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ROSSINI L'italiana in Algeri: Overture
Here’s a 1986 performance with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra conducted by James Levine. Truth be told: the introduction is too fast, so it ends up rhythmically unsteady as he has to slow it down periodically to accommodate all those oboe notes. But hey, he was young.
LESHNOFF Cello Concerto
Leshnoff on his Cello Concerto
And HERE is our soloist Daniel Hass performing Haydn (no kidding – the YouTube explanation calls it Haydn’s “infamous” cello concerto. At least it’s not covfefe.)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7
Says Peter Gutmann in a loooooooong article (get your reading glasses!)
This is a recording by the Seoul Philharmonic. Very good orchestra, but here’s a little “inside baseball”: the 1st-movement introduction ends with some Es passed back and forth between violins and oboe & flute, and invariably the woodwinds are sharp (higher pitch) to the violins. In this recording (starting at 03:30) the oboe is sharp to the violins, and the flute tries to keep her pitch down, with some unfortunate intonation resulting.
SKALKOTTAS Five Greek Dances
A performance on Lefkada. What’s Lefkada, you ask? Clearly very beautiful. We’ll be better dressed.
A nice performance, but what’s that guy doing standing off on the side?
WIRÉN Serenade for Strings
According to Matthew Lynch
Who needs a conductor?
GINASTERA Variaciones Concertantes
The LA Philharmonic says…
Small stage, big sound!
A nice performance by a group of young folks.
A Bulgarian soloist, a Korean conductor, and a French orchestra playing one of this American composer’s most profound works.
Says David Fick
Here’s the third movement Élégie. If we do say so ourselves this is one heck of an outstanding performance.
JOPLIN/SCHULLER Maple Leaf, & Entertainer
Maple Leaf Rag is first; The Entertainer is last (52:00). Is that Ivanka on violin?
STRAVINSKY Rag-time from L’histoire
Says Sarah Wallin
Stravinsky’s version of a Rag!
MILHAUD Creation of the World
Says Herbert Glass
The opening, included here to see Leonard Bernstein auditioning to be The Most Interesting Man in the World.
COPLAND Concerto for Clarinet
Says Christian Baldini
A tour-de-force by Swedish clarinetist Martin Frøst. Really gøød perførmance!
MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Says Orrin Howard
for a COMPLETELY different interpretation...
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F, K. 459
Says Brian Robins
Pollini - wonderful pianist; Böhm - limited conductor (widely recognized as a Nazi sympathizer during the Third Reich). Did we mention wonderful pianist?
MOZART Divertimento, K. 131
Says Phillip Huscher
A delightful performance of a delightful work, with the unusual orchestration of strings, one flute, one oboe, one bassoon, four French horns, and a partridge in a pear tree.