Giacomo Puccini: Preludio Sinfonico

Giacomo Puccini: Preludio Sinfonico

Puccini’s Preludio Sinfonico was composed for his final 1882 exam at the conservatory in Milan. The performance was everything but a success. Though you can spot some Lohengrin here and there (among others), the anticipation of Manon Lescaut is fascinating!...
The wind among the reeds [audio]

The wind among the reeds [audio]

The wind among the reeds by Gianmaria Griglio | for string quartet and piano https://www.gianmariagriglio.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/The-wind-among-the-reeds.mp3 Away, come away: Empty your heart of its mortal dream. The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round, Our...
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 culture figures of his time. Here is his Antigone Symphony, brilliantly conducted by Eduardo Mata. ← Prev: Sergej Rachmaninov -...
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...

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