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    • Enescu — Piano Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 30 (1943–44) - Duration: 29 minutes.

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      Piano Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Op. 30

      00:00 — I. Allegro moderato
      10:23 — II. Andante pensieroso ed espressivo
      18:18 — III. Con moto moderato

      Violin: Grigori Zhislin
      Viola: Paul Biss
      Cello: Phil...
    • Honegger — Symphony No. 3 "Symphonie Liturgique" (1945–46) - Duration: 29 minutes.

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      Symphony No. 3 "Symphonie Liturgique"

      0:00 — I. Dies irae
      7:31 — II. De profundis clamavi
      19:21 — III. Dona nobis pacem

      Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
      Conductor: Mariss Jansons

      This is the third ...
    • Karl Richter plays Bach — Partita diverse sopra "O Gott, du frommer Gott," BWV 767 - Duration: 15 minutes.

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      Partita diverse sopra "O Gott, du frommer Gott" ("O God, thou O righteous God") for organ, BWV 767

      In this video, the German organist, conductor, and choirmaster Karl Richter (1926–1981) plays an ...
    • Galuppi — Mass for the Delivery of Slaves (1765) - Duration: 38 minutes.

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      Mass for the Delivery of Slaves (1765)

      00:05 — Kyrie
      07:14 — Gloria
      32:00 — Credo

      This mass setting was composed by Venetian composer Baldassare Galuppi (1706–1785) for the choir of St. Mark's Ba...
    • Dvořák — Te Deum, Op. 103 (1892) - Duration: 19 minutes.

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      Te Deum, Op. 103, B. 176

      00:01 — Te Deum laudamus
      06:16 — Tu Rex gloriae, Christe
      10:30 — Aeterna fac
      13:15 — Dignare Domine

      Prague Symphony Orchestra
      Prague Philharmonic Choir (directed by Pavel...
    • Brahms — Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (1883) - Duration: 34 minutes.

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      Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (1883)

      00:00 – I. Allegro con brio
      11:52 – II. Andante
      20:41 – III. Poco allegretto
      26:35 – IV. Allegro — Un poco sostenuto

      Conductor: Roger Norrington
    • Jazz Piano Legends Play "Caravan" (Ellington, Tatum, Flanagan, Garner, Monk, Peterson, Petrucciani) - Duration: 42 minutes.

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      0:01 — Original composition by Duke Ellington, performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1946
      3:54 — Art Tatum (piano), recorded at the Hollywood Bowl in 1956
      6:37 —...
    • Five Jazz Piano Giants Play “The Way You Look Tonight” (Garner, Brubeck, Peterson, Jamal, Tatum) - Duration: 28 minutes.

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      0:00 – Orchestral rendition of the original tune by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, with John McGlinn (conductor)
      2:27 – Erroll Garner (piano), with John Simmons (bass) and Shadow Wilson (drum...
    • Dizzy Gillespie – A Night in Tunisia (from "Jivin' in Be-Bop," 1946) - Duration: 2 minutes, 48 seconds.

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      American jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993) leads a performance of his composition "A Night in Tunisia" in this excerpt from the 1946 concert film "Jivin' in Be-Bop," featuring dancers Audr...
    • Stéphane Grappelli plays "I Got Rhythm" (1984) - Duration: 117 seconds.

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      Legendary French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli (1908–1997) plays the jazz standard "I Got Rhythm" in this 1984 live performance in New Orleans. The tune was originally composed by George Gershw...
    • Glazunov – Overture No. 2 on Greek Themes, Op. 6 (1883) - Duration: 16 minutes.

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      Overture No. 2 on Greek Themes, Op. 6 (1883)

      The young Alexander Glazunov (1865–1936) dedicated this early piece to his mentor, the eminent Russian composer Mily Balakirev, who conducted its premi...
    • Glazunov – Overture No. 1 on Three Greek Themes, Op. 3 - Duration: 15 minutes.

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      Alexander Glazunov (1865–1936)
      Overture No. 1 in G minor on Three Greek Themes, Op. 3 (1882)

      USSR State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov

      This is an early orchestral work by Russi...
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  • Havergal Brian - Gothic Symphony (Symphony No. 1) Play all

    Symphony No. 1 in D minor, "The Gothic" (1919-1927)

    According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Gothic Symphony is the largest symphony ever written - larger even than Mahler's Eighth (Symphony of a Thousand). It is the first symphony by British composer William "Havergal" Brian (1876-1972), a contemporary of Granville Bantock, Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Walton. Over the course of his long life, Brian composed 32 symphonies - 8 of them while he was in his nineties. For most of his life, Brian's music was neglected and fell into obscurity, apart from two fruitful periods when he received wide recognized: before the First World War, when Thomas Beecham championed Brian's music, and for a short time in the 1960's when his many symphonies were rediscovered. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that much of his oeuvre has slipped back into obscurity since then.

    The Gothic Symphony lasts just under two hours and requires extravagant forces:

    - Woodwind: 2 piccolos, 6 flutes (1 doubling alto flute), 6 oboes (1 doubling oboe d'amore 1 doubling bass oboe), 2 cors anglais, clarinet in E-flat, 5 clarinets in B-flat (1 doubling 2nd E-flat clarinet), 2 basset horns, 2 bass clarinets in B-flat, contrabass clarinet in B-flat, 3 bassoons, 2 contrabassoons

    - Orchestral brass: 8 horns in F, 8 trumpets (2 doubling cornets in E-flat), bass trumpet, 3 tenor trombones, bass trombone (doubling 2nd contrabass trombone), contrabass trombone, 2 euphoniums, 2 tubas

    - Percussion: 2 sets of timpani, 2 bass drums, 2 (preferably 3) snare drums, African long drum, 2 tambourines, 2 triangles, 6 pairs of large cymbals, gong, bird scare, thunder machine, small chains, xylophone, glockenspiel, tubular bells, chimes in E-flat

    - Keyboards: celesta, organ

    - Voices: solo quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass), 4 mixed choirs, children's choir

    - Four offstage brass bands—used only in the fifth and sixth movements and each comprising: 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, 2 tubas, 1 set of timpani

    - Strings: 2 harps (preferably more ad lib.), 20 first violins, 20 second violins, 16 violas, 14 cellos, 12 double basses

    The first part of the symphony is purely orchestral, while the second involves multiple choirs in a setting of the Latin hymn "Te Deum." Brian worked on the symphony for eight years and submitted it to the Columbia Gramaphone Competition in 1928, but it lost the top prize to Kurt Atterberg's Sixth Symphony. The first movement of Part I is in extended sonata form, with a lively figure in D minor as the first theme, and a calm violin melody in D flat major as the second theme. Following the development section, there is no formal recapitulation, but rather a final coda. The second movement is a solemn march, almost funerary in character. The third movement is built up from a Brucknerian recurring ostinato, introduced by the horn section, and it leads up to a xylophone cadenza culminating in a march that brings the tonality back to the key of D minor. Part I ends with a D major chord. Part II of the Gothic is notable for its use of Renaissance polyphony, polytonality, dissonance and medieval compositional techniques. The orchestra is expanded and the choirs and brass bands are brought in. In the three movements of Part II, the text of the Te Deum is treated sometimes tenderly, sometimes raucously, sometimes homophonically, sometimes polyphonically and with many other creative approaches. In the end, the choir closes the work softly in the key of E major.

    Performers -

    Soprano: Eva Jenisová
    Alto: Dagmar Pecková
    Bass: Vladimir Doležal
    Tenor: Peter Mikuláš
    Chorus-master: Pavol Procházka
    Conductor: Ondrej Lenard
    Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
    Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava
    Slovak Opera Chorus
    Folk Ensemble Chorus
    Lucnica Chorus
    Bratislava City Choir
    Bratislava Children's Choir
    Youth Echo Choir

    Te Deum Text:
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  • Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23 - Complete Incidental Music Play all

    Playlist: Edvard Grieg's complete incidental music to the play "Peer Gynt" by Henrik Ibsen.
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  • Max Reger - Four Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin Play all

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  • Liszt - Transcriptions & Fantasies for Piano Duet Play all

    The complete operatic transcriptions, paraphrases, arrangements of fantasies by Hungarian composer FranzLiszt (1811-1886) for two pianos and piano four-hands.
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  • Jean Sibelius - Kullervo, Op. 7 Play all

    Kullervo, Op. 7 (1892)

    Kullervo is an early tone poem of symphonic proportions by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), scored for large orchestra, male choir, mezzo-soprano and baritone. The work deals with the tragic legend of Kullervo, setting portions of the text of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. According to the legend, Kullervo is the son of Kalervo and Untamala, the last surviving member of her clan. His uncle Untamo feuded with Kalervo and exterminated the entire clan, save for Untamala. As an infant, Kullervo is heard muttering threats of vengeance against Untamo, so his uncle tries to kill him. Kullervo only survives by virtue of his innate magical powers. Eventually, the young Kullervo is sold as a slave to the shepherd Ilmarinen. After years of servitude, one day Kullervo angrily casts a spell on Ilmarinen's cows, which turns them into bears that kill the shepherd's wife. Kullervo promptly flees the scene and embarks on a quest to find his family. He finds that some members of his tribe survived, but his sister disappeared and probably died. Kullervo then leaves on an errand for his tribe, and on the way he meets a beggar-girl, whom he ravishes. It turns out that this is his long-lost sister, and when they discover this, she commits suicide. Kullervo returns to his tribe with the bad news and decides to redeem himself by exacting revenge on the wicked Untamo. The sky-goddess Ukko supplies him with a magic sword, which he uses to kill Untamo and his entire clan. When he returns from this bloody endeavour, Kullervo finds his own family massacred as well. In anguish, he asks his magic sword to take his life. The sword answers affirmatively and Kullervo falls upon it, ending his own life.

    Mezzo-soprano: Lilli Paasikivi
    Baritone: Raimo Laukka
    Chorus-master: Matti Hyökki
    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
    Sinfonia Lahti
    YL Male Voice Choir
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