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Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act II Scene 1: Waltz (Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act II Scene 1: Waltz

Carl Maria von Weber/Hector Berlioz – Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65: great compositions/performances

From: Fledermaus1990

Carl Maria von Weber/Hector Berlioz – Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanz), Op. 65, J. 260, is a piano piece in rondo form written by Carl Maria von Weber in 1819. It is also well known in the 1841 orchestration by Hector Berlioz. It is sometimes called Invitation to the Waltz, but this is a mistranslation of the original.

Weber dedicated Invitation to the Dance to his wife Caroline (they had been married only a few months).[2] He labelled the work “rondeau brillante”, and he wrote it while also writing his opera Der Freischütz.

It was the first concert waltz to be written: that is, the first work in waltz form meant for listening rather than for dancing.

Conductor: Ondrej Lenard
Orchestra: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

make music part of your life series: Leoš Janáček: Lachian Dances (1889/90)


Leoš Janáček: Lachian Dances (1889/90)

Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928), perhaps more than any other composer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Gustav Mahler and Sergey Rahmaninov, represents a puzzling case in point as for the cultural and spiritual seismic shift that took place between the 1870s/’80s and the 1920s. He comes from a world already shaken by the French Revolution and all subsequent revolutions up to 1848, yet still sufficiently alive so to remember the old ways: fairy tales and folk legends, style, distinction, Monarchy, Catholicism. This last quarter of the 19th century was at the same time the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII, who indeed fought like a lion in order to ward off the meanwhile 360° onslaught, open and hidden, against the old order and the Catholic Church. However, Janáček, like so many of his generation, was drawn into those false promises of a “new era”, whether pan-Slavic, pantheist, or plain modernist. Still he kept the memories of the old world of his childhood days. His musical oeuvre, especially his folkloristic works, so painfully as well as articulately shows what had been lost – lost forever …

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava
Ondrej Lenárd, conductor

Recorded at Bratislava on January 29/30, 1990

Taken from the CD: “Janáček: Sinfonietta / Lachian Dances / Taras Bulba”, released by NAXOS. Order that CD here: http://www.amazon.com/Jan%C3%A1cek-Si…
or from your local CD-shop.

See also the connected blog: http://thecontemplativeobserver.wordp….

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