Vasily Kalinnikov – Symphony n.1

Vasily Kalinnikov – Symphony n.1

Vasily Kalinnikov (1866-1901) has not been one of the most prolific composers in history. In 1892, thanks to Tchaikovsky, Kalinnikov became the main conductor of the Maly Theater, and later that same year of the Moscow Italian Theater, a position he eventually was...
Havergal Brian – Symphony n.1 “Gothic”

Havergal Brian – Symphony n.1 “Gothic”

Havergal Brian (born William Brian, 1876–1972) was an extremely prolific British classical composer.  His First Symphony (out of 32), written between 1919 and 1927 and known as the “Gothic” symphony, is to this day his most famous work. It needs to be said...
Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Symphony in E minor

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: Symphony in E minor

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz was a polish composer and conductor. He died very young, at the age of 33, and, unfortunately, most of his music got lost during World War II. However, what’s left testifies the stature of this musician, perfectly comfortable between Chopin...
Carl Nielsen: Symphony n.2

Carl Nielsen: Symphony n.2

How about turning a very specific mood into a symphony movement? While working on his first opera, Nielsen finished his second symphony, subtitled “The Four Temperaments”: ‘The Choleric’, ‘The Sanguine’, ‘The...

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