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!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major - Daniel Harding

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

London Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding, conductor
London, Proms 2013.
Royal Albert Hall

Brahms: Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op 98 - Haitink

Johannes Brahms:
Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op 98

1 Allegro non troppo
2 Andante moderato
3 Allegro giocoso
4 Allegro energico e passionato

Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Bernard Haitink, conductor

Live recording. London, Proms 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wagner: Symphony in C - Caracciolo

Richard Wagner: Symphony in C major, WWV 29 (1832)
I. Sostenuto e maestoso - Allegro con brio
II. Andante ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
III. Allegro assai - Un poco meno allegro - Tempo I° - Meno allegro - Presto
IV. Allegro molto e vivace - Più allegro

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI
Franco Caracciolo, conductor
(Sala Grande del Conservatorio, Milano, 11 April 1980)

Wagner: Piano Sonata in A flat - Lev Vinocour

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Manos Hatzidakis: Gioconda's Smile

Gioconda's Smile (Greek: Το Χαμόγελο της Τζοκόντας) is one of the most famous albums by Greek composer Manos Hatjidakis. It is considered one of the classic albums of 20th-century music in Greece.

The album was recorded in New York in 1965, with Quincy Jones as producer. It was first released in USA in 1965 with twelve orchestral songs, and that same year in Greece, but "The Athletes" and "The Soldier" were not included.

The album was re-released in 2004, as part of the EMI Classics series.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 - Thielemann

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67

1 Allegro con brio
2 Andante con moto
3 Allegro
4 Allegro

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Thielemann, conductor