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SS 64 | Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in d minor

by Glenn on October 22, 2017

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) Symphony No. 5 in d minor, Op. 47 Moderato Allegretto Largo Allegro non troppo first performance: 20 July 1937 Leningrad Philharmonic | Yevgeny Mravinsky It’s challenging enough to be an artist. You need to get paid. And, (…)

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SS No. 63 | Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4

by Glenn on October 17, 2017

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) Symphony No. 4 in c minor, Op. 43 i. Allegretto poco moderato—Presto ii. Moderato con moto iii. Largo—Allegro I listened to a recording by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Recorded: Walthamstow Assembly Hall | (…)

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SS No. 62 | Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

by Glenn on September 8, 2017

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) Symphony No. 8 in c minor, Op. 65 Adagio Allegretto Allegro non troppo Largo Allegretto first performance: 3 November 1943 Yevgeny Mravinsky | State Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Study No. 61 | Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in c minor, “Resurrection”

by Glenn on June 3, 2017

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) Symphony No. 2 in c minor, “Resurrection” Allegro maestoso Andante moderato In quietly flowing motion Urlicht (Primal Light): Very Solemn, but simple In the tempo of the scherzo—Allegro energico—slow, misterioso first complete performance: 4 March 1895 | (…)

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Symphony Study No. 60 | Haydn: No. 86 in D Major

by Glenn on April 19, 2017

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) Symphony No. 86 in D Major Adagio—Allegro spiritoso Capriccio: Largo Menuet: Allegretto Finale: Allegro con spirito First performed: 1787 by Joseph Boulogne, for the Concert de la Loge Olympique (Paris) series. This is one of Haydn’s (…)

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Symphony Study No. 59 | Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable”

by Glenn on January 15, 2017

Carl Nielsen (1865–1931) The Inextinguishable, Symphony No. 4 Allegro | Poco allegretto | Poco adagio quasi andante | Allegro first performance: 1 February 1916 the orchestra of the Copenhagen Music Society, conducted by the composer With Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony, “The (…)

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Symphony Study No. 58 | Hartmann Symphony No. 8

by Glenn on January 11, 2017

Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905–1963) Symphony No. 8 I: Cantilène II: Dithyrambe: Scherzo—Fugue first performance: 25 January 1963 Rafael Kubelik | West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne I listened to a performance by the Bamberger Symphoniker, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, which (…)

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Symphony Study No 57 | Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scotch”

by Glenn on January 7, 2017

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809–1847) Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Op. 56, Scotch Andante con moto and Allegro un poco agitato—Vivace non troppo—Adagio—Allegro vivacissimo and Allegro maestoso assai first performance: 3 March 1842 | Leipzig Gewandhaus Dedicated to “H.M. Queen Victoria (…)

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Symphony Study 56 | Martinů: Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No. 6)

by Glenn on December 22, 2016

I’m not sure which is more delightful, Bohuslav Martinů’s music or the affection that Michael Steinberg seems to have for him. Steinberg met Martinů at Princeton as a senior while Martinů was on “a three-year stint on the faculty.” Steinberg (…)

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Symphony Study 55 | Copland: Short Symphony (Symphony No. 2)

by Glenn on October 30, 2016

Aaron Copland (1900–1990) Short Symphony (Symphony No. 3) first performance: 23 November 1934, Mexico City i. Incisivo ii. Expressivo iii. Preciso e ritmico I am fairly certain this is the first American composer I’ve encountered so far on Michael Steinberg’s (…)

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Symphony Study 54 | Górecki: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

by Glenn on October 6, 2016

Henryk Górecki (1933–2010) Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs Lento (sostenuto tranquillo ma cantabile) Lento e largo (tranquillissimo, catabilissimo, dolcissimo, legatissimo)—Molto lento Lento (cantabile, semplice)—Lento e largo—Molto lento—Largo ben tenuto First performance: 4 April 1977, Orchestra of the Southwest (…)

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Symphony Studies Nos. 51 & 52 | Dvořák No. 8 & 9

by Glenn on August 3, 2016

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Opus 88 Allegro con brio Adagio Allegretto grazioso Allegro ma non troppo First performance: 2 February 1890 | Prague | Conducted by the composer Symphony No. 9 in e minor, Op. (…)

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