Saturday, September 13, 2014


Beethoven - Piano Trio, Op. 97 “Archduke” - I. Allegro moderato

Performed by Eugene Istomin, piano; Isaac Stern, violin; Leonard Rose, cello in Winterthur, Switzerland on October 2, 1965.

Can’t stop listening to this movement. It gives me a feeling of returning to a place I hold a lot of nostalgia for which is going to happen in a few days!!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Franck - Violin Sonata in A major, transcribed for cello - I. Allegro ben moderato

The setting for cello of César Franck’s Violin Sonata in A major was the only alternative version sanctioned by Franck. After a performance of the violin sonata in Paris on December 27, 1887, the cellist Jules Delsart, who was actively participating in this concert as a quartet player, was so enthusiastic that he begged Franck for permission to arrange the violin part for cello. After much historical research, G. Henle Verlag published an Urtext edition of the sonata setting for cello in 2013.

Performed by cellist Shauna Rolston and pianist, Menahem Pressler in June 1987.

Schubert - Violin Sonata (Sonatina) in A minor, Op. 137, No. 2, D. 385

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Andante
  3. Minuetto
  4. Allegro

Performed by Denes Zsigmondy, violin and Anneliese Nissen, piano

Friday, September 5, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mendelssohn - Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 - I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco

Performed by the Smetana Quartet and Janacek Quartet in 1959.

Monday, September 1, 2014

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 in E major - II. Adagio - ehr feierlich und sehr langsam (Very solemnly and very slowly) C-sharp minor.

Anton Bruckner was a late romantic Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. His symphonies are the most well-known of his works because they helped create the path of the late romantic style. His symphonies were extremely long and filled with rich harmonies including lots of polyphony, unprepared modulations and radical dissonances. 

This is the second movement of his seventh symphony written between 1881-3 and revised in 1885. The premiere brought the most success Bruckner would experience in his life. Sometimes this symphony is called the “Lyric”. 

According to Frederic Spotts’ Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics, Adolf Hitler compared this symphony with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. When he consecrated a bust of Bruckner at Regensburg’s Walhalla temple in 1937, this movement was played as Hitler stood in quiet admiration. (Personal note: I think this proves music-especially beautifully composed symphonies-can affect any soul… good or bad.)

Performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Karl Boehm in September 1976

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Promotional artwork for the CBC-TV broadcast The Well-Tempered Listener, 1970. Photographic print.

Promotional artwork for the CBC-TV broadcast The Well-Tempered Listener, 1970. Photographic print.


Music does not know the difference between people; it only speaks to their hearts. It is the only form of communication that can bring this terrible world together. Riccardo Muti, Northwestern University Class of 2014 Commencement (via ieatemokids)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Northwestern University Trumpet Ensemble performs Franz von Suppe’s Overture: Poet and Peasant and is the first place winner in the Trumpet Ensemble Division at the 2012 National Trumpet Competition at George Mason University

I become more impressed and in awe each time I watch this performance! Their precision and tone production is some of the best in the world for collegiate level trumpeters. A couple of them are in major orchestras now including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra! Both are Principal trumpets too! (Sorry just fangirling here.)

Check out their 2013 performance where they placed in 2nd. HERE.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brahms - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 - III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto

Performed by Gidon Kremer with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Leonard Bernstein

The third movement is a lively and brilliant demonstration of the solo violin’s technique and range of sounds. This movement was the inspiration for the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice song “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from the musical Evita. It was also used twice in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 film There Will Be Blood, including the end credits.

Brahms - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 - II. Adagio

Performed by Gidon Kremer with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Leonard Bernstein

Brahms - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 - I. Allegro non troppo (with cadenza by Max Reger)

Performed by violinist Gidon Kremer with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Leonard Bernstein

A very difficult and dramatic violin concerto. Many have blamed the difficulty on the fact that Brahms was chiefly a pianist. The technical demands include many multiple stops, broken chords, rapid scale patterns, and rhythmic variations. At least Brahms chose a violin friendly key of D major. The violin is tuned with open strings of G, D, A, and E which creates a brilliant sound. This is probably why many composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Korngold and Khachaturian have composed violin concertos in D.