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Kozeluh: Concerto For Oboe And Orchestra In F Major




Kozeluh: Concerto For Oboe And Orchestra In F Major – 1. Vivace

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Historic musical bits: Bedřich Smetana : “Die Moldau” / Karajan / Vienna Philharmonic


 Bedřich Smetana : “Die Moldau” / Karajan / Vienna Philharmonic

quotation: George Eliot


 

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

quotation: George Eliot


Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

great compositions/performances: Claudio Abbado “Overture “The Fair Melusina” Mendelssohn


Claudio Abbado “Overture “The Fair Melusina” Mendelssohn

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


 

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

 


 


Andre Rieu – The Emperor Waltz (Kaiserwalzer) 2008

this day in the yesteryear: Hitler Commits Suicide (1945)


Hitler Commits Suicide (1945)

In the final days of World War II, as the Red Army of the Soviet Union was closing in on his underground bunker in Berlin, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler committed suicide by shooting himself while simultaneously biting into a cyanide capsule. Hitler’s body and that of Eva Braun—his mistress whom he had wed the day before—were then placed in a bomb crater, doused with gasoline, and set on fire by German officials. How did Soviet soldiers identify Hitler’s remains? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Elektromote Is Tested (1882) Ernst Werner von Siemens


 

 

The Elektromote Is Tested (1882)

Ernst Werner von Siemens demonstrated his Elektromote, the world’s first trolleybus, on a

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591-yard (540-m) test track in a suburb of Berlin, Germany. The trolleybus was a converted four-wheel coach equipped with two electric motors. Electric power was transmitted to the coach via a flexible cable from a small, eight-wheeled “contact car” running on the power lines above. How long was the Elektromote in operation? More… Discuss

 

Beethoven’s 5th Piano E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim, great compositions/performances


© Beethoven’s 5th Piano E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim (whole concert)

Beethoven piano sonata no. 18, op. 31, in E flat major, Piano: Wilhelm Kempff , great compositions/performances


Beethoven piano sonata no. 18 op. 31 in E flat major

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Live in The Greene Space , great compositions/performances


Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Live in The Greene Space

W. A. Mozart – Missa Solemnis C major KV 337 ,great compositions/performances


W. A. MozartMissa Solemnis in 

C major,  KV 337

Beethoven – Turkish March (arr. for 8 pianos; Larrocha, Bolet, etc.) , great compositions/performances


Beethoven – Turkish March (arr. for 8 pianos; Larrocha, Bolet, etc.)

today’s birthday: Hugo Junkers (1859)


Hugo Junkers (1859)

Junkers was a pioneering German engineer who held many patents for his original developments in the fields of gas engine and aircraft design. He had innovative ideas about metal airplanes and flying wings, and he put them to the test—somewhat ironically, as he was purportedly a pacifist—developing warplanes for World War I. In the lead-up to World War II, the Nazis stripped Junkers of control of his company and sentenced him to house arrest. He died soon after. What was the “Sheetmetal Donkey”? More… Discuss

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 Op.19 in B flat major


Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 Op.19 in B flat major

“VEGHEAȚI SĂ NU MI SE PIARDĂ CÂNTECELE”: Ion Voicu – Balada de Ciprian Porumbescu (Ballad for violin and orchestra), great compositions/performances


Ion Voicu – Balada de Ciprian Porumbescu (Ballad for violin and orchestra)

from Life Noggin: A BRIEF YEAR IN REVIEW OF 2014 (you wanna make time to watch this video!)


A BRIEF YEAR IN REVIEW OF 2014

Liszt Chasse-neige Transcedental Etude #12, Valentina Lisitsa:, great compositions/performances


Liszt Chasse-neige Transcedental Etude #12 Valentina Lisitsa

Sviatoslav Richter – Strauss – Burleske in D minor (1961),: great compositions/performances


Sviatoslav Richter – Strauss – Burleske in D minor

A spike in my stats (#euzicasa): Multumesc de vizita: mumai bine va doresc la toti…


Multumesc de vizita: mumai bine va doresc la toti...Daca ni vreti sa faceti nici o resolutie de Anul Nou...mai bine sa pivim problema mancarii prin ochii unui personaj care are nevoie de garderoba noua...2 numere mai mari! :)

Multumesc de vizita: mumai bine va doresc la toti…Daca ni vreti sa faceti nici o resolutie de Anul Nou…mai bine sa pivim problema mancarii prin ochii unui personaj care are nevoie de garderoba noua…2 numere mai mari! 🙂

J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat BWV 1051, : make music part of your life series


J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat BWV 1051

Today’s holiday: St. Barbara’s Day


St. Barbara’s Day

Scholars doubt that St. Barbara existed as more than a legend that emerged during the 2nd century. In parts of France, Germany, and Syria, St. Barbara’s Day is considered the beginning of the Christmas season. In southern France, it is customary to set out dishes holding grains of wheat soaked in water on sunny window sills. If the “St. Barbara’s grain” grows quickly, it means a good year for crops. There is a similar custom in Germany and the Czech and Slovak republics with cherry branches. In Syria, St. Barbara’s Day is for feasting and bringing food to the poor. More… Discuss

Beethoven – Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon in G, WoO 37: great compositions/performances


Beethoven – Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon in G, WoO 37

A Thanksgiving Present for all my friends #euzicasa: Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” / Karajan · Vienna Philharmonic


Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From The New World” / Karajan · Vienna Philarmonic

Antonín Dvořák Symphony No 8 [No 4] G major Karajan Wiener Philarmoniker: great compositions/performances


Antonín Dvořák Symphony No 8 [No 4] G major Karajan Wiener Philarmoniker

Eric Kleiber – Dvořák: The Wild Dove (Holoubek), Op 110, Wedding Dance: great compositions/performances


Eric Kleiber – Dvořák: The Wild Dove (Holoubek), Op 110, Wedding Dance

Amazing seven year old sings Gloomy Sunday/Billy Holiday (Angelina Jordan) Eng sub


Amazing seven year old sings Gloomy Sunday/Billy Holiday (Angelina Jordan) Eng sub

this day in the yesteryear: The Berlin Wall Falls 1989 NBC Coverage Pt1


The Berlin Wall Falls 1989 NBC Coverage Pt1

Why Some Get SAD


Why Some Get SAD

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression most often experienced in winter, when exposure to sunlight is limited. Although the mechanism of the disorder is not entirely understood, researchers are closing in on its causes. Data show that people with SAD have higher evening and nighttime levels of serotonin transporter (SERT) protein during the winter months than do healthy volunteers. SERT carries serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood, back into nerve cells where it is not active, so these higher SERT levels could conceivably account for the “winter blues.” More… Discuss

Antonín Dvořák – String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 51 ‘Slawisches’ |great compositions/performances


Antonín DvořákString Quartet in E flat major, Op. 51 ‘Slawisches’

Richard Strauss – Metamorphosen, für 23 Streicher, Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Kempe (1973): make music part of your life series


Richard Strauss – Metamorphosen, für 23 Streicher, Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Kempe (1973)

Story: Brandenburg Gate


Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is the last surviving town gate of Berlin, Germany. When completed in 1791, the lavish gate greeted visitors to the boulevard that led directly to the Prussian palace. Architect Carl G. Langhans modeled the gate after the Propylea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. On top was the “Quadriga of Victory,” a statue of a chariot drawn by four horses. Heavily damaged in World War II, the gate was restored in 1957. Why was it closed in 1961, and when did it reopen? More… Discuss

Tchaikovsky-Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35: Great compositions/performances


Tchaikovsky-Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35 (Complete)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
 

The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1878. It is one of the best known violin concertos, and is considered one of the most technically difficult works for the violin.

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Composition

Tchaikovsky (right) with violinist Iosif Kotek

The piece was written in Clarens, a Swiss resort on the shores of Lake Geneva, where Tchaikovsky had gone to recover from the depression brought on by his disastrous marriage to Antonina Miliukova. He was working on his Piano Sonata in G major but finding it heavy going. Presently he was joined there by his composition pupil, the violinist Iosif Kotek, who had been in Berlin for violin studies with Joseph Joachim. The two played works for violin and piano together, including a violin-and-piano arrangement of Édouard Lalo‘s Symphonie espagnole, which they may have played through the day after Kotek’s arrival. This work may have been the catalyst for the composition of the concerto.[1] He wrote to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, “It [the Symphonie espagnole] has a lot of freshness, lightness, of piquant rhythms, of beautiful and excellently harmonized melodies…. He [Lalo], in the same way as Léo Delibes and Bizet, does not strive after profundity, but he carefully avoids routine, seeks out new forms, and thinks more about musical beauty than about observing established traditions, as do the Germans.”[2] Tchaikovsky authority Dr. David Brown writes that Tchaikovsky “might almost have been writing the prescription for the violin concerto he himself was about to compose.”[3]

Tchaikovsky made swift, steady progress on the concerto, as by this point in his rest cure he had regained his inspiration, and the work was completed within a month despite the middle movement getting a complete rewrite (a version of the original movement was preserved as the first of the three pieces for violin and piano, Souvenir d’un lieu cher).[4] Since Tchaikovsky was not a violinist, he sought the advice of Kotek on the completion of the solo part.[5] “How lovingly he’s busying himself with my concerto!” Tchaikovsky wrote to his brother Anatoly on the day he completed the new slow movement. “It goes without saying that I would have been able to do nothing without him. He plays it marvelously.”[6]

Stravinsky: Petrushka / Rattle · Berliner Philharmoniker: great compositions/performances


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make music part of your life series: Bach / I Musici, 1965: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049


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Bach / I Musici, 1965: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 

From the LP shown above, issued on the Philips label in 1965.

I. Allegro (0:01)
II. Andante (7:22)
III. Presto (11:51)

Die Brandenburgischen Konzerte sind eine Gruppe von sechs Konzerten von Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1046–1051). Sie sind dem Markgrafen Christian Ludwig von Brandenburg-Schwedt (1677–1734) gewidmet, den Bach im Winter 1718/1719 in Berlin kennengelernt hatte. Im September 1721 schickte er ihm die Partitur mit einer umfangreichen Widmung. Der Titel Brandenburgische Konzerte wurde von Philipp Spitta in seiner 1873–1879 entstandenen Bach-Biografie geprägt und hat sich heute allgemein durchgesetzt. Bachs Originaltitel lautet „Six Concerts Avec plusieurs Instruments”. Die sechs Konzerte weisen eine hohe stilistische und strukturelle Vielfalt auf. In ihrer Mischung der verschiedensten historischen und zukunftsweisenden Elemente bilden sie eine ganz persönliche und trotzdem allgemeingültige Ausdrucksform.

Les concertos brandebourgeois sont un ensemble de six concertos de Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1046 à 1051), qui comptent parmi les plus renommés qu’il ait composés. Le qualificatif de brandebourgeois est dû à Philipp Spitta qui, suivant l’usage germanique, fait référence au dédicataire, le margrave Christian Ludwig de Brandebourg.

“Los Grandes Compositores” CASSETTE #76: Albéniz – Granados – Falla : make music part of your life series


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“Los Grandes Compositores”  CASSETTE #76: Albéniz – Granados – Falla

This video is a scan of the cassette #76 of the encyclopedic collection “The Great Composers”, published in 1982 by the “Encyclopedia Salvat” in collaboration with the “Record Label Philips”.

All rights reserved copyright both Salvat and Philips.

This video has a didactic purpose only, to see if the process is correct fingering and listening acceptably. The user interaction will be helpful to learn more in the digitization process; most cassette will come in the future, I hope your feedback about it. Thank you.

Narciso Yepez en la guitarra, interpreta: [Narciso Yepez on guitar, plays:]

Isaac Albéniz:

Pista 1(track 1) – Suite española, Op. 47 #5 “Asturias” (Leyenda) [Spanish Suite, Op 47 # 5 “Asturias” (Leyenda)]

Pista 2(track 2) – Recuerdos de viaje, Op. 71 #6 “Rumores de la caleta” (Malagueña) [Souvenirs, Op 71 # 6 “Rumors of the creek” (Malagueña)]

Pista 3(track 3) – Piezas características, Op. 92 #12 “Torre Bermeja” (Serenata) [Characteristic Pieces, Op 92 # 12 “Torre Bermeja” (Serenade)]

Pista 4(track 4) – España, Op. 165 #3 “Malagueña” [Spain, Op 165 # 3 “Malagueña”]

Enrique Granados:

Pista 5(track 5) – Danza española #4 “Villanesca” [Spanish Dance # 4 “Villanesca”]

Manuel de Falla: El sombrero de tres picos, danzas: Interpretado por la Orquesta de la Radio de Berlin, dirigidos por el Sr. Lorin Maszel [The three-cornered hat, dance: Performed by the Orchestra of Radio Berlin, conducted by Mr. Lorin Maazel]

Pista 6(track 6) – Fandango

Pista 7(track 7) – Seguidillas

Pista 8(track 8) – Farruca

Pista 9(track 9) – Jota

MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Concerto for Oboe in B flat major, (Wq.164)


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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Concerto for Oboe in B flat major, (Wq.164)

Álbum: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Oboe Concertos
Interpretes del álbum: Anna Starr, Joaquim Guerra Codina, Jörn Boysen & Musica Poetica
Compositor: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Año: 2012
Genero: Barroco Alemán
Movimientos: Allegretto-Largo e Mesto con Sordini-Allegro Moderato

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Great Compositions/Performances: Emil Gilels plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s – Piano Sonata #31 in A-Flat, Op. 110


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Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata #31 in A-Flat, Op. 110

Composed in 1821.

I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo (@ 0:00)
II. Allegro molto (@ 7:29)
III. Adagio — Fuga (@ 9:49)

Performed by Emil Gilels.
Paintings by William Blake.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

The Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110, by Ludwig van Beethoven was composed in 1821. It is the central piano sonata in the group of three opp. 109–111 which he wrote between 1820 and 1822, and the thirty-first of his published piano sonatas.

The sonata is in three movements. The moderato first movement in sonata form, marked con amabilità, is followed by a fast scherzo. The finale comprises a slow recitative and arioso dolente, a fugue, a return of the arioso lament, and a second fugue that builds to an affirmative conclusion.

Composition

In the summer of 1819 Moritz Schlesinger, from the Schlesinger firm of music publishers based in Berlin, met Beethoven and asked to purchase some compositions. After some negotiation by letter, and despite the publisher’s qualms about Beethoven’s retaining the rights for publication in England and Scotland, Schlesinger agreed to purchase 25 songs for 60 ducats and three piano sonatas at 90 ducats (Beethoven had originally asked 120 ducats for the sonatas). In May 1820 Beethoven agreed, the songs (op. 108) already being available, and he undertook to deliver the sonatas within three months. These three sonatas are the ones now known as opp. 109–111.

Beethoven was prevented from completing all three of the promised sonatas on schedule by factors including an attack of jaundice; Op. 109 was completed and delivered in 1820, but correspondence shows that Op. 110 was still not ready by the middle of December 1821, and the completed autograph score bears the date December 25, 1821. Presumably the sonata was delivered shortly thereafter, since Beethoven was paid the 30 ducats for this sonata in January 1822.

Form

Alfred Brendel characterizes the main themes of the sonata as all derived from the hexachord – the first six notes of the diatonic scale – and the intervals of the third and fourth that divide it. He also points out that contrary motion is a feature of much of the work, particularly prominent in the scherzo second movement.

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Legendary Performances: Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 – Furtwängler, BPO, 1953 (Remastered 2012)


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Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 – Furtwängler, BPO, 1953 (Remastered 2012)

 

Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Symphonies of Robert Schumann
Legendary Recordings LR002
Download this CD here- http://www.abbajustlikethat.comyr.com…
Robert Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (Revised 1851 version)
1. First Movement – Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft 11:51
2. Second Movement – Romanze: Ziemlich langsam 05:20
3. Third Movement – Scherzo: Lebhaft 05:55
4. Fourth Movement – Langsam; Lebhaft 8:01
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Studio Recording, Berlin, May 14, 1953

Restoration notes –

Portrait of Wilhelm Furtwängler by Emil Orlik

Portrait of Wilhelm Furtwängler by Emil Orlik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Widely considered to be the greatest recording of Schumann’s 4th symphony ever made, it is quite fortunate then that the original audio was quite good to begin with. I focused on reducing the harsh edge on the violins, trying to make them sound more natural, and giving a more rounded sound to the orchestra. The result is fantastic.

Audio Restored and Remastered by Rudolf Ondrich, 12-13 October 2012.

 

 

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Franz Liszt: Liebeslied S 566 (Schumann: Widmung)


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Franz Liszt: Liebeslied S 566 (Schumann: Widmung)

Lang Lang

Berlin, April 28, 2011
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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: The Berlin Celebration Concert – Beethoven, Symphony No 9 Bernstein 1989



Make Music Part of Your Life Series: The Berlin Celebration Concert – Beethoven, Symphony No 9 Bernstein 1989

Published on Mar 30, 2013

Conducted by Leonard Bernstein, THE BERLIN CELEBRATION CONCERT is an historic performance marking the fall of the Berlin Wall. Performed on Christmas Day 1989 in the former East Berlin, the concert unites an international cast of celebrated musicians and vocalists for a moving performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Symphonieorchester des Bayerisches Rundfunks and members of Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra of the Leningrad Kirov Theatre, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris.

 

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Beethoven “12 Contredances”



12 Contredances for small Orchestra WoO 14 
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Chamber Orchestra Berlin
Helmut Koch, conductor
1970

 

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Great Performances: Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15 – Valentina Lisitsa



Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15 – Valentina Lisitsa 

 

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Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 – Furtwängler, BPO, 1953 (Remastered 2012)



Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Symphonies of Robert Schumann
Legendary Recordings LR002
Download this CD here – http://www.abbajustlikethat.comyr.com…
Robert Schumann – Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120 (Revised 1851 version)
1. First Movement – Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft 11:51
2. Second Movement – Romanze: Ziemlich langsam 05:20
3. Third Movement – Scherzo: Lebhaft 05:55
4. Fourth Movement – Langsam; Lebhaft 8:01
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler
Studio Recording, Berlin, May 14, 1953

Restoration notes –

Wilhelm Furtwängler (timbre Berlin-Ouest / Bri...

Wilhelm Furtwängler (timbre Berlin-Ouest / Briefmarke Westberlin) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Widely considered to be the greatest recording of Schumann’s 4th symphony ever made, it is quite fortunate then that the original audio was quite good to begin with. I focused on reducing the harsh edge on the violins, trying to make them sound more natural, and giving a more rounded sound to the orchestra. The result is fantastic.

Audio Restored and Remastered by Rudolf Ondrich, 12-13 October 2012.”

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NEWS: COCAINE SMUGGLERS GO BANANAS


Cocaine Smugglers Go Bananas

Drug traffickers in Germany are having a very, very bad week. They managed to lose about 8.2 million dollars (6 million euros) worth of cocaine as a result of what appears to have been a “logistical error.” The drugs were smuggled into the country from Colombia in a shipment of bananas, but somehow the smugglers failed to retrieve their stash before the fruit was delivered to supermarkets. When employees at five Berlin shops went to unpack the banana cartons, they got an unexpected surprise in the form of 309 lb (140 kg) of cocaine. The drugs are now in the hands of the authorities.More… Discuss

 

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Unforgettable Compositions: Claude Debussy : Claude Debussy: Children’s Corner Suite L 113 with André Caplet 1911


Claude Debussy : Children’s Corner Suite – orch. André Caplet 1911
Orchestre National de l’O.R.T.F., Jean Martinon, 1974
oboe: Jules Goetgheluk

1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
2. Jimbo’s Lullaby
3. Serenade for the Doll
4. The Snow is Dancing
5. The Little Shepherd
6. Golliwogg’s Cakewalk

Achille-Claude Debussy (aʃil klod dəbysi) (22 August 1862- 25 March 1918)

Children’s Corner (L.113) is a six-movement suite for solo piano by Claude Debussy. It was published by Durand in 1908, and was given its world première in Paris by Harold Bauer on December 18 of that year. In 1911, an orchestration of the work by Debussy’s friend André Caplet received its première and was subsequently published.

more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children…
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Max Bruch

Max Bruch

Max Christian Friedrich Bruch (6 January 1838 – 2 October 1920), also known as Max Karl August Bruch,[1] was a German Romanticcomposer and conductor who wrote over 200 works, including three violin concertos, the first of which has become a staple of the violin repertory.

Life

Bruch was born in CologneRhine Province, where he received his early musical training under the composer and pianist Ferdinand Hiller, to whom Robert Schumann dedicated his piano concerto in A minor. Bohemian composer and piano virtuoso Ignaz Moscheles recognized his aptitude.

At the age of nine he wrote his first composition, a song for his mother’s birthday. From then on music was his passion, his studies enthusiastically supported by his parents. Many small early creative works included motets, psalm settings, piano pieces, violin sonatas, a string quartet and even orchestral works like the prelude to a planned opera “Joan of Arc”. Few of these early works have survived, however.

The first music theory lesson was in 1849 in Bonn by Professor Heinrich Carl Breidenstein, a friend of his father. At this time he stayed at estate in Bergisch Gladbach, where he wrote much of his music. The farm belonged to the lawyer and notary Neissen, who lived in it with his unmarried sister. Later the estate was bought by the Zanders family who owned a large paper mill. The young Bruch was taught by his father in French and English conversation. In later years, Mary Zanders became a friend and patron.

Bruch had a long career as a teacher, conductor and composer, moving among musical posts in Germany:Mannheim (1862–1864), Koblenz (1865–1867), Sondershausen, (1867–1870), Berlin (1870–1872), and Bonn, where he spent 1873–78 working privately. At the height of his career he spent three seasons as conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society (1880–83). There he met his wife, Clara Tuczek. He taught composition at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik from 1890 until his retirement in 1910. Bruch died in his house in Berlin-Friedenau in 1920.

L’ÉTOILE – Oper von Emmanuel Chabrier | Staatsoper Berlin



Premiere: 16. Mai 2010 | Staatsoper Unter den Linden | Berlin

Wiederaufnahme: 04. Dezember 2011 | Staatsoper im Schiller Theater | Berlin

http://www.staatsoper-berlin.de

 

Schubert Liszt Des Mädchens Klage “The Maiden’s Lament ” Valentina Lisitsa



One of the saddest Schubert‘s songs ever. Download on iTunes here :http://smarturl.it/LisitsaLiszt_iTu

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805)
Der Eichwald braust, die Wolken ziehn,
Das Mägdlein sitzt an Ufers Grün,
Es bricht sich die Welle mit Macht, mit Macht,
Und sie seufzt hinaus in die finstre Nacht,
Das Auge von Weinen getrübet.
“Das Herz ist gestorben, die Welt ist leer,
Und weiter gibt sie dem Wunsche nichts mehr,
Du Heilige, rufe dein Kind zurück,
Ich habe gelebt und geliebet!”
Es rinnet der Tränen vergeblicher Lauf,
Die Klage, sie wecket die Toten nicht auf;
Doch nenne, was tröstet und heilet die rust
Nach der süßen Liebe verschwund’ner Lust,
Ich, die Himmlische, will’s nicht versagen.
“Laß rinnen der Tränen vergeblichen Lauf,
Es wecke die Klage den Toten nicht auf!
Das süßeste Glück für die trauernde Brust,
Nach der schönen Liebe verschwund’ner Lust,
Sind der Liebe Schmerzen und Klagen.”

Music score is here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Des_M%C3%A4dche…)

 

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER WWII-ERA BOMB IN BERLIN


Another Day, Another WWII-Era Bomb in Berlin

The discovery of unexploded munitions from World War II remains relatively commonplace in Germany, but this does not mean such incidents are taken lightly. Old bombs can still be deadly, so great care is taken to safely and properly defuse and dispose of them. Commuters in Berlin were reminded of this fact earlier this week, after a 220-lb (100-kg) Soviet bomb was found near a set of train tracks leading to the city’s main rail station. Hundreds of people were evacuated from the area, rail and air traffic was diverted, and abomb disposal team was brought in to defuse the device—which it managed to do without incident. More… Discuss