Classical Sunday: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5

Vasily Petrenko is a Russian-British conductor and currently chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, with Vasily Petrenko

Performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.  Here is a young conductor that caught our eye, or rather, our ear – enjoy!

Classical Sunday: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

If you are unfamiliar with this delightful opera, just listen to the overture and you will most probably realize that you are, in fact, quite familiar with it after all.

Gioachino Rossini:  Il barbiere di Siviglia

Complete performance of Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia” from Seville’s ‘Teatro de la Maestranza’ in February 2016 in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of this well-known and beloved masterpiece.

Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi
Conte Almaviva: Michele Angelini
Figaro: Davide Luciano
Rosina: Marina Comparato
Don Bartolo: Renato Girolami
Don Basilio: Dmitry Ulyanov
Berta: Susana Cordón
Fiorello: David Lagares
Director: José Luis Castro

The featured images shows the storm scene towards the end of ‘The Barber of Seville‘ in Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard’s (1780-1850) lithographic rendering.


Classical Sunday: Fauré’s Requiem

This is a first on our site: a female conductor!

Requiem de Fauré – Ensemble Orchestral de Paris – Choeur Accentus

Festival de Saint Denis 2010

Karina Gauvin, soprano
David Bizic, baryton
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Choeur Accentus

Laurence Equilbey, direction

Classical Sunday: Weber’s Flute Trio in G Minor

Weber had a significant impact on composers of the Romantic period, particularly in Germany.

Carl Maria von Weber:  Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano in G minor, Op 63

Emi Ferguson, Flute
Julian Schwarz, Cello
Peter Dugan, Piano

LIVE (8/4/16) from pianoSonoma Festival, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, California

Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber (1786 – 1826) was a Romantic German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic.

weber in 1814
A painting of Carl Maria von Weber (1814) by Thomas Lawrence, (1769 – 1830), leading English portrait painter

Classical Sunday: Schubert’s Octet in F Major

Schubert’s uncommon gifts for music were evident from an early age, which was just as well because he died quite early at age 31.

Franz Schubert: Octet in F Major, D. 803 (1824)

Antje Weithaas, Violine
Alina Pogostkina, Violine
Veronika Hagen, Viola
Sol Gabetta, Cello
Robert Vizvari, Double Bass
Alejandro Núñez, Horn
Gustavo Núñez, Bassoon
Sabine Meyer, Clarinet

1. Adagio. Allegro 0:00
2. Adagio 12:00
3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 24:10
4. Andante; 7 Variations 30:50
5. Menuetto: Allegretto. Trio 43:12
6. Andante. Allegro 50:24

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Franz Peter Schubert (1797 – 1828) was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras.  Despite his short lifetime, Schubert left behind a vast oeuvre, and today is ranked among the greatest composers of Western classical music.

Classical Sunday: Massenet’s Orchestral Suite No. 1

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jean-Yves Ossonce.

Jules Massenet: Orchestral Suite No. 1 Op. 13 (1865)

I. Pastorale et fugue
II. Variations
III. Nocturne
IV. Marche et strette.

Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912) was a French composer of the Romantic era best known for his operas.  He also composed other music, among them ballets and the orchestral suit we picked for this Sunday.

Classical Sunday: Holst’s The Planets

Just in case you missed it: Mercury will be in retrograde from November 1st to November 21st.  Keep your temper in check, listen to classical music, and reflect!

Gustav Holst– The Planets, Full Suite

0:00 Mars
7:27 Venus
14:52 Mercury
18:39 Jupiter
26:11 Saturn
35:26 Uranus
41:12 Neptune

Classical Sunday: Sibelius’ Symphonies

Too hard to choose one: Enjoy four hours of this Finnish composer of the Romantic era.

Jean Sibelius: Symphonies 1 to 7

Conducted by Paavo Berglund

The Bournemouth Symphonic Orchestra

About the composer, it is said that Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957) was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods, and that he is widely recognized as his country’s greatest composer.

Classical Sunday: Wanhal’s Symphony in G minor

Wanhall’s music was well respected by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

Wanhal, Wanhall, Vanhal, Van Hall, spell him whichever way you like, but his music is wonderful.

Johann Baptist Wanhal (Jan Křtitel Vaňhal): Symphony in G minor

I. Allegro moderato 00:00
II. Adagio 07:07
III. Menuetto 11:29
IV. Finale, Allegro 16:14

Jan Kolář, oboe
Virtuosi di Praga
Oldřich Vlček, conductor

Johann Baptist Wanhal, a Czech classical music composer, was born in Nechanice, Bohemia on 12 May 1739 and died in Vienna on 20 August 1813.

Classical Sunday: Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor

In the summer of 1868, Grieg wrote his Piano Concerto in A minor while on holiday in Denmark.

Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16 (complete)

Allegro Molto Moderato (0:02) [13.11]
Adagio (13:14) [6.05]
Allegro Moderato Molto E Marcato Quasi Presto Andante Maestoso (19:20) [10.20]

Performer Dubravka Tomsic
Radio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana
Conductor: Anton Nanut

Recorded in 1992, the track from the album The Essential Grieg.

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