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


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

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


Claudio Abbado “Overture “The Fair Melusina” Mendelssohn

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

 

today’s Holiday/celebration: Boston Pops Boston Pops 1812 July 4, 1976 Bicentennial (Rare footage of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops)



Boston Pops 1812,  July 4, 1976 Bicentennial at Hollywood Bowl

(Rare footage of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops)

Boston Pops

Henry Lee Higginson, who established the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1881, believed that “concerts of a lighter kind of music” should be presented in the summer. People began to refer fondly to these summer concerts as “the Pops,” a name which became official in 1900. The Boston Pops tailors its programs around American music and musicians, medleys of popular songs, and familiar movements of classical works. Outside of its official concert season at Symphony Hall, where it performs through May and June, the Pops also tours the United States. More… Discuss

P. I. Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 1 “Winter Daydreams” (Fedoseyev)


 

P. I. Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 1 “Winter Daydreams” (Fedoseyev)

“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

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best classical music , Gustav Holst St.Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra Op.29, No.2, great compositions/performances


 

Published on Oct 18, 2014

Cross Chamber Orchestra(CCO)
Conductor : Jin Daniel Suh

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)

George Frideric Handel – Music for the Royal Fireworks


George Frideric Handel – Music for the Royal Fireworks

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

Henryk Górecki – Symphony Nº3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). Second Movement, make music part of your life series


Henryk Górecki – Symphony Nº3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). Second Movement.

best classical music: , Mozart – Violin Sonata No. 35 in A major, K. 526 , great compositions/performances


Mozart – Violin Sonata No. 35 in A major, K. 526

Johannes Brahms – Serenade No.1 in D-major, Op.11 (1857) , Orchestra,: Capella Agustina Conductor,: Andreas Spering


Johannes Brahms – Serenade No.1 in D-major, Op.11 (1857)

Antonín Dvořák – Slavonic Dances, Op. 46


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Historic musical bits, Mozart Violin Concerto N°4 in D major, K218. David Oistrakh, violin, great compositons/performances


Mozart Violin Concerto N°4 in D major, K 218. David Oistrakh, violin )

Historic musical moments: Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24) : Richard Strauss , great compositions/performances


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

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43


CÉSAR FRANCK: Symphonic Variations


CÉSAR FRANCK: Symphonic Variations

Nikolaj Rimski-Korsakov – The Invisible City of Kitezh , great compositions/performances


Nikolaj Rimski-Korsakov – The Invisible City of Kitezh

Mozart: The Marriage Of Figaro, K 492 – 1. Overture great compositions


Mozart: The Marriage Of Figaro, K 492 – 1. Overture

Scenes de Ballet for Orchestra in A Major, Op. 52, VII Valse, VIII Polonaise , great compositions/performances


Scenes de Ballet for Orchestra in A Major, Op. 52, VII Valse, VIII Polonaise

Paul Dukas: L’apprenti sorcier (conductor – Cristian Orosanu) , great compositions/performances


Paul Dukas: L’apprenti sorcier (conductor – Cristian Orosanu)

Ragtime: Scott Joplin – The Entertainer


Ragtime

Ragtime is a style of American piano music emphasizing syncopation and polyrhythm. Popular in the early 20th century, it was the first form of jazz to exert a wide appeal—thanks, in part, to Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, its most celebrated composers and performers. In a ragtime composition, the pianist’s left hand keeps an accented beat while the right hand plays a fast, bouncing melody that gives the music its powerful forward impetus. What is the likely origin of the name “ragtime”? More… Discuss

Ragtime Piano : SCOTT JOPLIN . ” The Entertainer ” (1902)

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


Antal Dorati “Prague Waltzes” Dvorak

Leonard Bernstein – Mozart Schlittenfahrt (Sleigh Ride) 1967: Great compositions/performances


Leonard Bernstein – Mozart Schlittenfahrt (Sleigh Ride) 1967

Luigi Boccherini: Cello Concerto No.5 D major. G 478: great compositions/performances


Luigi Boccherini – Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 9, G. 482

 

Great musical recordings: Brahms – Wilhelm Kempff 1950’s legacy (op. 10, 24, 76,79,116,117,118,119): Great compositions/performances


Brahms – Wilhelm Kempff 1950’s legacy (op. 10, 24, 76,79,116,117,118,119)

Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World” By Von Karajan: great compositions/performances


Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World” By Von Karajan

Movements:

1. Adagio, 4/8 — Allegro molto, 2/4, E minor
2. Largo, common time, D-flat major, then later C-sharp minor
3. Scherzo: Molto vivace — Poco sostenuto, 3/4, E minor
4. Allegro con fuoco, common time, E minor, ends in E major
Sinfonia n.º 9 (Dvořák)
A Sinfonia Nº. 9 em Mi menor Op. 95 Sinfonia do Novo Mundo
Symfonie č. 9 (Dvořák), Symfonie č.9, e-moll, op. 95 Antonína Dvořáka

Instrumentation
This symphony is scored for an orchestra of the following:
2 flutes (one doubling piccolo)
2 oboes (one doubling on English horn)
2 clarinets in A and B♭ (B♭ in movement 2)
2 bassoons
4 horns in E, C and F
2 trumpets in E, C and E♭
2 tenor trombones
bass trombone
tuba (second movement only)
timpani
triangle (third movement only)
cymbals (fourth movement only)
strings
Symphony No. 9 (Dvořák)

Rimsky-Korsakov – Mlada Suite, Procession of the Nobles – Svetlanov,: great compositions/performances


Rimsky-Korsakov – Mlada Suite, Procession of the Nobles – Svetlanov

Carl Maria von Weber, Konzertstück f-moll für Klavier und Orchester, Op.79. Alfred Brendel & London Symphony Orchestra: great compositions/performances


Carl Maria von Weber, Konzertstück f-moll für Klavier und Orchester, Op.79. Alfred Brendel & LSO

Barbirolli – Arensky: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky,: great compositions/performances


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Barbirolli – Arensky: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky (improved sound)

Sviatoslav Richter plays Rachmaninoff Concerto No.1, Op. 1: great compositions/performances


Sviatoslav Richter plays Rachmaninov Concerto No.1, Op.1

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 16 in D Major, K. 451 (Vladimir Ashkenazy),: great compositions/performances


Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 16 in D Major, K. 451 (Vladimir Ashkenazy)

Rimsky-Korsakov – Christmas Eve: Orchestral Suite (1895): Great compositions/performances


Rimsky-Korsakov – Christmas Eve: Orchestral Suite (1895)

Alexander Borodin In The Steppes Of Central Asia: make music part of your life series


Edward Elgar – “Falstaff”- Symphonic study in C minor op. 68 – III Allegro Molto: make music part of your life series


Edward Elgar – “Falstaff“- Symphonic study in C minor op. 68 – III Allegro Molto

Smetana: Má Vlast: Vltava (Die Moldau) – gesamt: great compositions/performances


Smetana: Má Vlast: Vltava (Die Moldau) – gesamt

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

Arthur Rubinstein plays The Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-Saëns: great compositions/performances


Saint Saens – Piano conc.No.2 – Arthur Rubinstein

W. A. Mozart – KV 385 – 1782 Version – Symphony No. 35 in D major “Haffner”: make music part of your life series


W. A. Mozart – KV 385 – 1782 Version – Symphony No. 35 in D major “Haffner”

Mozart – Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543: make music part of your life series


Mozart – Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543

Nursery Suite: Aubade (Awake): make music part of your life series


Grieg Holberg Suite Op. 40 グリーグ ホルベルク組曲 : great compositions/performances


Grieg Holberg Suite Op. 40 グリーグ ホルベルク組曲

Paganini – The Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7 (La Campanella): Great compositions/performances


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Paganini – The Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7

Camille Saint-Saëns – Africa, Op. 89, in G minor – Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra: great composirtions/performances


Saint-Saëns Camille
[Charles Camille]
1835-1921

Camille Saint-Saëns – Africa, Op. 89, in G minor – Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra

Béla Bartók – Rhapsody No.1 for Violin and Orchestra: make music part of your life series


Béla Bartók – Rhapsody No.1 for Violin and Orchestra

Dvorak The Wild Dove 1, Symphonic poem Op 110: make music part of your life series


Dvorak The Wild Dove 1, Symphonic poem Op 110

(“The Wilde Dove: Symphonic poem, B.198, Op.110″ by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek (AmazonMP3))