Jacques Offenbach (actually Jakob Eberst, June 20, 1819 in Cologne - October 5, 1880 in Paris) was a German-born French composer. He was the son of a cantor at a synagogue in Cologne, but traveled to Paris and was trained as a cellist at the conservatory. He was in Paris and was eventually successful as a composer of operettas, including Orpheus in the Underworld. His principal work is the opera Tales of Hoffmann, which he did not manage to make finished before his death.
The name Offenbach he takes after his father's birthplace, Offenbach am Main in Germany. After 10 years as a cello virtuoso, turned Offenbach himself from what he really interested in, the music scene. He wrote tunes for a variety of songs and nearly 100 operettas. Many of these one-act plays was small, and they were almost all of satire.
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Carl Orff (July 10, 1895 - March 29, 1982) was a German composer and music educator, trained in Munich where he 1950-1960 was a professor at the Conservatory. The most famous of all his works are Carmina Burana in 1936, a choral work by 21 medieval Latin and High German verses found in the monastery Benediktbeuern.
Carl Orff created in Schulwerk 1-5 (1931-54), a music education method, based on the development of children's sense of rhythm. Here was a list of instruments that were suitable for the purpose for which these instruments have since been nicknamed Orff instruments.
He composed the operas The wise girl, Moon and Antigonae. Cantatas: Carmina Burana (1936), Catulli carmina and Trionfo di Afrodite. Oratorios: Comoedia de Christi Resurrectione and Ludus the nato Infante.
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Anne Sofie von Otter. In my element. 2 cd. DG. 4777077
Compositions by Czech violin virtuosi. Ferdinand Laub, & Fratisek Ondricek, & Otakar Sevic, Jan Kubelik, & Jaroslav Kocian, all played by Václac Snitil on violin, Josef Hala on piano, in some recordings from 1988. 1 CD. Supraphon. 1109362
Orlando di Lasso: Lagrime di San Pietro. & Johannes Ockeghem: Missa pro defunctis. The Hilliard Ensemble, in an recording from 1989. 1 DVD.
Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder), by Corelli, Geminiani, Sammaritini, Corelli, Vivaldi, Detri. 1 CD. DHM
Tubular Bell by Mike Oldfield played by Sandra van Veen and Jeroen van Veen on synthesizer and Marcel Bergmann and Elizabeth Bergmann on piano. 1 CD. Brilliant. 008812-2
O Magnum Mysterium. Music for Christmas. Corydon Singers 1 DVD. Brilliant Classics. 6468 Region 0 (can be played on all DVD players worldwide)
O Magnum Mysterium. Renaissance music by Giullaume Dufay, Johannes Ockehem, Josquin Des Prez, Heinrich Finck. Scola Cantorum Stuttgart, will be directed by Clytus Gottwald, in some recordings from between 1973 and 1976. 4 CD. Brilliant Classics. 92149
O sole Mio. José Carreras (tenor). Lorenzo Bajav (pianoforte). 1 DVD. Pan Dream. PDL1054
Johannes Ockeghem: Missa Ecce Ancilla Domine. + Motet. Made by Pro Cantione Antique from London, and Collegium Aureum, in a recording from 1972. 1 CD. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. 82876 69991-2 *** Recommendation ***
Offenbach: Salon Pitzelberger. Robert Hanell. Suss, Hoff, Neukirch. 1 CD. Berlin Classics
On Stage. Hans Henrik Nordstrøm. 1 CD. CDK 1144
On the Edge. Works for trombone. Niels-Ole Bo Johansen. 1 cd. CDK 1046
Guitar masterpieces, with Erling Moldrup playing; Nørgård: Jack of Diamonds, Balcony Scene and Meditation (with Thomas Jensen on flute), Malipieros Preludio, Gagnebins 3 pieces for guitar, Smith Brindle's 4 poems of Lorca & Nocturne, Castyelnuovo-Tedesco Tanadilla, Burghausen Sonata in e minor and 3 pieces of Carlos Pedrell. 1 CD. Classico. CD 616
On Wings of Jewish Songs. Helene Schneiderman (mezzo-Soprano), Jascha Nemtsow (piano). 1 CD. Hänssler. 93041
20 Complete italian operas. Opera Italiana. Operas by: de'Cavalieri, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel, Piccinni, Calderara, Paisiello, Cimarosa, Gazzaniga, Boccherini, Salieri, Rossini, Mercandante, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Marinuzzi og Menotti. 40 CD. Nuova Era. 223287-2 ***Recommendation ***
Opera without Words. 1 CD. Naxos. 8.570711-2
Operatunity Music fetured in the Channel four TV series. 1 CD. EMI. 5574822
Operatunity Winners. Denise Leigh & Jane Gilchrist sings with English National Opera orchestra will be conducted by Paul Daniel, in some recordings from 2003. 1 CD. EMI Classics. 5575942