Entries tagged with “Beethoven”.

Beautiful music for the last day of 2016.

‘The Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, by Ludwig van Beethoven is a piano trio for piano, violin, and cello, finished in 1811. It is commonly referred to as the Archduke Trio, because it was dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria, the youngest of twelve children of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor. Rudolf was an amateur pianist and a patron, friend, and composition student of Beethoven. Beethoven dedicated a total of fourteen compositions to the Archduke, who dedicated one of his own to Beethoven in return.’

(source https://en.wikipedia.or/wiki/Piano_Trio,_Op._97_(Beethoven))

The recording features Wilhelm Kempff on piano, Yehudi Menuhin on violin, and Mstislav Rostropovich on cello. It dates from 1974, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of UNESCO International Music Council.

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The concert last night at Mercaz Einav in Tel Aviv featured the Israeli pianist Amir Katz in the first out of two programs of Beethoven Sonatas (the second will take place in May 2013). The last and by far most famous piece in the program was Apassionata. Unfortunately I could not find Katz’s interpretation on the net, so I decided to write something about him, and then present four interpretations composing two full versions of the well know piece of glory in the world piano repertory.


source http://www.amirkatz.de/english/photos.php?lang=en&cat=photos


Amir Katz was born in Haifa in 1973 and grew as a nurtured talent which turned into a fine pianist which seems to enjoy playing mostly the Romantic piano repertory – Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin – and lately Beethoven whose sonatas are the core of his performances programs this season. He has a beautiful presence, is very accurate and technical, what maybe surprised me was the apparent too strong reliance on technique and less on emotion, untypical for a Romantic piano specialist. The first two sonatas in the program sounded … well … very un-Beethoven, and even the Liszt piece at the ‘encore’ was very un-Liszt. Not bad, strong, well played, but lacking passion. It was only the Apassionata that seemed to unchain his emotional energy as well, and his version of the difficult, stormy, tumultuous piece was very good.


(video source Amir Katz)


What I did find on Amir’s channel on youTube is another piece by Liszt ‘Paganini’s Etude nr. 2 in E flat major’- great interpretation, if that one was in the program last night together with Appassionata.


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There is no need to write many words about Piano Sonata no. 23 by Beethoven. It was composed between 1804 and 1806, and named Appassionata after his death. It is one of the most vigorous and temperamental pieces of piano in the Romantic and world music, it demands virtuosity and deep resonance to render its whole beauty and complexity and it deserves its name.

Sviatoslaw Richter’s recording of the first movement is presented above.


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Valentina Lisitsa plays the second movement in the recording above.


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Above, Claudio Arau plays the final part.



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Here is the full piece in the version of Daniel Barenboim

All [personal] vows we are likely to make, all [personal] oaths and pledges we are likely to take between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our [personal] vows, pledges and oaths be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths.”

I found the English version of the declaration that opens the service in the synagogue on Yom Kippur at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kol_Nidre.


source http://www.diabetesdaily.com/voices/tag/yom-kippur/


On the eve of the holiday I looked (again) on some of the beautiful musical works that were inspired by Kol Nidre along the time and some of the special interpretations.


(video source TheCantorsVEVO)


I will start with a synagogue version recorded live in Amsterdam’s historic, 17th Century, Portuguese Synagogue, with three of the world’s greatest cantors.  Performing with a 46 piece orchestra and 16 voice choir are Alberto Mizrahi of the renowned Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Naftali Herstik of Great Synagogue Jerusalem and Benzion Miller of Young Israel Beth-El of Borough Park, New York.


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Here is the version sung by sung in Hebrew by cantor Joseph Rosenblatt in 1912 – 100 years ago. It appears on the flip side of his EL MOLE RACHMIN tribute to the sinking of the Titanic.


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Rabbi, singer and composer Shlomo Carlebach left this version.


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The opening of the Adagio of Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 131 is inspired by the tune of Kol Nidre as it was sung at the beginning of the 19th century. If it sounds familiar to you despite the fact that Beethoven’s quartet are not that familiar it may be because the theme was used by the ‘Band of Brothers’ TV series.


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Beethoven may have heard this version put on notes by Ahron Beer in Berlin in 1765, here performed by René Schiffer & Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann.



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Max Bruch’s ‘Kol Nidrei’ for Cello and Orchestra is op. 47 is probably the most famous piece of classical music inspired by the tune. Here is a variant I heard first time this year and especially liked – it belongs to Misch Maisky and was played at one of the concerts at the 300 years anniversary of Sankt Petersburg.


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If (Jewish) humor risks to offend you skip this one and please forgive me, it’s Yom Kippur. If not, you are invited to watch the Jew Man Group in a rap “Kosher” remix of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”!


Judaism is alive, and in today’s world it does not belong only to synagogues of one flavor or another, it belongs to all Jews and is expressed in all forms that remind, preserve, enrich and transmit further our tradition.

Gmar Hatima Tova!

Adriana Ausch mi-a permis sa preiau acest text despre Eroica lui Beethoven si concertul la care a asistat la Boston sub bagheta lui James Levine. Ii multumesc.


Simfonia a treia de Beethoven o cunoastem sub numele de Eroica si se pare ca a fost dedicata lui Napolen si pe manuscrisul original apare “Intitulata Bonaparte”. Povestea devine oarecum   neclara dupa spusele prietenului lui Beethoven, Reis , compositorul planuia sa se mute la Paris dar date fiind relatiile incordate dintre Austria si Franta o simfonie intitulata Bonaparte nu era corecta din punct de vedere politic.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_van_Beethoven

Parti ale simfoniei fusesra compuse in 1803 dar intreaga opera a fost publicata in 1806 cu totlul” Simfonica Eroica per festigiare il Souvenire di un grand Uomo


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“Eroica”  cu o tumultoasa  si extra lunga prima parte in forma de sonata . Sonata are o forma bine stabilita:

tema A
tema B
Dezvoltarea temelor
Tema A
Tema B

Partea a doua este vestitul mars funebru care cu utilizarea extraordinara a contrastului dintre sunet si pauze creaza un efect de suspense

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Partea a treia, scurta si intitulata Scherzzo (pentru prima oara intitulata asa in istoria muzicii) o miscare rapida in contrast cu miscarea a doua.

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Partea a patra, Finalul care recapitulea temele principale ascultate  devine la un momnt dat o tema cu variatiuni si miscari fugale (diferite melodii in acelasi timp)
Totul se incheie intr-o triumfatoare coda destul de alungita …

Aceatsa simfonie foarte lunga se cinta de obicei la inceputul uni concert altfel spectatorii isi pierd rabdarea. pentru orchestra este un efort extraordinar de concentrare si energie fizica. Am fost obisnuita cu inregistrarile dirijorilor germani cu contraste romantice si forta multa…este una din  piesele care definesc un dirijor (ca orice altceva scris de Beethoven). In plina criza si iarna  un concert cu doua simfonii de Beethoven umple sala pina la refuz la Boston Symphony pe Huntigton Avenue….mi-a trebuit mult timp sa gasesc parcare si si mai mult timp sa ma lupt cu traficul de simbata seara sa ajung de la mine de-acasa in centrul Bostonului. N-am avut timp sa ma schimb de dimineata de la 8:00 cind am inceput sa predau si vintul atit de tipic in centrul orasului mi se strecura sub jacheta de-mi taia entuziasmul muzical….

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James Levine, dirijorul de la Boston Symphony cu miini micute si cap caraghios cu par vilvoi s-a asezat intr-un scaun sa dirijeze…cu sanatea subrezita de o cazatura de pe podium si cancer, ambitia lui Levine este sa direjeze toate simfoniile lui Beethoven…..a sasea si a saptea au fost zilele trecute. Acesta este un momet istoric….

Bagheta se ridica si mai bine de doua ore am redescoperit in Beethoven nou….de fiecare data e nou si surprinzator, dar obisnuita cu ascutisurile romantice ale dirijorilor germani, dantela si eleganta versiunii lui James Levine m-a surprins …ba mai mult, orchestra avea un sunet de nedescris, o unitate si o energie retinuta si o acurateta inteligenta si controlata a sunetului incit mintea si urechea intrau intr-o rezonanta aproape mistica….N-am ascultata Beethoven in sala de concert de foarte multi ani, ma multumeam cu CD-urile extraordinare…oh, bineinteles nu exista nimic mai presus in catharsis ca un spectacol “live”…

(James Levine - source: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/about/whoweare/levine.aspx)

Sala a bubuit (ma rog, cit de poate la Boston….ca nu e Italia…:)) am iesit in vint cu zimbetul cit bilboard-ul de vis -a vis cu Alvin Aley Balet in citeva saptamini….ma aud strigata, si brate entuziaste in jurul meu, un cird de vre-o 10 parinti ai caror copii erau in clasa la ora 8:00 dimineata , ma intreaba, discuta, despicam firul vorbei si al extazului, se hotarasc pe loc sa ia cursuri de muzica, de eurhythmics si sa le predau si lor ce predau la conservator….cu cuplu din China, unul din Franta, doua din Elvetia si unul din …Boston…

Nu mai simt nici vantul, nici mainile amortite de dimineata la pian , nici gatul uscat de aproape 10 ore de predat…magicianul Levine si cardul entuziast, spuma sunetelor si vaga senzatie ca poate stiu care-mi este rostul…