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: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

‘Don Giovanni’ is generally regarded as one of Mozart’s supreme achievements and one of the greatest operas of all time, or so they say. See if you agree.

W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Complete opera with English subtitles

Zurich, 2001
Don Giovanni – Rodney Gilfry
Leporello – László Polgár
Donna Anna – Isabel Rey
Don Ottavio – Roberto Saccà
Donna Elvira – Cecilia Bartoli
Zerlina – Liliana Nikiteanu
Masetto – Oliver Widmer
Commendatore – Matti Salminen

Conductor – Nikolaus Harnoncount
Director – Brian Large

Music – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto – Lorenzo Da Ponte

Country – Switzerland

Classical Sunday: Fux’s Kaiserrequiem

Johann Joseph Fux (1660 – 1741) was an Austrian composer and court musician of the late Baroque era.

Johann Joseph Fux: Kaiserrequiem

Vox Luminis & Scorpio Collectief

Vox Luminis:
Zsuzsi Tóth, Sara Jäggi, Elke Janssens, Maria Bernius – soprano
Barnabás Heygi, Jan Kullmann – alto
Olivier Berten, Robert Buckland – tenor
Matthias Lutze, Lionel Meunier – bass

Scorpio Collectief:
Veronika Skuplik, Stefano Rossi – violin
Johannes Frisch – tenor violin
Josue Melendez, Frithjof Smith – cornett, cornett muto
Simen van Mechelen, Claire McIntyre – trombone
Carles Cristobal – bassoon
Matthias Müller – violine
Kris Verhelst – organ

Recorded during Utrecht Early Music Festival 2014 on 7 September 2014 in TivoliVredenburg.

J.J. Fux was employed by three successive emperors, Leopold I, Joseph I and Karl VI.  Not sure for whom of the three he wrote this requiem, but Leopold I was surely the one among the three that supported music the most.

Classical Sunday: Dittersdorf’s Violin Concerto in G major

About 1785, Haydn, Dittersdorf, Mozart and Wanhal played string quartets together, Dittersdorf taking first violin, Haydn second violin, Mozart viola, and Wanhal cello.


Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Violin Concerto in G major

1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio
3. Presto

Wolfgang Marschner, *1926 in Dresden, violin

Rundfunkorchester Hannover des NDR / Willy Steiner

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (2 November 1739 – 24 October 1799) was an Austrian composer, violinist and silvologist.  Someone who loves music AND the forest simply must be worth listening to.  Besides, noscitur ex sociis.  Not a bad thing if your sociis are such illustrious individuals as Haydn, Mozart and Wanhal.

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