Thursday, July 28, 2016

Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 ("of Sorrowful Songs") - Lento e Largo

Soprano: Isabel Bayrakdaraian, Sinfonietta Cracovia, conducted by John Axelrod.

Taken from "HOLOCAUST - A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz".

For the first time since its liberation, permission was granted for music to be heard in Auschwitz and a number of leading musicians were brought there to perform music for the film.

The complete symphony by Górecki can be heard here:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bernard Herrmann: Sinfonietta for String Orchestra

Bernard Herrmann: Clarinet Quintet ("Souvenirs de Voyage")

In his film scores (notably, Vertigo), Bernard Herrmann shows influences from Wagner, Debussy and Delius (to name just a few).

In this classical piece, however, his model appears to have been Brahms' wonderful clarinet quintet.

For variety, I have chosen two different interpretations of the work.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Respighi: Pini di Roma

Ottorino Respighi: Pini di Roma
Waseda Symphony Orchestra Tokyo
Dir. Ken Takaseki

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Barenboim)

Richard Wagner: "Tristan und Isolde", Opera in 3 acts

Tristan: René Kollo (tenor)
Isolde: Johanna Meier (soprano)
King Marke: Matti Salminen (bass)
Kurwenal: Hermann Becht (baritone)
Melot: Robert Schunk (tenor)
Brangäne: Hanna Schwarz (mezzo)

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Dir. Daniel Barenboim

Wagner: Parsifal - Prelude to Act 1 (Klemperer)

Otto Klemperer conducts Wagner's Parsifal (Prelude to Act 1).