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A Playlist of #1's

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For this the third PTB instalment of my number one obsession, I thought I would indulge in a few titles that have in common the #1, but from different composers.

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The main theme for the principal selections is "modern music", as I have selected works from the 20th century, and one "old favourite".

In no particular order, Arnold Schönberg wrote two "chamber symphonies", the first of which is a "transition" piece in my humble opinion between the almost neo-romantic Verklärte Nacht and his later atonal masterpieces.

Karol Szymanowski wrote two violin concerti, and of that pair I again chose the first. It is a modern, yet lyrical work that I feel is under-played and possibly under-appreciatted.

A third modern piece is an opus one, and it is Glenn Gould's only published string quartet. It is a work that dates back to the mid-50's (at about the time Gould was beginning his international career), and it is in every way an homage of sorts to the second viennese school, and aligned with works of Canadian composers he would have encountered in Toronto at that time (Oskar Morawetz comes immediately to mind). Gould did not leave much behind as a composer, claiming he didn't have "much to say". It is thought, however, that had he lived past 50, we would have had more compositions from him, as he would have moved away from the piano.

The "old favourite" is Tchaikovsky's First piano concerto. The playlist features the final movement, but you can find the complete performance here.

Other "firsts" you will find if you browse my YouTube channel include Mahler's First symphony (recently featured on PTB), Elgar's First Pomp and Circumstance march, Smetana's String Quartet no. 1, Liszt's first year of Pilgrimage and Abbott and Costello's Who's on First.

Happy Listening!


Glenn GOULD (1932-1982)
String Quartet Op. 1
The Alcan quartet

Karol SZYMANOWSKI (1882 –1937)
Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35
György Pauk , violin
Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, conducted by Janos Furst

Arnold SCHÖNBERG (1874 – 1951)
Kammersymphonie (Chamber Symphony) No. 1, in E major, Op. 9
Members of the Round Top Music Festival (2011), conducted by Ransom Wilson

Pyotr Ilich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Third movement (Allegro con fuoco) from Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Van Cliburn, piano
Moscow Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Kirill Kondrashin

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October 21 2011, "I Think You Will Love This Music Too" will be adding a new montage "Chopin 'Number One' Montage" to its Pod-O-Matic Podcast. Read our English and French commentary October 21st on the ITYWLTMT Blogspot blog.

Updated Oct-18-2011 at 12:34 by itywltmt

Classical Music , Recorded Music