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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Emil Gilels “Symphonic Variations” by C. Franck

Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra
by César Franck
Emil Gilels, piano
Radio Symphony Orchestra of the USSR
Karl Eliasberg, conductor
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Symphonic Variations (Variations symphoniques), M. 46, is a work for piano and orchestra written in 1885 by César Franck. It has been described as “one of Franck’s tightest and most finished works”,[1] “a superb blending of piano and orchestra”,[2] and “a flawless work and as near perfection as a human composer can hope to get in a work of this nature”.[3] It is a fine example of Franck’s use of cyclic unity, with one theme growing into various others.[4] The piano and orchestra share equally in the continuous evolution of ideas.[3] The work is in F-sharp minor (with the last movement in F-sharp major). Duration in performance is about fifteen minutes, and the instrumentation is piano solo and orchestra: pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons; four horns; two trumpets; timpani; and strings.[5]

The work was dedicated to Louis Diémer, who on 15 March 1885 had premiered Les Djinns – a symphonic poem for piano and orchestra that brought Franck one of his rare critical successes. He promised to reward Diémer with “a little something”, and the similarly scored Symphonic Variations was the result.[6] Franck started work in the summer of 1885, and completed the piece on 12 December.

In 1946 the choreographer Frederick Ashton used Franck’s work for a ballet, also called Symphonic Variations.

Ralph Vaughan Williams‘s Fantasia (quasi variazione) on the Old 104th Psalm Tune for piano, chorus, and orchestra (1949) has some similarities to the Symphonic variations, but it lacks Franck’s adherence to classical variation form.[10]


Lenárd conducts Glazunov – The Seasons” (complete ballet)

Ondrej Lenárd conducts the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

About the composer: – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexande…

About the ballet: – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seas…)

Four Variations – begins 2:14
Frost – 3:38
Ice – 4:39
Hail – 5:55
Snow – 6:48
Coda – 7:39

SPRING – begins 10:04

Scene – begins 15:21
Waltz of the Cornflowers and the Poppies – 17:55
Barcarolle – 19:54
Variations – 22:03
Coda – 23:07

Bacchanale and Appearance of the Seasons – begins 27:17
Adagio – 31:03
Scene and Apotheosis – 34:48

Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16

Allegro Molto Moderato (0:02) [13.11]
Adagio (13:14) [6.05]
Allegro Moderato Molto E Marcato Quasi Presto Andante Maestoso (19:20) [10.20]

This concerto in three movements was composed by Edvard Grieg in 1868.
Performer Dubravka Tomsic
Radio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana
Conductor: Anton Nanut

Music of The Orchard Music, APM Music and IODA


Zoltan Kodály — Galantai tancok (Dances of Galanta) 1/2

Czeco-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Adrian Leaper, conductor

Antonín Dvořák – Czech Suite in D major, B. 93, Op. 39 – II. Polka

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice), Antoni Wit. Paint, A Village In Winter by Adrianus Eversen

Leo Delibes – Coppelia, Ballet in Three Acts

Andrew Mogrelia

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Leo Delibes – Coppelia, Ballet in Three Acts
Act I – Prelude 00:04:30
Act I – Valse 00:02:21
Act I – Scene 00:03:28
Act I – Mazurka 00:04:08
Act I – Scene 00:01:56
Act I – Ballade 00:02:40
Act I – Theme slave varie 00:07:12
Act I – Czardas – Danse hongroise 00:03:42
Act I – Sortie 00:01:06
Act I – Final 00:04:53 Continue reading

Karl Goldmark (1830 – 1915) Work: Overture, Sappho, Op.44 (1893)

Karl Goldmark (1830 – 1915) Work: Overture, Sappho, Op.44 (1893) Orchestra: Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Adam Medveczky.

Excerpts from Wikipedia:  ‘Karl Goldmark, also known originally as Károly Goldmark (Hungarian: Goldmark Károly) and later sometimes as Carl Goldmark; May 18, 1830, Keszthely – January 2, 1915, Viennawas a Hungarian composer. Goldmark came from a large Jewish family, one of 20 children. Continue reading

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé – 2. Suite ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ Daniel Smith

hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) ∙ 
Daniel Smith, Dirigent ∙ 

6. Internationaler Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti ∙ 
Finale: 1. Kandidat (2. Preis)
Alte Oper Frankfurt, 23. September 2012 ∙ 

Website: http://www.hr-sinfonieorchester.de ∙


Today’s Birthday: ANTONIO SALIERI (1750) The Adorable “Gloria” from the MAss in B flat (1809)

Antonio Salieri (1750)

Italian composer and conductor Antonio Salieri moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1766 with his music teacher, imperial court composer Florian Gassmann. When Gassmann died, Salieri took his position and went on to become Vienna’s most popular opera composer for the remainder of the 18th century. Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt were among his most famous students. Though Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were rivals, the story that he poisoned Mozart is likely untrue. How did their rivalry begin? More… Discuss

Antonio Salieri`s dramma eroicomico in two acts, “Cesare in Farmacusa” was written with a libretto by Carlo Prospero de Fraceschi. It premiered in the Kärntnerthortheater of Vienna in 1800 to very much success; critics especially praised its Act I finale, which was hailed as a masterpiece, and its Act II march, which was specifically noted for its excellent orchestration, one reflecting the more Romantic style of composers like Cherubini and Paer. Its libretto, after Plutarch, relates the story of Julius Caesar`s capture by pirates in the island of Farmacusa and his journey to escape from captivity.
The ouverture is conducted here by Michael Dittrich with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Antonio Salieri:
Mass in B flat – Gloria

Soprano: Constanze Albrecht
Alto: Ulrike Zech
Tenor: Sebastian Reim
Bass: Friedemann Klos

Universitätschor Dresden
Sinfonietta Dresden
Conductor: Maja Sequeira
-live from Dresden-

Tchaikovsky – The Storm, Op. 76 (Overture in E minor)

The Storm, Op. 76, is a posthumously published overture by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). 


Tchaikovsky's tomb at the Alexander Nevsky Mon...

Tchaikovsky’s tomb at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Completed in 1864, this first large-scale orchestral work of Tchaikovsky was inspired by the play of the same name by Aleksandr Ostrovsky (which also forms the basis of Leoš Janáček‘s opera “Káťa Kabanová“). Tchaikovsky composed this overture as an exercise while vacationing in the Ukraine, and since he did not consider it worthy of publication, it did not receive its premiere until three years after the composer’s death.

Conductor: Antoni Wit
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra