Daily Archives: June 26, 2013

Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat, K. 3

The Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E-flat major, K. 364 (320d), was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
At the time of its composition in 1779, Mozart was on a tour of Europe that included Mannheim and Paris. The composition’s complex orchestral dynamics reflects the increasing technical competence of the European orchestra of that era and was strongly influenced by Mozart’s visit to the Mannheim court orchestra during his European tour of 1777 to 1779. Mozart had been experimenting with the sinfonia concertante genre and this work can be considered his most successful realization in this cross-over genre between symphony and concerto. The piece is scored in three movements for solo violin, solo viola, two oboes, two horns, and strings, the latter including two sections of violas.
The solo viola part is written in D major instead of E flat major, and the instrument tuned a semitone sharper (scordatura technique), to give a more brilliant tone. This technique is uncommon when performed on the modern viola and is used mostly in performance on original instruments.
It has also been arranged for cello in place of the viola part. 
I. Allegro maestoso, common time
II. Andante, 3/4, in C minor
III. Presto, 2/4
This Sinfonia Concertante has influenced many arrangers to use these themes. Continue reading

Adoramus Te Christe – G. Palestrina – St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican

Libertyville High School Choir performing at St. Peters Basilica – Spring Break Tour, March 2011
Dr. Jeffrey Brown, conductor

Pachelbel’s Canon in D major- London Symphony Orchestra

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Eusebius Pianotrio – R. Schumann Piano Trio 3 op. 110

Eusebius Pianotrio – R. Schumann op. 110 mov. 4
Gerda Marijs – Cello, Charlie Bo Meijering – Piano, Annemarie van Prooijen – Viool

Annemarie bespeelt een L.W. Roumen viool uit 1818, Amsterdam, haar in bruikleen gegeven door het Nationaal Instrumenten Fonds.

A. Vivaldi: RV 335 / The Cuckoo [Il Cucù] – Concerto for violin, strings & basso continuo, in A major


Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo in A major (RV 335)

I. Allegro – 0:05
II. Largo [1st version: also attributed to Johann Helmic Roman] –3:56
III. Allegro – 6:44

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

I Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca / Giuliano Carmignola (conductor)

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Vivaldi – Trio Sonata “La Follia” in D Minor RV63


Trio sonata for two violins and basso continuo (Variations on “La Follia“) Op. 1 No. 12 RV63

Performed by Hesperion XXI
Conducted by Jordi Savall

*”La Folia” is one of the oldest European musical themes. This chord progression has been put to music many times by composers such as Arcangelo Corelli, C.P.E. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Allesandro Scarlatti, and Marin Marais.


P.S: I know I already posted this piece being performed by the Purcell Quartet, but the Hesperion XXI version is very exciting to listen to and takes a different perspective on this pice although being perhaps more “liberal” in it’s interpretation.

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    Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall


A. Vivaldi: Op. 1 n. 11 – Trio sonata for 2 violins & b.c. in B minor (RV 79)


Op. 1 n. 11 (Venice, Sala, 1703) – for Annibale Gambara

Sonata for two violin and basso continuo in B minor (RV 79)

I. Preludio – 0:05
II. Corrente – 4:56
III. Giga – 7:13
IV. Gavotta – 8:54

Enrico Gatti (violin I)
Rossella Croce (violin II)
Judith-Maria Becker (violoncello)
Monica Pustilnik (archlute)
Guido Morini (organ & harpsichord)

Ensemble Aurora / Enrico Gatti (conductor)

Glossa GCD 921203 – DDD

Claude Debussy – Prelude a l’apres midi d’un Faune (Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Prelude a l’apres midi d’un Faune 

“The music of this prelude is a very free illustration of Mallarmé‘s beautiful poem. By no means does it claim to be a synthesis of it. Rather there is a succession of scenes through which pass the desires and dreams of the faun in the heat of the afternoon. Then, tired of pursuing the timorous flight of nymphs and naiads, he succumbs to intoxicating sleep, in which he can finally realize his dreams of possession in universal Nature.”

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Spanish National Orchestra
Josep Pons – Conductor

Preludio a la siesta de un Fauno
Orquesta Nacional de Espana
Josep Pons – Director de orquesta


George Szell, 1960 – Dvořák, Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141

1.Allegro maestoso
2.Poco adagio
3.Scherzo: Vivace — Poco meno mosso
4.Finale: Allegro

Cleveland Orchestra 
George Szell, conductor
Recorded, 18-19 March 1960
Severance Hall, Cleveland.

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George Szell;The Cleveland Orchestra