*
Synthesizer [Electronium] – Harald Bojé
Tam-tam – Joachim Krist
Technician [Sound Projector] – Tim Souster 

Prozession, composed 1967-1971, was recorded in June 1971. 
Ceylon, composed 1969-1970, the 17th piece from Für kommende Zeiten, was recorded in April 1975. 

22 October
György Ligeti's Lontano for orchestra and Krzysztof Penderecki’s Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra are both premiered at Donaueschingen.

Ligeti: Lontano
Claudio Abbado - Wiener Philharmoniker

Penderecki - Capriccio for violin and orchestra
Wanda Wilkomirska (vl)
National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw - Andrzej Markowski.
Recorded live at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 1968.



Hair – musical. Broadway (1,750 performances) and London (1,997 performances) productions.The show opened on Broadway in April 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances. Simultaneous productions in cities across the United States and Europe followed shortly thereafter, including a successful London production that ran for 1,997 performances. Since then, numerous productions have been staged around the world, spawning dozens of recordings of the musical, including the 3 million-selling original Broadway cast recording. Some of the songs from its score became Top 10 hits, and a feature film adaptation was released in 1979.

HAIR (Act 1) - Academy of Art University 2015

Book and lyrics by: Gerome Ragini and James Rado
Music by: Galt MacDermot
Edited by: Boris Zubov
Costume Design by: Anastasia Todish and Chanterelle Grover

Claude - Ryan Vásquez
Berger - Christian Vilina
Sheila - Katie Meehan
Jeanie - Nora Doane
Woof - Michael Perez
Crissy - India Jarvis
Hud - Devante Winfrey
Dionne - Tia Silver
Margaret Mead - Charles Bluto
Hubert Humphrey - Garrick Sather
Mom - Sarah Garcia
Dad - Brooks Faria

HAIR (Act 2) - Academy of Art University 2015

8 June
Harrison Birtwistle’s violent chamber opera Punch and Judy premieres at the Aldeburgh Festival. With libretto by Stephen Pruslin, the work features characters and scenarios from Punch and Judy plays within structures derived from Greek tragedy, Baroque opera and oratorio. Benjamin Britten finds the whole thing unbearable and walks out.

Punch and Judy - Harrison Birtwistle
Neue Oper Wien
Director: Leonard PRINSLOO
Conductor: Walter KOBÉRA
Punch - Richard RITTELMANN (Hungary)
Judy; Fortune teller - Manuela LEONHARTSBERGER
Choregos; Jack Ketch - Till VON ORLOWSKY
Pretty Polly; Witch - Jennifer YOON
Lawyer - Lorin WEY
Doctor - Johannes SCHWENDINGER
Dancer - Evamaria MAYER

14 September
Dmitri Shostakovich’s Twelfth String Quartet is first performed in Leningrad.

Shostakovich, Op. 133 No. 12 in D flat major 
Emerson String Quartet:

Eugene Drucker, 1st Violin

Philip Setzer, 2nd Violin 

Lawrence Dutton, Viola 

David Finckel, Cello 

10 October
Luciano ​Berio grabs international attention with his Sinfonia, introduced under his own direction in New York. Scored for eight amplified voices and orchestra, the work considers the place of music in cultural history by quoting disparate musical and literary materials.

In the third movement, fragments by numerous composers past to present make brief appearances in parallel with the Scherzo from Mahlers Second Symphony.
Quoted texts include extracts from Samuel Becket’s novel The Unnamable.

Luciano Berio: Sinfonia, per otto voci e strumenti 

II. O King [05:45]
III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung [09:38]
IV. [21:39]
V. [24:04]

Swingle Singers
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra diretti da Luciano Berio.

Registrazione live, 16 Maggio 1997.

9 December
The planned Hamburg premiere of Hans Werner ​ Henze's political oratorio Das Floss der Medusa (The Raft of Medusa), dedicated to the late Che Guevara, is abandoned when members of the orchestra and chorus refuse to perform under a red flag that students have fixed onto Henze’s podium. The police intervene, fights break out and seven arrests are made.

Hans Werner Henze - Das Floß der Medusa (The Raft of the Frigate "Medusa")

Oratorio volgare e militare, in due parti
Tekst: Ernst Schnabel
Für / For Che Guevara

Erster Teil – Part One
Die Einschiffung zum Untergang – Embarkation for disaster
Zweiter Teil – Part Two
Die neunte Nacht und der Morgen – The ninth night and the morning

Edda Moser, soprano (La Mort)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone (Jean-Charles)
Charles Regnier, speaker (Charon)
Chor des Nordeutschen Rundfucks
Chorus Master: Helmut Franz

Members of the ST. Nikolai Boys’ Choir
Chorus Master: Horst Sellentin
Sinfonieorchester des Nordeutschen Rundfunks
Hans Werner Henze

10 June
Benjamin Britten introduces The Prodigal Son, the third of his 'church parables’, in Orford, Suffolk.

Benjamin Britten: The Prodigal Son
Third parable for Church Performance Op.81
Libretto by William Plomer

City of Birmingham Touring Opera (Orchestra) and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, 1997
Simon Halsey (Conductor)

Ivan Sharpe (Tempter)
Charles Johnston (Father)
Quentin Hayes (Elder Son
Andre Burden (Younger son)

1 Jam lucis orto sidere  2:12
2 Ah - you people Tempter  3:46
3 The ceremony   2:05
4 I am father to you all Father  6:36
5 Forgive me asking you Tempter  4:55
6  Father, may I speak to you? Younger son  4:02
7 Take you due portion Father  4:07
8 Go, if you must go Servants  3:55
9 Welcome, welcome, stranger! Parasites  1:29
10 You are tired from a long journey Tempter  3:04
11 Nights are days Parasites  4:39
12 You have gambled and lost Tempter   1:56
13 You it was taught me Younger son    2:40
14 Now - I have done what I said Tempter 1:39
15 With joy I sowed Younger son  5:39
16 My son Father   3:32
17 O sing unto the Lord Servants  5:27
18 My children, you have seen Abbot  4:27

9 December
Karlheinz Stockhausen paves the way for 'spectral’ composition with Stimmung in Paris. Lasting over an hour, six amplified performers sit cross-legged in a circle, vocalising overtones based on low B flat.

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Stimmung
Copenhagen version, conducted by Paul Hiller
(Theatre of Voices)

21 December
Gian Carlo MenottiHelp, Help, The Globolinks!

Help, Help, the Globolinks! i
s an opera in four scenes by Gian Carlo Menotti with an original English libretto by the composer. It was commissioned by the Hamburg State Opera and first performed as Hilfe, Hilfe, die Globolinks! in a German translation by Kurt Honolka [de] on December 21, 1968.

Gian Carlo Menotti - Help, Help, The Globolinks!



A throw of dice begins John ​Cage's chance and choice work HPSCHD, for one to seven harpsichords and up to 51 tapes.

John Cage HPSCHD with Knobs program realization

Minimalist Philip Glass forms the Philip Glass Ensemble. Compositions this year include Music in Contrary Motion, Music in Similar Motion, Music in Fifths and Music in Eight Parts.

Piano Circus | Philip Glass - Music in Contrary Motion

Philip Glass: Music in Similar Motion

Philip Glass - Music in Fifths 

Philip Glass - Music in Eight Parts 

22 Apri
Peter Maxwell Davies presents his milestone Eight Songs for a Mad King in London.

King George III (baritone) jabbers with his birds (caged musicians) in a disturbing music-theatre work that summons diverse musical sources, including Handel, foxtrots and The Beatles. This year also sees the premiere of his orchestral Worldes Blis at the London Proms, which causes many to flee the concert hall. It is now recognised as one of his finest achievements.

Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs for a Mad King,
testo di Randolph Stow e King George III.

1. The Sentry (Tune: King Prussia's Minuet)
2. The Country Walk (La Promenade)
3. The Lady-in-Waithing (Miss Musgrave's Fancy)
4. To be sung on the Water (The Waterman)
5.  The Phantom Queen (He's ay a-kissing me)
6. The Counterfeit (La Contrefaite)
7. Country Dance  (Scotch Bonnett)
8. The Review (A Spanish March)

Julius Eastman, baritono
The Fires of London diretti da Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

20 June
Krzysztof Penderecki’s opera The Devils of Loudun triumphs in Hamburg.

Krzysztof Penderecki - The Devils of Loudun
Director: Rolf Liebermann
Starring:  Cvetka Ahlin,
Heinz Blankenburg,
Ursula Boese 

Messiaen - La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ
Gerard Bouwhuis - piano
Adam Walker - flute
Julian Bliss - clarinet
Sonia Wieder-Atherton - cello
Colin Currie - xylophone
Adrian Spillett - marimba
Richard Benjafield - vibraphone

Philharmonia Voices
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer - conductor

Olivier Messiaen completes his oratorio La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ and composes the organ work Meditations sur le mystere de la Sainte Trinite.

29 September
Dmitri Shostakovich meditates on death in his austere Fourteenth Symphony, first heard in Leningrad. Scored for soprano and bass soloists, strings and percussion, the composer’s penultimate symphony is dedicated to Benjamin Britten.

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no.14 op.135
I. "De profundis" (Federico García Lorca) 0:00
II. "Malagueña" (Federico García Lorca)  4:10
III. "Loreley" (Guillaume Apollinaire)  7:03
IV. "Le Suicidé" (Guillaume Apollinaire)  16:00
V. "Les Attentives I" (On watch) (Guillaume Apollinaire)  22:18
VI. "Les Attentives II" (Madam, look!) (Guillaume Apollinaire) 25:13
VII. "À la Santé" (Guillaume Apollinaire) 26:51
VIII. "Réponse des Cosaques Zaporogues au Sultan de Constantinople" (Guillaume Apollinaire) 34:30
IX. "O, Del'vig, Del'vig!" (Wilhelm Küchelbecker)  36:30
X. "Der Tod des Dichters" (Rainer Maria Rilke) 40:30
XI. "Schlußstück" (Rainer Maria Rilke) 44:16

Jitka Soběhartová - soprano
Jan Ericsson - Bass

Filharmonický orchestr Iwasaki 
Chuhei Iwasaki - conductor



Morton Feldman composes the first three pieces of The Viola in My Life for chamber-sized forces.

Feldman: The Viola in my Life
Le Balcon

Darius Milhaud, 78 this year, composes his opera-oratorio Saint Louis, roi de France.

Darius Milhaud: Saint Louis Roi de France,
Opera-Oratorio su testo di Henri Doublier tratto da Paul Claudel.

Prima parte
Seconda parte [01:05:52]

Lou Ann Wyckoff, soprano, La France 
Dorothy Dorow, soprano, La Reine Marguerite 
Renato Cesari, baritono, Saint Louis 
Franco Bonisolli, tenore, Joinville 
Cecile Domingue (speaker), Le Poet 
Henri Doublier (speaker), Le Chroniqueur

Coro e Orchestra sinfonica della RAI diretti da Armando La Rosa Parodi. Roma, 18 Marzo 1972.

Steve Reich gradually lengthens a dominant eleventh chord in Four Organs, scored for four electric organs and maracas. 

Steve Reich - Four Organs
Edwin van der Wolf
Maren Poelman
Gerwin Hoekstra
Simon Haakmeester
Ruud Noordhof

5 February
Elliott Carter
's Concerto for Orchestra, featuring four orchestral groups organised by register, is first performed in New York.

Elliott Carter - Concerto for Orchestra.
Pierre Boulez - New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 
8 September, 1975 Berlin.

conducts the first performance of Arthur Bliss’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, with dedicatee Rostropovich as soloist, at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Arthur Bliss - Cello Concerto, op.120

I. Allegro deciso
II. Larghetto [12:28]
III. Allegro [20:27]

Tim Hugh, violoncello
English Northern Philharmonia diretta da David Lloyd Jones.

1 October
György Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto for 
13 instruments is given its first complete performance, in Berlin.

György Ligeti - Chamber Concerto
I. Corrente
II. Calmo, sostenuto
III. Movimento preciso e meccanico
IV. Presto
Nicholas Kok  conductor
Conrad Marshall - flute
Rachael Clegg - oboe
Dov Goldberg - clarinet
Colin Pownall - clarinet
Rebecca Goldberg - french horn
Phil Goodwin - trombone
Paul Janes - piano/celesta
Richard Casey - harpsichord
David Routledge - violin
Martin Clark - violin 2
Raymond Lester - viola
Jennifer Langridge - cello
Anita Langridge - double bass

2 December
on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Michael 
Tippett explores relationship psychology in his intimate opera The Knot Garden, premiered at Covent Garden, London.

Michael Tippett: The Knot Garden,
opera in tre atti su libretto dell'Autore.
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden diretta da Colin Davis.

Faber: Raimund Herincx
Thea: Yvonne Minton
Flora: Jill Gomez
Denise: Josephine Barstow
Mel: Thomas Carey
Dov: Robert Tear
Mangus: Thomas Hemsley

Atto I: Confrontation
Atto II: Labyrinth
Atto III: Charade

24 May
Stokowski premieres
Andrzej ​Panufnik’s cantata Universal Prayer in New York.

Andrzej Panufnik: Universal Prayer,
for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, chorus, three harps and organ (setting of English text by Alexander Pope).

April Cantelo, soprano
Helen Watts, contralto
John Mitchinson, tenore
Roger Stalman, basso

The Louis Halsey Singers

David Watkins, Maria Korchinska, Tina Bonifacio, arpe

Ensemble diretto da Leopold Stokowski.

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Jesus Christ Superstar 

Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971. The musical is mostly sung-through, with little spoken dialogue. The story is loosely based on the Gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus's life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It depicts political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Jesus Christ Superstar
(1970 Original London Concept Recording)

Track list:

Side one:

1. Overture - 0:00
2. Heaven on Their Minds - 3:59
3. What's the Buzz/Strange Thing Mystifying - 8:19
4. Everything's Alright - 12:33
5. This Jesus Must Die - 17:47

Side two:

1. Hosanna - 21:24
2. Simon Zealotes/Poor Jerusalem - 23:33
3. Pilate's Dream - 28:21
4. The Temple - 29:49
5. Everything's Alright (reprise) - 34:32
6. I Don't Know How to Love Him - 35:01
7. Damned for All Time/Blood Money - 38:42

Side three:

1. The Last Supper - 43:54
2. Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say) - 51:01
3. The Arrest - 56:34
4. Peter's Denial - 59:55
5. Pilate and Christ/Hosanna (reprise) - 1:01:23
6. Herod's Song (Try It and See) - 1:04:07

Side four:

1. Judas' Death - 1:07:09
2. Trial Before Pilate (Including the 39 Lashes) - 1:11:24
3. Superstar - 1:16:37
4. The Crucifixion - 1:20:51
5. John Nineteen: Forty-One - 1:24:58

Andrew Lloyd Webber Jesus Christ Superstar


Henry Moore  -Three-Piece No. 3: Vertebrae 

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