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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: The Moldau/Vltava by Bedřich Smetana – Symphonic poem from “Ma Vlast- My Country”

Vltava– Ma Vlast:  Bedřich SmetanaSymphonic poem
The London Symphony Orchestra,  Alfred Scholz 


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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Daniil Trifonov – Glazunov Piano Concerto No 2 in B major

Daniil Trifonov – Glazunov Piano Concerto No 2 in B major

Royal Albert Hall, August 13, 2013 at BBC Proms
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev conductor

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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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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Grieg – Piano Concerto & Chopin: Piano Concerto – Arthur Rubinstein

Published on Mar 15, 2013

Magnificent two piano concerto`s Piano: Arthur Rubinstein, conducted: Andre Previn London Symphony Orchestra recorded 1975. Arthur Rubinstein was born in Łódź (January 28, 1887 — December 20, 1982), Congress Poland (part of the Russian Empire for the entire time Rubinstein resided there) on January 28, 1887, to a Jewish family. He was the youngest of seven children, and his father owned a small textile factory. Arthur Rubinstein. However, his United States impresario Sol Hurok insisted he be billed as Artur, and records were released in the West under both versions of his name. At the age of two, Rubinstein demonstrated perfect pitch and a fascination with the piano, watching his elder sister’s piano lessons. By the age of four, he was recognised as a child prodigy. His father had a predilection for the violin and offered Rubinstein a violin; but Rubinstein rejected it because he thought his instinct was for harmony and polyphony. The Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim, on hearing the four-year-old child play, was greatly impressed, told Arthur’s family, 1894, seven-year-old Arthur Rubinstein had his debut with pieces by Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn. At the age of ten, Rubinstein moved to Berlin to continue his studies, and gave his first performance with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1900, at the age of 13. Rubinstein made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 1906, and thereafter toured the United States, Austria, Italy, and Russia. In 1912, he made his London debut, and found a home there in the Edith Grove, Chelsea, musical salon of Paul and Muriel Draper, in company with Kochanski, Igor Stravinsky, Jacques Thibaud, Pablo Casals, Pierre Monteux and others. During World War I, Rubinstein stayed in London, giving recitals and accompanying the violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. In 1916 and 1917, he made his first tours in Spain and South America where he was wildly acclaimed. It was during those tours that he developed a lifelong enthusiasm for the music of Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. He was the dedicatee of Villa-Lobos’s Rudepoêma and Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Petrouchka. Rubinstein was disgusted by Germany’s conduct during the war, and never played there again. His last performance in Germany was in 1914. In 1921 Rubinstein gave two American tours, travelling to New York with Karol Szymanowski and his close friend Paul Kochanski. In 1932, the pianist, who stated he neglected his technique in his early years, relying instead on natural talent, withdrew from concert life for several months of intensive study and practice. Rubinstein toured the United States again in 1937, his career becoming centered there during the World War II years when he lived in Brentwood, California. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1946. A cast of the pianist’s hands, at the Łódź museum During his time in California, Rubinstein provided the piano soundtrack for several films, including Song of Love with Katherine Hepburn. He appeared, as himself, in films Carnegie Hall and Of Men and Music. Although best known as a recitalist and concerto soloist, Rubinstein was also considered an outstanding chamber musician, partnering with such luminaries as Henryk Szeryng, Jascha Heifetz, Pablo Casals, Gregor Piatigorsky, and the Guarneri Quartet. Rubinstein recorded much of the core piano repertoire, particularly that of the Romantic composers. At the time of his death, the New York Times in describing him wrote, “Chopin was his specialty . . . it was [as] a Chopinist that he was considered by many without peer”. With the exception of the Études, he recorded most of the works of Chopin. He was one of the earliest champions of the Spanish and South American composers and of French composers who, in the early twentieth century, were still considered “modern” such as Debussy and Ravel. In addition, Rubinstein was the first champion of the music of his compatriot Karol Szymanowski. Rubinstein, in conversation with Alexander Scriabin, named Brahms as his favorite composer, a response that enraged Scriabin. In 1975, a documentary named Artur Rubinstein, Love of Life was on; a TV special named Rubinstein at 90 represented he had been playing for people for eight decades. By the mid-1970s, Rubinstein’s eyesight had begun to deteriorate. He retired from the stage at age eighty-nine in May 1976, giving his last concert at London’s Wigmore Hall, where he had first played nearly seventy years before. Rubinstein, who was fluent in eight languages, held much of the repertoire, not simply that of the piano, in his formidable memory.


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Great Compositions/Performances: ENESCO: Romanian Rhapsody in A, Op. 11, No. 1 – London Symphony Orchestra

Scenes of Romania set to the music of George Enesco, conducted by Antal Dorati.

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Music composed by Joseph-Maurice Ravel. Charles Dutoit; Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Music composed by Joseph-Maurice Ravel. Charles Dutoit; Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
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FABULOUS COMPOSERS/COMPOSITIONS: Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 / Gergiev · London Symphony Orchestra

Gran presentación del maestro ruso Valery Gergiev conduciendo a la Orquesta Sinfónica de Londres, interpretando el último y melancólico trabajo de Sergei Prokofiev, su Sinfonía No. 7 en el festival de los Proms de la BBC de Londres el 28 de Agosto del 2007.

Great perfomance of the russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, playing the last and most-melancholic work of Sergei Prokofiev, his Symphony No. 7 at BBC Proms, August 2007.


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G. Holst – The planets Op. 32 – Mercury, the Winged Messenger – Berliner Philharm. – Karajan (3/7)

The Planets, Op. 32, is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst. With the exception of Earth (the centre of all yet influentially inert astrologically[1]), all the astrological planets known during the work’s composition[2] are represented.

The suite has seven movements, each named after a planet and its corresponding astrological character (see Planets in astrology):


1.Mars, the Bringer of War
2.Venus, the Bringer of Peace
3.Mercury, the Winged Messenger
4.Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
5.Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
6.Uranus, the Magician
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Chopin Grande Valse Brillante Op. 18 Valentina Lisitsa

Grand Waltz Brilliante E Flat major op. 18


Shostakovich Plays Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

Dmitri Shostakovich, piano

Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
André Cluytens, conductor


“Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt”. Decca LP is available for preorder now.


Maurice Ravel – Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie

Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie”, written in 1898 but unpublished, is a work for orchestra by the french composer Maurice Ravel, intended as the overture for an opera of the same name. It was first performed at a concert of the Société Nationale on 27 May 1899, conducted by the composer.

Conductor: Claudio Abbado & London Symphony Orchestra.


Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15 – Valentina Lisitsa

Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15 – Valentina Lisitsa Haskil Argerich Horowitz Bosendorfer:

no.1 Of Foreign Lands and Peoples

1:32 no.2 Curious Story

2:37 no.3 Blindman’s Bluff

3:09 no.4 Entreating Child

3:54 no.5 Perfect Happiness

4:33 no.6 Important Event

5:22 no.7 Dreaming

7:55 no.8 Near The Fire Side

I love no.7 (Traumerei)

Beethoven / Josef Krips, 1960: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 – Complete

The Austrian conductor Josef Krips (1902-1974) leads the London Symphony Orchestra in this 1960 performance of Beethoven’s fifth symphony in C minor, Op. 67. This LP is part of an 8-LP set (in monaural), produced by Everest Records, a label based in Bayside, Long Island started by Harry D. Belock and Bert Whyte in May 1958. The boxed collection is numbered LPBR 6065/8. This recording was made directly from the LP.More BeethovenBeethoven / Gilels / Szell, 1968: Piano Concerto in G major, Op. 58 – Complete – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXoxpW…


Divine Musical Moment: Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Valentina Lisitsa plays Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Recorded live on May 22th, 2010 in Leiden, Holland
by von Aichberger & Roenneke GmbH
Michael von Aichberger
Dominik Roenneke
Florian Breuer
Michael Hohnstock
Thanks to Alexei Kuznetsoff
Cum Laude Concerten, Leiden
Michiel van Westering

Rachmaninoff Concerto No.3 “Solo” Version 1st mov. (with ossia Cadenza ) Valentina Lisitsa

If you think this is fun, I can’t wait for you to hear the 
REAL DEAL 🙂 With Orchestra ! With London Symphony 🙂
It is released today in digital. Be the first to hear it !
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A message in a bottle for anybody who worried it’s too fast, please check Rachmaninoff playing his own 3rd Concerto :
Admittedly he was supposed to know which tempos he wanted for this piece 🙂

The first movement revolves around a diatonic melody that soon develops into complex pianistic figuration. The second theme opens with quiet exchanges between the orchestra and the piano before fully diving into a slower theme in a major key. The first part of the first theme is restated before the movement is pulled into a loud development section which opens with toccata like quavers in the piano and reaches a loud chordal section. The whole development exhibits features similar to a canon, such as an eighth note passage in the piano in which the left hand and the right hand play overlapping figures. The movement reaches a number of ferocious climaxes, especially in the cadenza. Rachmaninoff wrote two versions of this cadenza: the chordal original, which is commonly notated as the ossia, and a second one with a lighter, toccata-like style. Both cadenzas lead into a quiet solo section including the flute, clarinet and horn accompanied by delicate arpeggios in the piano. The piano then restates the first theme in its entirety and closes with a tutti, silent, rippling coda reminiscent of the second theme.


Carulli – Concerto in E minor, Op 140, I – Allegro ‘guitar & orchestra’


“Take One” – Rachmaninoff Concerto #3 Recording Session at Abbey Roads 2nd mov. Lisitsa

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No, it should never be called a “recording session“. What recording sessions are usually about is being extra cautious, hitting all the right notes at the right time, clean, clinical 🙂 Since it was a self-funded “enterprise” operating on a shoestring budget , I could afford a little tiny bit more risk ;  -) Nothing to lose other than a house ( and thank you, friendly bank, for letting me borrow money against my house ). After such a decision playing Rach #3 is not really scary 🙂 Particularly with great London Symphony Orchestra, arguably the one of the very best on this planet. And with equally brave brilliant maestro Michael Francis – who at that time was “doubling” as a double-bass player at LSO , now heading skywards with a major conducting career:-)


Mendelssohn / Frank Pelleg, 1954: Quartet in B minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 3 – Complete

Frank Pelleg (1910-1968) is joined by Peter Rybar (1913-2002, violin), Heinz Wigand (viola), and Antonio Tusa (cello) — all members of the Winterthur String Quartet — in this 1954 recording of the first movement of the Mendelssohn piano quartet in B minor, Op. 3. I created this video from the LP depicted above, issued on the Concert Hall Society label, serial number E4KP 1420, Concert Hall release H-5.

Movement 1: Allegro molto
Movement 2: Andante
Movement 3: Allegro molto
Movement 4: Finale – Allegro vivace


In Memory of Gregg Nielson Chopin Nocturne #20 C Sharp Minor Valentina Lisitsa

From Valentina: “It is so hard to lose a friend, a best friend, a friend of many years, a friend with whom we shared so many fondest memories….I am pathetically wetting my keyboard with tears as I am typing it…but I know Gregg is now getting ready to play some golf in a place where the weather is always good, the grass is always emerald green, and he has already paid his dues for an eternal membership 🙂
I want to dedicate this Nocturne to the sweet memory of Gregg – and also to give solace Judy, his wife and my travel companion on so many adventures. Don’t judge harshly I learned and recorded this piece in one day. This is the very least I could do, a small token of love and friendship ….I just want to quote a tweet , yes – a tweet, from @CardinalDolan , the tweet that came the day Gregg was leaving us:
“We all go through Good Friday moments in our lives but remember: The cross didn’t have the last word. The Ressurection did” “


Isaac Stern – Beethoven, Triple Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra Op.56

Ludwig Van Beethoven [ 1770 – 1827 ],
Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra
In C Major Op.56 ‘Thriple Concerto’

I. Allegro
II. Largo – attacca
III. Rondo Alla Polacca Allegro tempo I.

Violin ; Isaac Stern [ 1920 – 2001 ]
Piano ; Emanuel Ax [ 1949 – ]
Cello ; Yo-Yo Ma [ 1955 – ]

Conducted By ; Michael Stern
London Symphony Orchestra
Narrated By ; Gregory Peck

From Album [ 1992, Sony Classical LD ]
Isaac Stern A Biography In Music
Live At Royal Festival Hall


Wolf-Ferrari – Intermezzo [from Jewels of The Madonna]

Orchestra- London Symphony Orchestra

Gustav Holst, The Planets – III. Mercury, The Winged Messenger

The Planets, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox

Isaac Stern – Beethoven, Triple Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra

Ludwig Van Beethoven [ 1770 – 1827 ],
Concerto For Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra
In C Major Op.56 ‘Thriple Concerto’

I. Allegro
II. Largo – attacca
III. Rondo Alla Polacca Allegro tempo I.

Violin ; Isaac Stern [ 1920 – 2001 ]
Piano ; Emanuel Ax [ 1949 – ]
Cello ; Yo-Yo Ma [ 1955 – ]

Conducted By ; Michael Stern
London Symphony Orchestra
Narrated By ; Gregory Peck

From Album [ 1992, Sony Classical LD ]
Isaac Stern A Biography In Music
Live At Royal Festival Hall


BRAHMS 16 Hungarian Dances – LSO, Antal Dorati, 1960

Johannes BRAHMS: 16 Hungarian Dances WoO 1 (1869)
0:20 / No.5, G min: Allegro – Vivace (orch. Martin Schmeling)
2:29 / No.6, D maj: Vivace (orch. Martin Schmeling)
5:15 / No.7, F maj: Allegretto – Vivo (orch. Martin Schmeling)
7:12 / No.21, E min: Vivace – E major: Più Presto (orch. Dvorak*)
8:38 / No.11, D min: Poco andante (orch. Albert Parlow)
12:04 / No.2, D min: Allegro non assai-Vivace (*/Andreas Hallen)
14:50 / No.1, G min: Allegro molto (orch. Johannes Brahms)
17:32 / No.10, F maj: Presto (orch. Johannes Brahms)
19:20 / No.3, F maj: Allegretto (orch. Johannes Brahms)
21:32 / No.18, D maj: Molto vivace (orch. Antonin Dvorak)
22:57 / No.17, F# min: Andantino – Vivace (orch. Dvorak)
25:32 / No.19, B min: Allegretto (orch. Antonin Dvorak)
27:35 / No.20, E min: Poco allegretto – Vivace (orch. Dvorak)
29:56 / No.12, D min: Presto (orch. Albert Parlow)
32:06 / No.15, Bb maj: Allegretto grazioso (orch. Albert Parlow)
34:54 / No.4, F# min: Poco sostenuto – Vivace (orch. Paul Juon)
London Symphony Orchestra – Antal Doráti, conductor
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Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet / Gergiev · London Symphony Orchestra · BBC Proms 2007

Great presentation of russian Maestro Valery Gergiev with the London Symphony Orchestra, playing Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet at BBC Proms 2007.

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