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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Piano Concerto No 4 In G Op 58 1 Allegro Moderato Cadenza Ludwig Van Beethoven, Maurizio Pollini 17:11
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concerto No 23 In A Kv 488 Cadenza Mozart, Maurizio Pollini 26:31
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: String Quartet Op 131 I Adagio, Ma Non Troppo E Molto Espressivo, Borodin Quartet 06:07
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No 23 In F Kv 590 Prussian No 3 2 Allegretto, Quartetto Italiano 07:26
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: String Quartet No 14 In G Major K 387 Iii Andante Cantabile, Takacs Quartet 08:13
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: String Quartet No 13 In B Flat Major Op 130 1 Adagio Ma Non Troppoallegro, Borodin Quartet 13:46
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Sonata In E Minor K. 304 (300c), Carl Seemann (piano), Wolfgang Schneiderhan (viulu) 11:33
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Symphony No 7 In A Major Op 92, Berliner Philharmoniker 33:16
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Ravel Maurice: Menuet Antique, Orchestre De Paris 06:46
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Liszt Franz: Hungarian Rhapsody S244 No 2 In C Sharp Minor, Marc-andr???© Hamelin 11:28
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Symphony No 5 In C Minor Op 67, Staatskapelle Berlin 35:51
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Streichquartett D-dur Kv 155 (134a), Amadeus Quartet 08:45
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Rahmaninov Sergei: Piano Concerto No 3 In D Minor Op 30, Yuja Wang 40:42
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Brahms Johannes: Symphony No 4 In E Minor Op 98, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe 37:29
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Piano Concerto No 1 In C Major Op 15, Vladimir Ashkenazy 36:39
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Liszt Franz: Hungarian Rhapsodies S359 No 1 In F Minor, Anima Eterna 11:37
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Beethoven Ludvig Van: Piano Sonata No.15 In D, Op.28 -'pastorale': 2. Andante, Maurizio Pollini 07:07
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Ravel Maurice: Menuet Antique, Crossley Paul (piano) 07:00
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Beethoven Ludvig Van: Piano Sonata No.26 In E Flat, Op.81a -'les Adieux': 1. Das Lebewohl (adagio - Allegro), Maurizio Pollini 07:07
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Massenet Jules: Meditation, Maxim Vengerov Vl Vag Papian Pf 06:06
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Beethoven Ludvig Van: Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1: 4. Allegro Vivace - Tempo I - Presto, Maurizio Pollini 05:16
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Mendelssohn Felix: Symphony No 3 In A Minor Op 56 Scottish 1 Andante Con Moto Allegro Un Poco Agitato Assai Animato Andante Come Prima, Berliner Philharmoniker 13:54
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Violin Romance No 1 In G Major Op. 40, Henryk Szeryng 07:55
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Violin Sonata No 9 In A Major Op 47 Kreutzer I Adagio Sostenuto - Presto - Adagio, Itzhak Perlman Vladimir Ashkenazy Pf 11:43
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Bach Johann Sebastian: Prelude And Fugue No. 16 In G Minor Bwv885, Hewitt Angela (piano) 06:08
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Violin Concerto No 4 In D K218 Iii Rondeau_ Andante Grazioso Allegro Non Troppo, Maxim Vengerov (violin & Conductor), Lawrence Power (viola) 07:12
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Haydn Joseph: Symphony No 25 In C Major, Philharmonia Hungarica 11:35
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Sieben Variationen Es-dur Woo46 ??ber 'bei M?¤nnern, Welche Liebe F??hlen' Aus Mozarts Oper Die Zauberfl?¶te, Schiff Andr??s, Per?©nyi Mikl??s 08:07
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Viulukonsertto Nro 5 A-duuri, Kv 219: Osa I: Allegro Aperto, Capella Istropolitana 10:29
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Sonata In C Major, K. 303 (293c), Yefim Bronfman (piano), Isaac Stern (viulu) 09:37
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Bach Johann Sebastian: Violin Concerto No 2 Bwv 1042 In E Major Ii Adagio, Joshua Bell 05:51
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Brahms Johannes: Piano Quintet In F Minor Op 34, Tak??cs Quartet 40:42
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Zw?¶lf Kontret?¤nze Woo 14, Tapiola Sinfonietta 11:18
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Six Variations In G Minor K360, Szeryng Henryk (viulu), Haebler Ingrid (piano) 10:31
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Beethoven Ludvig Van: Piano Sonata No.2 In A, Op.2 No.2: 1. Allegro Vivace, Maurizio Pollini 06:34
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Symphony No 6 In F Major Pastorale, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Georg Solti 44:41
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Rahmaninov Sergei: Vocalise, Op.34 No. 14, San Francisco Symphony 06:11
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Concerto For Flute And Harp K299 2 Andantino, Irena Grafenauer, Maria Graf 08:27
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Elgar Edward: Introduction And Allegro, Op. 47, Capella Istropolitana 14:45
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Sonata For Violin And Piano In E Flat Major K 302, Szeryng Henryk (viulu), Haebler Ingrid (piano) 12:13
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Piano Sonata No 22 In F Major Op 54, Richter Sviatoslav (piano) 10:45
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Haydn Joseph: Streichquartett B-dur Op 76 Nr 4 Sonnenaufgang Finale Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Amadeus Quartet 04:07
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Beethoven Ludvig Van: Piano Sonata No.5 In C Minor, Op.10 No.1: 2. Adagio Molto, Maurizio Pollini 07:05
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Septet: Adagio Cantabile, Jen?¶ Keveh??zi, Ildik?? Hegyi, Gy?¶z?¶ M??th?©, Jozsef Balogh, P?©ter Szab??, J??zsef Vajda, Istv??n T??th 08:34
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Sonata In G Major K. 301 (293a), Carl Seemann (piano), Wolfgang Schneiderhan (viulu) 11:37
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Piano Trio In Eb Op 1 No 1 Iv Finale Presto, Ashkenazy-perlman-harrell 07:41
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Mendelssohn Felix: Incidental Music To A Midsummer Night S Dream 3 Intermezzo Op 61 No 2, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra 03:27
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Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 In C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: Ii. Adagio, Paavali Jumppanen 07:26
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Sonata No 8 In A Minor K 310 2 Andante Cantabile Con Espressio, Mitsuko Uchida 10:38
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Piano Sonata No 17 In D Minor Op 31 No 2 Tempest I Largo Allegro, Jean-efflam Bavouzet 08:10
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Zw?¶lf Variationen G-dur Woo 45 ??ber Ein Thema Aus H?¤ndels Oratorium Judas Maccab?¤us, Schiff Andr??s, Per?©nyi Mikl??s 10:55
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Sonata In F Major Kv 497 For Four Hands Piano, Martha Argerich Cristina Marton 27:23
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Dvorak Antonin: Symphony No 2 In B Flat Op 4 2 Poco Adagio, Berliner Philharmoniker 15:25
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Ravel Maurice (1875-1937): Piano Concerto In G Major I Allegramente, Martha Argerich 08:24
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Rahmaninov Sergei: Piano Concerto No 2 In C Minor Op 18-3 Mov, Lang Lang 12:07
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Haydn Joseph: Concerto For Harpsichord And Orchestra In D Major 1 Vivace, Martha Argerich 07:22
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Schubert Franz: Streichquartett Nr 15 G Dur D 887, Melos Quartett 45:44
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Bizet Georges: Symphony In C, Orchestre De Paris 33:20
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Tsaikovski Pjotr: Le Lac Des Cygnes Acte Iv, Orchestre Symphonique De Boston 19:20
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Schumann Robert: 1 Sonate Fur Pianoforte Und Violine Op 105 In A Minor, Daniel Sepec Viulu Andreas Staier Piano 17:06
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Schumann Robert: ????°tudes Symphoniques Op. 13, Aimand Pierre-laurent 35:20
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Liszt Franz: Funerailles S173:7, Volodos Arcadi 11:02
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Haydn Joseph: Streichquartett D-dur Op 76 Nr 5 Largo Cantabile E Mesto, Amadeus Quartet 06:47
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Bach Johann Sebastian: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6: Adagio Ma Non Tanto, Cologne Chamber Orchestra 04:37
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Chopin Frederic: Ballade No 1 Op 23 In G Minor, Ashkenazy Vladimir 09:48
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Haydn Joseph: String Quartet In G Minor Op 74 No 3 The Rider Iii Menuet Allegretto, Emerson String Quartet 03:39
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Sonata For Violin And Piano No 3 In E Flat Major Op 12 No 3, Faust Isabelle (viulu), Melnikov Alexander (piano) 17:42
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Haydn Joseph: String Quartet In G Major Op 77 No 1 Iii Menuetto Presto, Emerson String Quartet 04:00
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Berlioz Hector: Le Carnaval Romain Overture Op 9, San Diego Symphony Orchestra 08:51
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Haydn Joseph: Symphony No 31 In D Major 'hornsignal', Philharmonia Hungarica 26:22
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Rahmaninov Sergei: Piano Concerto No 4 In G Minor Op 40, Lisitsa Valentina 24:36
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Mendelssohn Felix: Symphony No 5 In D Minor Op 107 Reformation 3 Andante, Berliner Philharmoniker 04:24
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Rondo Pour Piano Et Rochestre Kv 386 La Majeur, Maria-joao Pires (piano) 08:28
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Ravel Maurice: Piano Concerto In G 2 Adagio Assai, Martha Argerich 09:24
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Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus: Klavierkonzert No 27 In B Flat Major K595 Iii Allegro, Clifford Curzon Pf George Szell 08:28
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Paganini Niccolo: Moses-fantasie; Bravour Variationen Fur Die G-saite For Violin And Piano, Gringolts Ilya Viulu Ryumina Irina Piano 08:34
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Piano Sonata No 18 In E-flat Major Op 31 No 3 La Chasse I Allegro, Jean-efflam Bavouzet 08:04
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Concerto For Piano Violin Violoncello And Orchestra In C Major Op 56, Henryk Szeryng Vl, Janos Starker Vc, Claudio Arrau Pf 37:18
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Saint-saens Camille: Introduction Et Rondo Capriccioso, London Symphony Orchestra 08:26
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Beethoven Ludvig Van: Piano Sonata No.4 In E Flat, Op.7: 4. Rondo (poco Allegretto E Grazioso), Maurizio Pollini 06:32
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Schumann Robert: Symphony No 3 In E Flat Major Op 97 Rhenish, Scherzo Sehr Massig - Brt Philharmonic Orchestra Brussels 05:47
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Beethoven Ludvig Van: Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3: 2. Largo E Mesto, Maurizio Pollini 08:10
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Brahms Johannes: Violin Sonata No 3 In D Minor Op 108 Iii Un Poco Presto E Con Sentimento, Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Barenboim Pf 02:58
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Chopin Frederic: Piano Concerto No 2 In F Minor Op 21 I Allegro Maestoso, Ingrid Fliter Pf Scottish Chamber Orchestra Jun M???¤rkl 15:03
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Cimarosa Domenico: Artaserse, Toronto Chamber Orchestra 08:57
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Tsaikovski Pjotr: Serenade Melancolique Op. 26, Oleg Kagan (viulu) Vasily Lobanov (piano) 10:07
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Beethoven Ludvig Van: Piano Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2 No.1: 2. Adagio, Maurizio Pollini 04:30
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Symphony No 8 In F Major Op 93, Minnesota Orchestra 25:21
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Brahms Johannes: Piano Concerto No 1 In D Minor Op 15, Helene Grimaud Andris Nelsons 50:37
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Klaviertrio In Es Dur Op 70 No 2 Iv Finale Allegro, Ashkenazy-perlman-harrell 07:51
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Tsaikovski Pjotr: Melodie, Csr Symphony Orchestra Bratislava 04:23
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 61. Iii. Rondo. Allegro, Isaac Stern 09:06
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Liszt Franz: Totentanz Paraphrase On Dies Irae For Piano And Orchestra S126, Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal 15:11
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Bach Johann Sebastian: Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba: Sonata In G Minor, Bwv 1030a, Markku Luolajan-mikkola Miklos Spanyi 19:00
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Scriabin Alexander: Piano Concerto In F Sharp Minor Op 20 I Allegro, Ashkenazy Vladimir 07:39
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Haydn Joseph: Symphony In G Minor 'the Hen', Hob. I: 83, Tafelmusik 24:04
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Debussy Claude: Arabesque No 1, Rog?© Pascal 03:44
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Piano Quartet In C Woo30 No 3 I Allegro Vivace, Martha Argerich Pf Renaud Capucon Vl Lida Chen Viola Gautier Capucon Vc 08:09
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Brahms Johannes: Symphony No 1 In C Minor Op 68, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe 44:25
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Beethoven Ludwig Van: Piano Sonata No 15 In D Major Op 28 Pastoral, Jean-efflam Bavouzet 24:21
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  • Free Download: Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A played by the Carducci Quartet and Julian Bliss

    classical-music.com | Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000

    'The whole reading has a pleasing impulse, balance and bloom'

    This week's free download is the third movement from Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A, K581. It is performed by the Carducci Quartet with clarinettist Julian Bliss and recorded for Signum Records. 

    This is Mozart's only completed clarinet quintet and was written for the clarinettist Anton Stadler, who Mozart also wrote his Clarinet Concerto for. It was written at the end of Mozart's life, in 1789.

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  • Increase in classical music streams and sales in 2018

    classical-music.com | Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:52:26 +0000

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    Classical music consumption in 2018 increased by more than a tenth on the previous year, as stated by the BPI in new figures released this week. Sales and streams of classical music have grown by 10 per cent in the past year, outperforming the overall 5.7 per cent rise in UK music consumption as a whole.

    The rise in classical music consumption was primarily driven by a 6.9 per cent increase in the sales of CDs, which account for nearly 60 per cent of the UK’s classical music. Streaming now accounts for 25.2 per cent of classical music consumption, which is an increase on previous years but is still lagging behind other musical genres. The BPI has suggested that this could be as a result of the difficulties in search functions on streaming platforms.

    The combined sales of the top-30 albums increased by 69 per cent on 2017, showcasing the wide-reaching success of albums including Andrea Bocelli’s Si and In Harmony by Aled Jones and Russell Watson, which were the two best-selling classical recordings this year.

     

     

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s appearance at the Royal Wedding helped put classical music on a wider stage, with his debut album Inspiration reaching the top of the classical charts for 14 weeks.

    Ludovico Einaudi was the most popular classical artist on streaming platforms, accounting for 8.6 per cent of all classical music streams. This was closely followed by a handful of film music composers. 

     

  • The BBC Music Magazine Playlist

    classical-music.com | Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:05:46 +0000

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    Every Monday, the BBC Music Magazine team choose their favourite new recordings of the past week. The tracks are compiled into The Playlist, which can be accessed via the BBC Music Magazine's Apple Music page

     

    This week's playlist:

     

    The listings for previous playlists are featured below.

     

    Vol. 6

    Saint-Saëns Ascanio, Acte I, Tableau 1: Scène 1 ‘Très bien!’ (Jean-François Lapointe, Joé Bertili, Chœrs de la Haute École de Musique de Genève/Guillaume Tourniaire

    Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 III. Allegro con fuoco (Xiayin Wang, Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Peter Oundjian

    Purcell Come Ye Sons of Art (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary): ‘Strike the Viol, Touch the Lute’ (Tim Mead, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien/François Lazarevitch)

    Aleksander Sedlar Savcho 3 (Nemanja Radulovic, Double Sense, Stéphanie Fontanarosa/Aleksander Sedlar)

    Barbara Strozzi Arie, Op. 8 No. 2: ‘Che si può fare’ (Emoke Baräth, Il Pomo d’Oro/Francesco Corti)

    Josef Suk 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 7: No. 1, Liebeslied (arr. for violin and orchestra) (Eldbjørg Hemsing, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra/Alan Buribayev)

    Scheidemann Pavana Lachrymae in D minor (Yoann Moulin)

    Beethoven String Quartet in E minor ‘Razumovsky’: III. Allegretto (Elias String Quartet)

    Mozart Violin Sonata in D Major, K306: III. Allegretto (Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov)

    Moteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine: VIII. Paslmus 126. Nisi Dominus a dieci voci (Bruno Boterf, Ludus Modalis)

     

    Vol. 5

    Tchaikovsky Swan Lake, Act 1 (1877 Version): No. 8, Danse des coupes. Tempo di polacca (State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’/Vladimir Jurowski

    John Harbison Requim, Pt. 1: II. Sequence I. Dies irae (Nashville Chorus, Nashville Symphony/Giancarlo Guerrero)

    Richard Strauss 5 Lieder, Op. 41: No. 1, Wiegenlied (Arabella Steinbacher, WDR Symphony Orchestra/Lawrence Foster)

    Parry English Lyrics, Set 12: No. 7, The Sound of Hidden Music (Sarah Fox, Andrew West)

    Andrzej Panufnik I Kwartet smyczkowy: III. Postlude (Apollon Musagete Quartett)

    Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2: II. Scherzo (Live) (Eric Lu)

    Szymanowski Nocturne & Tarantella in E minor, Op. 28: II. Tarantella (Jennifer Pike, Peter Limonov)

    Einaudi Life (Live) (Angèle Dubeau, La Pietà)

    Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli 6 Sonatas for Violin and Continuo, Op. 3: Sonata No. 2 ‘La Cesta’ (Elicia Silverstein, Mauro Valli)

    Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor: II. Poco adagio (Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt)

    Florence Price Symphony No. 4: III. Juba Dance (Fort Smith Symphony/John Jeter)

    Mozart Piano Concerto No. 16: III. Allegro di molto (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Manchester Camerata, Gábor Takács-Nagy

    Haydn Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 30 No. 5: I. Allegro con brio (Roman Rabinovich)

    Johann Strauss I Radetzky-Marsch, Op. 228 (Christian Theilemann, Vienna Philharmonic

     

    Vol. 4

    Arvo Pärt Passacaglia (Victoria Mullova, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi)

    Michael Higgins The Angel Gabriel (Sonoro/Neil Ferris)

    Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor: I. Prologue. Lent. Sostenuto e molto risoluto (Jean-Guiden Queyras, Javier Perianes)

    Massanet Hérodiade, Act 1: ‘Celiu dont la parole efface… Il est doux, il est bon’ (Salomé) (Elsa Dreisig, Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie/Michael Schonwandt

    Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor: I. Andante (Live) (James O’Donnell, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin)

    Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 72: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck (Sol Gabetta, Bertrand Chamayou)

    Gurney Since I Believe in God the Father Almighty (Teberae/Nigel Short)

    Peter Gregson Bach: The Cello Suites: Recomposed by Peter Gregson – Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007: I. Prelude (Peter Gregson, Richard Harwood, Reinoud Ford, Tim Lowe, Ben Chappell, Katherine Jenkinson)

    JS Bach Concerto in D minor, BWV 974: III. Presto (Víkingur Ólafsson)

    Purcell King Arthur, Act 1: ‘Come If You Dare’ (Robert Buckland, Vox Luminis/Lionel Meunier)

    Messiaen La Nativité du Seigneur: V. Les enfants de Dieu (Richard Gowers)

    George Onslow String Quartet No. 29 in E-flat, Op. 73 Elan Quintet)

    Cécile Chaminade Arabesque No. 1, Op. 61 (Mark Viner)

    Enescu Strigoii, Pt. 3: Bătrânu-și pleacă geana și iar rămâne orb (Alin Anca, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Gabriel Bebeșelea)

    Max Richter Mary Queen of Scots: The Shores of Scotland

    Tchaikovsky Swan Lake, Act II (1877 version): No. 13a, Danses des cygnes I. Tempo di valse

     

     

    Vol. 3

    Emilie Mayer Symphony No. 4: IV. Presto (Neubrandenburg Philharmonie/Stefan Malzew)

    Weber Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major: IV. Rondo - Allegro giocoso (Julian Bliss & Carducci String Quartet)

    John Hess Vous, qui passez sans me voir (Julien Behr, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon/Pierre Bleuse)

    John Francis Wade Adeste fideles (arr. M Suzuki for Choir and Organ) (Bach Collegium Japan Chorus/Masato Suzuki & Masaaki Suzuki)

    Schumann Fantasiestücke: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck (Sol Gabetta, Bertrand Chamayou)

    Domenico Sarro Messa a 5 voci: 'Laudamus te' (Maxim Emelyanychev, Jakub Józef Orliński, Il Pomo d'Oro)

    Holst Invocation Op. 19 No. 2 (Guy Johnston, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Davis)

    Dowland Come, Heavy Sleep (Grace Davidson, David Miller)

    Schumann Humoreske Op. 20: II. Hastig (William Youn)

    RO Morris Love Came Down at Christmas (arr. Stephen Cleobury) (Stephen Cleobury, Henry Websdale, Choir of King's College, Cambridge)

    Tchaikovsky The Seasons Op. 37a: XII. December. Christmas (Barry Douglas)

    Berlioz Roméo et Juliette: Pt. 3, Finale - Oath of Reconciliation (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Michael Tilson Thomas)

    Elgar Chanson de nuit (Hallé Orchestra/Mark Elder)

    James Burton Tomorrow Shalle Be My Dancing Day (Jack Hawkins, Michael Bell, James Adams, Joseph Wicks, Choir of St John's College, Cambridge)

     

    Vol. 2

    Julian Anderson Heaven is Shy of Earth: III. Gloria (With Bird) (Susan Bickley, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Oliver Knussen)

    Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1: III. Rondo. Allegro (Live) (William Caballero, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck)

    Derek Bermel Murmurations: I. Gathering at Gretna Green (ROCO)

    Frank Martin Ballade for Flute & Piano (Bridget Bolliger, Andrew West)

    Debussy Violin Sonata in G minor: III. Finale. Très animé (Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov)

    Anonymous Now May We Singen (ORA Singers/Suzi Didby)

    Rachmaninov Prelude in G minor Op. 23 No. 5 (Live at Philharmonie, Berlin/2018) (Yuja Wang)

    James Newton Howard Violin Concerto: II. Andante semplice (James Ehnes, Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Cristian Măcelaru)

    Sally Beamish In the Stillness (Sonoro/Neil Ferris)

    Parry Suite moderne (arr. J Dibble for Orchestra): III. Romanza. Lento (BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Rumon Gamba)

    Jonathan Dove A Brief History of Creation: X. Whales Return to the Sea (Hallé Children's Choir, Hallé Orchestra/Mark Elder)

    Purcell King Arthur, Act 1: 'Come if You Dare' (Robert Buckland, Vox Luminis/Lionel Meunier)

    Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4 (Live at Kimmel Center, Philadelphia) (Daniil Trifonov, The Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin)

    Fagerlund Höstsonaten, Act 1: charlotte Andergast! Vilken konstnär! (Krista Kujala, Mari Sares, Jere Martikainen, Jarmo Ojala, Finnish National Opera Chorus, Finnish National Opera Orchestra/John Storgards

     

    Vol. 1

    Julian Anderson Heaven is Shy of Earth: III. Gloria (With Bird) (Susan Bickley, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oliver Knussen)

    Zemlinsky Albumblatt (Erinnerung aus Wien) (William Youn)

    Schreker The Birthday of the Infanta: Suite I. Reigen (Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta)

    Mozart Violin Concerto No. 1 K.207: III. Presto (Nikolaj Znaider, London Symphony Orchestra)

    Tchaikovsky The Seasons, Op. 37a, TH 135: XII. December. Christmas (Barry Douglas)

    Holst In the Bleak Midwinter (Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Isata Kanneh-Mason)

    Glazunov The Seasons ‘L’été: No. 9, Scène de l’été (Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Kitayenko

    JS Bach Prelude & Fugue BVW 855a: Prelude No. 10 in B minor (Vikingur Ólafsson)

    Magnus Lindberg Tempus fugit Pt. 1 (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Hannu Lintu)

    Gurney Since I Believe in God the Father Almighty (Tenebrae/Nigel Short)

    Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Act 1: No. 6 Clara and the Nutcracker (Los Angeles Philharmonic/Gustavo Dudamel)

    Ravel Ma mère l’Oye Suite, M. 60: V. Le jardin féerique (Prague Philharmonia/Emmanuel Villaume)

    Eric Whitacre Deep Field: Earth Choir (Eric Whitacre Singers, Virtual Choir 5, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Eric Whitacre)

  • Five essential works by Brahms

    classical-music.com | Sun, 13 Jan 2019 17:00:29 +0000

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    Symphony No. 3

    Brahms’s finest symphony may not have the fireworks of, say, the Violin Concerto, but its subtle drama and dark atmosphere are magical.

    Recommended recording:
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
    DG 477 7159

     

     

    Ein Deutsches Requiem

    Brahms employs full symphony orchestra and chorus for this majestic setting of passages from the Lutheran bible written in response to his mother’s death.

    Recommended recording:
    Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Thomas Quasthoff (baritone), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Berlin Radio Choir/Simon Rattle
    EMI 365 3932

     

     

    Piano Concerto No. 2

    This deeply humane concerto was written just after the Symphony No. 3. The slow movement’s use of cello as a ‘second’ solo instrument was innovative.

    Recommended recording:
    Emil Gilels (piano), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Eugen Jochum
    DG 447 4462

     

     

    Intermezzi Op. 117

    Brahms was a supreme pianist and his solo piano music has extraordinary range and variety. His late Intermezzi, however, are stunningly written miniatures.

    Recommended recording:
    Nicholas Angelich (piano)
    Virgin 379 3022

     

     

    Violin Concerto

    Full of gypsy inflections and wild virtuosity, the Violin Concerto, written in 1879 for Joseph Joachim, is one of the most popular in the repertoire.

    Recommended recording:
    Nikolaj Znaider (violin), Vienna Philharmonic/Valery Gergiev
    RCA 88697103362

     

  • The best recordings of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

    classical-music.com | Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000

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    ‘The awakening of joyful feelings upon arriving in the countryside’ 

     

    Beethoven’s sub-title for the opening movement of his Sixth Symphony must have been far from the thoughts of those Viennese citizens who had braved the winter weather on 22 December 1808 to attend a mammoth all-Beethoven concert in the Theatre an der Wien. 

    His warmest symphony was first heard in joyless conditions as the theatre’s heating had broken down. Whereas the Fifth, also premiered that day, epitomises the defiant side of Beethoven’s personality, the Sixth is its antithesis, both an expression of his love of Nature and a hymn of thanksgiving. 

    Musical imitations of rural life include the drone of a bagpipe, a babbling brook, the unlikely trio of nightingale, quail and cuckoo, a rustic dance, a summer thunderstorm and the carolling of a shepherd’s pipe.

     

     

    The best recording 

     

    Otto Klemperer 
    Philharmonia Orchestra 1957
    EMI 567 9652

    Otto Klemperer’s radiant recording of the Pastoral Symphony may be over 50 years old, but once the taste for it has been acquired, it’s addictive. 

    Yes, it has its idiosyncrasies. Take, for instance, his view of the Scherzo – his insistence that it’s a Ländler, a heavy footed Austrian dance, is possibly inherited from his mentor Gustav Mahler, who it is documented conducted this movement at a similarly easy-going tempo. 

    Never intended as fleet-footed Arcadians, Beethoven’s merrymaking peasants, as portrayed by Klemperer, even more resemble those grotesques found in the paintings of Flemish artist Pieter Breughel. But Klemperer’s tempo for the Allegro ma non troppo first movement strikes one as ideal, measured but purposeful. 

    In the Andante, the water in the brook flows naturally and the birdsong cadenza shows off the Philharmonia’s woodwind trio to charming effect. Taken at a quickish tempo, the Shepherd’s Hymn is a real Ode to Joy, both euphoric and strong. 

    There is no noticeable slowing for the Coda, no nostalgic glancing back; the symphony’s spell is finally broken with a peremptory ‘Amen’ from full orchestra. Klemperer, as always, divides his violins left and right, opening up the texture, and the 1957 stereo recording sounds better than it has any right to. 

     

     

    Three more great recordings 

     

    Alexander Rudin
    Musica Viva Moscow (2010)
    Fuga Libera Fug564

    Until the 1980s, Beethoven symphony performance was largely the preserve of the standard symphony orchestra. Next up was period instrument performance, removing excess varnish but sometimes risking damage to original paintwork. 

    But now hear what the 25 players of Musica Viva Moscow – a chamber-sized orchestra playing on modern instruments – can do. Suffice to say, they are a class act. The opening chord is struck rather than gently insinuated: this Pastoral is unique in being kick-started. 

    In the Thunderstorm of the fourth movement, cellist conductor Alexander Rudin keeps his brass and timpani in check – thus delivering more of a summer shower than an elemental deluge. 

    Throughout, there are countless wayside details to stop and admire, making this live, imaginative and finely recorded Pastoral, complete with violins divided either side of the orchestra, a hugely enjoyable one. 

     

     

    Giovanni Antonini
    Basel Chamber Orchestra (2010)
    Sony 88697648162

    Should the Pastoral Symphony be thrilling? This one certainly is. The sound that this young chamber orchestra produces is dazzling. With fresh, incisive string tone, wonderfully bucolic horns in the Scherzo, vibrant woodwind (the ravishing oboe playing in particular is deserving of a special mention), Giovanni Antonini’s Pastoral is a joy from start to finish. 

    For those attuned to the Old School of Beethoven Conducting, exemplified by the likes of Bruno Walter or Karl Böhm, Antonini’s tempo for the first movement may sound merely breathless; however, in context and on repeated hearing, it makes perfect sense. 

    Even without antiphonal violins, this beautifully recorded disc must feature on any shortlist.

     

     

    Paavo Järvi
    Bremen Chamber Philharmonic (2009)

    RCA 8869754542

    Like Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Warner Classics, 1992), Paavo Järvi opts for a medium-size ensemble playing on modern instruments. Interpretatively, they are quite similar and both can be warmly recommended, but Järvi’s decision to divide his Bremen Chamber Philharmonic violins ultimately gets him my vote of the two. 

    In addition, he offers beautifully judged tempos, transparent orchestral textures and a real sense of engagement with the score. This Pastoral really does seem to be lit from within. 

    Järvi’s marvellously played and recorded account, free of any interpretative quirks, is true both to the letter and spirit of Beethoven – though, ultimately, no single recording can tell us absolutely everything about this inexhaustible score.

     

     

    And one to avoid

    Herbert von Karajan made several recordings of the Pastoral. The earliest and best was in mono with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the 1950s – a beautifully played, invigorating performance with plenty of fresh air in its lungs. 

    However, his 1970s digital re-make is a dull run-through with a jumbo-size Berlin Philharmonic machine on autopilot. If you crave a BPO Pastoral, it must be André Cluytens’s wonderful 1960 recording.

     

  • Five essential works by Bizet

    classical-music.com | Sun, 06 Jan 2019 17:00:00 +0000

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    Symphony in C

    Composed by Bizet when aged 17 and only rediscovered in 1935. Light and almost Schubertian in style, the slow movement includes a haunting oboe lament.

    Recommended recording:
    Les Siècles/François Xavier Roth
    Mirare MIR 036

     

     

    Songs

    Bizet wrote his songs in the days before they had been elevated to ‘high art’, but they are unfailingly charming and include such classics as the sultry ‘Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe’.

    Recommended recording:
    Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
    Hyperion CDA 66976

     

     

    Jeux d’enfants

    Best-known in its orchestral guise, the two piano version gives a more complete collection of these affectionate vignettes of children at play. Great fun.

    Recommended recording:
    Tamara Granat, Daniel Propper
    Dux 0739

     

     

    L’Arlesienne

    Bizet’s incidental music to Daudet’s stage play, The Girl From Arles, perfectly captures its Provence setting; his imaginative orchestration includes an early pre-jazz use of saxophone.

    Recommended recording:
    Choeur de l’Opéra de Lyon; Les Musiciens du Louvre, Grenoble/Marc Minkowski
    Naïve V 5130

     

     

    Carmen

    Easily Bizet’s single most famous work, his deft characterisation and the sheer tunefulness of his opera sounds as fresh as ever.

    Recommended recording:
    Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers; Orchestre de Paris/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Classics for Pleasure 367 6962

     

  • Which is your favourite piece by Franz Liszt?

    classical-music.com | Fri, 04 Jan 2019 16:03:54 +0000

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    Lang Lang

    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6

    My favourite piece to perform by Liszt is the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6. I started to play this piece at a very early age (around 10 years old) and it really helped me to build confidence at the keyboard.

    It helped me enormously with my technique, especially because of the famous octaves, and is a good way of teaching students how to play rubato (in the middle section).

    I think it is extremely important for young artists to learn these skills, particularly when performing Liszt. It taught me a key and invaluable lesson – how to make a difficult piece feel and sound easy. This work has stayed with me for years and even after all this time, I never ever tire of it.

     

     

    Stephen Hough

    Sonata in B minor

    Liszt’s B minor Sonata is, I think, one of the greatest works of the 19th century, and probably the one work in which he completely fulfilled the potential of his youth. It’s an exploration of human experience, a mountain, an ocean. And yet it’s interesting that Liszt, who gave poetic titles to most of his music, simply calls this one ‘Sonata’.

    The work holds together so well that giving it a title would perhaps have limited it. Anybody can press the keys of the piano and make it sound, but this piece is difficult because you need to keep the tension of the architecture.

    A performance of it has to have two things: it has to sound like you’re improvising, but also feel like every single bar is inevitable. I can only compare it to a great novel or play, in which everything is a surprise but when you look back at the end, everything seems to fit.

     

     

    Khatia Buniatishvili

    Mephisto Waltz No. 1

    I would say the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 has most inspired me as a pianist. People often think it’s just about virtuosity, but actually he tells a strong story. That’s difficult to do in a ten-minute piece, but Liszt does it here.

    Based on Lenau’s Faust, it’s set in the Dorfschenke, a village inn where there’s a wedding. Mephisto plays the violin – a waltz – while Faust starts to dance with Gretchen. It’s an emotional, rather than erotic, love story, though there’s also this dark Mephistophelian side. Of course the piece is difficult to play but for me it’s all about emotion and telling a story.

    s a pianist, Liszt took a lot of risks and in his music there are always huge jumps between registers. But you have to play Liszt without fear, and with total freedom. With Liszt the power doesn’t come from totally clean, planned playing but from the crazy and diabolic.

     

     

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet

    Deux Légendes

    In general, the image people have of Liszt is loud, fast, bombastic, virtuosic and pyrotechnical. There is a lot of that, it’s true, but he was a much deeper composer than that.

    The Deux Légendes (St François d’Assise: la prédication aux oiseaux and St François de Paule marchant sur les flots) show Liszt as a poet and are incredibly powerful spiritually, too. When you play them in concert, you find that there is something completely magical that happens every time.

    For me, St François d’Assise is like time is completely stopping – plus you have all those incredibly beautifully written birdsongs and the trills and tremolos: very difficult to render, but incredibly touching and moving, and inspiring to play. St François de Paule is also very intense and very powerful.

    It also shows the orchestral side of Liszt on the piano – he had a mastery of transcribing the orchestra to the piano and you really find that here.

     

     

    Marc-André Hamelin

    Sonata in B minor

    I’d have to say the B minor Sonata has most inspired me, because it’s Liszt’s towering achievement, in any form. He broke so much ground with this piece; it’s a fantastic piece of architecture and the ideas have such quality and depth.

    There’s been so much debate as to whether it’s one, three or four movements, yet it’s incredibly cohesive. It seems, well, the best word I can come up with is ‘inevitable’. I like to think that, in a good performance, the listener should be aware, at least instinctively, of how long the piece will last and what’s likely to be said or expressed. It’s very much like telling a story.

    Some pianists, unfortunately, seem to treat it as a virtuoso vehicle first and foremost. Some listeners, too, I think. But to me thinking of it like that is like tearing a page off a Gutenberg Bible and using it to wrap carrot peelings.

     

     

    Martin Roscoe

    Sonata in B minor

    The B minor Sonata is Liszt’s most complete work for piano. You sometimes feel in other pieces that – inspired though they might be – there are slightly weaker passages or extraneous notes that don’t fulfil a genuine musical purpose, but no one could ever say that about the Sonata.

    As a player, it offers huge challenges: at almost 30 minutes without a break, there’s a lot of stamina needed; you have to try to keep an overview of the whole piece so you don’t lose its shape or narrative; and, of course, you have to display a spectrum of emotions that ranges from the spiritual to the demonic.

    It’s a work I’ve played for almost the length of my career. Recently, I played it at my own festival, and felt it was one of my best performances. It was great to know that, at 58, I can still play that piece!

     

     

    Louis Lortie

    Années de pèlerinage

    I’ve been studying and playing the Années de pèlerinage a lot this year. From the Troisième Année, the ‘Jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este’ has struck me as being so incredibly adventurous. This piece really heralded 20th-century pianism – all the pianistic ideas of Ravel, Debussy and Messiaen are already present here.

    The fluidity of the pianistic style of it didn’t exist before, and it also must have sounded almost shocking at the time as it has so little feeling of functional harmony. It is tonal, but even the relationships between dominant and tonic are blurred. Liszt loves to add so many tones – an added sixth, a seventh, a ninth – to the chords so they always sound suspended, which is one of the tricks of Impressionism.

    Technically it is challenging due to the fact that you have to barely touch the keys – on a modern piano it’s really difficult to get the fluidity and transparency that you want in all the tremolandos that accompany the main theme. It’s such a wonderful piece, though. I’m always in awe of it when I play it.

     

    Leslie Howard

    Christus

    It’s an easy choice: Liszt’s oratorio Christus is simply the best piece of music he wrote. I get inspired as a musician, and then play the piano. Fortunately, though, he did arrange four numbers from it for solo piano, and I’ve been lucky enough to conduct the whole thing. I think it’s far and away the best Romantic oratorio, and it’s criminal that it’s little known here.

    Wagner went to the first performance, and he stole bits of it for Parsifal – he also used bits of Liszt’s The Bells of Strasbourg Cathedral. If I had to pick one inspirational piece from Christus as far as the piano goes, it’s the ‘March of the Three Holy Kings’.

    It’s kind of a symphonic poem in itself and the piano version is beautifully done. When Liszt does piano versions of orchestral pieces, like his Beethoven Symphony arrangements, he manages to get the spirit and sound absolutely right.

     

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  • Films with live orchestras: Our 2019 performance guide

    classical-music.com | Thu, 03 Jan 2019 11:19:27 +0000

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    Following on from the successes of 2018’s live orchestral film screenings, we’ve compiled a list of the film, silent film and television performances of 2019, and where to find them. There’s sure to be something to suit everyone!

     

    Brave

    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/ Dirk Brossé

    19th January- Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

     

    Get Out

    19th February- Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

     

    Titanic

    2nd April- Liverpool Echo Arena

    3rd April- Manchester Arena

    4th April- First Direct Arena, Leeds

    5th April- The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

     

     

    Back to the Future

    Czech National Symphony Orchestra/ Ben Palmer

    13th April- London’s Royal Festival Hall

    16th April- Symphony Hall, Birmingham

    17th April- Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

    18th April- Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

    19th April- Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    21st April- Sage, Gateshead

    25th April- The Anvil, Basingstoke

     

    Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Neil Thompson

    24th May- Usher Hall, Edinburgh

    25th May- Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

     

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    24th April- Bristol Hippodrome

     

     

    Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels- Featuring The Wrong Trousers

    The Picture House Orchestra

    16th May- Buxton Opera House

    17th May- Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    18th May- Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    19th May- Sheffield City Hall

    20th May- Victoria Hall, Stoke

    23rd May- De Montfort Hall, Leicester

    25th May- Liverpool Echo Arena

    26th May- Manchester Lowry

    27th May- London Barbican Hall

    29th May- Birmingham Symphony Hall

    31st May- The Forum, Bath

    1st June- St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

    2nd June- The Hexagon, Reading

    6th June- Sage, Gateshead

    8th June- Usher Hall, Edinburgh

    9th June- Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

     

     

    Silent film with live orchestra

     

    Metropolis

    Philharmonia Orchestra/ Esa-Pekka Salonen

    13th June- Royal Festival Hall, London

     

    Television series with live orchestra

     

    Blue Planet II

    City of Prague Orchestra/ Matthew Freeman

    13th March- International Centre, Bournemouth

    14th March- Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

    15th March- Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

    16th March- Genting Arena, Birmingham

    17th March- The O2 Arena, London

    19th March- First Direct Arena, Leeds

    20th March- Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

    21st March- The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

    23rd March- SSE Arena, Belfast

    24th March- 3Arena, Dublin

    26th March- Liverpool Echo Arena

    27th March- Manchester Arena

    28th March- FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield

    Click here to find out more about this concert tour

  • The best recordings of Bruckner's Symphony No.9

    classical-music.com | Wed, 02 Jan 2019 10:00:00 +0000

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    Fate didn’t look kindly on Bruckner.

    His symphonies cruelly attacked, or subjected to disastrous cuts by his well-meaning students, he was mocked by his many detractors for his quaint country manners and odd behaviour. His life seemed beset by ridicule and disappointment.

    Only his unwavering belief in God, to whom the Ninth Symphony was dedicated, provided him with the determination to persevere during periods of crisis. Even so, towards the end, he still had moments of doubt.

    Tragically, he failed to complete his Ninth Symphony, struggling with it even on the day he died. Just as tragic was its first performance in Vienna in 1903 in a severely mutilated form concocted by Ferdinand Löwe, one of Bruckner’s  pupils.

    It wasn’t until 1932 that what Bruckner actually wrote was heard in Munich at a private concert. Its first public performance was given later that year by Clemens Krauss and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

     

     

    The best recording

    Carlo Maria Giulini (Conductor)
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (1988)
    Deutsche Grammophon E427 3452

    For many listeners, Bruckner’s Ninth is the most visionary of all symphonies. I first heard it as a teenager in Bruno Walter’s classic 1959 recording with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and have been under its spell ever since. The list of great recordings is a long one, and still growing.

    The fact that even legendary Brucknerians such as Sergiu Celibidache, Otto Klemperer, Eugen Jochum, Herbert von Karajan, Bernard Haitink, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Günter Wand – all superb in their different ways – don’t make the shortlist here is testimony to the Ninth’s continuing fascination.

    It’s to Carlo Maria Giulini that I’m drawn again and again – one can never tire of his profound realisation of this wonderful score. His live Vienna Philharmonic account from 1988, beautifully recorded, is a humbling experience. 

    From its misty opening, clearly indebted to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, to the ethereal ending of the Adagio, this performance is just about perfect. Giulini’s terracing of Bruckner’s unorthodox orchestral structure, quite unlike that of any other symphonist, is a wonder of internal clarity, no detail overlooked, no texture smudged.

    The Vienna Philharmonic is the Bruckner orchestra par excellence, its burnished string tone a special glory, woodwind and brass superbly alert and to the fore. In climaxes, the sound of the orchestra at full throttle is simply overwhelming, horns and trombones waging antiphonal war to hair-raising effect.

    Even within his own outstanding list of recordings, Giulini’s Bruckner Ninth Symphony is possibly the most precious gift this great conductor has.

     

     

    Three more great recordings

    Wilhelm Furtwängler (conductor)
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1944)
    Praga Digitals PRD350125

    Some would reckon that Wilhelm Furtwängler is the echt Bruckner conductor, and this recording, set down in Second World War Berlin, is like no other.

    It’s as if Furtwängler were mirroring the devastating world events unfolding beyond the walls of the Beethoven-Saal where this Berlin Philharmonic recording was made – tempos in the first movement are often frenetic, he unleashes the dogs of war in the Scherzo and the Adagio’s dissonant climactic chord becomes an agonised scream.

    Excellently remastered, this 1944 recording is now available on the Praga Digitals label.

     

     

    Claudio Abbado (conductor)
    Lucerne Festival Orchestra (2013)
    Deutsche Grammophon 479 3441

    What better testament to Abbado than this moving 2013 recording from his final concert with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra?

    Although mortally ill, he summons up all his reserves to produce a performance of great resolve and personal strength, not so much a farewell as a vision of what might come. 

    Whereas Karajan and Klemperer head straight for Mount Olympus, Abbado favours a more human approach. His star-studded orchestra plays sublimely for its hero and DG’s sound is exemplary.

     

     

    Fabio Luisi (Conductor)
    Dresden Staatskapelle (2003)
    Sony G0100014380065

    What is it about Italian conductors? On the evidence of their recordings, they simply seem to ‘get’ Bruckner’s Ninth.

    Fabio Luisi’s beautifully recorded live 2003 recording with the Dresden Staatskapelle is the third by an Italian in my chosen quartet.

    The first movement heaves like a mighty ocean, its uneasy ebb and flow flawlessly managed; the Scherzo has all the savagery demanded of it; and the Adagio, with its vast mood swings between faith and despair, is simply superb. 

     

     

    And one to avoid

    Leonard Bernstein was gracious enough to concede that, when it came to Bruckner, he could not compete with Herbert von Karajan.

    The Bruckner idiom does indeed seem alien to him on this 1990 Vienna Philharmonic recording. He seems to be trying hard to find links with Gustav Mahler… but really, there aren’t any.

     

  • The best classical music for New Year's Eve

    classical-music.com | Mon, 31 Dec 2018 10:00:00 +0000

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    As we nurse our heads and stomachs after several days of overindulgence, we all need a little help rallying for the next big event – welcoming in the new year. Whether it’s a tune for New Year’s Eve, or merely one that suits the melancholic first few days of the new year, the BBC Music Magazine team have got you covered. 

    To coincide with our New Year playlist on Apple music (available here), the BBC Music Magazine team has chosen the pieces they feel best suit this time of year. 

     

    ‘In dir ist Freude’, BWV 615 from Orgelbüchlein (JS Bach)

    There's no more joyous start to the new year than ‘In dir ist Freude’ (In Thee is gladness) from JS Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, a collection of chorale preludes marking various points in the liturgical year.

    This ingenious two-and-a-half-minute gem sees the cantus firmus chorale theme shoot back and forth between the hands, over the top of a recurring bass motif. It’s utterly thrilling.

     

     

    Winterreise (Schubert)

    Once you've got over the hangover of 1 January, the New Year means going back to work in the dark, filthy weather and a dwindling post-Christmas bank account as the next pay day takes forever to arrive.

    The grey misery of Schubert’s Winterreise matches this vile time of year to perfection. Our recording of choice is by the masterful Christian Gerhaher, baritone extraordinaire

     

     

    Dream (John Cage)

    John Cage’s Dream is a meditative meander of a piece, written for the dancer-choreographer Merce Cunningham. A quiet solo piano line wanders from place to place, while the pedal is used to create a gently shimmering halo of resonance.

    The effect is otherworldly, hypnotic. It’s the ideal music if, as the old year turns to the new, you want a moment or two to reflect on the past and imagine the future.

     

     

    Radetzy March, Op. 228 (Strauss)

    Catching the Vienna Musikverein concert on TV is a great way to start the new year. Johann Strauss’s Radetzky March (1848), one of the most famous regular fixtures, always has a festive touch, with the encore’s snare drum introduction beginning before the conductor has returned to the podium.

    It is traditional for the maestro to direct the audience’s clapping and Daniel Barenboim did this (in 2014) while shaking hands with each member of the Vienna Philharmonic.

     

     

    Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, I. Allegramente

    Any piece that starts with a whip-crack is sure to get any party started. After a lively Spanish-inspired opening, the movement then transitions into a more reflective, melancholic piano solo, but it seems incapable of repressing the merriment, with blues-influenced flourishes continually interrupting.

    Ravel admitted outright that he wasn’t trying to do anything profound or complex with this piece, and it is exactly this sentiment we look for on a night like New Year's Eve. Simple, unbridled fun. 

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