Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss being most crucial early in his development. The subsequent inspiration of the English folksong revival of the early 20th century, and the example of such rising modern composers as Maurice Ravel, led Holst to develop and refine an individual style.
Once I had the honor to see & hear Mr. Perlman during a rehearsal one day before a concert in Berlin. I was in my former life travelling technician and one day I was (again) in Berlin, shortly after the fall of the wall. The customer, where I had to repair a gigantic printer had almost become a friend through many years and I always asked him, when I was there, who was actually there and with which concerto…or which orchestra, which maestro. Mostly there was nothing or not interessant for me (I was around 1-2 times in a year there). But one fine day the Muses were very friendly to me and Itzhak gave the Beethoven Concerto. Knowing my love to music, my customer asked me, if I would gladly attend to the rehearsal. I couldn’t believe it…. He phoned with someone and I could hear in the almost empty hall the wonderful playing of Mr. Perlman. Lucky me! 😀
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Niccoló Paganini, Antonin Dvorak, Max Bruch
Performer: Itzhak Perlman
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Lawrence Foster, Daniel Barenboim, André Previn
Number of discs: 3
DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 2.9 GB
Oh friends, I’m experiencing at now a paradigm shift in my understanding of the LvB piano concerti, concerning the best interpreter, who ever recorded them. In the origin I had only the concerti with Pollini and (three of the five concerti) with Benedetti-Michelangeli and I was happy for many years. Both great pianists, both marvellous in their interpretations although a little different from each other. Then I heard Katchen and I was speechless… then Arrau, Rubinstein and – OMG – Kempff !!! I thought, never in life can another pianist reach the level of these five “gods”. Oh, how wrong I was! Thanks to Trottar and Jean-Luc I “discovered” in the last 3 years my love for Brendel, an artist who was well known to be, but I never estimated more than just a little – don’t ask me why. Two weeks ago I found out by accident that Brendel had recorded the concerti and I was like electrified. In such moments I don’t think twice or a second too long: seen and purchased was a single act. Please welcome the sixt “god” in the olymp of the LvB piano concerti interpreters.
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Number of discs: 5
DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 3.8GB
Wonderful original 1st pressing from 1953 in stunning shape and 215 Gramm 😀
Edouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole was considered fluff until recently, when the new generation of violinists began to champion it. The work was written in 1874 for violinist Pablo Sarasate, and premiered in Paris in February 1875. Although called a “Spanish Symphony”, it is considered a violin concerto by musicians today. The piece has Spanish motifs throughout, and launched a period when Spanish-themed music came into vogue.
Alfredo Campoli (20 October 1906 – 27 March 1991) was an Italian-born British violinist, often known simply as Campoli. He was noted for the beauty of the tone he produced from the violin. Campoli spent his childhood and much of his career in England. More about Alfredo Campoli on Wikipedia.
Composer: Edouard Lalo
Performer: Alfredo Campoli
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Decca DR-Analysis: DR 16 Size: 322 MB
Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this gem Written between 1930 and 1932, The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was one of the most brilliant achievements of Shostakovich’s long career. It was also the work that got him into trouble with Stalin. When the Soviet leader attended a performance in Moscow in 1936, almost two years after the opera’s acclaimed Leningrad premiere, he personally ordered the publication of a scathing article in Pravda (“Muddle Instead of Music”), unleashing a ruthless campaign to reduce the arts in Soviet Russia to a state of dogmatic subservience to the regime…..
Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich Performer: Nicolai Gedda, Galina Vishnevskaya, Dimiter Petkov
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
Vinyl (1979) Number of Discs: 3 Format: Flac Label: EMI DR-Analysis: DR 15 Size: 3.02GB Scan: yes Server: FF