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make music part of your life series: Maurizio Pollini – Frederic Chopin – Barcarolle in F sharp op.60 (excerpt)


Maurizio Pollini – Frederic Chopin – Barcarolle in F sharp op.60 (excerpt)

Historic musical bits: Paganini: Violin Concerto no. 2, op. 7 “La Campanella” (1969 Ashkenasi/Vienna Symph. Orch./Esser)

Paganini: Violin Concerto no. 2, op. 7 “La Campanella” (1969 Ashkenasi/Vienna Symph. Orch./Esser)

Antonin Dvorak: Antal Dorati “Prague Waltzes”, great compositions/performances

Antal Dorati “Prague Waltzes” Dvorak

Ludwig van Beethoven – WoO 7 – 12 minuets for orchestra: make music part of your life series

Ludwig van Beethoven – WoO 7 – 12 minuets for orchestra

fabulous musical moments: Beethoven / Eschenbach, 1970: Piano Quartet in C Major, WoO 36, No. 3 – Amadeus Quartet


Beethoven / Eschenbach, 1970: Piano Quartet in C Major, WoO 36, No. 3 – Amadeus Quartet

In this 1969 recording, Christoph Eschenbach and members of the Amadeus Quartet — Norbert Brainin, violin; Peter Schidlof, viola; and Martin Lovett, cello — perform the Beethoven Piano quartet in C major, WoO 36 No. 3. I recorded this video from a cassette I purchased back in the early 1970s, issued on the Deutsche Grammophon label (serial number 3335 174-10).

Allegro vivace (0:08)
Adagio con espressione (6:10)
Rondo: Allegro (12:57)

More Beethoven:

-Beethoven / Gilels / Szell, 1968: Piano Concerto in G major, Op. 58 – Complete – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXoxpW…
-Leonid Hambro, 1970: “Happy Birthday Dear Ludwig” – Variations in The Style of Beethoven – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Uga3…
-Fur Elise – Wilhelm Kempff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9DSjo…
-Fur Elise – Alicia de Larrocha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFMUEe…
-Beethoven / Artur Balsam, 1952: Piano (Violin) Concerto in D major, Op. 61a – Movement 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKKCGw…
-David Oistrakh: Romance No. 2 in F major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 50: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz4JEY…
-Wilhelm Backhaus: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 – London, 1950s, Karl Böhm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRSTwj…
Emil Gilels, 1968: Piano Concerto in C minor, Op. 37 (Rondo) Beethoven – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeW79S…
-Emil Gilels, 1968: Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 15 (Rondo) Beethoven – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojL4Kx…
-Emil Gilels, 1983, Beethoven Klaviersonate Nr. 4 Es-dur, Op. 7 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEfGQ1…
-Stephen Kovacevich, 1975: Piano Concerto in C minor, Op. 37, Movement 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYBM5z…
-Beethoven / Istomin-Stern-Rose Trio: Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 – Archduke (Allegro), 1966: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQAswV…
-Solomon, 1958: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 – Rondo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_Vi8m…
-Friedrich Gulda, 1954: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1 (1) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RwDZs…
-Christoph Eschenbach, 1970: Piano Quartet in C Major, WoO 36, No. 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBp3jh…
-Artur Balsam: Piano (Violin) Concerto in D major, Op. 61 – Rondo, 1950s – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD8ul2…

great compositions/performances: Stravinsky: The Firebird / Gergiev · Vienna Philarmonic · Salzburg Festival 2000


Stravinsky: The Firebird / Gergiev · Vienna Philarmonic · Salzburg Festival 2000

Great presentation of the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by the russian Maestro Valery Gergiev, in one of the most powerful and greatest presentation of The Firebird (L’Oiseau de feu) of Igor Stravinsky at Salzburg Festival 2000.

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The Firebird

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Igor Stravinsky and Pablo Picasso collaborated...

Igor Stravinsky and Pablo Picasso collaborated on Pulcinella in 1920. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article is about the ballet to Stravinsky’s 1910 music. For other uses of the word, see Firebird.

The Firebird (French: L’oiseau de feu; Russian: «Жар-птица», Zhar-ptitsa) is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the 1910 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev‘s Ballets Russes company, with choreography by Michel Fokine. The ballet is based on Russian folk tales of the magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner. When the ballet was first performed on 25 June 1910, it was an instant success with both audience and critics.

Stravinsky was a young, virtually unknown composer when Diaghilev recruited him to create works for the Ballets Russes. The Firebird was his first project. Originally, Diaghilev approached the Russian composer Anatoly Lyadov, but later hired Stravinsky to compose the music.

The ballet has historic significance not only as Stravinsky’s breakthrough piece — “Mark him well”, said Sergei Diaghilev to Tamara Karsavina, who was dancing the title role: “He is a man on the eve of celebrity…” — but also as the beginning of the collaboration between Diaghilev and Stravinsky that would also produce Petrushka and The Rite of Spring.

Genesis and premiere

The ballet was the first of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes productions to have an all-original score composed for it. Alexandre Benois wrote in 1910 that he had two years earlier suggested to Diaghilev the production of a Russian nationalist ballet,[7] an idea all the more attractive given both the newly awakened French passion for Russian dance and also the ruinously expensive costs of staging opera. The inspiration of mixing the mythical Firebird with the unrelated Russian tale of Kaschei the deathless possibly came from a popular child’s verse by Yakov Polonsky, “A Winter’s Journey” (Zimniy put, 1844), which includes the lines:

And in my dreams I see myself on a wolf’s back
Riding along a forest path
To do battle with a sorcerer-tsar [i.e., Kaschei]]
In that land where a princess sits under lock and key,
Pining behind massive walls.
There gardens surround a palace all of glass;
There Firebirds sing by night
And peck at golden fruit.[8]

who’s who: Sayaka Shoji (庄司 紗矢香 Shōji Sayaka), Classical Violonist

Sayaka Shoji

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Sayaka Shoji in Strasbourg, February 2014.

Sayaka Shoji (庄司 紗矢香 Shōji Sayaka?, born 30 January 1983) is a Japanese classical violinist. She is the first Japanese and youngest winner (after Lenuta Ciulei) at the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1999.

She was born into an artistic family (her mother is a painter, grandmother is a poet) and spent her childhood in Siena, Italy. She studied at Hochschule für Musik Köln under Zakhar Bron and graduated in 2004. Her other teachers have included Sashko Gawrillow, Uto Ughi and Shlomo Mintz.

Zubin Mehta has been her strong supporter. When Shoji auditioned for him in 2000, he immediately changed his schedule in order to make her first recording with the Israel Philharmonic possible in the following month, then invited her to perform with Bavarian State Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Since then many prominent orchestras have invited Shoji, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and WDR Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Yuri Temirkanov, Myung-whun Chung and Semyon Bychkov.


The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Conducted by Zubin Mehta
July 2000, Deutsche Grammophon
  • Louvre Recital
Itamar Golan, Piano
September 2001, Deutsche Grammophon
Itamar Golan, Piano
December 2003, Deutsche Grammophon
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Conducted by Myung-Whun Chung
October 2005, Deutsche Grammophon
  • Beethoven Sonata 2&9
Gianluca Cascioli, Piano
2010 Deutsche Grammophon
  • Bach & Reger Solo Works
2011 Mirare

Sayaka Shoji records with Deutsche Grammophon and performs on the 1729 “Recamier” Stradivarius on loan from Ryuzo Ueno, Honorary Chairman, Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry, Ltd.

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Make Music Part of Your Life: Mozart Violin Sonata K.301 Hilary Hahn & Natalie Zhu

W. A. Mozart Sonata for violin and piano in G major, K.301/293a (No.18)

Violin Sonata No. 18 in G Major (K 301) was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in March 1778 in Mannheim, Germany and was first published in the same year as part of Mozart’s Opus 1 collection, which was dedicated to Maria Elisabeth, Electress of the Palatinate and are consequently known as the Palatine Sonatas.

The work consists of two movements:

– [Allegro con spirito]
– [Allegro]

Hilary Hahn (violin/violon)
Natalie Zhu (piano)
Official website : http://www.hilaryhahn.com/index.html 
Deutsche Grammophon :http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/art…

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Fabulous Performers: Roggiero Ricci plays Antonín Dvořák’s – Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, B. 108

Ruggiero Ricci, violin. Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Walter Susskind (1977)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (B.108) is a concerto for violin and orchestra composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1879. The concerto was premiered in 1883 by František Ondříček in Prague. He also gave the premieres in Vienna and London. Today it remains an important work in the violin repertoire.

The concerto’s structure is the classical three movements of fast-slow-fast.

  1. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Adagio ma non troppo
  3. Finale: Allegro giocoso ma non troppo

Antonín Dvořák was inspired to write his concerto after having met Joseph Joachim in 1878 and composed the work with the intention of dedicating it him. However, when he finished the concerto in 1879, Joachim became skeptical about it. Joachim was a strict classicist and objected to Dvořák’sinter alia, or his abrupt truncation of the first movement’s orchestral tutti. Joachim also didn’t like the fact that the recapitulation was cut short and that it led directly to the slow second movement. It is also assumed that he was upset with the persistent repetition found in the third movement. However, Joachim never said anything outright and instead claimed to be editing the solo part. He never actually performed the piece.

Notable recordings of the concerto include:



John Rutter and Catrin Finch: Meditation (music clip)

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Catrin Finch – first Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales: 

For her second Deutsche Grammophon album, former Royal Harpist Catrin Finch plays music by the beloved British composer, John Rutter, as well as new pieces and arrangements of her own. It includes new works by John Rutter, and the World Premiere recording of his Suite Lyrique for harp and strings. Further highlights include arrangements of traditional Welsh folksongs, where Catrin Finch is joined by star award-winning Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas.

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Carl Maria von Weber – Polonaise Brillante, Op. 72 (arr. Franz Liszt)

Jerome Rose, piano. Philharmonia Hungarica, Richard P. Kapp.


Carl Maria von Weber – Polonaise Brillante, Op. 72 (arr. Franz Liszt)

Jerome Rose, piano. Philharmonia Hungarica, Richard P. Kapp.


Edvard Grieg – In Autumn, Op. 11

Title of Composition: In Autumn, Op. 11
Composer: Edvard Grieg
Created in: 1888
Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
Recorded in: 1993

This specific recording of In Autumn is part of a 6-CD box set that is available for purchase at either Arkivmusic:

Or at Amazon (MP3 is also available):

The box set also includes Piano Concerto in A minor, Symphonic Dances, Lyric Suite, and the complete version of Peer Gynt (all of which are also composed by Grieg).

You can also find other recordings of In Autumn at Arkivmusic:

The images in this video are not my own.
The image at 0:21 can be found here:http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…
The image at 3:32 can be found here:http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…
The image at 7:11 can be found here:http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/v…

This recording of In Autumn is owned by Deutsche Grammophon.


Beethoven: Six Variations on ‘Nel cor piu non mi sento’, WoO 70 – Wilhelm Kempff, 1964

Wilhelm Kempff: “Für Elise” (Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor) – 1965, Deutsche Grammophon : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9DSjo…
Wilhelm Kempff plays 6 Variations on ‘Nel cor piu non mi sento’ (a duet from the opera “La Molinara” by Giovanni Paisiello, which premiered in 1789), WoO 70, by Beethoven, recorded by Kempff in 1962.

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More Kempff performances:

Mozart Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrX4zj…

Piano Sonata in A minor, K 310 – Movement 1 (Mozart) – 1962 DG Recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuTwlO…

Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491 – Movement 1/1 (Mozart) – 1960, DG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoJAG5…

Konzert Für Klavier Und Orchester B-dur KV 595 (1/2) (Mozart) – 1963, DG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiFqm_…