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Here’s a recording of Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 4, played by Leonard Slatkin’s Detroit Symphony. According to J. Peter Burkholder (James P.?), the chorale tunes in the second movement (including the prominent “Beulah Land” and “Nearer My God to Thee”) first appeared in this form as organ tunes that are no longer extant in score. After those organ tunes, they appeared in the composer’s String Quartet No. 1 and then finally ended up in his fourth symphony.

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Dvořák’s final string quartet in A-flat major (1895) is raw (depending on your numbering, it’s either his 13th or 14th quartet—Op. 105, either way). It was published shortly after the composer’s return to Europe after his American sojourn, though I wouldn’t read into that too much.

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Listening to Isaac Stern’s 1965 recording of Barber’s Violin Concerto with Bernstein and the NYPhil. There are some real moments of brilliance, but also some surprising intonation issues (especially in the last movement) and what sound like wrong notes. Perhaps Stern had too much on his plate at the time, as this recording was made during a stretch in which the violinist was recording heavily (winning Grammy awards in 1963 and 1965, though the latter was for a recording other than this). Regardless, the orchestra sounds great.

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It’s easy to get stuck in a hole of Tiny Desk Concerts (something I do a lot, unapologetically). The classical ones are always interesting. Check out this concert from 2010 of Brooklyn Rider playing some non-Western stuff with a little Debussy mixed in. Smart programming.

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Germane to nothing right now, but Mendelssohn’s “Die erste Walpurgisnacht,” based on Goethe, is a really fun listen. Sort of sounds like if “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” took place in Weber’s wolf’s glen…

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Pianist Amy Briggs wears a GoPro while playing David Rakowski’s “Chase” étude. Fun perspective!

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I have a hunch that a CD set of historical recordings of/by Samuel Barber wouldn’t be best sold as a bargain special…

I have a hunch that a CD set of historical recordings of/by Samuel Barber wouldn’t be best sold as a bargain special…

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A Doodle for Rota

Stumbled across this nice Google Doodle from December 3, 2011, celebrating what would have been Italian film composer and Fellini-collaborator Nino Rota’s birthday. Rota studied at the Curtis Institute with Rosario Scalero, who also taught Gian Carlo Menotti, Samuel Barber, Lukas Foss and many others.

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It’s funny when you think you know what to expect from a composer and then you come across a jazzy little number like this from the Hungarian Ligeti.

Musica ricercata, No. 3

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(Apologies for the recent lull…this song is one of the reasons.)

An initially torturous, but then charming, song about fraught love and angels, sung and played by Anneliese Rothenberger and Gerald Moore.

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