The Cleveland Orchestra was recently voted the “world’s favorite orchestra” by the London-based website Bachtrack.com, an international concert finder that ran a poll to find out which group the world loves best. After a month of on-line voting with nearly 12,000 votes from 97 countries, the Cleveland Orchestra clearly emerged in the top spot. You can see all of the rankings on their website.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, the next Fretworks will feature the German mandolin orchestra, Fidium Concentus, with ballet music from Gluck’s Don Juan. Other ensemble pieces will include the Guitar Quintet No. 5 of Luigi Boccherini with Pepe Romero and the Academy Chamber Ensemble and music of Isaac Albeniz played by the New Pro Arte Guitar Trio.
Did you hear that? That thing that just went bump in the night? Maybe it’s just the black cat dragging in another wayward trick-or-treater. Or maybe it’s something stirring in the world beyond. This vintage video of the 1948 live TV performance of Menotti’s opera “The Medium” brings the dark side of the spirit world to life on stage.
Just in time for the holidays: Sing along with this classical music flash mob.
We’ll have a concerto for four guitars and orchestra on the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101. That’s a lot of guitar strings played by the Romeros in Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz.