Anecdotes

 
Unsung Concertos Ralph Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto in C major

The reputation of Ralph Vaughan Williams as the most important English composer of his generation squarely rests on his compositions for the operatic stage and the Concert Hall. These theatrical dramas and orchestral essays characteristically reference the landscapes, myths and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 11th, 2017
 
Claude Debussy: La Flûte de Pan/ Syrinx Melodrama and Flute Solo

Claude Debussy composed very little music for the theatre. Although he conceived a substantial number of theatrical projects with the playwright, novelist, poet and translator Gabriel Mourey, they somehow never fully materialized. The notable exception is the three-act dramatic poem [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 5th, 2017
 
Unsung Concertos Francesco Petrini: Harp Concerto No. 1 , Op. 25

Before she ingloriously lost her head, Marie-Antoinette reigned over music in France in the Age of Enlightenment for nearly twenty years. She invited and actively supported foreign composers, and simultaneously fostered the great tragédie lyrique of Gluck alongside the opéa [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 4th, 2017
 
Minors of the Majors Aram Khachaturian: Othello Suite

“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!

by Georg Predota | December 26th, 2016
 
X’Mas with Johann Sebastian Bach

He wrote some of the most beautiful and inspiring Christmas music ever! Yet as a practicing church musician Johann Sebastian Bach had very little time to celebrate the Christmas season. When Bach signed the contract for the post at St. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 25th, 2016
 
X’Mas with Felix Mendelssohn

Everybody in the Mendelssohn Berlin household was interested in arts and humanities. The home served as a center for intellectual socializing, political discussions, but also for making music. Felix’s compositions were routinely performed during the “Sunday Music,” and it soon [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 25th, 2016
 
X’Mas with Johannes Brahms

In his later years, Johannes Brahms looked like a veritable Santa Claus! With his flowing full beard and mischievous blue eyes, he’d be the star of any Christmas parade! With Christmas just around the corner, let’s have a look at [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 24th, 2016
 
Unsung Concertos Robert Schumann: Violin Concerto , WoO 23

One might reasonably assume that anything written by Robert Schumann for the concerto stage would be played the world over. But that simply is not the case, as onstage performances of his Violin Concerto remain a rarity. So, what actually [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 21st, 2016