Daily Archives: September 6, 2012

Ottorino Respighi: Metamorphoseon modi XII (P. 169) (1930)

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Metamorphoseon modi XII, Tema e Variazioni per orchestra (P. 169) (1930) — Philharmonia Orchestra diretta da Geoffrey Simon —

I. Tema (Andante moderato)
II. Modus I (Moderato non troppo)
III. Modus II (Allegretto)
IV. Modus III (Lento)
V. Modus IV (Lento espressivo)
VI. Modus V (Molto vivace)
VII. Modus VI (Vivace)
VIII. Modus VII (Cadenza)
IX. Modus VIII (Andantino mosso)
X. Modus IX (Lento non troppo)
XI. Modus X (Molto allegro)
XII. Modus XI (Molto allegro)
XIII. Modus XII (Vivo non troppo)

— painting by Mario Sironi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
  ”  Among Italian composers of the twentieth century historian, Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) is surely what he had and has less need of external pressures, festival promotions, conferences and opportunities to find the one monographic dissemination, fortune and fame to international ‘author of three symphonic poems Roman smiled almost immediately, on the basis of chopsticks which Toscanini , De Sabata and Karajan day before yesterday or yesterday, Maazel , Muti , or Sinopoli today.  “
  Alberto Cantù , Respighi composer , Turin, Eda, 1985 )

Ottorino Respighi

Mario Sironi

Mario Sironi   (click on Picture to access the art gallery at wikipaintings)

Winter Night (a poetic thought by George-B)

And then there was no sound to be heard
while the light dimmed –
behind the  darkness only few impressions survived…

An owl  attacked, and a mouse gave the last cry…

A handful of wind combed the plane of the leaves,
the plane of the air behind the branches:
The ripple in the still surface of the pond 
froze then, as if touched by a spell:

‘There will be no Spring in sight, not anytime  soon!’

Thursday Evening at the Concert: Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 3 in D major, D. 200 (BRSO, Maazel)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Symphony No. 3 in D major, D. 200: 

I. Adagio maestosoAllegro con brio

II. Allegretto
III. Menuetto. Vivace — Trio
IV. Presto vivace

(Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Lorin Maazel, conductor)

(Recorded at Prinzregententheater München, 2001)

From Wikipedia:  The Allegro con brio, which follows a broad introduction in a form which reminds us of the French Overture in two parts, the first slow and dramatic, the second more lyrical, is remarkable for its charm and the interplay of solo clarinet with syncopated strings, which developed pp from within the bounds of the style of chamber music to the larger sphere of the symphonic form. This is an extremely dramatic movement in sonata form. It owes much, as Michael Trapp points out in the liner notes of Günter Wand’s recording, to the influence of Rossini, whose music was quite popular at the time, particularly evident in the overture-like structure.

A delightful Allegretto in ternary form follows, full of grace and humor.

Then comes a high-spirited Minuet, which, with its accented up-beats, suggests a scherzo and a popular flavor due to this low and popular gesture, and is contrasted by a graceful Ländler-like trio.

The concluding Presto in tarantella rhythm is remarkable for its bold harmonic progressions and for its wealth of dynamic contrast. This movement is in sonata form with a looser conception.

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