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Ingenious or completely off?

feat. Chatschaturjan, Strauss, Beethoven, Mozart & Pärt

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Do you ever wonder just what was going on in composers’ minds when they set down their musical thoughts?

Were they wanting to send a message through their music? Did they want us to feel a certain way when listening to their works? And did they always know exactly what it would sound like when finally performed? Or would they have to leave something to chance? Sometimes music can take such surprising turns that we wonder whether a composer did it on purpose or by accident. Was it a stroke of genius or simply off the mark? In this collection you will hear some of the works that may lie on the border between the two…. These pieces we find particularly fascinating!

Speaker: David Hall

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Ingenious or completely off?

  • An introduction to Chatschaturjan — Symphony No. 3 »Simfoniya-poema«

  • Symphony No. 3 »Simfoniya-poema« Preview Only

    Aram Chatschaturjan

    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Fedor Glushchenko1994
  • An introduction to Strauss, R — Ein Heldenleben op. 40 (A Hero's Life)

  • Ein Heldenleben op. 40 (A Hero's Life) Preview Only

    Richard Strauss

    Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam2004 - 2009
  • An introduction to Pärt — Spiegel im Spiegel

  • Spiegel im Spiegel Preview Only

    Arvo Pärt

    Daniel Hope, Simon Mulligan1999
  • An introduction to Beethoven — Violin Concerto in D major op. 61

  • Violin Concerto in D major op. 61 Preview Only

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Arabella Steinbacher, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Andris Nelsons2008
  • An introduction to Mozart — Divertimento in F major KV 522 »Ein musikalischer Spaß«

  • Divertimento in F major KV 522 »Ein musikalischer Spaß« Preview Only

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations2005

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