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  1. Beethoven/Liszt: Symphonies nos. 4 & 5

    For this month’s contribution to our #Beethoven2020 series, as promised last month, we continue with some piano works, but with a twist…

    You will hear all of Beethoven’s nine symphonies several times over in the course of this anniversary year – including symphonies 1 and 3 so far in this series. Beethoven himself subtly introduced symphony number 2 into the series a few months ago as a transcription for piano trio. In the course of the next two installments, we will focus on the
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  2. Liszt, Ivan Davis , Royal Philharmonic, Edward Downes ‎– Piano Concertos #1 & 2

    This week’s edition of Vinyl’s revenge features a coupling of the two Liszt piano concertos featuring American pianist Ivan Davis (1932-2018).

    As a teenager, Franz Liszt created at least two virtuosic concertos for piano and orchestra, scores which are now lost. The two numbered concertos were composed during the 1830's when Liszt’s career as a young, travelling virtuoso was at its height. Liszt revised them extensively before letting them be published some 25 years after their
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  3. Vladimir Ashkenazy ‎– Piano Sonatas Moonlight / Appassionata / Waldstein

    This month’s Cover 2 Cover starts a three-part arc on our #Beethoven2020 series focused on works for solo piano.

    The chief contribution Beethoven made to the solo piano repertoire are his 32 piano sonatas. Composed between 1795 and 1822, they span the entirety of his career, and allow us to witness Beethoven’s evolution as a composer. Although originally not intended to be a meaningful whole, as a set they compose one of the most important collections of works in the history of
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  4. The Symphonic Organ – Orchestra Edition

    About a year ago, we shared a montage of music for the symphonic organ – works by three giants of the French Organ tradition – exploiting the palette of organs built mainly in the 1800’s in France. This week, we revisit the idea of symphonic organ music, this time with organs adding to the palette of a symphony orchestra.

    As large organs became more common in new concert halls in the later 19th century, a modest repertoire of celebratory music for organ and orchestra also began to develop.
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    Updated Mar-31-2020 at 12:31 by itywltmt

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  5. Gerd Wachowski - Pachelbel: Organ Works

    During Lent, I usually program some organ music, and expect a pair of posts this week and next (for our Fifth Tuesday montage) where I will do just that.

    Johann Pachelbel was an acclaimed Baroque composer, organist, and teacher who brought the south German organ tradition to its peak. He composed a large body of sacred and secular music, and his contributions to the development of the chorale prelude and fugue have earned him a place among the most important composers of the middle
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