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This recording is a collection of chamber music performed by the Alban Berg Quartet.

The Alban Berg Quartett is at the center of this Mozart collection – quartets, quintets and a chamber version of the piano concerto K 414. The pleasures that await the listener are expressed by Gramophone magazine:

“The K 515 and K 516 Quintets are a real treat; the first movement of the G minor has an unusual urgency, and the lovely, balanced phrasing emphasises the singing, melodic nature of the music. The disc of concert performances with Brendel is another high point… In the K 414 Concerto… the quartet’s accompaniments are exceptionally refined and intimate… Brendel is in particularly sprightly form in the finale.”

We get over six hours of music by Mozart! What more can one want?

Here is the Alban Berg Quartet in the Quartet number 15, KV 421 by Mozart:

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This is a collection of amazing romantic works for orchesta.

In the Overture and Incidental Music to William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Felix Mendelssohn brings the illustrious company of elves, lovers’ passions and the solitude of the forest or a moonlit night to musical life.

This work became a model for other literary reflections in music like Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. Its four movements – or ‘images’, as the composer himself named them – capture the world-weariness of George Byron’s Manfred: A Dramatic Poem in music.

Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra awaken the musical imagery of both works in a colorful, fresh and enchanting performances.

You will hear the following:

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 (excerpts)

  • Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Riccardo Chailly

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 5

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Op. 21

Here is Riccardo Chailly comducting the overture:

3 days ago |
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Make your plans now to enjoy the concert by pianist Khatia Buniatishvili in Los Angeles.

Venue:

Hollywood Bowl

Program:

  • RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

Artists:

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Gustavo Dudamel conductor
  • Khatia Buniatishvili piano

Date: July 12 2018 at 8:00 PM

Here is Ms. Buniatishvili in the Concert number 2 by Rachmaninov:

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Violinist Esther Abrami will perform with the Yorshire Young Performers at the Leeds Town Hall on August 17th at 7:30 PM

She will perform the Symphonie Espagnole by Lalo.

Make your plans now to attend…

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD

Here is Esther Abrami, performing music by Paganini:

6 days ago |
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Summer night Concert, 2018

Concert from Vienna, comducted by Valery Gergiev, and soloist, soprano Anna Netrebko

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Here is soprano Anna Netrebko in music from Puccini’s La Boheme:

7 days ago |
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Here is a recent new recording of works for Cello and piano that you might enjoy:

Performers:

Adam Stadnicki, Cello

Galia Kolarova, Piano

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Here is Galia Kolarova in. Beautiful performance of the Brahms Intermezzo Op. 116:

8 days ago |
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Mozart’s horn concertos are so well-known that for many listeners the sound of the horn and Mozart are virtually synonymous. Mozart was not the first composer to write solo concertos for the horn, however, and works from earlier on in the eighteenth century give a quite different perspective on the instrument.

With this CD, soloist Alec Frank-Gemmill provides insights into some of these early horn concertos, by composers ranging from Telemann to Haydn, by way of Mozart’s own father, Leopold.

In the seventeenth century, when the horn first appeared in classical music, it was in the context of hunting scenes in operas by Lully, Cavalli and others. But the instrument’s true adoption into art music really began the following century in the German-speaking world, where Dresden for a while became the most important centre for performing on, and composing for, the horn.

Around 1750, both Christoph Förster and Johann Baptist Georg Neruda wrote extremely demanding and virtuosic concertos – Neruda’s Concerto in E flat major is in such a high register that it has sometimes been assumed to be composed for the trumpet. Through modern innovations in horn design it is once more possible to perform all of these early horn concertos, including parts previously considered ‘impossibly high’.

Alec Frank-Gemmill is recognized internationally for the exceptional breadth and depth of his music-making. His interest in historical performance led to his previous, highly acclaimed CD – a traversal of the horn repertoire throughout some 140 years, performed on four different 19th-century instruments.

Here is music by Mozart, as performed by Alec Frank Gemmill:

9 days ago |
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This latest instalment of Angela Hewitt’s Beethoven is bookended by the great ‘Tempest’ and Op 109 sonatas. The performances—incentive enough to acquire this release—are as usual complemented by Angela’s own booklet notes which provide real insight into how she approaches these masterworks.

Selections on this recording are as follows:

Beethoven: Piano Sonata In D Minor, Op. 31 / 2, ‘Tempest’

Beethoven: Piano Sonata In E Flat, Op. 27 / 1, ‘Quasi Una Fantasia’

Beethoven: Piano Sonata In G, Op. 79

Beethoven: Piano Sonata In E, Op. 109

Here is  Ms. Hewitt in extracts from this Beethoven recording:

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It likely was a complex and very time consuming decision to travel from Austria to England during the 1700’s. Carriages, poor roads, complicated issues of food and lodging, let alone crossing the water to land in England with a young child.

This 2-CD album presents an unprecedented survey of Mozart’s childhood visit to London in 1764-65.

Ian Page conducts his outstanding period-instrument orchestra in a fascinating and wide-ranging program which includes Mozart’s remarkable first symphony (composed when he was eight years old), along with his two other London symphonies and his first concert aria.

The repertoire also explores the music that was being performed in London during Mozart’s stay, including works by J. C. Bach, Thomas Arne, Abel, Pescetti, Perez, George Rush and William Bates, many of which have not previously been recorded, and the large cast of soloists includes eight singers and a harpsichordist.

Here is a documentary about this period in Mozart’s life:

11 days ago |
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One of the great strengths of composer Sergei Rachmaninov was his ability to create beautiful, haunting melodies.

If you know the concerto number 2 then you can cite examples from that earlier composition.

Listen now to Ms. Argerich, as she played the third concerto, which has many examples of this melodiic wealth:

12 days ago |
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