Carlos Chavez: Antigone Symphony

Carlos Chavez: Antigone Symphony

A composer that deserves much more credit for his talent, Carlos Chavez was born in Mexico in 1899 and became one of the most prominent cultural figures of his time. Here is his Antigone Symphony, brilliantly conducted by Eduardo...
Sergej Rachmaninov – Symphony n.3

Sergej Rachmaninov – Symphony n.3

Passionate as Rachmaninov always is, this symphony is composed of only 3 movements in a cyclic form with references to the plain-chant Dies Irae. In 1937 the composer wrote: “It was played in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc. At the first two performances I...
Podium Time Podcast (interview)

Podium Time Podcast (interview)

A couple of years ago or so, while guesting as a teacher at the Bard Summer Institute for Conductors, I met Jeremy D. Cuebas and Luke Lyons-Hunt, two wonderful musicians who were, back then, moving their first steps into the conducting world.  Well, it turned out that...
Sergej Rachmaninov – Prince Rostislav

Sergej Rachmaninov – Prince Rostislav

Time for a tone poem: a young Rachmaninov found inspiration in a poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, cousin to Lev Tolstoy. Rachmaninov was barely 18 years old at the time of this composition. The piece was completed in 1891, but it was never performed during his...
Alphons Diepenbrock: Hymne aan Rembrandt

Alphons Diepenbrock: Hymne aan Rembrandt

The very little known dutch composer Alphons Diepenbrock, was, in his time, highly regarded as a leading composer, admired by Mahler among others. Here’s a performance of a rare piece, sung by Eva-Maria Westbroek with the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the...

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