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feat. Dvořák, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Mendelssohn & Busoni
There are all sorts of different ways in which to return home, and we've tried to take this week's title from as many different angles as possible.
We begin with Johannes Moser as soloist in Dvořák's Cello Concerto, composed just before returning home from his three-year stint in New York. Next up is Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances of 1941, which was his final work, and one over which you hear him looking back over his life's musical highs and lows. Ravel's Piano concerto for the Left Hand meanwhile was commissioned by pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who was determined to resume his career as a concert pianist despite losing his right arm during World War One. It's Andrei Gavrilov who performs on the recording here, with the Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra. Riccardo Muti then takes up the baton, with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, for the next work which is Mendelssohn's “Scottish” Symphony No. 3: a work not completed until a decade after the Scottish walking holiday that inspired it, but sounding no less Scottish for the passing of years. Then finally Davide Bandieri playing Busoni's Elegia for clarinet, a late-life work written just four years before his death for the instrument he'd known all his life instrument through his clarinetist father. So, we begin with a geographical homecoming and end with a life-cycle one. Which we rather like.
An introduction to Dvořák — Cello Concerto in b minor op. 104
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Antonín DvořákJohannes Moser, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Jakub Hrůša — 2015
An introduction to Rachmaninoff — Symphonic Dances op. 45
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Sergei RachmaninoffBerliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle — 2012
An introduction to Ravel — Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major
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Maurice RavelLondon Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle, Andrei Gavrilov — 1977
An introduction to Mendelssohn — Symphony No. 3 in a minor op. 56 »Scottish«
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Felix Mendelssohn BartholdyNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti — 1975
An introduction to Busoni — Elegy for clarinet & piano in E flat major BV 286
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Ferruccio BusoniDavide Bandieri, Alessandra Gentile — 2014