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 cultural figures of his time. Here is his Antigone Symphony, brilliantly conducted by Eduardo...
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...
Alexander Scriabin: Symphony n.1

Alexander Scriabin: Symphony n.1

Alexander Scriabin Symphony No.1, Op. 26. performed by the Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt under Eliahu Inbal with mezzosoprano Doris Soffel, tenor Fausto Tenzi and the Frankfurter Kantorei. Written between 1899 and 1900, this symphony is one of the great Scriabin...
Edvard Grieg – Symphony in C minor

Edvard Grieg – Symphony in C minor

Composed in 1864, Grieg himself put a fatwa on it: ‘Must never be performed’. Although this Symphony reveals numerous influences, some more obvious than others, it’s a crafty-built piece, full of youthful vigor and inventive melodies. Here’s a performance...
Samuel Barber: Symphony n.1

Samuel Barber: Symphony n.1

Samuel Barber’s wrenching symphony n.1, here in the wonderful interpretations of the New York Philharmonic led by Bruno Walter in a 1945 recording (Barber’s 1944 revision).  This one-movement symphony, composed in Rome during the winter of 1935-36 and...

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