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: Schubert’s “Der Tod und das Maedchen”

“Death and the Maiden” in the long and the short version.

Death and the Maiden” – String Quartet No. 14 in D minor by Franz Schubert

I. Allegro 0:00
II. Andante con moto 11:47
III. Scherzo 27:01
IV. Presto 30:59

The String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, known as Death and the Maiden, by Franz Schubert, is one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire.  Composed in 1824, after the composer suffered through a serious illness and realized that he was dying, it is Schubert’s testament to death.  The quartet is named for the theme of the second movement, which Schubert took from a song he wrote in 1817 of the same title (see below); but the theme of death is palpable in all four movements of the quartet.

The quartet takes its name from the Lied “Der Tod und das Mädchen” (D.531), a setting of a poem of the same name by Matthias Claudius which Schubert wrote in 1817.  Here a 1965 recodring of the Lied (not even three minutes long) featuring Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau:

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau “Der Tod und das Mädchen”; Franz Schubert

Das Mädchen
Vorüber! Ach, vorüber!
Geh wilder Knochenmann!
Ich bin noch jung, geh Lieber!
Und rühre mich nicht an.

Der Tod
Gib deine Hand, Du schön und zart Gebild!
Bin Freund, und komme nicht, zu strafen.
Sey gutes Muths! ich bin nicht wild,
Sollst sanft in meinen Armen schlafen!


Featured: Detail of Marianne Stokes  “Death and the Maiden” (1900)

Classical Sunday: Schubert, Die Winterreise D911 Op. 89 – Hans Hotter; Gerald Moore (1954)

Wilhelm Mueller was a German poet, Franz Schubert an Austrian composer, Hans Hotter a German Kammersaenger, and George Moore an English classical pianist. 

1. Gute Nacht 00:00
2. Die Wetterfahne 06:09
3. Gefrorne Tränen 07:58
4. Erstarrung 10:47
5. Der Lindenbaum 13:35
6. Wasserflut 18:23
7. Auf dem Flusse 22:58
8. Rückblick 26:47
9. Irrlicht 29:11
10. Rast 32:02
11. Frühlingstraum 35:33
12. Einsamkeit 39:57
13. Die Post 42:39
14. Der greise Kopf 44:51
15. Die Krähe 47:48
16. Letzte Hoffnung 50:19
17. Im Dorfe 52:57
18. Der stürmische Morgen 56:06
19. Täuschung 56:58
20. Der Wegweiser 58:24
21. Das Wirtshaus 1:02:15
22. Mut! 1:06:34
23. Die Nebensonnen 1:08:07
24. Der Leiermann 1:10:53

Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Müller (7 October 1794 – 30 September 1827) was a German lyric poet, most well known as the author of Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise, the famous Franz Schubert song cycles.

Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer.  He died at age 31, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over 600 secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music.  In 1823 Schubert wrote his first large-scale song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin (D. 795), setting poems by Wilhelm Müller.  This series, together with the later cycle Winterreise (D. 911, also setting texts of Müller in 1827) is widely considered one of the pinnacles of Lieder.

Hans Hotter (19 January 1909 – 8 December 2003) was a German operatic bass-baritone, what the Germans call a Kammersaenger.  He was also known as a lieder singer and left several recordings of Schubert lieder, including Winterreise, Schwanengesang, and other songs.  He also sang sacred music and left recordings of Bach cantatas and one recording of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung in which he sang both the low bass role of Archangel Raphael and the soft, high baritone role of Adam.

Gerald Moore CBE (30 July 1899 – 13 March 1987) was an English classical pianist best known for his career as an accompanist for many famous musicians. Among those with whom he was closely associated were Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schumann, Hans Hotter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Ángeles and Pablo Casals.  Moore gave lectures on stage, radio and television about musical topics.  He also wrote about music, publishing volumes of memoirs and practical guides to interpretation of lieder.

Deutscher Text and English translation

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