The Classical mixtape #004

Notes about update #004 of The Classical Mixtape.

Haydn is one of my favourite composers. He has a way to work and develop musical material that makes him one the greatest. The way he develops a small but dramatic motif of four notes in the first movement of the 83rd Symphony for instance.

I also think his music often has maturity and afterthought. Often with rough edges, but with great sense of humour and a big heart. The second movement in the 31th piano sonata for instance is a great example of that. Emanuel Ax recording with Haydn piano sonatas, especially the late album, must be one of my favourite albums with Haydn piano music. He reflects this maturity and afterthought in a light and fluent way of playing.

William Alwyn was English composer that died 1985. He wrote a lot of film scores but also symphonies, concertos and string quartets.

Concerto in E-flat “Dumbarton Oaks” is a chamber concerto by Igor Stravinsky that was written during his Neoclassical period and completed in 1938. It was premiered on Dumbarton Oaks in 1938 with Nadia Boulanger as the conductor.

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The Modern mixtape update #003

Notes about update #003 of The Modern mixtape.

Fragments of a circle is an orchestral piece by the Swedish composer Pär Lindgren that just recently have been available for streaming. A fascinating orchestral piece inspired by Leonardo da Vinci drawings.

Unsuk Chin is a composer with unique language of her own. In pieces like Xi for ensemble and electronics and the Double Concerto for piano, percussion and ensemble she is demonstrating a energetic type of music with it’s very own timbre and sound.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard is part of recent album where he is performing Tristan Murail’s monumental piano concerto Le Désenchantement du monde. He is a true champion for contemporary music. He is, for instance, famous for his interpretations of Messiaen and Ligeti. Both the album with Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus and Ligeti’s Études is very good.

Another recent monumental recording is Un’immagine di Arpocrate for piano, choir and orchestra by Salvatore Sciarrino. I associate two types of music with Sciarrino. One is these long ambient pieces pieces like Un’immagine di Arpocrate and Sui Poemi Concentrici. I really like how he stretch and hold particular mood for long periods of time, much like Brian Eno has done in his ambient music like the recently released Reflection. He has also written a lot of operas and have for many have worked with how to write music for the human voice. That has also been the inspiration for his late string quartets, for instance the seventh one.

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The Classical mixtape update #003

Notes about update #003 of The Classical mixtape.

Happy Birthday Jacqueline du Pre. She was a astonishing cellist but had to stop performing at the age of 27 because she had multiple sclerosis. She was most famous for her performance and recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto. She also made a number of recordings with chamber music together with Daniel Barenboim (with whom she was married at the time). For instance the Beethoven Cello Sonatas, his Piano Trios and the Brahms Cello Sonatas.

On March 31, 1913, there was a scandalous concert in Wien that ended in riots and couldn’t be finished. The conductor was Schoenberg and below is the program.

Two month after that concert, on the 29th of May, the most famous scandalous concert took place. The premiere of The Rite Of Spring.

I really like Maurizio Pollini’s album with the late works of Chopin. He plays with ease and a light, thoughtful touch.

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