Monday, August 15, 2016

Music from and about Boston on Spotify

Holliday break, so, the weekly update is lagging behind :-)
But it's also a nice opportunity to post some old playlists. 
Hope you will enjoy this one again, created it in 2013...

Good opportunity to hear some music about and from Boston! First, a piece about Boston from the Russian, sorry American composer Vernon Duke. Then, music „from” Boston in the form of the Boston Modern orchestra Project. They play Alan Hovhaness pastoral Saxophone concerto and Arthur Berger’s Gorecki like Prelude Aria & Waltz. Except that Gorecki was 12 years old at the time Berger wrote this... Further, a nice pie(r)ce by David Lang called *Pierced* and finally „the other” Boston orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the Charismatic Benjamin Zander playing Stravinsky’s Petrushka.

-Vernon Duke, Hommage to Boston (1945). Scott Dunn, Piano
-Alan Hovhaness, Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Strings Op.344 (1980) 
Boston Modern Orchestra Project - Kenneth Radnofsky, soprano saxophone
-Arthur Berger, Prelude Aria & Waltz (1945). Boston Modern orchestra Project, Gil Rose
-David Lang, Pierced! (2008) - Boston Modern orchestra Project, Gil Rose
-Igor Stravinski, Petruska (1911) - Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Benjamin Zander.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Yo Yo Ma asked her if he could marry her... Quirine Viersen plays Bach!

A while ago I posted a playlist with performances by cellist Quirine Viersen. When she played the suites for cello solo before Yo YoMa, he proposed to her… She refused! Well, back then her recordings of the cellosuites was not on Spotify yet, but now they are! Hear for yourself where Ma fell in love with ;-)

(Spotify Webplayer link)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Orlando Quartet in Haydn, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Schubert. Unity!!

In days of nationalism and disunity, this playlist is an ode to global unity…
The Orlando Quartet was a string quartet with members from Hungary, Austria, Germany, Romania and later on Australia and Norway, playing with other musicians all over the world. Based in Amsterdam, the quartet started in 1976 and slowly gained recognition for being one of the finest chamber music ensembles of that period. The quartet was active till 1997.
recordings below give a nice overview of their interpretation skills. 
A quote from the Gramophone magazine, August 1983:

“Quite exceptional quality, distinguished by a marvellous rhythmic sense, an unusually wide dynamic range, and flawless ensemble and intonation. Their eloquence in the slow movements, which are among Haydn's finest, is matched by an exhilarating vitality in the quick ones. In short, this is magnificent playing and it is supported by an uncannily lifelike recording: an outstanding issue.’ (about the Haydn recordings) 

Hope you will enjoy this selection again! :-) 

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
String Quartet no 63 op 76 no 4 in Bb major, ‘Sunrise' (1795/97)
String Quartet no 65 op 76 no 6 in Eb major, ‘Fantasia' (1795/97)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
String Quintet no 6 in Eb major KV 614 (1791)
with Nobuko Imai (Japan) on viola

Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918)
String Quartet in g minor op 10 (1893)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
String Quartet in F major (1903)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
String Quartet no 14 in d minor “Death and the Maiden” D 810 (1824)

1st violin on the Haydn, Debussy, Ravel and Schubert recording: István Párkányi (Hungary)
1st violin on the Mozart recording: John Harding (Australia)
2nd violin: Heinz Oberdorfer (Germany)
Viola: Ferdinand Erblich (Austria)
Cello Stefan Metz (Romania)

(Spotify Webplayer link)

Oralndo Quartet with Párkányi

Friday, July 15, 2016

Large classical tracks on Spotify

So you might not have actually a Spotify account and want some tracks that do not blast advertisements every five minutes? Well, here are three fine tracks, all lasting around 30 minutes. A fine (even better and fiery than his studio recording) Richard Strauss by Bernard Haitink, a lovely “almost a cello concerto” by Ernő Dohnányi and the son of Richard, yes, the Siegfried from the Siegfried idylle, Siegfried Wagner with one of his more successful works, the violin concerto of 1915.

Hope you will enjoy these works!

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Don Quixote, Op. 35 (1897) 
Carter Brey, cello
Cynthia Phleps, viola
New York Philharmonic
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Live recording November 2011

Ernő Dohnányi (1877-1960)
Konzertstück, for cello & orchestra in D major, Op. 12 (1904)
Maria Kliegel, cello
Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Michael Halász, conductor

Siegfried Wagner (1869-1930)
Violin Concerto (1915)
Ulf Hoelscher, violin
Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
Werner Andreas Albert, conductor

(Spotify web player link)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Adult Contemporary Music on Spotify

Why on earth is there a “+16” sticker on this CD with Post Soviet Piano compositions? Is this dangerous, violent modern music not suited for kids or adolescents? Or does the +16 stand for something different… The review of this cd in music web international does not give a clue for this but emphasis on the same merits that attracted me in these recordings as well: what an interesting variety of players and, for me, unknown works! It was also on Spotify so you can explore this CD as well. Note that the recently “hyped” pianist Lukas Geniuas also performs at this record! 

Kirill Volkov (b.1943)
-Sonata No.5 (2010) 
Irina Bogdanova, piano
Tatiana Chudova (b.1944)
-Sonata (1996) 
Nikita Mndoyants, piano
Tolib Shakhidi (b. 1946)
-Picture itude; 'Sufi and Buddha' (2002) 
-Playing Backgammon (2008) 
Ekaterina Mechetina, piano
Yuri Vorontsov (b. 1952)
-Sirius (2005)
Fyodor Amirov, piano
Alexei Sergunin (b. 1988)
-Origami (2012)
Lukas Geniuas, piano
Alexei Sysoyev (b. 1972)
-Antiphases (2009)
Yuri Favorin, piano

(Spotify Webplayer link)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Carl Schuricht part II - Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner ea on Spotify

April of this year, I posted the Spotify link to a 20 CD box with the German born conductor Carl Schuricht (1880-1967). Here is the follow up of that box, with more recordings from the archive of the South-German SWF radio. More about there recordings can be read here:

Hope you will enjoy these performances as well!

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Carl Schuricht, conductor

Tracks: 01 to 08 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 3/7/1961 (23:29). Symphony No. 3 2/29/1952 (45:56) 

Tracks: 09 to 16 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 4/8/1959 (33:47). Symphony No. 5 4/10/1953 (31:22) 

Tracks: 17 to 25 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 2/14/1957 (37:20). SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 4/11/1960 (24:28) 

Tracks: 26 to 33 BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 9/18/1963 (42:55). Symphony No. 3 12/2/1954 (34:47) 

Tracks: 34 to 39 BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 3/6/1964 (43:46). Alto Rhapsody Lucretia West (alt); SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart; 3/5/1964 (12:16). Tragic Overture 1/29/1954 (13:08) 

Tracks: 40 to 49 SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3 9/15/1960 (29:44). R. STRAUSS Sinfonia domestica 12/14/1960 (42:05) 

Tracks: 50 to 55 WEBER Euryanthe: Overture 2/19/1962 (8:46). Oberon: Overture 4/10/1953 (9:32). WOLF Italian Serenade 2/14/1957 (7:17). TCHAIKOVSKY Hamlet Overture 10/24/1952 (19:05). VON REZNIEK Donna Diana: Overture 2/12/1960 (5:44). BLACHER Concertante Music for Orchestra 10/29/1951 (9:42) 

Tracks: 56 to 64 DEBUSSY La Mer 5/23/1952 (23:28). RAPHAEL Sinfonia breve 3/14/1952 (21:20). OBOUSSIER Violin Concerto Roman Schimmer (vn); 1/4/1955 (13:29) 

Tracks: 65 to 78 LISZT Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne 3/7/1961 (27:30). REGER Variations and Fugue on a Merry Theme by Johann Adam Hiller 1/10/1953 (39:54) 

Tracks: 79 to 82 Rehearsal Excerpts from: BRAHMS Symphony No. 2: Finale 3/15-16/1966 (17:48). WAGNER Parsifal: Act I Prelude, Act III Good Friday Music and Conclusion 3/15-16/1966 (32:20) 

(Spotify Webplayer link)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Noël Lee, connoisseurs pianist, in Faure, Franck and Debussy (on Spotify)

The American (Chinese born, French citizen, a real cosmopolitan!) Noël Lee (1924-2013) was a real connoisseurs pianist. He excelled in the French repertoire and was one of the finest accompanists in chamber music in that genre. With his musical partners Gérard Poulet and Bernard Kruysen, thirteen of the sixteen LP’s and CD’s they made received a French “Grand Prix du Disque” award. I’ve selected several works in this playlist that demonstrate the unique understanding and empathy of Noël Lee for French Chamber music. 

One remark, unfortunately the “tagging” of the works by Spotify is erratic, description below is the correct one. The Debussy sonata has a special particularity, as the composer dedicated (and played!) the sonata to Gérard Poulet’s father; the violinist Gaston Poulet. 
These are recordings I cherish very much; hope you will enjoy them as well!

The correct order of the playlist is:

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924):
1- Berceuse in D major op 16 (1878)

César Franck (1822-1890)
2-5 Violin sonata in A Major (1886)

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) 
6-9 Violin sonata no 1 in A major op 13 (1875)

Claude Debussy (1867-1918)
10-12 Violin sonata (1917)
Gérard Poulet, violin
Noël Lee, piano

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
13-19 Poème d'avril, Op.14 (1866)
Bernard Kruysen, Baritone
Noël Lee, piano

(link to Spotify Webplayer)

Noël Lee (1924-2013)