Monday, May 15, 2017

Dvořák: Symphony No 7 in D minor, Op 70 (Conner Gray Covington)

Conner Gray Covington conducts the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Dvorak's Symphony No. 7 in D minor. Notice the influence of Brahms (esp. 2nd Symph.) and Bruckner.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44 | Mikhail Pletnev

* This is the restored, complete version of the concerto, without the cuts made (more or less arbitrarily) by Alexander Siloti after the composer's death.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rachmaninov / Respighi: "The Sea and Seagulls" (Lopez-Cobos)

In 1929, Serge Koussevitzky had the idea that some of Rachmaninov's 'Etudes-Tableaux' for piano solo would sound well if orchestrated and he suggested Respighi for this task. Rachmaninov himself was delighted with the idea and suggested five of the pieces, additionally supplying Respighi with various programmatic ideas and titles. The first number in the set is "The Sea and Seagulls" and it is heard here in a performance by the Cincinnati Orchestra under Jesus Lopez-Cobos.

Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux op. 39 (Vladimir Ashkenazy)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Rachmaninov - Respighi: 5 Etude-tableaux for orchestra (M. Marvulli)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 5 Etude-tableaux for orchestra
Orchestrated by Ottorino Respighi

I. La Mer et les mouettes (op.39 n.2)
II. La Foire (op.33 n.4)
III. Marche funèbre (op.39 n.7)
IV. Le Chaperon rouge et le loup (op.39 n.6)
V. Marche (op.39 n.9)

Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari
Direttore: Michele Marvulli
Bari, Villa Romanazzi Carducci, 1997

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mendelssohn: Concerto for 2 Pianos in A-flat major

Felix Mendelssohn, Concerto for 2 Pianos in A-flat major

Alexander Ghindin - Ekaterina Metchetina, Piano
Academic Symphony Orchestra of Moscow State Philharmonic
Conductor: Vladimir Ponkin

May 26, 2016