18 plays

Messiaen
Des canyons aux étoiles
III. Ce qui est écrit sur les étoiles…

Paul Crossley, piano
London Sinfonietta
Esa Pekka Salonen

(rec)
(img: UCBerkeley spectrograph)

26 August 2014 ·

Britten
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
(Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell)

Kölner Philharmonie - WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Jukka Pekka Saraste

25 August 2014 ·

Stanford
Stabat Mater, Op. 96
I. Prelude

BBC Philharmonic
Richard Hickox

6 August 2014 ·

19 plays

Ives
Symphony Nº 2 (1901)
III. Adagio cantabile

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein

(ph: Ansel Adams)

One of the most salient facts about Ives’ music is its diversity. There are marches for band and symphonies for orchestra, popular songs and art songs, sincere sentimental songs and wildly satirical ones, serious sonatas and musical jokes, programmatic tone poems and purely abstract compositions, winningly attractive melodies and shocking dissonances, pieces that use common-practice harmony and pieces that invent new harmonic systems … His background gave him the capacity to speak many native languages as a composer. Rather than renounce any of them, he developed the flexibility to use any idiom or combination of idioms that was appropriate to the particular audience and purpose for each piece.

- J. Peter Burkholder

22 June 2014 ·

70 plays

Schubert (orch. Anton Webern)
German Dances, D. 820

Berliner Philharmoniker
Pierre Boulez

(photo by ob8)

31 January 2014 ·

79 plays

Borodin
Symphony Nº 2 in B minor
III. Andante

Rotterdam Philharmonic
Valery Gergiev

(Mikhail Vrubel | The Demon in Flight [det.])

3 January 2014 ·

Vaughan Williams
Symphony Nº. 1, A Sea Symphony (1903-1909)
on texts by Walt Whitman

I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships
II. On the Beach at Night, Alone
III. Scherzo: The Waves
IV. Finale: The Explorers

Felicity Lott, Jonathan Summers
London Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
Bernard Haitink

"He is the only one of my students who does not try to write like me."
- Maurice Ravel

"He was aware of the common aspirations of generations of ordinary men and women with whom he felt a deep, contemplative sympathy. And so there is in his work a fundamental tension between traditional concepts of belief and morality and a modern spiritual anguish which is also visionary.”
- Ursula Vaughan Williams

14 December 2013 ·

Rautavaara
Cantus arcticus,
concerto for birds and orchestra

Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern
Christoph Poppen (2011, live)

29 November 2013 ·

180 plays

Webern
Five Movements, Op. 5 (1909)
V. In zarter Bewegung

Berliner Philharmoniker
Pierre Boulez

30 September 2013 ·

Messiaen
Turangalîla Symphony

Introduction / Chant d’amour 1 / Turangalîla 1 / Chant d’amour 2 / Joie du sang des étoiles / Jardin du sommeil d’amour / Turangalîla 2 / Développement d’amour / Turangalîla 3 / Final

Frankfurt Radio Orchestra
Paavo Järvi

13 September 2013 ·

190 plays

Martinů 
Double concerto for two string orchestras, piano, & timpani
I. Poco allegro

Endellion Quartet
City of London Symphony
Richard Hickox

6 September 2013 ·

169 plays

Jean Françaix
Symphony Nº. 3 in G major
à la memoire de Joseph Haydn (1953)
III. Menuet et trio

Ulster Orchestra
Thierry Fischer

29 August 2013 ·

Debussy
Fantasy for piano and orchestra (1890)
I. Andante ma non troppo — Allegro giusto

Zoltán Kocsis
Budapest Festival Orch.
Iván Fischer

Debussy’s Fantasy — a three-movement piano concerto or concertino in all but name — was an early work which the composer completed, scheduled for premiere, and then summarily withdrew after a dispute with d’Indy, who had been scheduled to conduct. It was not performed until 1918 (by Cortot) and has been scarcely revived since then.

This is not mature Debussy: the piano figuration perhaps approaches brainless bravura at times, and the work reads much like a Franck-inspired pièce de concours. But it certainly has its merits, probably deserves to be heard more often, and offers interesting insight into the tradition of which its composer was inextricably a part. 

22 August 2013 ·

645 plays

dailyclassicalmusic:

Composer: Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)

Work: Sea Interlude - Sunday Morning (Allegro spiritoso) from Peter Grimes (1945)

Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra; conducted by Leonard Bernstein

(via tierradentro)

14 August 2013 ·

"Then, with an extended, falling glissando of disgust, the whole string section, plus flutes and piccolo, surged toward the brass, leaving the music critic and his deed - an early evening frites and mayonnaise on Oude Hoogstraat - illuminated under a lonely chandelier."

~ Ian McEwan,
Amsterdam

11 August 2013 ·

Curtis Lindsay
Pianist, composer,
expert in nonsense.



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