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Monday, June 27, 2016


My Classical Notes

Yesterday

Serenade and Variations by Brahms

My Classical NotesThis recording brings us two great orchestral works by Johannes Brahms. Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a ‘St Anthony Variations’ Performed by The Hague Philharmonic, Jan Willem de Vriend conducting. The Serenade No.1 and the Haydn Variations are also among the most “classical” of Brahms’ orchestral works. This is the first instalment in a series of CD’s that de Vriend devotes to Brahms. The next one will be the Deutsches Requiem. Here is Gustavo Dudamel, conducting a performance of Brahms’ Bariation on a Theme by Haydn:

Guardian

Yesterday

Muffat: Missa in Labore Requies CD review – energetic and expressive

Cappella Murensis/Les Cornets Noirs/Strobl (Audite) The recent discovery of Alessandro Striggio’s huge 40-part Mass has whetted the appetite for other multi-choir works: Georg Muffat’s late 17th-century piece in 24 parts is modest in terms of size, but musically rather more interesting. The writing is subtle and expressive, and this recording using the four galleries of the abbey church in Muri mirrors well the probable original setting in Salzburg cathedral. The autograph score was owned by Joseph Haydn, who surely appreciated Muffat’s eloquent twists and turns of phrase. Johannes Strobl’s ensemble is sometimes unfocused but always energetic. They complement Muffat’s vocal music with rich, well-chosen instrumental sonatas by Heinrich Biber, Antonio Bertali and Johann Schmelzer: shining, skating sounds. Continue reading...






Joseph Haydn
(1732 – 1809)

Joseph Haydn (31 March 1732 - 31 May 1809) was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms. He was also instrumental in the development of the piano trio and in the evolution of sonata form. A life-long resident of Austria, Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Hungarian aristocratic Esterházy family on their remote estate. Isolated from other composers and trends in music until the later part of his long life, he was, as he put it, "forced to become original".[5] At the time of his death, he was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe. Joseph Haydn was the brother of Michael Haydn, himself a highly regarded composer, and Johann Evangelist Haydn, a tenor. He was also a close friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven.



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