The only violin concerto by the great bohemian composer Antonín Dvořák was written in 1879 and cut its place out in the repertoire, especially because of its melodic lines, its folk references, and its sparkly finale
The Prelude to Fauré ‘s Pelléas et Mélisande is imbued with the gentleness and drama of the characters . Rich in orchestration, it’s a gorgeous page where the main challenge for a conductor lies in the subtleties of the constant push-and-pull
Embued in the richness of the folk tunes of Hungary, Bartók’s Rumanian Folk Dances are an orchestral miniature firmly set in the repertoire, often appearing in conducting auditions and competitions.
With the opera Euryanthe, Weber, a contemporary of Beethoven, aimed at the close union of arts already advocated by Hoffmann. A concept largely inherited by Wagner.
The very first phrase of Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 of Parsifal holds in itself the germs of dramatically important leitmotifs recurring throughout the whole opera: the Redemption, the Wound, and the spear motif.
Leonore 3, one of the 4 overtures Beethoven wrote for his only opera Fidelio, is a huge symphonic fresco, often programmed as a standalone concert piece
A prominent figure in the Czech musical world, Josef Suk was acclaimed by some of the greatest composers of his time like Brahms and Dvořák. His string serenade is to this day one of the audiences’ favorites.
A masterpiece written in 4 days: Mozart’s Linz symphony breaks the conventions with the Haffner and sets the tone for his latest symphonies
As with the first movement, Brahms begins the 4th movement of his first symphony with an introduction in C minor. The grandiosity of the musical gesture gives us a taste of what’s to come.
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