November 23, 2009
Bach vs. Scheibe, Round 1
Johann Sebastian Bach was a terrible composer. Or...so said a young rival of Bach's in the 1730s. Johann Scheibe wrote that Bach's compositions had a "bombastic and confused style" that "darkened their beauty." We'll compare, with a Bach Prelude and Fugue from the Aspen Festival, and a small symphony by Mr. Scheibe from the Schwetzingen Festival in Germany.
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Selections from "Four Madrigals of Love"
Soprano Kate Royal with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and conductor Edward Gardener
Johann Adolph Scheibe
Sinfonia a Quattro No. 2 in B-flat
Concerto Copenhagen with conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A, BWV 864
Pianist Vladimir Feltsman
Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola
Violinist Arnaud Sussmann and violist Lily Francis
OK Mozart Festival, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
"Remember Me, My Dear"
The Hilliard Ensemble
Schwetzingen Festival, Speyer, Germany
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Jaap van Zweden
The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
"Waltz of the Flowers"
Duane Smith Auditorium, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Manuel de Falla
"Ritual Fire Dance" from "El Amor Brujo"
The Philadelphia Orchestra with conductor Eugene Ormandy
Overture to "Tannhauser"
The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Robert Spano
Severance Hall, Cleveland
William Simmes, John Ward, and Giovanni Coperario
Three English Fancies
The American Brass Quintet
Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville, Florida
Improvisation on a Danish Children's Song
Pianist Gabriela Montero
Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mother Goose Suite
The Buffalo Philharmonic with conductor JoAnn Falletta
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York