Applauding, or not, that’s the question

You are in a classical music concert, listening to a concerto or a symphony. When a movement ends, the orchestra makes a small pause and bingo! you hear somebody clapping their hands – in a fracture of a second, they realize their mistakes, but it is too late. Everybody in the hall including musicians did […]

Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (hr-Sinfonieorchester, piano: Kirill Gerstein)

Conducted by the British conductor Edward Gardner, hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) and Kirill Gerstein (piano) perform “The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43”, a concertante (a mixture of the symphony and the concerto genres) work written for solo piano and symphony orchestra by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Recorded live at Alte Oper Frankfurt on […]

Bach – Air (Stokowski Philadelphia Orchestra)

Stokowski’s Philadelphia Orchestra rendition of the second movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068, commonly known as “Air on the G String” because of August Wilhelmj’s arrangement on the piece. Recorded in 1933. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski, one of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th Century.