Sunday, December 30, 2012

A core Beethoven broadcast symphony cycle for my son


Without much fanfare, here it is. Maybe more yammering will appear later in this post, but for now:

When my son was born almost 3 years ago I made a core Beethoven cycle (no Symphonies 1 or 2, or any other form) of broadcast material. He has enjoyed it ever since, as have I. It's not perfect, in fact far from it; it does however have a lot of fun performances. May it serve as sturdy accompaniment for the years ahead.

Here it is:

A Core Beethoven Broadcast Cycle for Beary : Symphonies 3 through 9
(meant to fit on one mp3 cd)

Beethoven Op. 55 Sinf 3

Gilbert/NYP 2011 05 24  Prague broadcast
Recorded May 24, 2011 in the Smetana Hall, Prague
Prague Spring International Music Festival 2011
"...I think it's fairly telling to listen to the rapturous audience response at this
program vs. the response to the San Francisco Symphony a few days ago. There's
certainly a case for the adventuresome programming the Tilson Thomas is known
for, however nothing can replace well-played concerts and technical ability.
Although not evidenced here, Alan Gilbert is also no slouch when it comes to
good programming."-thanks to earbox

Beethoven Op. 60 Sinf 4

Gatti/ONF 2010 05 27 broadcast
Recorded 5/27/10 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

Beethoven Op. 67 Sinf 5

Jarvi/DKP 2009 07 30 broadcast
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Aufzeichnung vom 30. Juli in der Laeiszhalle

Beethoven Op. 68 Sinf 6

Szell/Cleveland 1968 04 11-13 broadcast
Concert from 11 & 13 April 1968 at Severance Hall

Beethoven Op. 92 Sinf 7

Jarvi/DKP 2009 08 27 broadcast Salzburg
Mozarteum, Salzburg
27 August 2009
Beethoven 6 & 7
DKP Bremen
Paavo Järvi, conductor

Beethoven Op. 93 Sinf 8

Masur/ONF 2008 11 08 live broadcast
FA2008-118 Orchestre National de France & Choeur de Radio France,
Kurt Masur - conductor

Beethoven Op.125 Sinf 9
Ormandy/CSO 1982 broadcast
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Valente, Benita; soprano
Ciesinski, Katherine; mezzo-soprano
Shirley-Quirk, John; bass-baritone
West, Jon Frederic; tenor

Thanks to the original contributors of the radio broadcast recordings;
you help to make the world sound better.

Enjoy! Play it LOUD and often.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Schumann Cycle 2012, Nézet Séguin, COE live @ Cité de la Musique, Paris

Robert Schumann
Symphonies and Concertos Live 2012, Cité de la Musique, Paris

Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo, NY

2 November 2012

Symphony No.4 in D minor Op.120
Cello Concert in A minor Op.129
Symphony No.1 in B Flat Major Op.38 'Spring'

3 November 2012

Manfred Overture Op 115
Violin Concerto in D minor WoO 23
Symphony No.3 in E Flat Major Op.97 'Rhenish'

4 November 2012

Overture Genoveva Op 81
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54
Symphony No.2 in C Major Op.61

Gautier Capuçon, cello
Renaud Capuçon, violin
Nicholas Angelich, piano

Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Yannick Nézet Séguin, conductor

broadcast recordings
Cité de la Musique, Paris

All thanks to Atze, MP3s, 320 kbps

Allright. The pic is weird, and seemingly non sequitur. It's my current workplace, and the shot just seems to express the invitation to beauty inherent in these broadcast recordings. Maestro Nézet-Séguin is doing a real number on these works, most of them varnishable warhorses. I find he is great with bringing out rhythmic power without the protracted mashing of the 'thermonuclear' button felt in, say, Solti. (To be fair, Sir Georg also had nights where his mood was more forgiving, an example of which is somewhere in the posting cue). The Chamber Orchestra Of Europe's own blog has a wonderful piece giving some nice details and ruminations about Schumann. Here . 


The ground from which to resume

from a New York Philharmonic post