The music room
This corner is dedicated to pieces of music that are rarely performed and yet do not really deserve to be forgotten.
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Henri Duparc – Lénore
Due to mental illness, Duparc destroyed most of his music: Lénore, one of the few left, is a symphonic poem based on one of the most popular ballads in German literature.
Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Symphony in E minor
Karlowicz’s music, at least most of it, got lost during World War II. However, what’s left of it testifies the incredible stature of this musician.
Alexander Scriabin: Etudes
“In love’s godlike breathing, there’s the innermost aspect of the universe” – A.Scriabin. Here’s a selection of his Etudes.
Carl Nielsen: Symphony n.2
Nielsen 2nd symphony is subtitled “The Four Temperaments”: ‘The Choleric’, ‘The Sanguine’, ‘The Melancholic’ and ‘The Phlegmatic’.
Jean Sibelius: Hymn to the Earth
Jordens sång, Hymn to the Earth, Op. 95: a gorgeous cantata for mixed choir and orchestra by Jean Sibelius.
Henri Dutilleux: The Shadows of Time.
Triggered by the discovery of the deportation by the Nazis to concentration camps of an entire orphanage, The Shadows of Time is a somber meditation on loss
Anton Rubinstein: cello concerto n.2
Anton Rubinstein is mostly remembered as a pianist and educator. He was, also, a prolific composer: the cello concerto n.2 was written in 1874.