07 Jan 2011
Music at the Morgan
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Alex Ross [The Rest is Noise, 7 January 2011]
Just before Christmas, the Morgan Library unveiled digitized versions of some of the most important music manuscripts in its collection. Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony, Mahler's Fifth Symphony, and Schubert's Winterreise are among the dozens of treasures on offer. (The image above is of the first page of the Adagietto of Mahler's Fifth. Note that he writes "Molto Adagio.") The library says that in the near future more than nine hundred manuscripts will be made available. This is obviously a major resource for musicians, scholars, and music-lovers.