Friday, 22 March 2013

5 Bagatelles Opus 23, by Gerald Finzi

Of Finzi's few chamber works, only the Five Bagatelles for clarinet and piano have survived in the regular repertoire.



Saturday, 9 March 2013

Fantasía para un Gentilhombre (3), by Joaquín Rodrigo


From Wikipedia:


Fantasía para un gentilhombre (Fantasia for a Gentleman) is a concerto for guitar and orchestra by the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. It is Rodrigo's second most popular work after the famous Concierto de Aranjuez.

The four movements were based on six short dances for solo guitar by the 17th century Spanish composer Gaspar Sanz, taken from a three-volume work (1674, 1675, 1697) now commonly known as Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española (Musical Instruction on the Spanish Guitar) (Donis 2005:75). Most of the movements retain the names that Sanz originally gave them. Rodrigo expanded on Sanz's themes to produce a work lasting more than 20 minutes.

Movements

1. Villano y ricercar
2. Españoleta y fanfarria de la caballería de Nápoles
3. Danza de las hachas
4. Canario

Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op.90 - III. Poco allegretto


From Wikipedia:


The Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90, is a symphony written by Johannes Brahms. The work was written in the summer of 1883 at Wiesbaden, nearly six years after he completed his Second Symphony. In the interim Brahms had written some of his greatest works, including the Violin Concerto, two overtures (Tragic Overture and Academic Festival Overture), and the Second Piano Concerto.

The premiere performance was given on 2 December 1883 by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Hans Richter. The shortest of Brahms' four symphonies, a typical performance lasts between 30 and 40 minutes.

The symphony is in four movements, marked as follows:
1. Allegro con brio (F major), in sonata form.
2. Andante (C major), in a modified sonata form.
3. Poco allegretto (C minor), in ternary form (A B A').
4. Allegro (F minor/F major), in a modified sonata form.