martedì 31 luglio 2012

Andante con... Tormento! (symphonic sketches) - Schumann_Wagner_Dukas_Holst_Mahler_Korngold

a collection of symphonic pieces that could better express the human torment...

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
 track01: (1845-46) Symphony No 2 in C, Op.61 - Andante espressivo (9.20)
Berliner Philarmoniker_Rafael Kubelik - DG 1965

Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
track02: (ca. 1860) Tristan und Isolde - Prelude and liebstud (16.23)
London Symphony Orchestra_Antal Dorati – Mercury Living Presence 1959

Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
track03: (1895–96) Symphonie en ut majeur – Andante espressivo e sostenuto (14.38)
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande_Armin Jordan – Erato 2003

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
track04: (1899-00) Symphony in F (the Cotswolds) – Elegy (in memoriam William Morris) (9.57) – Munich Symphony Orchestra_Douglas Bostock - Scandinavian Classics 2002

Gustav Mahler (1850 -1911)
track05: (1901-02) Symphony No.5 in cis_Moll - Adagietto (sehr langsam) (11.21)
London Philarmonic Orchestra_ Klaus Tennstedt_Live 1988 - EMI 1989

Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
track06: (1947-52) Symphony in Fis_Dur, Op.40 – Andante (16.30)
BBC Philarmonic_Sir Edward Downes – Chandos 1993

martedì 24 luglio 2012

Neglected Masterworks vol.02 - Italian Violin Concertos - Respighi_Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
Concerto Gregoriano per Violino ed Orchestra, P.135 (1921)
01) Andante Tranquillo
02) Andante Espressivo e Sostenuto
03) Finale (Alleluja), Allegro Energico
violino: Andrea Cappelletti
The Philarmonia
diretta da: Matthias Bamert
Koch Schwann 1994

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
Concerto per Violino ed Orchestra No.2, Op.66, "I Profeti" (the Prophets) (1933)
04) Isaiah: Grave e Meditativo - Allegro Appassionato
05) Jeremiah: Espressivo e Dolente
06) Elijah: Fiero ed impetuoso
violino: Itzhak Perlman
Israel Philarmonic Orchestra
diretta da: Zubin Metha
EMI 1992

bonus tracks:

Enrico Toselli (1883-1926)
07) Serenata (arr. Tunick)
violino: Itzhak Perlman
tenore: Placido Domingo
New York Studio Orchestra
diretta da: Jonathan Tunick

Paolo Tosti (1846 -1916)
08) Ideale (arr. Tunick)
violino: Itzhak Perlman
tenore: Placido Domingo
New York Studio Orchestra
diretta da: Jonathan Tunick

domenica 22 luglio 2012

Neglected Masterworks vol.01 - Piano Concerto for the Left Hand - Bax _ Korngold _ Strauss

in works for left hand, the most popular is undoubtedly the Ravel's concerto, but these three pieces have nothing to envy of their more famous colleague ... it would be heard especially Korngold's concerto: a true sonic trip!

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
01) Parergon to the Sinfonia Domestica, Op.73
piano: Roland Pontinen
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich 
conductor: David Zinman
Arte Nova 2003

Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
Concertante for Piano (Left Hand) and Orchestra, Op.378
02) Allegro Moderato
03) Moderato Tranquillo
04) Rondò. Allegro Moderato
piano: Margaret Fingerhut
BBC Philarmonic
conductor: Vernon Handley
Chandos 1999

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)
05) Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Op.17
piano: Steven de Groote
Nordwestdeutsche Philarmonie
conductor: Werner Andreas Albert
CPO 1991

lunedì 16 luglio 2012

The not well-known Richard Strauss (Symphonic)

Some of the under-performed works, but not least pregnant ... Most belong to his early work, and you can see how his compositional technique was even then well-organized ... among these there are the beautiful debut symphony and his first symphonic poem (Macbeth) in which there is already all his mastery in orchestration, and his melodic skills...

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
track01: Serenade in E flat major for 13 Wind Instruments op.7
conductor: David Zinman

track02-05: Symphony in D-moll AV 69
02) Andante maestoso-Allegro
03) Andante
04) Scherzo. Molto allegro, leggiero
05) Finale. Allegro maestoso (Schott Musikverlag)
conductor: Karl Anton Rickenbacher

track06: Macbeth op.23 (symphonic poem)

conductor: Rudolf Kempe

track07: Festliches Präludium, op.61

conductor: David Zinman
total time: 70.28

track01-04: Aus Italien, op.16
01) Auf der Campagna: Andante
02) In Roms Ruinen: Allegro con brio
03) Am Strande von Sorrent: Andantino
04) Neapolitanisches Volksleben: Allegro molto
conductor: David Zinman

track05: Salomes Tanz (from Opera "Salomè"), op.54

conductor: János Ferencsik

track06: Die Frau Ohne Schatten, AV146

conductor - Daniel Barenboim

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