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December 2018

jfl #morninglistening to #Gesualdo, who really knew how to lay down…

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jfl On ClassicsToday: Haydn Concertos Given Their Due

Haydn Concertos Given Their Due

by Jens F. Laurson

This disc has been on my “CD of the Week” or similar-such review-pile for as long as it’s been out–which is going on five years. High time finally to review what is an excellent, subtly brazen disc of three Haydn violin concertos with Midori Seiler… Continue Reading

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jfl On ClassicsToday: Haydn Concertos Given Their Due

Haydn Concertos Given Their Due

by Jens F. Laurson

This disc has been on my “CD of the Week” or similar-such review-pile for as long as it’s been out–which is going on five years. High time finally to review what is an excellent, subtly brazen disc of three Haydn violin concertos with Midori Seiler… Continue Reading

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Freya Parr The best classical music for New Year’s Eve

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As we nurse our heads and stomachs after several days of overindulgence, we all need a little help rallying for the next big event – welcoming in the new year. Whether it’s a tune for New Year’s Eve, or merely one that suits the melancholic first few days of the new year, the BBC Music Magazine team have got you covered. 

To coincide with our New Year playlist on Apple music (available here), the BBC Music Magazine team has chosen the pieces they feel best suit this time of year. 

 

‘In dir ist Freude’, BWV 615 from Orgelbüchlein (JS Bach)

There's no more joyous start to the new year than ‘In dir ist Freude’ (In Thee is gladness) from JS Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, a collection of chorale preludes marking various points in the liturgical year.

This ingenious two-and-a-half-minute gem sees the cantus firmus chorale theme shoot back and forth between the hands, over the top of a recurring bass motif. It’s utterly thrilling.

 

 

Winterreise (Schubert)

Once you've got over the hangover of 1 January, the New Year means going back to work in the dark, filthy weather and a dwindling post-Christmas bank account as the next pay day takes forever to arrive.

The grey misery of Schubert’s Winterreise matches this vile time of year to perfection. Our recording of choice is by the masterful Christian Gerhaher, baritone extraordinaire

 

 

Dream (John Cage)

John Cage’s Dream is a meditative meander of a piece, written for the dancer-choreographer Merce Cunningham. A quiet solo piano line wanders from place to place, while the pedal is used to create a gently shimmering halo of resonance.

The effect is otherworldly, hypnotic. It’s the ideal music if, as the old year turns to the new, you want a moment or two to reflect on the past and imagine the future.

 

 

Radetzy March, Op. 228 (Strauss)

Catching the Vienna Musikverein concert on TV is a great way to start the new year. Johann Strauss’s Radetzky March (1848), one of the most famous regular fixtures, always has a festive touch, with the encore’s snare drum introduction beginning before the conductor has returned to the podium.

It is traditional for the maestro to direct the audience’s clapping and Daniel Barenboim did this (in 2014) while shaking hands with each member of the Vienna Philharmonic.

 

 

Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, I. Allegramente

Any piece that starts with a whip-crack is sure to get any party started. After a lively Spanish-inspired opening, the movement then transitions into a more reflective, melancholic piano solo, but it seems incapable of repressing the merriment, with blues-influenced flourishes continually interrupting.

Ravel admitted outright that he wasn’t trying to do anything profound or complex with this piece, and it is exactly this sentiment we look for on a night like New Year's Eve. Simple, unbridled fun. 

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jfl A Survey of Schubert Symphony Cycles

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On this Day December 31, 2015

American singer, songwriter Natalie Cole died aged 65 due to congestive heart failure. The daughter of Nat ‘King’ Cole, she had the 1989 UK No.2 single ‘Miss You Like Crazy’, and the hits ‘This Will Be’, ‘Inseparable’, and ‘Our Love’. In the 1990s, she re-recorded standards by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable… with Love, which sold over seven million copies and also won Cole numerous Grammy Awards.

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FabulousFlipSides Fabulous Flip Sides – Interview with Jude Cole

We discuss songs from Jude Cole’s 1990 breakthrough album A View from 3rd Street, his new 5 song EP, and share a brand new demo. We also talk about Silver Condor, Del Shannon, Lifehouse and his long-time friend, Kiefer Sutherland. …

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