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The World of Classical Music

In a nearby thread (Borrowed Time) we incidentally made reference to Symphony Number 5 by Dimitri Shostakovitch, and that jostled my memory about a classical radio series I did that opened with a performance of that work.

In the spirit of generic labeling I named the series SYMPHONY MUSIC and did about 30-some shows.

Program No. 1 opens with "A Soldier's Tale" by Igor Stravinsky, a very jazzy and jaunty piece for a small military-like group of players, this version recorded with amazing fidelity in 1932 conducted by the composer.

Then we get to the main course... the famous 5th from Shostakovitch, this time played by the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Artur Rodzinsky in 1942.

Carl's SYMPHONY MUSIC Program 1

Free to you low power stations.

Thanks, Carl

for making your SYMPHONY MUSIC available.  I listened while working on a VHF amplifier but, alas, no joy at the end...it still is "broke" as we say in Ohiah..

This performance of the 5th is new to me and I am used to one by the New York Philharmonic. with Bernstein.  He conducts the last movement at a tempo about double that of the Cleveland performance so it seemed a bit strange to me.

Neil

 

Comparing Performances

Neil Radio8Z said,  "This performance of the 5th is new to me and I am used to one by the New York Philharmonic. with Bernstein.  He conducts the last movement at a tempo about double that of the Cleveland performance so it seemed a bit strange to me."

I'm glad you said that because it gives me a chance to say that classical listeners, besides becoming familiar with individual works, find it highly entertaining to compare the performances of the same piece by different orchestras and conductors.

When a conductor gets on the podium it is part of his mission to bring "his" unique flavor to a rendering.

One conductor, Leopold Stokowski, even butchered scores by removing or changing parts of what the composer originally wrote.

In fact SYMPHONY MUSIC No. 2 will present another version of Shostakovitch 5th as hacked by Stokowsi.

Watch for it.

Carl Blare

Classical Music

When did Classic Music become Classical? Is "Classic Rock" Classical music as well? Is Sinatra "Classical Music?"

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What a Mess

DHR asks questions that would put a music professor into a tailspin:  "When did Classic Music become Classical? Is "Classic Rock" Classical music as well? Is Sinatra "Classical Music?""

He or she (the professor) would mutter something about the various "periods" in musical evolution... the "Barogue Period" the "Classical Period" and the "Romantic Period" and more recent periods that I don't even remember...

One thing is sure, the self-proclaimed "classical school" ignores popular forms of music and only counts what they call "symphonic" or "serious" and even "good" music.

Classic cars are "older cars we admire", and some of us will end up living in a "classical persons home".

But now the Second SYMPHONY MUSIC PROGRAM is here with an amazing recording by Leopold Stokowski with another performance of Shostakovitch Symphony No. 5.

Once asked by a radio interviewer about his thick European accent, "What country are you from, Maestro? Austria? Germany? Checkoslavakia?"

"I-yem frome Pittzburg," said the conductor.

Tremendous Acoustically Advanced Stokowski Performance

Carl Blare

Trove of Treasure Coming Soon

The discussions of "serious music" got me started playing the SYMPHONY MUSIC programs produced back around 2009 and a good idea happened.

It would be very nice to make the SYMPHONY MUSIC programs available to low power stations!

O.K., we can do that!

But that's not all. I am inspired to produce some more of these programs!

Watch this thread for further news.

Carl Blare

Snore...

Snore...

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Never Mind Florida

While Florida snores we'll continue with our activity in high culture for the northern states...

SYMPHONY MUSIC PROGRAM No. 11

Two works are heard, both depicting mythological ideas.

The Tone Poem Psyche's Sleep by Cesar Franck depicts the Goddess of the Soul, followed by (arguably) Tchaikovsky's greatest under-known work:

The Manfred Symphony

This 1-hour program is available to non-commercial radio stations.

Carl Blare

"I'm only sleeping." - The

"I'm only sleeping." - The Beatles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfDrF9s27ec

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