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Isaac Albniz's aim in his Iberia Suite was to portray the landscape and express the zest for life which is so abundant in southern countries. Infused with folkmusic elements...
The music evokes various scenes, such as the impression of a barren Spanish landscape in the shimmering heat or bustling life in the various cities of Spain.
John Antill, whose Corroboree created such a sensation when Eugene Goossens conducted the world premiere of the Suite in Sydney, August 18th 1946...
Janos Starker recorded Bach's Cello Suites five times, two of which are available on CD. The first in 1965 for Mercury Living Presence, was a triumph. He set his reputation for technical perfection, sensitive phrasing and a supreme expressive intensity.
Don't let the technicalities put you off. Yes this is deep Bach. But this is also very accessible Bach. This is fun Bach. This is Bach, the sublime, played by one of the cello's best performers.
With their performances of arrangements of well-known, romantic Russian pieces, popular adaptations and waltzes, this professional orchestra gives us an insight into the spirited and highly entertaining world of a living musical culture.
For years, the Concerto for Orchestra has been not only the most-played of Bartoks works, but also the most frequently performed among other contemporary scores.
While on his travels, Bartók liked to collect old folksongs,
Richter and Rostropovich devote themselves to their task with verve and freshness. The two early works are marked by the rich and full sound of the cello and an elegantly performed piano part, while the two Russian musicians foster a contemplative, introverted style in the A major Sonata.
It was clear from the start that Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with its air of solemnity in the final chorus, which calls for brotherly love just as the New Year comes in
The orchestral antagonists – the Marlboro Festival Orchestra – weaves a chamber music-like, delicate and wonderfully transparent carpet of sound, upon which Beethoven’s characteristic woodwind instruments are bedded like roses.