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This week, Classical Music Discoveries is proud to visit one of our long-time friends, the world famous violinist Alexandre Brussilovsky.
Born in the Ukraine, Alexandre Brussilovsky completed his musical education at the Moscow Conservatoire. He won top prizes at several international competitions, including the Grand Prix at the International Prague Competition in 1969, and the Grand Prix and Albert Roussel Special Prize at the Jacques Thibaud Competition in 1975. In 1985, after having been prohibited from performing abroad for eight years, Brussilovsky was able to leave the USSR and establish his residency in France.
As an international soloist, Alexandre Brussilovsky is invited to give master-classes at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the School of Music in Bloomington and the Longhy School of Music in Boston. He also participates in numerous festivals and summer academies, such as those in Geneva, Nice, Les Arcs, Prades and New York, at the University of Montreal and the festival of the Chaise Dieu… Alexandre Brussilovsky is the artistic director of the chamber music festivals Randonnées Musicales en Essonne and the Pont Alexandre III French Music Festival in Moscow and Paris. He is also artistic director of the Suoni e Colori recording label.
For this show we will be playing several of Mr. Brussilovsky’s performances including selections from his latest CD “La Mer.” We invite you to purchase Alexandre’s CDs on Amazon or Itunes. Or, you can click on the hyperlink appearing below his photos during this broadcast and you will be taken to his CD store where you can purchase his magnificent recordings.
This recording was made in 1975 when the Bolshoi Opera Company, under the direction of Gennady Rozhdestvensky, performed at the Metropolitan Opera. The recording was initially held by Melodiya and finally released 2 years later in 1977 and then scraped! No one knows why and only a handful of copies were ever sold. This extremely rare recording doesn't even show up on any list as having ever been done! But here it is. Sung entirely in Russian, this superb recording (remastered by Classical Music Discoveries) is a definite MUST for your library.
“The Gambler” is an opera in 4 acts to a Russian libretto by Dostoyevsky. Composed in the years of 1915 and 1916 the opera did not receive its first performance until 1929 and it had been extensively revised in 1927. First performed in the United States in 1975 by the Bolshoi Opera, “The Gambler” did not receive its first American production until 2001.
This lost recording of 1977, conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky is the US Premiere of the work which was performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1975. Purchase this recording here:
This week we return to our sponsors at La Musica International Chamber Music Festival as we bring to you the La Musica Chamber Music Hour which brings to our listeners the greatest collection of chamber music in the world.
For this show we are delighted to bring to you:
Haydn’s “Divertimento in C Major for Violin, Cello and Double Bass”
Faure’s “La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61”
Bruckner’s “String Quintet in F Major”
Performers are: Federico Agostini and Ari Noda, violins
Daniel Avshalomov and Bruno Giuranna, violas
Eric Kim and Julie Albers, cellos
Dee Moses, Double Bass
Dina Kuznetsova, soprano
James Winn, piano
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The Philadelphia International Music Festival is a summer music program offering students of all ages and skill levels - from throughout the U.S. and abroad - the unique opportunity of spending 14 days immersed in classical music education and performance with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Festival highlights include private lessons, daily orchestra rehearsals, daily music education courses, optional daily chamber music rehearsals, solo performance and competition opportunities, daily private practice time, faculty recitals and master classes featuring principal players and other members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and much more. Our summer music camp program includes full symphonic repertoire (at appropriate junior and senior levels), and is conducted on the exquisite, estate-like grounds of Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. PIMF is sponsored in part by The Cunningham Piano Company.
The festival is divided into three divisions: the Children's Division (summer music camp for students 8 - 10 years of age, with exceptions made for intermediate and advanced students between those ages), the Senior Division for students 11 - 18 years of age, and the College and Young Professionals Division. The Senior Division consists of four programs: the Symphony Program (which is the Signature Program here at PIMF), the Solo Performance Preparation Program (by audition only), the College Auditions Preparation Program (for high school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors), and the Piano Program. PIMF also conducts Senior Programs in Franklinville, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and Groznjan, Croatia.
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Il tabarro (The Cloak) is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Adami, based on Didier Gold's play La houppelande. It is the first of the trio of operas known as Il trittico. The first performance was given on 14 December 1918 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Place: A barge on the Seine in Paris.
It is close to sundown in Paris, and the stevedores work unloading Michele's barge. Giorgetta, Michele's wife, asks her husband if she can bring wine to the workers. He agrees but does not join them because she refuses his kiss. The stevedores start dancing to the music of a nearby organ grinder and one of them steps on Giorgetta's foot. Luigi, a stevedore, dances with her, and it is evident that there is something between them. Upon hearing of Michele's return the stevedores' gathering breaks up.
Work is getting scarce and Giorgetta and Michele discuss which of the stevedores should be dismissed; she prefers that it be anyone other than Luigi despite this being Michele's first choice. Soon the conversation turns into a fight. La Frugola enters, looking for Talpa, one of the stevedores and her husband. She shows everyone the fruits of her scavenging in Paris and scolds the men for their drinking. Luigi laments his lot in life, and La Frugola sings of her wish to one day buy a house in the country that she and her husband can retire to. Giorgetta and Luigi sing a duet remembering the town they were both born in.
The stevedores depart except for Luigi who asks Michele to dismiss him and that he be allowed to disembark in Rouen, but Michele convinces him against this notion. When alone, Giorgetta asks Luigi why he requested to be dismissed and they acknowledge their mutual love. They plan to meet later that evening upon the signal of a match being lit on-board. By now Luigi seems very determined to kill Michele and flee with Giorgetta.
Michele reminisces with Giorgetta of the days before their child died and how all three would fit under his cloak. He is distressed about the fact that he is twice her age; she comforts him but she will still not kiss him. Michele wonders if his wife is still faithful to him and ponders who might have changed her so much. He reviews for himself the list of all the men that have shared in their lives but dismisses all of them as improbable. Michele then lights his pipe and Luigi, seeing it from afar, thinks that it is Giorgetta's signal. He returns to the barge only to be confronted by Michele. In the ensuing fight Michele gets the upper hand and forces Luigi to confess his affair before killing him and hiding the body under his cloak. Giorgetta returns to the barge, feigning remorse, and Michele opens wide the cloak to reveal her dead lover
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Welcome to our 10th edition of our very popular series - Play My Music where our listeners have the opportunity to have their music broadcast on our show to millions of our listeners spanning the globe.
In this month's edition we are pleased to feature tenor Ernest Revell and the CMD Philharmonic of Paris. The Philharmonic performs Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. You can find this new recording of Symphonie Fantastique in our online store at www.ClassicalRecordings.co
Tenor extraodinaire Ernest Revell is no stranger to our listeners. With the voice that rivals any operatic tenor, past or present, Mr. Revell’s voice commands attention even from the most discerning ear.
Having started his singing career when in his 50’s, Ernest Revell is living proof that is it never too late to start singing.
We guarantee that his performances will astound you as he brings the Golden Age of opera into your living rooms.
First Mr. Revell sings “Ungrateful Heart” by Salvatore Cardillo
Next we hear “A Furtive Tear” from the opera “The Elixir of Love” by Donizetti.
For his final number, Mr. Revell sings “Torna a Surriento”: by Ernesto De Curtis.
Leonard Bernstein described Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique as composed by a musician on opium. Whether this is true or not of Berlioz, this is how, the artist in this work is described by Berlioz in the score.
Fantastic Symphony: An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in 5 Parts, Op. 14 is a programmatic symphony from the early Romantic period. The first performance was at the Paris Conservatory in December of 1830 and this performance by the CMD Philharmonic of Paris marks the return trip back home for this masterpiece.
The idée fixe of this work is an unrequited love that the artist has constantly going through his opium-based dreams.
In the first movement, our doomed artist dreams of his love in a passionate sequence.
Next he dreams of her at a ball. The excitement of the ball commences and he sees his true love in the crowd. He runs to her, only to find she has vanished.
In the 3rd scene we find a serene scene in the fields. Now our artist’s true love is off in the distance, dressed as an alluring peasant girl. He goes to her only to find that the more he moves toward her, the further away she appears. Shepherds call to him to continue on, but to no avail.
In the 4th movement, our artist is convicted of having killed his true love. As he is placed in the scaffold and as the guillotine comes down to sever his head from his body, he looks up and sees his true love, not dead, but alive and standing in the crowd watching his execution. As his head thumps down the steps, his true love picks up his rolling head and laughs at her latest conquest.
In the final movement, our artist has received his everlasting reward of being cast down to hell and finds himself in the middle of a Witch’s Sabbath. To our artist's total amazement, the head of the Witch's Sabbath turns out to be his true love. He realizes, only too late, that she has carefully led him down to Hell.
As Leonard Bernstein describes, “Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.” Just as true today, as it was in 1830.
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This week, in our continuing series of La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, we bring to you their concert performed on April 11, 2013.
Works performed in this concert are:
Boccherini: String Trio in C minor, Op. 14. No. 2
Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen
Tchaikovsky: String Trio in A minor, Op. 50
The musicians are:
Frederico Agostini, Eri Noda and Laura Zarina, violins
Bruno Giuranna, Daniel Avshalomov, violas
Julie Albers and Eric Kim, cellos
Scott Faulkner, Double Bass
Derek Han, Piano
To learn more about “La Musica” please visit their website at “www.LaMusicaFestival.org” or click on the hyperlink appearing below the photos of the festival while the concert is being played.
Last season we were proud to debut a new ensemble in Italy called the Quartetto degli Afetti which was founded by cellist Barbara Bertoldi.
Since their debut on Classical Music Discoveries, this group has been extremely active in Europe with even bigger plans in the near future.
This week we present to you a concert by their new “Ensemble degli Affetti” entitled “Vivaldi Meets Bach” which was recorded live at the San Marco Church in Trento, Italy.
All works were performed on period instruments for this concert so the audience could gain a better understanding of how the composers heard the music when originally composed.
Joining the ensemble for this concert is soprano Stefanie Steger and the ensemble is conducted by Stefano Chicco.
Comprising the “Ensemble degli Affetti” are:
Sergio la Vaccara and Andrea Marmolejo Ortiz, violins
Barbara Bertoldi, cello
Adriana Dallape, organ
Works performed for this concert are:
The 2nd Canzon from “La Enricuccia” by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Sonata, Correnti ed Ari, Op. 4 by Marco Uccellini
Sonata 26 from “La Prosperina” by Antonio Vivaldi
Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera by Antonio Vivaldi
and the concert concludes with a
Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata
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Now, just sit back and let’s travel back in time to the 17th century of Italy as we enjoy the unique sounds of Barbara Bertold’s “Ensemble degli Affetti”
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Welcome to the opening concert of La Musica International Chamber Music Festival!
This season, titled Celebration, is in honor of Maestro Bruno Giuranna for his 80th birthday and his international accomplishments as leading violist and artistic director of the festival.
The program for this opening concert consists of:
Dvorak’s “Trio for Piano and Strings in E minor, Op. 90”
Frank Bridge’s “Quintet for Piano and Strings in D minor”
Brahms’ “String Quintet in F Major, Op. 88”
Performers for this concert are:
Laura Zarina, violin
Eri Noda, violin
Daniel Avshalomov, viola
Bruno Giuranna, viola
Dimitri Atapine, cello
Derek Han, piano
This wonderful festival continues through April 19th so it isn’t too late to make the final 2 concerts of the season on April 17th and 19th.
For more information please visit La Musica’s website at: www.lamusicafestival.org or just click on their hyperlink during this broadcast.
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This month we bring to you the Award Winning lost recording of the satirical opera “The Nose” composed by Dmitri Shostakovich.
The plot of this opera concerns a St. Petersburg official who loses his nose due to his drunken barber giving him a shave. Of course, the nose develops a life of its own.
According to British composer Gerard McBurney, “The Nose” is one of the young Shostakovich’s greatest masterpieces, an electrifying tour de force of vocal acrobatics, wild instrumental colors and theatrical absurdity, all shot through with a blistering mixture of laughter and rage. The result is an operatic version in the style of Charlie Chaplin or Monty Python despite its magnificently absurd subject matter.
This Lost Recording is the World Premiere of this opera performed by the Moscow Chamber Opera Company conducted by Gennandy Rozhdestvensky. This digitized recording, by Classical Music Discoveries, is mastered from the 1975 Melodiya Master Recording.
The morning after shaving Kovalyov, one of his regular customers, a barber finds a nose in his bread. He tries to get rid of it by throwing it in the Neva River, but he is caught by a police officer. Meanwhile Kovalyov wakes and finds his nose missing. He later sees his nose in the Kazan Cathedral, but it has acquired a higher rank than he and refuses to return to his face.
Kovalyov visits the newspaper office to place an advertisement about the loss of his nose, but is refused. He returns to his flat, where his servant sings a love song and Kovalyov is left in despair.
A group of policemen are at a coach station, in order to prevent the nose from escaping. The nose tries to get on the coach at the last minute: the horse is frightened and runs away, while the driver tries to shoot the nose. The nose is caught, beaten and returned to Kovalyov; however, he is unable to reattach it. He suspects that he has been enchanted by a woman called Madame Podtochina, because he would not marry her daughter. He writes to ask her to undo the spell, but she misinterprets the letter as a proposal to her daughter. She convinces him that she is innocent. In the city, crowds gather in search of the nose.
Kovalyov wakes up with his nose reattached. He is shaved by the barber and flirts as he walks along Nevsky Prospekt.
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Teguh Sukaryo - Our most popular show of all time!
For this week’s show we are proud to bring to you Indonesia’s most famous pianist - Teguh Sukaryo.
Mr. Sukaryo is the founder and the Artistic Director of Musik Klasik Indonesia which is the largest educative and informative classical music group in Indonesia. Teguh is also the owner and President of the Teguh Sukaryo International Music School. If that isn’t enough to keep him busy, other than his regular concert and solo appearances, Teguh is also the Artistic Director of Kusuma Widjaja Music Medan.
For more information on Teguh, please visit his Blog Site. Today we will hear several extraordinary performances from Teguh.
Performed works on this show are:
Brahms: “Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel”
Debussy: “Children’s Corner”
Robert Schumann: “Kinderszenen”
Mussorgsky: “Pictures at an Exibition”
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La Rondine (The Swallow) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Adami, based on a libretto by Alfred Maria Willner and Heinz Reichert. It was first performed at the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo (or the Théâtre du Casino) in Monte Carlo on 27 March 1917.
In autumn 1913, the directors of Vienna's Carltheater commissioned Puccini to compose a Viennese operetta. After confirming that it could take the form of a comic opera with no spoken dialogue in the style of Rosenkavalier, "only more entertaining and more organic," he agreed. For two years the work proceeded, sometimes intensely, sometimes with great difficulty, and in spring 1916 the opera was finished. The originally intended Viennese première was impeded by the outbreak of World War I and the entrance of Italy in the Alliance against Austria-Hungary, hence the Opéra de Monte-Carlo was chosen to present it, with Gilda Dalla Rizza and Tito Schipa in the leading roles.
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Salute to Youth - Concerto Classic
Southwest Symphony concert recorded live at the Cox Auditorium
March 29, 2013
Orchestra conductor, Gary Caldwell
Performed works and soloists are:
1. Rimsky-Korsakov: Procession of the Nobles
2. Kabalevsky: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in C, Op. 48
Joelle Henrie, violin
3. Delibes: Flower Duet from the opera Lakme
Bonnie Miller and Amanda White, sopranos
4. Koussevitzky: Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra, Op. 3
Teren Christensen, double bass
Cadenza is composed by Teren Christensen
5. Actor: Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra
Zac Webb, timpani
The Orchestra, for this number is conducted by Zac's father, Glenn Webb
Music Department Chair at Dixie State University
6. Saint-Saens: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 22
First Movement Lauren Cain, piano
7. Sarasate: Navarra (Spanish Dance) for Two Violins and Orchestra, Op. 33
Hillary Dalton and Kezia Brown, violins
8. Arutunian: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in A-flat Major Derek
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Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler was composed in 1901 and 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler's cottage at Maiernigg. Among its most distinctive features are the funereal trumpet solo that opens the work and the frequently performed Adagietto.
The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work, which lasts over an hour, are huge. After its premiere, Mahler is reported to have said, “Nobody understood it. I wish I could conduct the first performance fifty years after my death.”
Conductor Herbert von Karajan said that when one hears Mahler's Fifth, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath.”
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We are proud to bring to our listeners a concert from one of our sponsors, La Musica International Chamber Music Festival.
La Musica’s summer concert season begins on April 8, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida. This year they celebrate Maestro Bruno Giuranna’s 80th birthday and his many accomplishments in the world of music.
For complete information and to order tickets, please visit their website at www.LaMusicaFestival.org
In this week’s broadcast we will be pleased to hear:
Beethoven’s “String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No.1”
Roberto Sierra’s “Songs from the Diaspora”
Brahm’s “String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36”
Performers are: Federico Agostini, Ari Noda, Nokuthula Ngwenyama - violins
Bruno Giuranna, Nokuthula Ngwenyama - violas
Julie Albers, Eric Kim - cello
Derek Han, piano
Dina Kuznetsova, soprano
We wish to thank Festival Director Sally Faron for arranging to have these recordings made available to our listeners.
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Love is patient.
Love is kind and is not jealous
Love does not brag and is not arrogant
Love does not seek its own
Love is not provoked
Love does not take into account a wrong suffered
Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness
Love is the most powerful force in the universe
Love is eternal Love is life
Spring is for lovers and this week we celebrate with an hour of classical music with love in the air. So with that someone special in mind, we bring to you our special broadcast of Classics for Lovers
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La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by the American author David Belasco. Fanciulla followed Madama Butterfly, which was also based on a Belasco play. The opera has fewer of the show-stopping highlights that are characteristic of other Puccini works, but is admired for its impressive orchestration and for a score that is more melodically integrated than is typical of his previous work. Fanciulla displays influences from composers Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky and Richard Strauss, without being in any way imitative. Similarities between the libretto and the work of Richard Wagner have also been found, though some attribute this more to the original plot of the play, and have asserted that the opera remains quintessentially Italian.
The opera had a successful and highly-publicised première at the Met in 1910. Nevertheless, while Puccini deemed it one of his greatest works, La fanciulla del West has become a less popular opera within the composer's repertoire, drawing a mixed public reception overall. Despite the plot being a source of significant criticism, the majority of academics and musicians agree in calling it a magnum opus, particularly lauding its craftmanship. Conductor Arturo Toscanini called the opera a "great symphonic poem"
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This month we bring to you the lost recording of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Golden Cockerel” as performed by the Moscow Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. This was recorded by Melodiya in 1968 and is conducted by Alexei Kovalyov and Yevgeni Akulov.
While suites and excerpts of this forgotten masterpiece are frequently heard in concert halls throughout the world today, the opera has largely been forgotten and is very rarely performed.
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This week we are proud to bring to you a live recording of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra in St. George, Utah.
This concert, entitled “Festivale - Music of the Americas” features music from Mexico and Brazil.
Performed works are:
This concert is conducted my Gary Caldwell. Recordings of this concert are available for only $5 plus shipping. Just click on “Buy Now” button below to purchase your CD.
Join us as Classical Music Discoveries celebrates the 2013 season of La Musica International Chamber Music Festival.
In this week's show, Ken discusses the 2013 season (opens April 8th) with Festival Director Sally Farron and Associate Artistic Director Derek Han.
Plus, listen to selections from previous seasons during the interview.
La Musica’s mission is to bring outstanding European and American chamber musicians together in Sarasota to present exciting programs of familiar and seldom-heard chamber music. Among the events during the annual festival in April are open rehearsals, pre-concert lectures, youth activities, and five concerts performed at the historic Sarasota Opera House in Sarasota, Florida.
Welcome to our 8th edition of Play My Music!
This week we feature the music of 2 wonderful composers: Alexis Golzman and Stephen Yarbrough.
Alexis Michel Golzman was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. While his parents were Argentine, Alexis grew up in Brazil, Germany, Chile and Argentina. He currently lives in Buenos Aires.
Since he was young, Alexis loved 2 things: music and Ireland. It may seem unusual for a Brazilian composer to write music that sounds authentically Irish, but we are sure you will enjoy Mr. Golzman’s music.
First we will play Exploring the Forest, followed by Wedding Waltz and conclude with Missing Ireland.
To learn more about Alexis Golzman or to order his CD Memories of Ireland please click on the link while his music is playing or visit his website at: www.alexismusic.com
Next we will hear music from the American composer Stephen Yarbrough. First Ken has a short interview with Stephen which will be followed with 5 selections from Mr. Yarbrough’s latest CD Alleluias for Orchestra. You can visit Stephen’s website at any time by clicking on the hyperlink below or just visit www.StephenYarbroughMusic.com
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Douglas Townsend presents his 3rd Annual Social Networking Concert.
Performed works are:
Ned Rorem: Four Colors
David L. Post: Divertimento for Reed Trio (NY Premiere)
Emma Lou Diemer: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano "A Summer's Day" (NY Premiere)
Houston Dunleavy: Quartet for Strings No. 3 "Absence" (World Premiere)
Douglas Townsend: Four Fantasies on American Folk Songs for Piano Four-Hands
Douglas Townsend: Sonatina No. 1 for Piano Solo
Mohammed Fainouz: Four Haiku Poems
Mohammed Fairouz: Panopticon
Avner Dorman: Azerbaijani Dance
Adrienne Albert: Americana (NY Premiere)
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Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The libretto of the opera is based in part on the short story "Madame Butterfly" (1898) by John Luther Long, which was dramatized by David Belasco. Elements also appear to derive from the novel Madame Chrysanthème (1887) by Pierre Loti. According to one scholar, the story of the opera was based on events that actually occurred in Nagasaki in the early 1890s.
The original version of the opera, in two acts, had its premiere on February 17, 1904, at La Scala in Milan. It was very poorly received. This was due in large part to the late completion and inadequate time for rehearsals. Puccini revised the opera, splitting the second act into two acts and making other changes. On May 28, 1904, this version was performed in Brescia and was a huge success.
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Welcome to the Southwest Symphony Hour as we celebrate the festive music from Brazil.
On February 15th at the Cox Auditorium on the beatiful Dixie State College Campus, in St. George Utah, the Southwest Symphony performs music from our neighbors in Mexico and South America. Ken also has an interview with Southwest Symphony's CEO JJ Abernathy as they discuss the upcoming concert.
So, to get you “in the mood” we bring to you an hour of music from Brazil.
Be sure to click on the link HERE to order your tickets for what promises to be a very festive and fun evening of exciting music.
So put on your Carnival attire and get to ready to celebrate, in true South American style, the music from the host country of the 2016 Summer Olympics - Brazil!
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This month we bring to you the lost recording of Prokofiev’s “The Stone Flower” which was originally produced by Melodiya in 1974.
This rare recording is the US premiere performance of The Stone Flower which today is usually heard in its abbreviated 2-act format. This recording is the even more rarely heard 4-Act performance and is masterfully conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky and performed by the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra.
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This week we pay tribute to the great American Composer, Douglas Townsend (1921 - 2012) with this live recording of the All Townsend Memorial Concert.
This concert was curated and hosted by David Oei and recorded by Eric Somers of The Sandbook Studio.
Recorded live at Cary Hall, DiMenna Center in New York City on September 16, 2012.
1. Remarks by Jean Townsend, introduced by David Oei, memorial concert curator
2. Concertino for Piano and Four Diverse Instruments (1990) (string quartet version) (NY Premiere) Second movement - "Andante - Romanze"
David Oei, solo piano; Tzu-En Lee, violin 1; Eriko Sato, violin 2; Heather Faust, viola; Lindy Clarke, cello
3. Remarks by Laura Ravotti
4. 8x8: Dance Improvisation and Fugue (1956) (piccolo version) (NY Premiere)
Cate Hummel, piccolo; Laura Ravotti, piano
5. 8x8: Variations on a Theme by Milhaud (1955) (flute version) (NY Premiere)
Cate Hummel, flute; Thomas Piercy, clarinet; Lindy Clarke, cello; Laura Ravotti, piano
6. Remarks by Christian Cziotka
7. Ave Maria for soprano, clarinet and piano (2012) (World Premiere)
Trio Jeng, soprano; Joseph Rosen, clarinet; Laura Ravotti, piano
8. Remarks by Trio Jeng
9. Four Fantasies on American Folk Songs (for piano four-hands) (1956)
Fantasy on "New River Train"
Fantasy on "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier"
Two in One ("Old Joe Clark" and Sourwood Mountain")
HD Duo: David Oei and Helene Jeanney, pianists
10. John Delmar reading Diane Wittry's remarks
11. Remarks by Nataliya Medvedovskaya
12. Fantasy on Motives of Burt Bacharach (1979) (string quintet version) (World Premiere)
Eriko Sato, violin 1; Tzu-En Lee, violin 2; Veronica Salas, viola; Gerall Hieser, cello; Jeffrey Levine, bass
13. Remarks by Kevin Scott
14. Triatina (1987) (NY Premiere)
Eriko Sato, violin; Veronica Salas, viola; Lindy Clarke, cello
15. Remarks byTim Ribchester
16. Chamber Concerto No. 3 for Flute, Horn, Piano and String Quartet (1970) Second Movement, "Fast - Rondo"
Soloists:Abbe Krieger, flute; Trevor Nuckols, horn; David Oei, piano
Eriko Sato, violin 1; Tzu-En Lee, violin 2; Heather Faust, viola; Lindy Clarke, cello
17. Special Tribute to Douglas Townsend from Classical Music Discoveries
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 - 4th movement
CMD Philharmonic of Paris
Special thanks to our wonderful photographers who have supplied photos for this show: Melodie Jeng, Edward Stone and Glenn Cornett
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Most everyone enjoys dancing! Not only is dancing a beautiful expression of music, but dancing is also a great way to exercise.
This week, we bring to you 60 minutes of the greatest orchestral dance music in the world.
So, put on your dance shoes, grab your partner and have FUN! After all, when it comes to dance...its all about FUN!
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Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.
It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900. The work, based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples's control of Rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy.
It contains depictions of torture, murder and suicide, yet also includes some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias, and has inspired memorable performances from many of opera's leading singers.
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Happy New Year to all of our listeners all over the world.
This week we are pleased to bring to you a new recording of Mozart’s The Magic Flute as performed by the CMD Grand Opera Company in Venice, Italy.
The Magic Flute, K. 620 is an opera in 2 acts composed by Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Shekaneder. The work is in the form of “Singspiel” which was a popular form not only back in Mozart’s time, but widely popular today as well, more commonly referred to as a “musical” or a "light opera."
The Magic Flute premiered on Sep. 30, 1791 and the singspiel garnered instant success as it was performed hundreds of times in the 1790’s. In only 13 months, the singspiel celebrated its 100th performance, unseen by Mozart since he died 11 months earlier on Dec. 5, 1791.
Since its premiere The Magic Flute has always been one of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire and is presently the fourth most performed operas in the world.
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Welcome to the 11th edition of the Southwest Symphony Hour featuring the finest classical music in the world.
This month we bring to you Handel’s Messiah as performed by the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. This is from a live performance, recorded on December 3rd at Dixie State College’s Cox Auditorium in St. George, Utah.
Also you may order a CD of this concert for only $10. Your purchase will help support the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. You can order a CD by clicking on name of each piece while each piece is being performed, use the Buy Now button below or, just visit www.SWSORecordings.com
In order not to break the sacred feel of this performance, we will play our sponsors ads before the performance so the performance can play uninterrupted. Also, we received numerous comments about last week’s Christmas show, which we will read and reply to next week.
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La bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio and conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini.
Since then, La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is the one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.
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This week we are proud to present the Southwest Symphony’s Spooktacular Concert which was recorded on October 30th. This is always a very fun concert as the entire orchestra dresses up in costume and we will show several photos of the concert during the broadcast.
Performed works for this show are:
Music from “Spider Man”
Selections from the “Corpse Bride”
Soundtrack highlights from “King Kong”
Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” with Utah news celebrity Ed Rogers as the narrator
World of Warcraft soundtrack
Selections from “Phantom of the Opera”
For complete information on upcoming concerts for the Southwest Symphony, please visit their website at: www.southwestsymphony.org
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Zuill Bailey is widely considered to be one of the greatest cellists in the world. Zuill is also a favorite with our listeners as his shows frequently appear in our weekly top 10 listings. Zuill is also an avid supporter of Classical Music Discoveries. Be sure to visit his website at www.ZuillBailey.com to learn more about Zuill, where he will be appearing in your area and to order his many award winning recordings.
Constantly on the go, traveling from one gig to the next, Ken catches up with Zull for a few minutes to discuss what he’s been up to since we last spoke with Zuill. During this show, we will also be featuring several of Zuill’s many award winning recordings.
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Welcome to our 6th edition of our very popular series, Play My Music where we feature musicians from around the globe.
This week we feature Brent Straughan, Elizabeth Wolff, the Southwest Symphony and the London Philharmonic.
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Manon Lescaut is Puccini’s 3rd opera presented in four acts. This opera would be the first of many hits by Puccini.
The story is based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. The libretto is in Italian. It was somehow cobbled together by five librettists whom Puccini employed (or rather, went through): The publisher and the Puccini himself also contributed to the libretto. So confused was the authorship of the libretto that no one was credited on the title page of the original score.
This week’s performance is by the CMD Grand Opera Company in Italy. The performers in this broadcast are: Celia Alba, Giuseppe Arlotti, Crispino Dinapoli, Enzio Fiscella, Gianni Gori, Marino Laterza and Cristiana Mari. This performance is conducted by Fiorella Sebastiani.
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Welcome to another edition of the Southwest Symphony Hour featuring the finest classical music in the world.
In this month’s edition, we are proud to bring to you the Opening Night concert of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra as they bring to you their Magical Mozart concert. This concert was recorded live on Oct. 16 at the Cox Auditorium on the Dixie State College Campus in St. George Utah. The orchestra is conductedy by Maestro Gary Caldwell.
To learn more about the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, be sure to visit their website at www.southwestsymphony.org or just click on the hyperlink appearing below the photo you see now.
Also you may order a CD of this concert for only $5. Your purchase will help support the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. You can order a CD by clicking on name of each piece while each piece is being performed. Or, just visit www.SWSORecordings.com
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Turlough O'Carolan,(1670 – 25 March 1738) was a blind early Irish harper, composer and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. He was the last great Irish harper-composer and is considered by many to be Ireland's national composer. Some of O'Carolan's own compositions show influence from the style of continental classical music, whereas others such as Carolan's Farewell to Music reflect a much older style of "Gaelic Harping".
JJ Sheridan, well known to our listeners the world over as “Ireland’s Most Famous Pianist” has recently taken all 214 of O’Carolan’s 1-line melodies and has arranged them for piano solo and recorded each one remaining true to the Irish interpretation of each piece as only a true Irish musician can.
Beautifully packaged in an 8-CD book this set makes an excellent gift either for yourself or that special someone in your life. You can now order this very unique set at: www.classicalrecordings.co
We will now hear several selections from this beautiful set masterfully performed by JJ Sheridan. The title of each piece will appear as the piece is being played. Just click on the name of the piece and you will be directed to the website to order this set of the Complete Works of Turlough O’Carolan.
So sit back, relax and let the soothing piano of JJ Sheridan bring the ancient sounds of Ireland to your home and bring peace to your soul.
This broadcast is brought to you by La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and by our Friends of Classical Music Discoveries. Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries with your kind donation of ANY amount! Your support makes this show possible and brings beautiful classical music to the entire world.
Welcome to our 5th edition of our very popular series, “Play My Music” where we feature musicians from around the globe.
This week we feature Kathryn Woodard, Brian Wilbur Grundstrom, La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, Jackie Evancho and the CMD Philharmonic in Paris.
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This week Classical Music Discoveries begins our 9th season. We are so very glad that we have been able to bring to you the finest classical music in the world for 9 years now. We never would have ever imagined that our very first little broadcast that was heard by only 137 people would turn into a regular broadcast heard by millions of people all over the world each and every week. Ken and I are deeply humbled by your support of our show.
This week we are also proud to bring to you a very new musical organization called the CMD Grand Opera Company originating from Venice, Italy. Their goal, this season, is to perform and record all of Puccini’s works for our audience. Complete recordings will be available for purchase in our store at: www.classicalrecordings.co. You can visit this store at any time by clicking on the hyperlink appearing while the opera is being performed. Don’t worry, our show will continue uninterrupted while you visit our store.
Edgar is an operatic drama in three acts (originally four acts) by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Ferdinando Fontana, freely based on the play in verse “The Cup and the Lips” by Alfred de Musset. The first performance was given at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 21 April 1889.
Edgar, Puccini's second opera, was composed on a commission from the publisher Ricordi after the successful reception of his first stage work, Le Villi. The original version had four acts and was tepidly received. In January 1890, Ricordi published a revised version, including a different ending for act 2. In the autumn of 1891, Puccini revised the work again, cutting the last act and producing a three-act version which would again be revised in 1905.
In this final form the opera had even less success than in its original four-act structure. Some of the music that was cut in 1891 was reused in Tosca and became the beautiful act 3 duet, "Amaro sol per te m'era il morire!". The funeral march from act 3 was played at Puccini's funeral, conducted by Arturo Toscanini and the aria "Addio, mio dolce amor" (Farewell, my sweet love) from act 4 was sung.
Puccini finally gave up on Edgar and in later years, bitterly repudiated the work. On a copy of the score that he sent to a friend, the English woman Sybil Seligman, he wrote scathing remarks against parts of the score and amended the title to read: And may God protect you from this opera!
Thus we are very proud to bring to you this rarely performed opera for our opening broadcast of our 9th season.
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Welcome to our very popular series, “Play My Music” where we feature musicians from around the globe.
This week we feature Jan Freidlin, Kathryn Woodard, Cecilia Bartoli, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the CMD Philharmonic in Paris, France.
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Acclaimed as a passionate and virtuosic performer, Emilio Colón is highly sought after as a solo cellist, chamber musician, conductor, composer and pedagogue. An extensive international career has taken him to Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Malta, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. In the coming year, concert engagements will take him to California, France, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Texas, and Washington D.C.
Most recent engagements include guest conductor and soloist of the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Guatemala, The Texas Festival Orchestra, The Texas Festival Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta de Camara Concerto in Puerto Rico; Barge Music in New York City; concerts at the Casals Festival of Prades and recital tours of Malta, Italy, Holland, Korea and Japan. His recordings are featured on the Enharmonic, Centaur, Zephyr, and Lyras labels. Colón currently records for Klavier as solo cellist, chamber musician, conductor, and composer under the label.
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William Maselli is a New York-based composer of opera and vocal music. He is also a producer for live and studio musical performances, a writer of dramatic texts, poetry, and political and social essays, and a practicing criminal and entertainment law attorney.
Maselli premiered his John F.Kennedy Requiem: Lyric Symphony in Song in chamber orchestra version in Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall in November 0f 2004. The Requiem has been performed numerous additional times in New York City.
Maselli has also written an opera, Spirit Fire, and a number of song cycles, including Easter Songs and Dreams Of Love. Maselli is just completing a new opera, Draculette, a drama dealing with the morality of murder and the unbridled passions of frustration and obsession.
Recordings and information concerning Maselli’s compositions, including texts as well as philosophical and political essays, may be found on www.worldkrystal.com.
In light of recent events in Aurora, Colorado this past week, with permission of Mr. Maselli, we would like to dedicate this performance not only to the memory of John F. Kennedy, but also to those who died and were injured in the attack in Aurora, Colorado. All of us here at Classical Music Discoveries hope and pray that tragic events such as this, will forever disappear from the world. Our prayers go out to the families involved.
So now thanks to the generosity of William Maselli and Dennis Loeffel, we will hear the “John F. Kennedy Requiem” without commercial interruption.
Following the performance, Ken has a short interview with Mr. Maselli.
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Jocelyn Robert lives in Quebec City. He works in music, performance art, installation, video and writing. He presented many performances, solo or with Diane Landry, Laetitia Sonami and Bruit TTV. He published about fifteen solo cds, and participed in over twenty others in collaboration with other artists, or as producer. His most recent recordings are Mobile and Immobile, two solo cds on the Merles label, and Monsonics, a solo vinyl publication on the Hronir label from Berlin.
His visual art works are also widely shown. He was awarded First Prize, Image category, at the Berlin Transmediale in 2002, and the Prix du Rayonnement International from the Conseil de la Culture de Québec in 2006. He had numerous solo shows as a visual artist, and also teamed up with Emile Morin and Daniel Jolliffe for many art installations. His work has been shown in Canada, United-States, Mexico, Chile, Australia, and in Europe.
He has taught at Mills College (Oakland, California), at UQAM (Montréal, Quebec) and is currently Director of the Arts school at Université Laval, Quebec. To learn more about Mr. Robert, please visit his website at: www.jocelynrobert.com or click on the hyperlink appearing under each photo of Mr. Robert.
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Welcome to our very popular series “Play My Music.”
In this series, we feature several musicians from around the globe.
In our 3rd "Play My Music" broadcast, we feature composer Burkhard Mahler from Munich, Germany; composer Donald Hagar from New York, NY; the CMD Philharmonic from Paris, France and the CMD Symphony Orchestra from Rome, Italy.
Berkhard Mahler is a composer, producer and musician working from Munich, Germany. He composes in a wide range of genres including contemporary classical and music for film, tv and commercial spots. We will hear his 4th movement from his Rabengold Symphony which describes “a scenario on earth, if there would be a paradise for men.” Sounds like the Mahler thought process for their compositions still continues down the family line.
Donald Hagar is a prolific composer who resides in NY, NY and has studied composition at Boston University. We will hear his composition entitled “Nocturne.”
We also have 2 debut albums to announce that are now available on our website at: www.classicalrecordings.co
First is a new performance of Mahler’s “7th Symphony” as performed by the CMD Philharmonic in Paris, France. We will hear the first movement of this symphony.
For our final piece, we will hear “Dies Irae” from Verdi’s “Requiem” as performed by the CMD Philharmonic in Rome, Italy. To order the entire recording, please visit our website at www.classicalrecordings.co.
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Austrian classical guitarist Armin Egger teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Austria as well as the Vienna Conservatory and several summer classes in Austria and Germany.
Armin has performed in Europe, Asia, North and South America with various orchestras such as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Century Symphony Orchestra Teipeh.
In 2007, he was awarded the ‘Musician of the Year” in Austria.
For this broadcast we will hear Armin’s CD entitled “Mainly Spanish.” The name of each selection will appear on your screen as each piece is performed.
To purchase this and other CD’s by Armin Egger, please visit his website at: www.arminegger.com or just click on the hyperlink below the displayed image of Armin.
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Anyone hearing the voice of tenor Ernest Revell would have a hard time imagining that he only first began voice lessons just several years ago.
His is a sound that brings the Golden Age of opera into the twenty-first century: a rich, ringing timbre, and the proverbial "tear" in the voice that has been an essential component of every great tenor's work for centuries.
Still, it is difficult to fathom that he was in his fifties before beginning to study music.
He was born to a mother of Neapolitan descent and a father of French descent. Ernest was raised in Paterson and Hawthorne New Jersey. He graduated with an advanced degree in Business from William Paterson University.
His vocal talent was first recognized at the age of eight when the Choir Director at Saint Anthony's School singled him out of the chorus to lead vocal rehearsals. Beyond this, the idea of his singing would not be explored until many years later.
He always loved music, and the voice. With the influences of movies featuring Mario Lanza and recordings by Enrico Caruso to guide him, Ernest became fascinated with singing, and hoped one day to be able to share the happiness it gave him with the rest of the world.
Years would pass that included marriage, raising three, pre-teen stepsons and the inevitable, all-consuming demands of family life. Later came the terminal illness of his father who, on his deathbed, and for seemingly no apparent reason, said to him: "Ernie, you know you could have been a professional opera singer." The statement became an epiphany, and the start of a personal mission.
In 2008, with no idea where to begin, and armed with nothing but the telephone directory listings of voice teachers to guide him, Mr. Revell, began his search for a suitable teacher. His first voice teacher saw his potential, teaching him the great tenor staples like "Nessun dorma" and "Recondita armonia."Auditions, small recitals, concerts, operas and Musical Theater roles would follow, but the road was still not without difficulties.
Finally, in 2010 he read of an international vocal competition in Classical Singer magazine. Mr. Revell decided to enter The Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition and was blessed to have won First Prize. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in January of 2011 at the Winners Recital, less than three years after his first lesson.
He has since had the pleasure and honor to perform at New York area venues including the Kosciusko Foundation Auditorium, The Church of Christ Scientist, The Church of The Savior, The Unitarian Society and The Enrico Caruso Room in The Grotta Azzurra Ristorante.
His repertoire includes Puccini's Tosca and La Fancuilla del West, Cilea's L'Arlesiana, Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. In 2010 Ernest performed in Opera691's inaugural production at the Carl Pfeifer Performing Arts Center as Amantio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. He has also performed lead roles in musical theater productions of Beauty and the Beast as Lumiere and in Annie as Daddy Warbucks.
Blessed with a talent that makes him destined to take on all the great tenor repertoire and The Great American Songbook with ease, elegance, and the power of what many are beginning to call a "truly magnificent voice," it would seem that a well-worn axiom guides not only the future of Ernest Revell, but the public that will hear him now and in years to come: "good things come to those who wait."
Performed works are:
Amor Ti Vieta from "Fedora" by Umberto Giordano
Recondita armonia from "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini
E'la Solita Storia (Lamento Di federico) from "L'Arlesiana" by Cilea
Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck
Vesti le giubba from "Paliacci" by Ruggero Leoncavallo
E'Lucevan le stelle from "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini
Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod
Ch'ella mi creda from "La fanciulla del West" by Giacomo Puccini
Ideale by Paolo Tosti
Che gelida manina from "La Boheme" by Giacomo Puccini
Nessun Dorma from "Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini
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Classical Music Discoveries is proud to present to you a NEW recording of The Magic Flute as performed by the CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice, Italy.
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Every composer had to start some where and while Beethoven is widely credited as becoming fully matured with Symphony No. 3, his 1st symphony sheds a bright shining light on Beethoven's genius.
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Beethoven's Second Symphony was mostly written during Beethoven's stay at Heiligenstadt in 1802, at which time his deafness was becoming more apparent and he began to realize that it might be incurable.
The work was premiered in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on 5 April 1803, and was conducted by the composer. During that same concert, the Third Piano Concerto and the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives were also debuted. It is one of the last works of Beethoven's so-called "early period".
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Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (Op. 55), also known as the Eroica (Italian for "heroic"), is a musical work marking the full arrival of the composer's "middle-period," a series of unprecedented large scale works of emotional depth and structural rigor.
The symphony is widely regarded as a mature expression of the classical style of the late eighteenth century that also exhibits defining features of the romantic style that would hold sway in the nineteenth century. The Third was begun immediately after the Second, completed in August 1804, and first performed 7 April 1805
Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 as performed and recorded by the CMD Philharmonic in Paris, France is now available for only $5.00 plus shipping.
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Symphony No. 4 in D Major
The work was dedicated to Count Franz von Oppersdorff, a relative of Beethoven's patron, Prince Lichnowsky. The Count met Beethoven when he traveled to Lichnowsky's summer home where Beethoven was staying. Von Oppersdorff listened to Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major, and liked it so much that he offered a great amount of money for Beethoven to compose a new symphony for him. The dedication was made to "the Silesian nobleman Count Franz von Oppersdorf". Hector Berlioz was so enamoured of the symphony's 2nd movement that he claimed it was the work of the Archangel Michael, and not that of a human.
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