Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

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February 20, 2015

Italian composer Luigi Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet No. 1 played by the Boccherini Ensemble.

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February 13, 2015

Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman play Antonin Dvorak’s Humoresque in G-flat minor with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

 

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February 6, 2015

Yundi Li playing Frederic Chopin’s famous Fantaisie-Impromptu Op 66.

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January 30, 2015

Here is “Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March” from Richard Wagner’s opera Gotterdammerung of the Ring Cycle played by the London Philharmonic conducted by Klaus Tennstedt.  This piece was used to great effect by director John Boorman in the movie Excalibur.

 

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January 23, 2015

The twentieth century’s greatest pianist Vladimir Horowitz (arguments?) plays Domenico Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonata in B minor, K. 87.  Baroque composers Scarlatti, George Frideric Handel, and JS Bach were all born in 1685.

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January 16, 2015

Here is a piece by turn of the last century British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, named after the poet who wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Coleridge-Taylor met with some racism because he was of mixed African descent but had achieved some renown before dying at the young age of 37.

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January 2, 2015

Generally, any European music written before the age of Vivaldi and the Baroque Era is called Early Music.  It is often performed with instruments that are no longer in use in traditional symphony orchestras such as the viola da gamba, the lute, and the recorder.  Here is a nice piece performed by the Opus 5 Early Music Ensemble.

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December 26, 2014

Here is the incomparable Julia Fischer playing Vivaldi’s Winter from the Four Seasons (with bonus encore at the end).

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December 19, 2014

How about the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah?  Here is the Royal Choral Society.  Happy Holidays!

 

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December 12, 2014

Adagio in G minor, attributed to the Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni, arranged and maybe written by twentieth century musicologist Remo Giazotto, and made famous by the film Gallipoli.

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December 5, 2014

Joseph Haydn was one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the classical period.  Here is one of his string quartets played by the Casal Quartett.

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November 28, 2014

Since I’ve been kind of biased towards the violin recently, here is an interpretation of Dimitri Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2 from the Jazz Suite No. 2 by the Sydney Youth Orchestra without strings.

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November 21, 2014

Here is violinist Itzhak Perlman playing Belgian composer Joseph-Hector Fiocco’s Allegro from the late Baroque period.  If you like speed, this is as fast as any rock guitar solo.

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November 7, 2014

Kurt Masur conducting the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in a rendition of the first movement of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship).

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October 31, 2014

The legendary twentieth century violinist David Oistrakh playing Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune, from over 50 years ago.  Unfortunately, I can’t listen to this piece without being reminded of the 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven. It wasn’t a bad film per se but I certainly don’t want to have it be associated with one of the iconic pieces from the classical repertoire.

 

 

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October 24, 2014

How about some Tango?  Here is Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla performing his composition Adios Nonino on the accordion.

 

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October 17, 2014

The utterly unique Canadian Brass performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”.

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October 10, 2014

Here is the iconic soprano Maria Callas singing Puccini’s aria “O mio babbino caro” from the opera Gianni Schicchi. It was also used in the 1985 film “A Room with a View.”

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October 3, 2014

Here is a short snippet from an old BBC show featuring the great English guitarist Julian Bream playing two preludes from Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos from fifty years ago.

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September 5, 2014

I think we should start September off with Beethoven.  Here is the first movement of the Sextet in E-flat op.81 b for two horns and strings performed by the Amici Ensemble Frankfurt. Note that they added a double bass, just to make it more special.


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