Music & Vision's monthly column -
GORDON RUMSON writes:
Standard Fare ...
Classical music and I go way back. Sometime in the 1960s I snuck out
my parents' Arthur Fielder conducts Liszt record and listened enraptured
to Les Preludes, the Second Hungarian Rhapsody and Mazeppa.
I'm still trying to play that last one well.
Since then I've listened to lots of music and have, through mere time
and repetition, tired of the standard fare. Though I think it fantastic
music, I don't feel a strong urge to hear the Symphonies of Beethoven again.
But there are many more people for whom the Beethoven Symphonies are
everything they need, thank you very much. There are others for whom the
1812 Overture is a new experience and some for whom Schoenberg
is too newfangled.
And fair enough! They are perfectly entitled to their tastes and certainly
their experiences. Good heavens, I do still remember when I first heard
the 1812 Overture. What a blast (!) I thought it was, and still do,
even if I now prefer the much more rarely performed Manfred Symphony
All of this is as introduction to this month's MV3. It seemed
to me that we'd been on the byways, the dark paths and the obscure ways
for much of the time recently. And while I think (and hope listeners and
readers think) we found some gems, the standard repertoire is standard for
a very good reason: it's really good music.
So where can someone go to find those works, the immortal masterpieces,
as they are sometimes called? Come along and let's look and listen.. vision
and music at Music & Vision ...
There is no composer more firmly established as important than Beethoven.
When the Berlin Wall fell everyone was roused by his Ninth Symphony. Here's
a fine performance by a smaller ensemble that deserves a hearing. The web
site, entitled Beethoven Spotlight II is at the ever faithful mp3.com.
Lots of other great music including: Symphony No 9, 'Moonlight' Sonata,
Symphony No 3 'Eroica' and the 'Archduke' Piano Trio Op 97 performed by
an interesting array of musicians.
For those who love piano music, how about trying this admirable pianist
in a large number of the favourite masterpieces. Very fine piano playing,
well worth a visit.
Adelaide Symphony, with Jose Serebrier, conductor
A veritable hit-list of favourites well played with music such as: the
Oboe Concerto by Marcello, Ritual Fire Dance, Bolero
by Maurice Ravel, the Toreador Song and Suite from the opera
Carmen by Bizet, the 1812 Overture and The Nutcracker
by Tchaikovsky, pieces by Offenbach, plus selections from Coppelia
Copyright © 3 September 2001 Gordon
Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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