Category Archives: Classical

(April 27, 2015): Academy of St. Martin in the Fields – Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 – “Italian”

From the 1981 album, Mendelssohn – Symphony No.3 Scottish – Symphony No.4 Italian. I enjoyed a performance of the 2017 version last night at the Queensland Performance Arts Centre, with Josuha Bell, the virtuoso violinist, directing.  It was clear that … Continue reading

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(March 25, 2017): Aaron Copland – Prairie Journal

From the 1994 album, Copland: Music for Films.  One of many Leonard Slatkin’s “American series” releases on BMG/RCA while still Music Director of SLSO. As Steve Schwarz writes: Prairie Journal” has a curious history. Copland originally titled the work “Radio … Continue reading

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(March 12, 2017): Amy Beach – May Flowers

From the 2004 album, Songs.  This song was composed by Beach, who also did the lyrics, in 1932.  The composition was requested at the request of mezzo-soprano, Lillian Buxbaum.  Here, Catherine Bringerud is on piano and Katherine Kelton is the … Continue reading

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(March 6, 2017): Nigel Kennedy – Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, op 82 – II. Romance: andante

From the 1991 album, Salut D’Amour & Other Elgar Favourites.  Recorded in 1984 at the Church Of St George The Martyr in London, where at least 40 classical sessions have been recorded. Peter Pettinger is on piano. Kennedy and Pettinger … Continue reading

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(January 2, 2017): Janet Baker – Mahler: Ich bin der welt abhanden gekommen (I Have Lost Track Of The World)

From the 1965 album, Janet Baker, Sir John Barbirolli, The London Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, ‎ Elgar: Sea Pictures – Mahler: Five Songs From Ruckert.  Watched Coffee and Cigarets again last night, and was tickled by the “Champagne” vignette about … Continue reading

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(December 20, 2015): Arthur Rubinstein – Schubert: Impromptu in G Flat Major, D899, No. 3

From the 1958 album, Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17; Schubert: Impromptus D.899 Nos. 3 & 4.  This comes from one of ten long players that Rubinstein released in 1958.  In all he would release 144 albums over the course of … Continue reading

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(November 12, 2015): Howard Hanson – Poèmes érotiques, Op.9

From the 2000 album, Piano Sonata; Poèmes érotiques.  This recording, with Thomas Labe on piano, brought together some of Hanson’s unpublished solo piano oeuvre.  The liner notes record that: “Hanson articulated his inspiration for the Poemes erotiques in a handwritten … Continue reading

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