Daily Archives: April 18, 2012

Alfred Brendel, Claudio Abbado – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 / Bruckner: Symphony No.7 (2005) (great sound)

Alfred Brendel, piano 
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor

0h01’00” – 0h36’35”
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op. 37
01:03 I. Allegro con brio
17:58 II. Largo
27:25 III. Rondo. Allegro

0h39’45” – 1h40’55”
Symphony No. 7 in E major
39:49 I. Allegro moderato
58:53 II. Adagio
1:19:32 III. Scherzo. Sehr schnell
1:28:56 IV. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell 

Recorded live in Lucerne at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Concention Centre, on 10-12 August 2005

The famed Concert Hall of Lucerne hosted its first public performance with the opening of the 1998 Lucerne International Music Festival. Situated on the picturesque Vierwaldstättersee shore, the facility is also known by the acronym of its German name, KKL (Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern). It also contains a flexible performance and banquet space, the Lucerne Hall, as well as museum and exhibition space, meeting rooms, restaurants, and a rehearsal hall.

 Artec provided Design and Planning services covering Auditorium Acoustics Design and Background Noise and Vibration Control consulting for Culture and Congress Centre. The Architect for the facility was Jean Nouvel of Paris.

Heifetz-Beethoven Romance No. 2 in F Major (Op. 50)

Dubious Quip – Obedient Minds (Check out their You Tube Channel: Wake up before is too late!)

Wake-up before is too late!

Wake-up before is too late!

Wake-up before is too late!


Bach – Stokowski Easter Chorale (from Easter Cantata)

Leopold Stokowski: Purcell “When I am Laid in Earth” (arr. Stokowski)

Quotation of the Day: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) – on Democracy

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Leopold Anthony Stokowski (1882) – Legendary Conductor

Leopold Anthony Stokowski (1882)

Stokowski was a legendary British-American conductor whose strong advocacy of new music helped to broaden American musical taste. He conducted and toured with the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than two decades, transforming it into a world-class ensemble and creating the lush “Philadelphia sound.” He made three films, including Walt Disney‘s Fantasia, in which he also appeared. What made the “Philadelphia sound” so unique? More… Discuss