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Orchestral conductor Herbert Blomstedt was born July 11, 1927. As such, he is 94 years old and still quite active as a musician. Born in the USA to Swedish parents and educated in Uppsala, New York, Darmstadt and Basel, Herbert Blomstedt gave his conducting debut in 1954 with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently served as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, the Swedish and Danish Radio Orchestras, and the Staatskapelle Dresden. Later, he became Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Chief Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. His former orchestras
The German word “Widmung” means dedication. Occasionally when the public has been particularly wild with praise about a musician’s performance, the performer will dedicate this wonderful song by Schumann to her adoring public. Schumann starts this work with a flowing sense of pulse, while the first phrase (“Du meine Seele, du mein Herz”) already captures Schumann’s love for Clara Wieck and devotion to their relationship. Here, Schumann sincerely confesses to Clara, declaring how important she is to him. For him, Clara is his angel, his spiritual support, and his entire world. Nevertheless, there is still a sense of fear and
Once the world’s most famous recorder player, Frans Brüggen was also considered among the foremost experts in the performance of eighteenth century music. He studied the recorder with Kees Otten and flute at the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum. In addition, he took courses in musicology at the University of Amsterdam. At the age of 21, he was appointed professor at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and later held the position as Erasmus Professor at Harvard University and Regent’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, making him one of the youngest musical scholars of the time. After finishing his studies he
The Praeludium and Allegro, composed by Fritz Kreisler during his long and prestigious career is considered one of the great standards of violin music. The Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro was one of the many violin pieces the composer attributed to lesser known composers of the 18th Century, even though they were Kreisler’s own works. This particular violin composition was originally attributed to Pugnani, and is often interpreted as a very Romantic homage to a Baroque Italian virtuoso. The Praeludium and Allegro along with the many other works for which Kreisler did not originally take credit have, since their introduction, become
Date: Dec 2, 2021 Venue: Seattle Benaroya Concert Hall Program: Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major Performers: Soloist: Hélène Grimaud, Piano Seattle Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Peter Oundjian
As a composer Mendelssohn possessed a perfect technical command of the resources available to him and was always able to write music that is remarkably economical in the way it achieves its effects. The series of Songs without Words that Mendelssohn wrote and published from 1830 on serve as a very personal musical diary in which the composer expressed very precisely musical ideas that had, he alleged, no verbal equivalent. It was left to later publishers to suggest titles for the pieces, a procedure that Mendelssohn himself did not like. From his third book of Songs without Words, Opus 38,
Like virtually all of the works from this most successful of Mozart’s years in Vienna, the Violin Sonata #32 was written for one of his own performances, or more correctly, for a concert given by a young Italian violinist in which Mozart was to participate. Mozart wrote to his father of the occasion: “We now have here the famous Regina Strinasacchi from Mantua, a very good violinist. She has a great deal of taste and feeling in her playing. I am composing a sonata which we are going to play together on Thursday at her concert in the theater.” The
The Symphony No. 1 in D Major by composer Gustav Mahler, was originally known as “Titan”. The work was considered unusually grand and ambitious for the late 1800’s, especially for a composer who was then not yet thirty and better known as a conductor. Mahler’s first symphony was premiered in 1889 at the Vigadó Concert Hall in Budapest conducted by Mahler. The work was poorly received by the Budapest audience. Its second performance took place three years later in Hamburg after Mahler had made major revisions to the work. Mahler continued to revise the work up until the score was
Edward Elgar wrote his Violin Concerto in B-Minor in 1910. It was one of his last works to gain immediate popular success. Fritz Kreisler was the soloist at the premier in London. It was Elgar himself who conducted the famous recording still available with a 16 year old Yehudi Menuhin as soloist just two years before the composer’s death in 1934. The composer was so impressed with Menuhin that soon after the rehearsal started he declared that things are going so well, that Elgar is leaving to attend the horse reaces… The emotional core of this big, nearly 50 minute
On this post I have for you the music for duo pianists by Mozart and by Franz Schubert. The soloists are Lucas and Arthur Jussen, pianists. The Schubert Fantasie in F-minor is one of my great favorites; And prior to that you get to listen to duo piano music by Mozart. The Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 103 is Franz Schubert’s most-often performed piano duet and is considered one of the great masterpieces of ensemble piano repertoire. Schubert completed the Fantasie in 1828, just a short time before his death later that year. The work demonstrates his mature style and