Classical 101 Archives For May 2014
Being a conductor involves more than just waving a stick. The best ones know how to shape and sculpt the sound of an orchestra, getting the absolute best from the musicians.
Seventy years ago today, November 14, 1943, 25 year old Leonard Bernstein made a triumphant debut conducting the New York Philharmonic. He had been an assistant conductor with that great orchestra for only two months, but fate intervened to give his career a huge boost.
What city are you? Join Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick for a musical tour of great American cities, Saturday at 6 pm on The American Sound.
As it turns out, our next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 will bring us music from Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, Italy and England, with the centerpiece for the hour, Joaquin Rodrigo’s popular and very enjoyable Fantasia par un gentilhombre.
David Danzmayr and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra explore the possibilities of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in a finished form Sunday at 1:00pm on the ProMusica broadcast.
When Tchaikovsky wrote his Violin Concerto for Leopold Auer, the violinist declared it “unplayable.”
So aware was Johannes Brahms of Beethoven’s spirit looking over his shoulder, it took him a very long time to get around to completing a first symphony. In fact he was 43 when Symphony No. 1 in C minor premiered in 1876. Three other major works for orchestra had already appeared before the First Symphony: Serenades 1 and 2 (1857 and 1859) and the First Piano Concerto (1858).
A mandolin concerto from the end of the 18th century will be featured on the next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7 here on Classical 101. We’ll hear David Russell from his CD of Latin-American music for guitar. Also, there’s a guitar trio by Filippo Gragnani and a duo by Fernando Sor.
Stringed instruments get their own “hall of fame” in the world capital of violin making, Cremona, Italy.
Classical 101′s Boyce Lancaster and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr continue their discussion about what makes a great performance and recording and which conductors do it best, in David’s opinion. This week they discuss Carlos Kleiber.