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Fiona Talkington presents a highlight from last year's concert season.

Japonese conductor Kazuki Yamada directs the Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid and the tenor François Paolino in the 'Te Deum' by Berlioz.

The programme begins with the Symphony in C by Bizet, and early work, in which the composer of Carmen demonstrates his innate flair for orchestration.

In the second half, the enormous forces of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid perform the Te Deum by Berlioz, an oratorio of colossal scale and rarely performed for that reason. Tenor François Piolino is the soloist. The programme begins with Bizet's Symphony in C.
Concert given in Feburary, 2019.
In the second half, the enormous forces of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and massed choruses perform the Te Deum by Berlioz, an oratorio of colossal scale requiring the acoustics of a vast buiding - and rarely performed for that reason. Tenor François Piolino is the soloist.

François Paolino, tenor
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of RTVE
Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid
Kazuki Yamada, conductor

Concert given in February 2019.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000qwfn
 

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A Monday Morning Concert ... a private concert, of course, in my personal listening space. In the mood for piano trios. So ....

Began with Charles Ives, Trio For Violin, Violoncello And Piano (1904):

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This Musical Heritage Society disc features trios by American composers. The Ives is especially well played and fun to listen to. The recording, by the way, is stunning, with great tone and instruments that are right there in the room with you.

Moved on to a lesser known Trio (at least to me, though I have listened to it before), the Marcel Tyberg Piano Trio in F Major (1935-36):

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This delightful work of art contrasts nicely with the Ives, seeming oddly almost from the same universe of sound, if less harmonically surprising. We know Ives often ran counter to 19th century Romanticism, while Tyberg embraces it, which leads to the oddness. A pleasant piece about which there is nothing to complain. Almost folksy at times, and almost "American" sounding, especially following the Ives. Yet, Tyberg's chamber music is, as the line notes suggest, "imbued with the spirit of Beethoven and Mendelssohn" and the Trio "brims with a richly Romantic esprit." Worth second and third hearings, certainly.

To complete my morning concert, I turned to an old favorite: Beethoven's Piano Trio No. 1 in E-Flat, this one performed by the Xyrion Trio from the NAXOS box set Beethoven Complete Edition:

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The Piano Trios may be among the least listened to (by me) of Beethoven's major series (symphonies, string quartets, piano sonatas -- all of which I access regularly), but of the Trios the one I tend to turn to most is Number One. It's light and jaunty and leaves little room for philosophical angst or speculations, as does much of Beethoven's music, including, I would suggest, some of the later Trios.

So, I hope all of you have an equally pleasant and enjoyable daily concert.
 

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Samuel Barber - various works part five of five for tonight.

The Lovers - cycle of nine songs for baritone, mixed choir and orchestra op.43 [Texts: Pablo Neruda] (1971):



Despite and Still - cycle of five songs for voice and piano op.41 [Texts: Robert Graves/Theodore Roethke/James Joyce] (1968-69):
Three Songs for voice and piano op.45 [Texts: Gottfried Keller (transl. by James Joyce)/Czesław Miłosz/Christopher Middleton] (1972):



Mutations from Bach for brass and tympani WoO (1967):
A Fadograph of a Yestern Scene - tone Picture for orchestra after Finnegans Wake by James Joyce op.44 (1971):
Canzonetta for oboe and string orchestra op.48 (1977-78):



Ballade for piano op.46 (1977):



Third Essay for Orchestra op.47 (1978):

 

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THE GLORY OF EARLY MUSIC
A Naxos Sampler of 15th - 17th c. Instrumental Music
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Convivium Musicum
Ensemble Villanella
Shirley Rumsey
Joseph Payne
Rose Consort of Viols & Red Byrd
Christopher Wilson


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Earlier today, I started with a pair of works by Robert Schumann - Symphony No.1 and the “Introduction, Allegro and Finale”. Both pieces performed by Wolfgang Sawallisch & the Staatskapelle Dresden - my benchmark recordings for these works (and the remaining Symphonies).

I later listened to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quartet No.20, performed by the Hagen Quartet. I chose the piece at random from the ensembles Mozart String Quartet set. To be honest, when it comes to Mozart, I’ve grown to prefer the Chamber and Opera works over his Symphonies.

Currently I’m working through a pair of works by Sir Arthur Bliss. The Composer’s suite from the soundtrack to “Things to Come” and the “Introduction & Allegro” - both of which performed by the Composer himself with the London Symphony Orchestra.
 
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