Feel free to add any classical music videos (and/or comments) to this thread.
Gidon Kremer - Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Summer (III. Presto)
Gidon Kremer leads the English Chamber Orchestra in playing the third movement of the second concerto of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. 1992
Adagio in G Minor (Albinoni)
Wikipedia Information: Adagio in G minor for strings and organ is a piece arranged by Remo Giazotto (1949) based on the bass line of a slow part
of Concerto or Sonata in G minor, composed by Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, which were found amongst the ruins of the old Saxon State Library, Dresden,
which was firebombed by the Allies during World War II.
Elgar - Nimrod (from "Enigma Variations")
Daniel Barenboim with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, opening the 1997 season at Carnegie Hall in this gorgeously performed dedication to the
recently deceased Sir Georg Solti. Solti was the previous music director of the CSO for many years.
In the Hall of the Mountain King
"In the hall of the mountain king" from Peer Gynt suite, by Edvard Grieg. Jerusalem Orchestra.
Carmina Burana 'Opening' (O Fortuna) - Munchner...
'Opening' (O Fortuna)
Music by Carl Orff (1895-1982)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Kurt Eichhorn, conductor (1975)
Sarah Chang - Max Bruch - Violin Concerto No 1 Op 26
This is a masterful performance. Sarah Chang's passion for music shines through in every moment. What a virtuoso!
Sarah liked to play one-finger melodies on the piano at the age of 3 but asked her parents for a violin, started playing a rented
one-sixteenth-size violin at 4 and auditioned for the Juilliard School at 6 playing the Bruch Violin Concerto. She was admitted into the studio of the
late Dorothy DeLay, violin teacher to some of the world's great violinists including Itzhak Perlman, Midori Goto, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz and many
others, including Chang's father Min-Soo Chang. She was also taught by Hyo Kang, a former student and assistant of DeLay. She kept attending grade
school in the Philadelphia area and studied music on Saturdays at Juilliard.
It's hard to pick one's favorite Beethoven Symphony because they are all great and are, taken as a whole the story of how Beethoven emerged from the
influences of the world he grew up in to the world of music that he created.
Symphonies #4 and #7 are thematically and structurally related and that is part of the appeal of the two to me. Richard Wagner called the seventh the
"apotheosis of dance." Others have said that it would be better called the "apotheosis of rhythm." It hardly matters to me, as it is a rousing
musical piece that always lifts my spirits.
The 8th symphony is one of my favorites because it a kind of quiet work, for Beethoven at least, and I am especially fond of the second movement and
it's very playful mood.
It is said that Beethoven created the theme as a kind of musical joke at a party. His intention was to poke fun at the invention of the metronome,
which Beethoven felt contributed a mechanical, soulless sound to music. At this stage of his career, he could afford to poke fun at a device that he
learned music without, but was nonetheless one of the most important inventions in music history.
I hope you enjoy these.
Karajan - Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B Flat Major, Op. 60
Grady I couldn't agree more with you about Beethoven. I've been in the mood for classical lately. It's really all I have been listening to the last
week or so. Have had some real world stresses and I find, for me anyway, when things start to feel overwhelming, I just turn off the phone, put on
youtube, pick up a book, old or new, and just tune out the world.
This is the piece I'm listening to right now.
Karajan - Beethoven Symphony No. 9 : Part 1
Karajan - Beethoven Symphony No. 9 : Part 2
I'm also introducing classical music to my daughter and she recognizes the "Ode to Joy" so she likes it too.
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