Tag Archives: Benjamin Britten

Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto Op. 7 – Francesco Nicolosi

Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto Op. 7 – Francesco Nicolosi

Jascha Heifetz plays Wieniawski Polonaise No. 1 in D Major: great compositions/performances

Jascha Heifetz plays Wieniawski Polonaise No. 1 in D Major

Itzhak Perlman – J. Massenet “Thais” Meditation: great compositions/performances

Itzhak Perlman – J. Massenet “Thais” Meditation

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Jules MassenetThaïs” Meditation
Itzhak Perlman – Violin
Lawrence Foster – Conductor
The Abbey Road Ensemble
Photography and filming by myself at Praia da Rocha, Algarve, Portugal

Méditation (Thaïs)
Méditation is a symphonic intermezzo from the opera Thaïs by French composer Jules Massenet. The piece is written for solo violin and orchestra. The opera was first premiered at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on March 16, 1894.

The Méditation is a symphonic entr’acte performed between the scenes of Act II in the opera Thaïs. In the first scene of Act II, Athanaël, a Cenobite monk, confronts Thaïs, a beautiful and hedonistic courtesan and devotée of Venus, and attempts to convince her to leave her life of luxury and pleasure and find salvation through God. It is during a time of reflection following the encounter that the Méditation is played by the orchestra. In the second scene of Act II, following the Méditation, Thaïs tells Athanaël that she will follow him to the desert.

The piece is in D major and is approximately five minutes long (although there are a number of interpretations that stretch the piece to over six minutes). Massenet may also have written the piece with religious intentions; the tempo marking is Andante Religioso, signifying his intention that it should be played religiously and at walking tempo. The piece opens with a short introduction by the harps, with the solo violin quickly entering with the motif. After the violin plays the melody twice, the piece goes into a section marked animato, gradually becoming more and more passionate (Massenet wrote poco a poco appassionato). The climax is reached at a place marked poco piu appassionato (a little more passion) and is then followed by a short cadenza-like passage from the soloist and returns to the main theme. After the theme is played twice, the soloist joins the orchestra while playing harmonics on the upper register as the harps and strings quietly play below the solo line.

Schubert Variations in A flat major D813 — Benjamin Britten & Sviatoslav Richter: great comositions/performances


Schubert Variations in A flat major D813 — Benjamin Britten & Sviatoslav Richter

Dedicated to Count Anton Berchtold 1824
0:00  Thema – Allegretto
1:22  Var. I
2:37  Var. II
3:57  Var. III Un poco piu lento
5:58  Var. IV Tempo I
7:25  Var.V
9:42  Var.VI Maestoso
11:15  Var.VII Piu lento
14:17 Var. VIII Allegro moderato

Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony op.4: make music part of your life series


Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony op.4

1. Boisterous Bourree 0:00
2. Playful Pizzicato 3:17
3. Sentimental Saraband 6:45
4. Frolicsome Finale 13:07

Filharmonický orchestr Iwasaki / Iwasaki Philharmonic Orchestra Prague
dirigent: Chuhei Iwasaki

recorded XI.2013 in recording studio HAMU, Prague
Recording director: Kristina Štanclová
Recording engeneer: Jaroslav Pokorný

LA Opera’s “Noah’s Flood” (“Noye’s Fludde”) by WIlliam Ohanesian

I created this profile of the production of Benjamin Britten‘s “Noye’s Fludde” at the Los Angeles Cathedral on April 19th and 20th, 2013. 

Performance conducted by James Conlon.


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Hopeful for a Gracious Future: Mozart – Missa Brevis in D minor KV 65 ( final competition )

Koriyama Fifth Junior High School ( The Vocal Ensemble Competition Japan 2013 )
Mozart Missa Brevis in d KV 65 
Kyrie・Gloria・Credo・Sanctus・Benedictus・Ag­nus Dei


Fantastic Composer/Compositions: St Paul’s Suite

St-Paul’s Suite, op. 29, no. 2 – Gustav Holst
1. Jig – Vivace
2. Ostinato – Presto
3. Intermezzo – Andante con moto
4. Finale (“The Dargason”) – Allegro
L’Orchestre de Chambre Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra
Stewart Grant, directeur musical et chef attitré, Music Director and Conductor
Concert aimez-vous Brahms?
26 Nov 2011
Église Valois United Church

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
middle aged man in head and shoulder shot looking warily at camera

Gustav Holst, circa 1921 (photograph by Herbert Lambert)

Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst: 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, including the English folksong revival of the early 20th century.

There were professional musicians in the previous three generations of Holst’s family, and it was clear from his early years that he would follow the same calling. He hoped to become a pianist, but was prevented by neuritis in his right arm. Despite his father’s reservations, he pursued a career as a composer, studying at the Royal College of Music under Charles Villiers Stanford. Unable to support himself by his compositions, he played the trombone professionally, and later became a teacher—a great one, according to his colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams. Among other teaching activities he built up a strong tradition of performance at Morley College, where he served as musical director from 1907 until 1924. He was the founder of a series of Whitsun music festivals, which ran from 1916 for the remainder of his life. Holst’s works were played frequently in the early years of the 20th century, but it was not until the international success of The Planets in the years immediately after the First World War that he became a well-known figure. A shy man, he did not welcome this fame, and preferred to be left in peace to compose and teach.

In his later years his uncompromising, personal style of composition struck many music lovers as too austere, and his brief popularity declined. Nevertheless, he was a significant influence on a number of younger English composers, includingEdmund RubbraMichael Tippett and Benjamin Britten. Apart from The Planets and a handful of other works, his music was generally neglected until the 1980s, since when recordings of much of his output have been available.

HJSO 2011 – Benjamin Britten, Simple Symphony Op. 4

Fragment van de dvd “Haydn Jeugd Strijkorkest 2011”
Benjamin BrittenSimple Symphony Op. 4 (live)
1. Boisterous Bourree
2. Playful Pizzicato
3. Sentimental Saraband
4. Frolicsome Finale

Haydn Jeugd Strijkorkest o.l.v. Jan-Ype Nota
De Oosterpoort, Groningen 
4 juni 2011


BeethoveBeethoven: String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 – Julliard School (Live)

Beethoven String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 performed by Julliard School (Live). Filmed live in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in New York for WQXR‘s Beethoven String Quartet Marathon on November 18, 2012.
Siwoo Kim and Francisco Fullana, violins
Danny Kim, viola