Results tagged “Gustav Holst” from onegoodmove

Gypsy's 3 nice surprises

So I had this idea for a theme and it did not work out. It's way easier just to give you recommendations for 3 pieces that grabbed my attention and/or inspired me in some way. Have a great weekend!

Antonín Dvořak The Golden Spinning Wheel performed by the Czech Philharmonic led by Jiří Bělohlávek. When I heard this on the radio a few years back, I had to have this piece. This piece is on youtube in 3 parts; here's pt. 1; you can go on from there.

Gustav Holst The Planets; my recording is Sir Adrian Boult conducting the London Phil (not sure if the one on Amazon is the same, remastered, or what, but the cover art is cooler). When I was a student at Eastern Music Festival, the faculty orchestra performed this and I knew that music performance was the way I wanted to go. Sometimes I wonder if this experience turned out OK! (basically - yes it did). I'm connecting you to Venus because that's the movement when the crazy, half-baked revelation came to me.

Samuel Barber Piano Concerto, Op. 38, performed by John Browning (for whom it was written) and the St. Louis Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. I played in the orchestra while an undergrad for one of the concerto competition winners. Man, that was a lonnnng time ago. I think this live recording of Anny Hwang at the keyboard is great place to start.

Gypsy's collection of the unexpected

A few weeks back, there was an article posted here that speculated what kind of music Johann Sebastian Bach would have written if he had not believed in god. Granted, most of his compositions were written soli deo gloria (to God alone the glory), and he didn't write any operas, but he did write non-religious music, even for vocalists. Thus I present to you compositions by composers that will be off the beaten track record, so to speak.

J. S. Bach Coffee Cantata. I'm surprised that Starbucks never picked up on this piece as a marketing tool, although most classical musicians are hooked up to coffee machines.

Arnold Schoenberg Verklaerte Nacht (Transfigured Night). Usually we think of this guy as the father of serial technique, using a matrix to help him employ all 12 chromatic tones in his compositions before repeating another one, as well as sprechstimme, that eerie sing/speak voice that help express out darkest inner feelings. Not so with Transfigured Night; this sounds completely romantic - more like Richard Wagner, sans the anti-semitism lurking in the background.

Gustav Holst Savitri. When most people think of Holst, they think of The Planets and anything sounding remotely like it, with British folk song leading the way. Ah, but the man's sadly well-kept secret is that he dug eastern culture. This terrific piece is based on Mahabharata. Totally worth changing your perspective on England's World War II hero-composer.

And, as a little extra no one expects the Spanish Inquisition (see anonymous composer). OK, see this as well!