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Haydn – Symphony n.44

Haydn – Symphony n.44

Haydn’s symphony 44 is known as Trauer (Mourning). An apocryphal story relates that Haydn asked for the slow movement of this symphony to be played at his funeral.

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition

The painter Victor Hartmann was a close friend of Modest Mussorgsky and when he died, Mussorgsky was devastated. A couple of weeks after his passing, Hartmann’s friends and supporters organized an exhibition of his paintings at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.
And about a year later, Mussorgsky channeled his pain into a new piano work, making his memories of his close friend immortal.

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Schreker – Der Schatzgräber Interlude

Schreker – Der Schatzgräber Interlude

The luscious interlude from Schreker’s Der Schatzgräber is a gripping symphonic page rich in tempo changes and harmonic shifts

Puccini – Manon Lescaut Intermezzo

Puccini – Manon Lescaut Intermezzo

The Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut is one of the most powerful symphonic pages in the repertoire. Conducting-wise the trickiest aspect is the art of rubato.

Beethoven – Egmont Ouverture
Beethoven – Egmont Ouverture

Beethoven’s Egmont Overture remains one of his most popular works. Taking after the Dutch hero depicted in Goethe’s play, Beethoven gives us another musical portray of his political views

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