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: 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: 1 Hour of Waltzes 2

A certain birthday-girl wished for this compilation to be on our site today. 🙂

One Hour of Music – The Greatest Waltzes of All Time 2

Florian Hermann – Dark Eyes Waltz (Andre Rieu version): 00:00 – 02:50
Ilya Alekseevich Shatrov – Hills of Manchuria: 02:50 – 05:35
Georgy Sviridov – Snowstorm Waltz: 05:35 – 9:30
M.Kuess – Waves of Amur: 9:30 – 12:30
Anthony Hopkins – And the Waltz Goes On: 12:30 – 17:45
A. Joyce – Unnamed Waltz: 17:45 – 22:05
Johann Strauss II – Acceleration Waltz: 22:05 – 30:20
Johann Strauss II – Emperor Waltz: 30:20 – 35:15
P. I. Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin Waltz: 35:15 – 41:30
Camille Saint Saens – Danse Macabre: 41:30 – 48:40
Johann Strauss II – Blue Danube: 48:40 – 1:00:00

Classical Sunday: Thanksgiving Week!

Getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, one of our favorite holidays.

Vivaldi, Händel, Bach, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky:  That should do it for a fitting Thanksgiving atmosphere.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving week, one and all!

Thanksgiving Day: Classical Music for Thanksgiving Dinner

Vivaldi — Concerto No. 1, I. E Major, Op. 8, RV 269: I. Allegro « Primavera »
Vivaldi — Concerto No. 2, I. G Minor, Op. 8, RV 315: I. Allegro Non Molto « Estate » ( 03:42 )
Vivaldi — Concerto No. 3, I. F Major, Op. 8, RV 293: I. Allegro « Autunno » ( 08:45 )
Vivaldi — Concerto Alla Rustica 1° mov ( 14:08 )
Vivaldi — Concerto Alla Rustica 2° mov ( 15:42 )
Vivaldi — Concerto Alla Rustica 3° mov ( 16:44 )
Händel — Messiah, HWV 56, Scene 3: “For unto us a Child Is Born” ( 18:21 )
Händel — Messiah, HWV 56, Scene 7: “Hallelujah” ( 22:25 )
Beethoven — Symphony No. 6 in F Major, op. 68 (Pastorale) ( 26:13 )
Händel — Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV 349 “Water Music”: II. Alla Hornpipe ( 35:21 )
Bach — Badinerie ( 40:11 )
Tchaikovsky — The Nutcracker, Suite, Op. 71a: III. Valzer dei Fiori ( 42:53 )

Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (18 August 1863 – 18 March 1930), the American painter who painted the painting the video and our post feature, was best known for his series of 78 scenes from American history entitled The Pageant of a Nation, the largest series of American historical paintings by a single artist.  He also happened to be the nephew of Thomas Moran, who, as we have just discovered, lies buried in the same cemetery on Long Island as a number of our relatives.

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: Tchaikovsky’ Tempest Overture

Much like Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet Overtures, this was also inspired by one of Shakespeare’s plays:  The Tempest.  Just so happens that Prospero is my favorite Shakespearian character.

Tchaikovsky – The Tempest – Fantasy Overture

The featured image shows Marc Rylance as Prospero at the Globe Theater in London, UK, during the 2005 season.  A very impressive performance and no mistake.

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: 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: Classical Music for Zodiac Signs

Is the music chosen for your sign your favorite in this collection?

Yes, we are a bit early with this.  More properly it should be posted on the Sunday before the vernal equinox (on March 20th), and consequently, the collection starts with Aries.  But since we are so used to viewing January 1st as the beginning of a new annual cycle, maybe you can enjoy this little offering at this time of year as well.

Classical Music for Zodiac Signs

Tracklist

01 Aries – Bach: Musicalisches Opfer BWV 1079 Ricercar a 3
02. Taurus – Tchaikovsky: Valzer dei Fiori 05:51
03. Gemini – R. Strauss: Sonata op. 5 Allegro 12:55
04. Cancer – Mahler: Symphony No 1 Titan II Kraftig bewegt doch nicht zu Schnell 20:32
05. Leo – Debussy: Clair De Lune Suite Bergamasque 26:57
06. Virgo – Vivaldi The Four Seasons Concerto No. 2 RV 315 Summer III Presto 32:16
07. Libra – Vivaldi The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 3 in F Major, RV 293″Autumn”: I. Allegro 34:57
08. Scorpio – Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron Ouverture 39:59
09. Sagittarius – Beethoven: Battel Piano Sonata No. 21 Op 53 Waldstein I. Allegro con brio 42:15
10. Capricorn – Puccini: Nessun Dorma Pavarotti 53:21
11. Aquarius – Mozart: Die Zauberflote, K. 620, Ouverture 56:26
12. Pisces – Chopin: Fantasia improviso op.66 01:03:40

 

 

 

 

 

Classical Sunday: Scary Hodge-Podge

Allhallowtide is here!

Believe it or not, people have put up “scary classical music compilations”, and we picked one from a channel we frequently refer to.

So this week, rather than listening to one nice tragic requiem for the occasion, you will hear a snipped from many (refer to list below).

Wishing you all a decently spooky Allhallowtide!

Halloween or Hallowe’en is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day.  It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

SCARY DARK CLASSICAL MUSIC

  • 00:00 MOZART – Requiem, K. 626: Sequentia. Dies Irae (Harmonia Cantata & Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina cond. by Giuseppe Lanzetta)
  • 01:38 PROKOFIEV – Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64bis: No. 6, Death of Tybalt
  • 06:07 LITVINOVSKY – Suite for String Orchestra «Le Grand Cahier»: II. Les Alertes (Metamorphose String Orchestra cond. by Pavel Lyubomudrov)
  • 08:16 BRAHMS – Tragische Ouvertüre, Op. 81 (Olsztyn Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Marek Tracz)
  • 22:20 MOZART – Requiem, K. 626: Sequentia. Confutatis & Lacrimosa (Harmonia Cantata & Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina cond. by Giuseppe Lanzetta)
  • 27:54 CHERUBINI – Marcia Funebre (International Symphonic Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini)
  • 34:07 LITVINOVSKY – Suite for String Orchestra «Le Grand Cahier»: X. L’Incendie (Metamorphose String Orchestra cond. by Pavel Lyubomudrov)
  • 36:25 MOZART – Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K. 477 (International Symphonic Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini)
  • 42:35 CAGGIANO – La Tomba del Busento (Symphonic Poem) (Slupsk National Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini)
  • 57:58 BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto (Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina cond. by Giuseppe Lanzetta)
  • 01:06:56 TCHAIKOVSKY – Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: No. 2d, Arabian Dance (Donetsk Symphonic Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini)
  • 01:10:32 CHOPIN – Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35: III. Marche funèbre
    (Giovanni Umberto Battel)
  • BOCCHERINI – Sinfonia in D Minor «La Casa del Diavolo» (The Devil’s House)
    01:19:58 I. Andante sostenuto – Allegro assai
    01:25:28 II. Andantino con moto
    01:28:10 III. Andante sostenuto
    (I Virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala)
  • 01:33:47 MAHLER – Symphony No. 1 in D Major «Titan»: IV. Stürmisch bewegt
    (Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra cond. by Silvano Frontalini)

 

 

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