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Triumphal Delights | Love From Afar | 3 Serenades | Jazz by Any Other Name | Madly Mozart

October 1, 2017: Triumphal Delights

ROSSINI L'italiana in Algeri: Overture
Says Wikipedia

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
About Leshnoff
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.

Read about scandal at the Seoul Philharmonic HEREHERE, and HERE.


November 26, 2017: Love From Afar

SKALKOTTAS Five Greek Dances
Says Wikipedia

A performance on Lefkada. What’s Lefkada, you ask? Clearly very beautiful. We’ll be better dressed.


BARTÓK Divertimento
Says Wikipedia

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!


February 11, 2018: 3 Serenades

ELGAR Serenade
Says Wikipedia

A nice performance by a group of young folks.


Says Wikipedia

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.


March 18, 2018: Jazz by Any Other Name

JOPLIN/SCHULLER Maple Leaf, & Entertainer
Says Wikipedia

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!


May 13, 2018: Madly Mozart

MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Says Orrin Howard

for a COMPLETELY different interpretation...


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.


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?

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