Classical Sunday: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

German with English subtitles

**IMPORTANT**
As you probably know, the art world is having a really rough time during this pandemic. The royal opera house might even be suspended for a while. In order to help these artists who right now don’t get any money and might even be very close to their last penny, you can donate. We enjoy their art every day of the year. Here’s a time to show support and respect.

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Classical Sunday: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Well, we have a thing for Italian at the moment, ever since we posted Rossini’s Barbiere. So here’s another opera sung in Italian, and with subtitles, too!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni

Conducted by Riccardo Muti

Teatro alla Scala, 1987

Don Giovanni: Thomas Allen
Il Commendatore: Sergej Koptchak
Donna Anna: Edita Gruberova
Don Ottavio: Francisco Araiza
Donna Elvira: Ann Murray
Leporello: Claudio Desderi
Masetto: Natale De Carolis
Zerlina: Susanne Mentzer

Classical Sunday: Welcome, Summer!

For the day after the summer solstice, something light to enjoy.

Classical Summer

 

1. Mozart – Divertimento in F major, K. 138 “Salzburg Symphony No. 3”
I. Allegro 00:00
III. Presto 02:38
2. Mozart – La finta giardiniera, K. 196: Ouverture. Allegro molto 04:38
3. Mozart – Divertimento in D major, K. 136 “Salzburg Symphony No. 1”
I. Allegro 10:43
III. Presto 13:42
4. Strauss II – Annen Polka, Op. 117 15:34
5. Strauss II – Leichtes Blut (Light of Heart), Op. 319 18:37
6. Mozart – Ascanio in Alba, K. 111: Ouverture 21:21
7. Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio 24:55
8. Beethoven – Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: IV. Allegro vivace 32:03
9. Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian”: I. Allegro Vivace 39:42
10. Mozart – Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201: I. Allegro moderato 51:04
11. Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: IV. Finale. Allegro assai 56:01
12. Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor, RV 315 “Summer”
I. Allegro non molto 1:00:42
II. Adagio e piano – Presto e forte 1:05:47
III. Presto 1:07:52
13. Litvinovsky – Lost in the Blossoming Gardens 1:10:31
14. Popper – Dance of the Elves 1:14:47
15. Strauss II – Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning), Op. 324 1:17:22
16. Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: IV. Allegro 1:20:27
17. Einaudi – Nuvole Bianche 1:28:49
18. Barriére – 6 Cello Sonatas: No. 4 in G Major
I. Andante 1:35:20
II. Adagio 1:40:05
19. Tchaikovsky – The Seasons, Op. 37a
No. 6, June. Barcarolle 1:43:19
No. 7, July. Reaper’s Song 1:48:33
No. 8, August. The Harvest 1:50:26

 

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: Autumn

Enjoy the change of the seasons. Autumn is summer saying good-bye in its most glorious garment.

Autumn Classical Music

Telemann – Viola Concerto in G Major, TWV 51:G9: I. Largo 00:00
(Orchestra Sinfonica Warmia, Giovanni Antonioni, Silvano Frontalini)

Saint-Saëns – The Carnival of the Animals: XIII, The Swan 03:36
(Sarah Joy, Kathy Hohstadt)

Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini: Var. XVIII 06:15
(Luke Faulkner)

Barrière – 6 Cello Sonatas: No. 4 in G Major: I. Andante 09:14
(Mr & Mrs Cello)

Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 in F major, RV 293 “Autumn”: I. Allegro 13:59 II. Adagio molto 18:49 III. Allegro 21:09
(Metamorphose String Orchestra, Yuliya Lebedenko, Pavel Lyubomudrov)

Bach – Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: IV. Sarabande 24:25
(Massimiliano Martinelli)

Puccini – Tosca: “Vissi d’arte” 29:06
(Orchestra Filarmonica Ucraina, Silvano Frontalini)

Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”: I. Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside 31:47
(Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Giuseppe Lanzetta)

Bach – Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air on the G String 42:39
(Otri Trio)

Corelli – Concerto Grosso No. 9 in F Major, Op. 6: I. Preludio. Largo 45:59
(Kiev Chamber Orchestra, Liviu Buiuc)

Litvinovsky – Suite for Strings “Le Grand Cahier”: I. La Foret et la Riviere 48:06
(Metamorphose String Orchestra, Pavel Lyubomudrov)

Beethoven – Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor “Für Elise” (Cello Version) 50:52
(Sarah Joy)

Grieg – Holberg Suite, Op. 40: IV. Air 55:40
(Metamorphose String Orchestra, Pavel Lyubomudrov)

Liszt/Schubert – Ständchen (Serenade), S. 560, No. 7 1:01:12
(Vadim Chaimovich)

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 “Pathétique”: II. Adagio cantabile 1:07:00
(Luke Faulkner)

Chopin – 24 Préludes, Op. 28: No. 15 in D-Flat Major, “Raindrop”
(Vadim Chaimovich)

Debussy – Préludes, Livre 1, L. 117: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin 1:18:49
(Rogerio Tutti)

Grieg – Lyric Pieces, Op. 54: No. 4, Nocturne 1:21:33
(Luke Faulkner)

Schumann – Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 7, Träumerei 1:25:09
(Vadim Chaimovich)

Chopin – Nocturnes, Op. 9: No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Andante 1:28:10
(Rogerio Tutti)

Mozart- Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545 “For Beginners”: II. Andante 1:32:25
(Carlo Balzaretti)

Tchaikovsky- The Seasons, Op. 37a: No. 9, September. The Hunt 1:36:18 No. 10, October. Autumn Song 1:39:22 No. 11, November. On the Troika 1:45:48
(Vadim Chaimovich)

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.

Classical Sunday: Summer, Summer, Summer

It’s hot!  It’s summer! 

When you have had enough of being outside in the sunshine or in the water someplace, enjoy two hours of light summer music.

CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR SUMMER

1 Mozart – Divertimento in F major, K. 138 “Salzburg Symphony No. 3”
– I. Allegro 00:00
– III. Presto 02:38
2 Mozart – La finta giardiniera, K. 196: Ouverture. Allegro molto 04:38
3 Mozart – Divertimento in D major, K. 136 “Salzburg Symphony No. 1”
– I. Allegro 10:43
– III. Presto 13:42
4 Strauss II – Annen Polka, Op. 117 15:34
5 Strauss II – Leichtes Blut (Light of Heart), Op. 319 18:37
6 Mozart – Ascanio in Alba, K. 111: Ouverture 21:21
7 Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio 24:55
8 Beethoven – Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: IV. Allegro vivace 32:03
9 Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian”: I. Allegro Vivace 39:42
10 Mozart – Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201: I. Allegro moderato 51:04
11 Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: IV. Finale. Allegro assai 56:01
12 Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 2 in G minor, RV 315 “Summer”
– I. Allegro non molto 1:00:42
– II. Adagio e piano – Presto e forte 1:05:47
– III. Presto 1:07:52
13 Litvinovsky – Lost in the Blossoming Gardens 1:10:31
14 Popper – Dance of the Elves 1:14:47
15 Strauss II – Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning), Op. 324 1:17:22
16 Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: IV. Allegro 1:20:27
17 Einaudi – Nuvole Bianche 1:28:49
18 Barriére – 6 Cello Sonatas: No. 4 in G Major
– I. Andante 1:35:20
– II. Adagio 1:40:05
19 Tchaikovsky – The Seasons, Op. 37a
– No. 6, June. Barcarolle 1:43:19
– No. 7, July. Reaper’s Song 1:48:33
– No. 8, August. The Harvest 1:50:26

1, 3, 11, 12, 13, 16: Metamorphose String Orchestra, Pavel Lyubomudrov
Violin on 12: Yuliya Lebedenko
Cello on 14: Mikael Samsonov
2, 7, 8, 9, 10: Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Giuseppe Lanzetta
4, 5, 15: Stettino Philharmonic Orchestra, Stefan Marzcik
6: Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, Werner Stiefel
17, 18: Mr & Mrs Cello
19: Vadim Chaimovich (solo piano)

Classical Sunday: Happy Mother’s Day!

Half an hour of classical music to enjoy

Wishing y’all a pleasant Mother’s Day Sunday!

 

TRACKLIST

1. Con te partirò – Juliana Lubova, Inna Kamarian 00:00

2. Eine kleine Nachtmusik in G Major, K. 525: II. Romanze. Andante – Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, Werner Stiefel 04:01

3. Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6: I. Largo – Kiev Camera Orchestra, Liviu Buiuc 10:34

4. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269 “Spring”: III. Allegro pastorale – Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Giuseppe Lanzetta, Christiane Edinger 13:25

5. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37: III. Rondo. Allegro – Presto – Slupsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Silvano Frontalini, Paola Volpe 17:35

Classical Sunday: Spring Has Sprung

It looks like spring has arrived in our neck of the woods finally.

It looks like spring has arrived in our neck of the woods finally.  Enjoy this little compilation with us, if you spend time inside on this beautiful spring Sunday.

SPRING: CLASSICAL MUSIC

1. BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro 00:00
2. BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro 07:12
3. VIVALDI – The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1, RV 269 “Spring”
I. Allegro 17:54
II. Largo e pianissimo sempre 21:09
III. Allegro pastorale 23:32
4. BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in C Major, BWV 1050: III. Allegro 27:18
5. MOZART – La finta giardiniera, K. 196: Ouverture 32:46
6. STRAUSS II – Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), Op. 410 38:53
7. STRAUSS II – An der schönen blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314 46:26
8. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”
I. Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside 57:47
III. Merry gathering of country folk 1:08:36
V. Shepherd’s song. Cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm 1:13:51
9. BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: III. Allegro 1:22:39
10. MOZART – Flute and Harp Concerto in C Major, K. 299: I. Allegro 1:27:25
11. TCHAIKOVSKY – The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: No. 3, Valzer dei Fiori 1:37:52
12. STRAUSS II – Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song), Op. 333 1:44:56
13. TCHAIKOVSKY – Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48: II. Valse 1:50:34
14. STRAUSS II – Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), Op. 388 1:54:32
15. STRAUSS II – Wo die Citronen Blüh’n! (Where the Lemon Trees Bloom), Op. 364 2:04:14
16. VIVALDI – Symphony in E Major, RV 132: I. Allegro 2:13:59
17. VIVALDI – Concerto for Strings & Continuo, RV 113: I. Allegro 2:18:13
18. MENDELSSOHN – Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 62 No. 6 “Spring Song” 2:20:14
19. TCHAIKOVSKY – The Seasons, Op. 37a
No. 3, March. Song of the Lark 2:23:02
No. 4, April. Snowdrop 2:25:45
No. 5, May. White Nights 2:28:36
20. GRIEG – Lyric Pieces, Op. 43: No. 6, To Spring 2:33:15

Classical Sunday: Mozart’s Musical Joke

What is it about April Fool’s Day and the fish, anyway? Must be a French thing.

Prepare yourselves: Don’t be fooled tomorrow!  And what is it about April Fool’s Day and fish out of water, anyway?  Must be a French thing.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ein Musikalischer Spaß

A Musical Joke (in German: Ein musikalischer Spaß) K. 522, (Divertimento for two horns and string quartet) is a composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; the composer entered it in his Verzeichnis aller meiner Werke (Catalogue of All My Works) on June 14, 1787.

The piece comprises four movements, using forms shared with many classical divertimenti:

1. Allegro (sonata form)
2. Menuetto and trio
3. Adagio cantabile
4. Presto (sonata rondo form)

Compositorial comedic devices include: asymmetrical phrasing, not phrasing by groups of four measures, at the beginning of the first movement; secondary dominants where subdominant chords are required; discords in the horns; whole tone scales in the violin’s high register; clumsy orchestration, backing a thin melodic line with a heavy, monotonous accompaniment in the last movement; and a pathetic attempt at a fugato, also in the last movement.

fish fool

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