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: von Bülow’s Carnevale di Milano

“Always conduct with the score in your head, not your head in the score”.

Hans von Bülow:  Carnevale di Milano.  Op. 21 (1871)

Carnevale di Milano. Ballabili e Intermezzi Op. 21 (1871)
#1. 00:00
#2. 5:44
#3. 12:28
#4. 15:17
#5. 17:18
#6. 18:18
#7. 19:15
#8. 20:18
#9. 21:29
#10. 22:53
#11. 24:50
#12. 29:56
#13. 34:04
#14. 38:45
#15. 40:12

Mark Anderson (Piano)

Hans Guido Freiherr von Bülow (January 8, 1830 – February 12, 1894) was a German conductor, virtuoso pianist, and composer of the Romantic era.  The Carnevale di Milano is one of his compositions.


Classical Sunday: Wagner’s Lohengrin

Kick back and relax for three hours and a half:  Here comes Wagner’s Lohengrin, conducted by Christian Thielemann at the Semperoper in Dresden. 

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin – A Romantic Opera in Three Acts

Conductor: Christian Thielemann

Heinrich der Vogler (Henry the Fowler): Georg Zeppenfeld
Lohengrin: Piotr Beczala
Elsa von Brabant: Anna Netrebko
Friedrich von Telramund: Tomasz Konieczny
Ortrud, Telramund’s wife: Evelyn Herlitzius
The King’s Herald: Derek Welton

Staatskapelle Dresden

Saechsischer Staatsoperchor Dresden

The story of the Knight of the Swan, or Swan Knight, is a medieval tale about a mysterious rescuer who comes in a swan-drawn boat to defend a damsel, his only condition being that he must never be asked his name.

In the early 13th century, the German poet Wolfram von Eschenbach adapted the Swan Knight motif for his epic Parzival.  Here the story is attached to Loherangrin, the son of the protagonist Parzival and the queen of Pelapeire Condwiramurs.  As in other versions Loherangrin is a knight who arrives in a swan-pulled boat to defend a lady, in this case Elsa of Brabant.  They marry, but he must leave when she breaks the taboo of asking his name.

In 1848, Richard Wagner adapted the tale into his popular opera Lohengrin, probably the work through which the Swan Knight story is best known today.

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