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150 years have passed since the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra began to play concerts at the Musikvereinssahl, The Golden Hall of the Friends of Music. Here is what this building looks like today. When I was 14 years old, my father took me to my very first concert at that hall many many years ago. It was hard to get tickets, but we got two single tickets located at different parts of the hall. The program included Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. And I read somewhere that Johannes Brahms was in the audience in 1897, two weeks before he died.
The piano concerto #25 by Mozart was composed for himself “or for a small circle of amateurs and connoisseurs”, which resulted in the fact that – excepting a few – it was not published during his lifetime. It was only published posthumously by his wife, Constanze, at her own expense. Mozart’s particular fondness for this work can be seen from a sketch leaf for the first movement, on which he thoroughly honed the composition. The Concerto K. 503, is the most technically difficult of all of the concertos, and can perhaps be seen as the culmination of his output in this form.
Mozart’s String Quintet in C minor, K 406 is the composer’s own arrangement of his Wind Serenade, K. 388, for two oboes, clarinets, horns and bassoon, written in 1782. It is mentioned by Mozart in a letter to his father on 27th July in that year, described as Nacht Musique but is not in the form or mood of a Serenade. The later arrangement was presumably designed to be advertised with Mozart’s Quintets K. 515 and 516 on 2nd, 5th and 9th April 1788 in the Wiener Zeitung, where they are announced as ”schön und korrekt geschrieben” (Beautiful and correctly composed) Here is
The song by Schubert titled “Gretchen am Spinnrade” communicates in the poem and in the music the longing that one one feels when your special person is not with you. Franz Schubert also composed other songs such as “Der Hirt am Felsen” which communicates similar feelings in a setting for soprano, piano and Clarinet. Composer Franz Liszt arranged “Gretchen” for solo piano, where the piano carries both the melody and the accompaniment. Here is pianist Evgeny Kissin to play this music for you:
As one might expect from its name, the Mozart Sinfonia concertante in E-flat, K. 364 is both symphonic in character and has a violin and viola soloists, in the manner of a double concerto. However, concertante also meant to play “in concert” among a mixed group of instruments, and Mozart writes in this more conversational vein as well. Each of the winds has a distinctive voice in addition to the two soloists, sometimes playing along with them colla parte and other times interjecting their own phrases. Mozart’s writing in this symphonic concerto was inspired by his travels, first to Munich and
Although most of Beethoven’s piano sonatas are cast in three or four movements, this piece consists of just two movements. Both are provided with performance instructions in German. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck (“With liveliness and with feeling and expression throughout”) The first movement has a restless character and is cast in sonata form in which the exposition is not repeated, and the development section is based almost entirely on the first subject. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen (“Not too fast and conveyed in a singing manner”) The second movement is a gentle sonata-rondo movement
I am just at the beginning of my journey to connect with and to enjoy the fine pianistic artistry of Ms. Sabine Weyer. I find her playing to be sensitive, calm, and enduring. I particularly enjoy the fact that she frequently takes a lot of time between notes! For me, this allows her beautiful sounds to penetrate my busy brain, and to stay longer. Just listen carefully to the following, and be delighted, too:
For this solo recital, Christiane Karg, alongside her faithful partner Malcolm Martineau, presents an incursion into the most intimate aspect of Mahler’s music. The songs from ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ take us to the heart of the composer’s creative process, as do the songs from his youth and the later ‘Ruckert-Lieder’. Christiane Karg was born in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria. She studied singing at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Heiner Hopfner and Wolfgang Holzmair, where she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal. During her studies she made her highly acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival and has been a welcome guest there ever since.
Pianist Alicia De Larrocha was born on 23 May 1923 , and she died on 25 September 2009. She was esteemed for her elegant Mozart performances and regarded as an incomparable interpreter of Albéniz, Granados, Mompou and other Spanish composers. In a career that began when she was a child she made her concert debut at 5, and her first recording at 9. Ms. de Larrocha cultivated a poetic interpretive style in which gracefulness was prized over technical flashiness or grand, temperamental gestures. But her approach, combined with her small stature (she was only 4-foot-9) was deceptive: early in her
César Franck’s Violin Sonata in A was composed in 1886, and was offered as a wedding present for the violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. The sonata has become one of the most performed violin works in the repertoire,with it still receiving regular performances. After the wedding premiere the work received its public premiere on 16th December 1886 at the Musée Moderne de Peinture (Museum of Modern Painting) in Brussels. Alternating between slow and fast tempos, the sonata is in four movements: Allegretto ben moderato Allegro Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia Allegretto poco mosso Here are Martha Argerich and Renaud Capucon to perform this music