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Hector Berlioz – Waverly Overture Op.1 (1828)


 

Hector Berlioz – Waverly Overture Op.1 (1828)

 

The Nutcracker


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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, a celebrated ballet by Tchaikovsky, tells the story of a young girl whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker turns into a prince and leads her to a magical land. In 1954, George Balanchine choreographed and premiered his New York City Ballet version, which was later made into a feature film. Mikhail Baryshnikov choreographed another enormously popular version for the American Ballet Theatre. What novel instrument did Tchaikovsky use in the Nutcracker score? More… Discuss
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The Nutcracker Suite (Full Album) – Tchaikovsky

Published on Oct 27, 2014

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Song titles for Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker in order:
1. Op. 71 – 2. March 0:00
2. Op. 71 – 4. Dance 2:47
3. Op. 71 – 5. Scene & The Grandfather Dance
4. Op. 71 – 6. Scene
5. Op. 71 – 7. Scene
6. Op. 71 – 8. Scene
7. Op. 71 – 12. Arabian Dance, “Coffee”
8. Op. 71 – 13. Waltz Of The Flowers
9. Op. 71 – 14. Pas De Deux
10. Op. 71 – 15. Closing Waltz & Grand Finale

historic musical bits: Sviatoslav Richter – Chopin – Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op 22


Sviatoslav Richter – Chopin – Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op 22

historic musical bits: Beethoven – String Quartet No.5 in A major, Op.18 – Végh Quartet – 1952


 

Beethoven – String Quartet No.5 in A major, Op.18 – Végh Quartet – 1952

 

make music part of your life series: Krystian Zimerman plays Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (Maurice Ravel)


Krystian Zimerman plays Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (Maurice Ravel) – Complete

 

Historic Musical Bits: , Mendelssohn:, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Berliner Philharmoniker conductor: Ferenc Fricsay) Rita Streich & Diana Eustrati (1950)


Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ferenc Fricsay) Rita Streich & Diana Eustrati

 

historic musical bits: Johannes Brahms – Symphony No.1 – Wiener Philharmoniker – Bernstein – 1981


Johannes Brahms – Symphony No.1 – Wiener Philharmoniker – Bernstein – 1981

Make Music part of your life: Véronique Gens: The complete “Shéhérazade” (Ravel)


 

Véronique Gens: The complete “Shéhérazade” (Ravel)

Published on Apr 1, 2014

Shéhérazade (1903):
I. Asie 00:00
II. La flûte enchantée 09:19
III. L’indifférent 12:13

Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937) -composer
Véronique Gen -soprano
John Axelrod -conductor
Loire National Orchestra

Score: http://imslp.us/php/linkhandler.php?p…

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Ravel was drawn to the sensual allure of the Orient as early as 1898, when he composed the “Ouverture de Shéhérazade,” a work which quotes a Persian melody while drawing on the spiritual ancestry of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Sheherazade” of 1888. He returned to its title in 1903 for this cycle of three songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, based on the exotic texts of the French poet Tristan Klingsor. With “Shéhérazade,” his first major statement for orchestra, Ravel demonstrates his mastery of muted and climactic orchestral details, while eliciting equal measures of ecstasy and restraint for the human voice.
Like the story in Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous suite, “Shéhérazade” conjures up Eastern tales of indulgence, perversity, death and danger. The first poem, “Asie” opens with a hushed string tremolo, followed by a meandering oboe melody, establishing a seductive atmosphere of Oriental fantasy. The opening four lines are declaimed syllabically and recitative-like (“Asia, Asia, Asia/marvelous old land of nursery tales/where fantasy sleeps like an empress/in her forest filled with mystery”). Pentatonic scale figures, grace notes and fluttering strings further impart the poem’s chilling decadence, leading to an accelerating climax on the words “I would like to see those who die for love as well as those who die for hatred.” The piece falls silent and shimmers to a close, as the recitative of the opening concludes the tale over a faintly rolling timpani.
“La Flute enchantée” and “L’indifferent,” are considerably shorter than “Asie,” and each song concludes with a brief yet subtly modified reference to the opening theme. “La Flute enchantée” is a timeless portrait of a girl listening to the sounds of a flute, while “L’indifferent” — sometimes regarded as the most beautiful of all of Ravel’s songs — concerns the attraction of the unattainable. If all three of the Tristan Klingsor settings in the cycle are expressions of longing, this final one finds a particularly personal tone, through false modality, and a final pandiatonically extended triad with a major ninth. After “Shéhérazade,” Ravel wrote no song with an erotic theme until he completed “Chansons madécasses” in 1926.

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Historic musical bits: Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24, (Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai Conductor Sergiu Celibidache (1970)



Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24) : Richard Strauss

Historic Musical Bits: Isaac Stern – Edouard Lalo – Symphonie Espagnole, Op.21


Édouard Lalo

Édouard Lalo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaac Stern – Edouard Lalo – Symphonie Espagnole, Op.21

Published on Oct 24, 2012

Eugene Ormandy conducting Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzando
III. Intermezzo
IV. Andante
V. Rondo

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The Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21, is a work for violin and orchestra by Édouard Lalo.

History

The work was written in 1874 for violinist Pablo de Sarasate, and premiered in Paris in February 1875.

Although called a “Spanish Symphony” (see also Sinfonia concertante), it is considered a violin concerto by musicians today. The piece has Spanish motifs throughout, and launched a period when Spanish-themed music came into vogue. (Georges Bizet‘s opera Carmen premiered a month after the Symphonie espagnole.)

The Symphonie espagnole is one of Lalo’s two most often played works, the other being his Cello Concerto. His “official” Violin Concerto in F, and his Symphony in G minor, written thirteen years later, are neither performed nor recorded as often.[citation needed]

Structure

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Scherzando: Allegro molto
  3. Intermezzo: Allegro non troppo
  4. Andante
  5. Rondo: Allegro

A typical performance runs just over one-half hour. One of the shorter recordings, conductor Eugene Ormandy’s 1967 recording with the Philadelphia Orchestra, featuring violinist Isaac Stern, runs 32 minutes and 43 seconds.[1]

Influence on Tchaikovsky

The Symphonie espagnole had some influence on the genesis of Tchaikovsky‘s Violin Concerto in D major. In March 1878, Tchaikovsky was staying at Nadezhda von Meck‘s estate at Clarens, Switzerland, while recovering from the breakdown of his disastrous marriage and his subsequent suicide attempt. His favourite pupil (and possibly his lover), the violinist Iosif Kotek, shortly arrived from Berlin with a lot of new music for violin. These included the Symphonie espagnole, which he and Tchaikovsky played through to great delight. This gave Tchaikovsky the idea of writing a violin concerto, and he immediately set aside his current work on a piano sonata and started on the concerto on 17 March.[2] With Kotek’s technical help, the concerto was finished by 11 April.

References

 

 

 

Historic Musical Bits: Wilhelm Kempff plays Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischem Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik)


Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Wilhelm Kempff, piano
Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischem Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik

Movements:

Allegro affettuoso (A minor) 00:00:00
Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso (F major) 00:15:43
Allegro vivace (A major) 00:21:27
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, is a Romantic concerto by Robert Schumann, completed in 1845. The work premiered in Leipzig on 1 January 1846 with Clara Schumann playing the solo part. Ferdinand Hiller, the work’s dedicatee, conducted.

History

Schumann had earlier worked on several piano concerti: he began one in E-flat major in 1828, from 1829–31 he worked on one in F major, and in 1839, he wrote one movement of a concerto in D minor. None of these works were completed.

In 1841, Schumann wrote a fantasy for piano and orchestra, his Phantasie. His pianist wife Clara urged him to expand this piece into a full piano concerto. In 1845 he added the intermezzo and finale to complete the work. It was the only piano concerto that Schumann completed.

The work may have been used as a model by Edvard Grieg in composing his own Piano Concerto, also in A minor. Grieg’s concerto, like Schumann’s, employs a single powerful orchestral chord at its introduction before the piano’s entrance with a similar descending flourish. Rachmaninov also used the work as a model for his first Piano Concerto.

After this concerto, Schumann wrote two other pieces for piano and orchestra: the Introduction and Allegro Appassionato in G major (Op. 92), and the Introduction and Allegro Concertante in D minor (Op. 134).

Instrumentation

The concerto is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings, and solo piano.

Structure

The piece, as marked in the score, is in three movements:

  1. Allegro affettuoso (A minor)

  2. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso (F major)

  3. Allegro vivace (A major)

There is no break between these last two movements (attacca subito).

Schumann preferred that the movements be listed in concert programs as only two movements:[citation needed]

  1. Allegro affettuoso
  2. Andantino and Rondo

The three movement listing is the more common form used.

Allegro affettuoso

The piece starts with an energetic strike by strings and timpani, followed by a fierce, descending attack by the piano. The first theme is introduced by the oboe along with wind instruments. The theme is then given to the soloist. Schumann provides great variety with this theme. He first offers it in the A minor key of the piece, then we hear it again in major, and we can also hear small snatches of the tune in a very slow, A flat section. The clarinet is often used against the piano in this movement. Toward the end of the movement, the piano launches into a long cadenza before the orchestra joins in with one more melody and builds for the exciting finish.

Intermezzo

This movement is keyed in F major. The piano and strings open up the piece with a small, delicate tune, which is heard throughout the movement before the cellos and later the other strings finally take the main theme, with the piano mainly used as accompaniment. The movement closes with small glimpses of the first movement’s theme before moving straight into the third movement.

Allegro vivace

The movement opens with a huge run up the strings while the piano takes the main, A major theme. Schumann shows great color and variety in this movement. The tune is regal, and the strings are noble. Though it is in 3/4 timing, Schumann manipulates it so that the time signature is often ambiguous. The piece finishes with a restating of the previous material before finally launching into an exciting finale, and ending with a long timpani roll and a huge chord from the orchestra.

Further reading

 

Historic Musical Bits: Wieniawski – Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor op. 22 Isaac Stern and Philadelphia Orchestra-Eugene Ormandy: conductor-1957


Isaak Stern plays Wieniawski-Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor op. 22 

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542


Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542

Pepe Romero plays Fantasia para un gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo, great compositions/performances


Pepe Romero plays Fantasia para un gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo

Movements

  1. Villano y ricercar
  2. Españoleta y fanfarria de la caballería de Nápoles
  3. Danza de las hachas
  4. Canario

Historic Musical Bits: David Oistrakh plays Variations on a theme of Corelli


David Oistrakh plays Variations on a theme of Corelli

“Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” Lucia Popp , Vienna Haydn Orchestra, István Kertész (1972 Decca Music Group Limited) , A Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus


Mozart: Zaide, K.344 / Act 1 – “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes

Leben”

today’s birthday Olympe de Gouges (1748)


Olympe de Gouges (1748)

Born Marie Gouze, de Gouges was a French author whose feminist writings during the French Revolution demanded the same rights for French women that French men were demanding. In 1791, alarmed that the new constitution did not address woman’s suffrage, she wrote Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, challenging the practice of male authority and the notion of male-female inequality. Why was she executed by guillotine during the Reign of Terror? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Premieres in Vienna (1824)


Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Premieres in Vienna (1824)

The Symphony No. 9 in D Minor is the last complete symphony composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. One of the best known works of the Western repertoire, it is considered one of Beethoven’s greatest masterpieces. Incorporating part of Johann Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” sung by soloists and a chorus, it is the first symphony in which a major composer utilizes human voices on the same level as instruments. How many standing ovations reportedly followed its premiere performance in 1824? More… Discuss

best classical music bits , Manuel Barrueco – Variations on a Theme of Mozart


Manuel Barrueco-Variations on a Theme of Mozart

Kurt Masur: Felix Mendelssohn / Overture Ruy Blas, op.95 , great compositions/performances


[Kurt Masur] Felix Mendelssohn / Overture Ruy Blasop.95

Schumann: Études Symphoniques Op. 13 , Emil Gilels, piano


Schumann: Études Symphoniques Op. 13 [Emil Gilels, piano]

Published on Jan 17, 2013

– Schumann: Études Symphoniques Op. 13 [Emil Gilels, piano]
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Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57: III. The three wonders


 

Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op. 57: III. The three wonders

 

Cziffra plays Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies No.1-9


Cziffra plays Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies No.1-9

 

Norske eventyrbilleder (Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales) , Op. 37: IV. Dance of the Little Trolls


Norske eventyrbilleder (Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales) , Op. 37: IV. Dance of the Little Trolls

best classical music , Schubert Symphony No 5 B flat major Bavarian RSO Maazel


Schubert Symphony No 5 B flat major Bavarian RSO Maazel

best classical music, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake, BWV 645); Rodney Gehrke, organ


Johann Sebastian Bach, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake, BWV 645); Rodney Gehrke, organ 

 

best classical music , T. G. Albinoni: Op. 9 n. 8 / Concerto for oboe, strings & b.c. in G minor / Alma Musica Amsterdam, great compositions/performances


T. G. Albinoni: Op. 9 n. 8 / Concerto for oboe, strings & b.c. in G minor / Alma Musica Amsterdam

 

Alexander Glazunov: Symphony #7 “Pastoral” in F Op 77, great compositions/performances


The image of Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdes...

The image of Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky Das Foto von russisch Dirigent Gennadi Nikolajewitsch Roschdestwenski (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alexandr Glazunov – Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 77

historic musical bits, Vladimir Horowitz plays Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 (live 1978), great compositions/performances


Vladimir Horowitz plays Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 (live 1978)

best musical bits, Robert Schumann Symphony No 3 “Rhenish” in E flat major, Op 97 Bernstein , great compositions/performances


Robert Schumann Symphony No 3 “Rhenish” in E flat major, Op 97 Bernstein

Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 3 for Strings in C major .make music part of your life series


Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 3 for Strings in C major

YE EUN CHOI: Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.2 with Christoph Eschenbach (Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival), great compositions/performances


YE EUN CHOI: Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.2 with Christoph Eschenbach

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Oistrakh plays Wieniawski Legende op.17

Best classical music, Leonard Bernstein, Brahms Tragic Overture Op.81, great compositions/performances


 

Leonard Bernstein, Brahms Tragic Overture Op.81

 

Best Classical Music, Kempff plays Schubert Piano Sonata in B Major D575, great compositions/performances


 


Kempff plays Schubert Piano Sonata in B Major D575

 

Stanisław Moniuszko – Bajka. Opowieść zimowa, Conte d’hiver, fantasy overture


 

Stanisław Moniuszko – Bajka. Opowieść zimowa, Conte d’hiver, fantasy overture

 

best classical music, OTTORINO RESPIGHI – TRILOGIA ROMANA , great compositions/performances


OTTORINO RESPIGHI – TRILOGIA ROMANA

Best Classical Music, O. Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances Suite III. Complete , great compositions/performances


O. Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances Suite III. Complete

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op.21 by Masur, LGO (1997)


Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op.21 by Masur, LGO (1997)

Romantic Tunes, Glazunov – Meditation Op. 32 – Perlman , great compositions/performances


Glazunov – Meditation Op. 32 – Perlman

Music with a voice, †’Adoramus te, Christe’ (Palestrina / Rosselli) †, great compositions/performances


†Adoramus te, Christe (Palestrina / Rosselli)

Historic Music Bits, Palestrina “Adoramus te, Christe” Leopold Stokowski , great compositions/performances


Palestrina “Adoramus te, Christe” Leopold Stokowski

 

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (FULL Audiobook)


The Murders in the Rue Morgue (FULL Audiobook)

20th April, 1841: First detective story (Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in Rue Morgue”) is published. — ✍ Bibliophilia (@Libroantiguo)


best classical music, ENRIQUE GRANADOS.- Danzas Españolas ENRIQUE , Piano: Alicia de Larrocha, gregaat compositions/performances


ENRIQUE GRANADOS.- Danzas Españolas,  Piano: Alicia de Larrocha

best classical music, Giacomo Puccini: “Coro a bocca chiusa” (Humming Chorus) from Madame Butterfly , great compositions/performances


Giacomo Puccini: “Coro a bocca chiusa” (Humming Chorus) from Madame Butterfly

best classical music, Hamelin plays Gershwin – Concerto in F , great compositions/performanes


Hamelin plays Gershwin – Concerto in F

Palette de Frida Kahlo, Mexique, 1952 — Old Pics Archive (@oldpicsarchive)


Johann Sebastian Bach: Bist du bei mir (BWV 508) , Per-Olov Kindgren , great compositions/perfoemances


Johann Sebastian Bach: Bist du bei mir (BWV 508)

quotation: Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. Ralph Waldo Emerson (listening to two audiobooks here at EUZICASA)


Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

 

Free Audiobook: Ralph Waldo Emerson Self Reliance