Saturday, November 26, 2016

"We Want The Light" - Christopher Nupen's Award-Winning Documentary

Although I find this documentary quite interesting, I must keep clear distance from the views expressed with regard to Richard Wagner. It seems to me that these views don't differ much from Robert Gutman's extremely prejudiced (if not hateful) writings! See the article Robert Gutman's "Wagner".

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 - Rubinstein

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Pianist: Arthur Rubinstein
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam)
Director: Bernard Haitink

Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 - Rubinstein

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 21 in F minor

Arthur Rubinstein, Pianist
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dinos Constantinides: "Threnos of Creon" for English Horn & Strings

Spyros Kontos performs the version for English Horn of the piece Threnos of Creon, by Greek native composer Dinos Constantinides, with the Orchestra of Ionian University (cond. Miltos Logiades) at Corfu, Greece (5 February 2005).

Monday, November 14, 2016

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor - Arthur Rubinstein

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16

1 Allegro molto moderato
2 Adagio
3 Allegro moderato molto e marcato

Arthur Rubinstein, piano

London Symphony Orchestra
André Previn, conductor

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hans Pfitzner: "Palestrina" - Preludes to Acts I, II & III

ACT I: A room in Palestrina's house, Rome, around 1560
ACT II: The Great Hall in Cardinal Madruscht's Palace in Trent
ACT III: Palestrina's house in Rome, as in the Act I

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Rafael Kubelik, 1973

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ernest Bloch: Schelomo (Hebraic Rhapsody)

Matthew Linaman, cello, and the Orchestra of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, James Feddeck conducting.

Schelomo (or Solomon) was composed as part of Bloch's "Jewish Cycle", a series of works which drew from Biblical inspiration and Jewish liturgical and folk music. This piece premiered in Carnegie Hall in 1923. Ernest Bloch served as musical director for the Conservatory from 1925 through 1930.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ernest Bloch: String Quartet No. 1 (Griller String Quartet)

The impressive chromaticism of this work reveals the deep influence of Wagner's music on Bloch!