Daily Archives: May 2, 2014

Legendary Performances: Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 – Furtwängler, BPO, 1953 (Remastered 2012)


 

Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 – Furtwängler, BPO, 1953 (Remastered 2012)

 

Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Symphonies of Robert Schumann
Legendary Recordings LR002
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Robert Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (Revised 1851 version)
1. First Movement – Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft 11:51
2. Second Movement – Romanze: Ziemlich langsam 05:20
3. Third Movement – Scherzo: Lebhaft 05:55
4. Fourth Movement – Langsam; Lebhaft 8:01
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Studio Recording, Berlin, May 14, 1953

Restoration notes -

Portrait of Wilhelm Furtwängler by Emil Orlik

Portrait of Wilhelm Furtwängler by Emil Orlik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Widely considered to be the greatest recording of Schumann’s 4th symphony ever made, it is quite fortunate then that the original audio was quite good to begin with. I focused on reducing the harsh edge on the violins, trying to make them sound more natural, and giving a more rounded sound to the orchestra. The result is fantastic.

Audio Restored and Remastered by Rudolf Ondrich, 12-13 October 2012.

 

 

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Mozart – Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550 – Harnoncourt



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550

1. Molto allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto. Allegretto – Trio
4. Finale. Allegro assai

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor

Live recording, 1984

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ST.OF THE DAY: ST. ATHANASIUS May 2:


SAINT OF THE DAY

May 2 Saint of the Day

ST. ATHANASIUS
May 2: St. Athanasius, the great champion of the Faith was born at … Read More

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QUOTATION: Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction. Aesop


Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BCDiscuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: FLORES DE MAYO


Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo (“May flowers”) festivals take place throughout the Philippines during the month of May. Children create offerings of flowers and bring them to their churches in the afternoon. Parades make their way through towns and villages, with girls wearing traditional costumes followed by their relatives and friends singing Hail Marys. The festival ends on May 31 with fiestas everywhere. In big cities like Manila, Flores de Mayo is one of the largest festivals of the year, featuring May Queens and fancy dress balls.More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: THEODOR HERZL (1860)


Theodor Herzl (1860)

Herzl was the founder of modern Zionism. A journalist, he was sent to Paris to report on the Dreyfus Affair and was appalled by the vicious anti-Semitism he observed. Concluding that Jewish assimilation in Europe was impossible and that the only solution to the Jewish problem was the establishment of a Jewish national state, Herzl organized the first Zionist World Congress. At the time of his death, Herzl’s organization was considering establishing a Jewish homeland in what region of the world? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: KING HUSSEIN OF JORDAN ENTHRONED (1953)


King Hussein of Jordan Enthroned (1953)

Jordan’s King Hussein reigned from 1953 until his death in 1999, ascending the throne after his father was declared mentally unfit to rule. Hussein generally espoused a pro-Western policy that brought him into conflict with Arab leftist leaders and Palestinians in Jordan. His neutral stance during the Gulf War and a 1994 peace treaty with Israel secured his reputation as a moderating force in Middle Eastern politics. As a teen, Hussein survived an attempt on his life. What allegedly saved him? More… Discuss

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NEWS: PREPARE THE PADDLES: HUMAN ACTIVITIES CAUSING CITIES TO SINK


Prepare the Paddles: Human Activities Causing Cities to Sink

Human activities are speeding the sinking of major coastal cities around the globe, contributing to more frequent, severe, and protracted floodingLand subsidence can occur naturally, but human activities have accelerated the process in some parts of the globe, leading the land there to descend 10 times faster than sea levels are rising. Tokyo, for example, sank two meters as a result of decades of groundwater extraction. Venice suffered similar subsidence until groundwater extraction was halted there in recent years. Unless action is taken, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bangkok, among other cities, will sink below sea level. More… Discuss

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