Rachmaninoff Symphony no. 1 in D minor, op. 13

performed live by (again) the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra under Gennady Rozhdestvensky, or in a very nice performance below by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra (perhaps before they were ‘Royal’?) under Vladimir Ashkenazy This, this other terrible first. The … Continue reading Rachmaninoff Symphony no. 1 in D minor, op. 13

On this Day: June 2015

June 1
Births:
1653 – Georg Muffat, French composer (d. 1704)
1804 – Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (d. 1857)- Important Russian guy. 
Deaths:
1639 – Melchior Franck, German composer (b. 1579)

June 2
Births:
1857 – Edward Elgar, English composer (d. 1934)
1863 – Felix Weingartner, Croatian-Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1942)
1878 – Wallace Hartley, English violinist and bandleader (d. 1912) I saw bandleader and I thought ‘jazz guy’, but this is the heroic kind of musical version of ‘captain of the ship’; he’s the guy that lead the eight-member band on the Titanic as it went down on April 15. Was that in the movie?
1944 – Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (d. 2012) Incredibly accomplished if not wholly classical in nature.
1947 – Mark Elder, English conductor
Deaths:
1937 – Louis Vierne, French organist and composer (b. 1870)
1968 – André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (b. 1929) The Canadian Rachmaninoff? Well, “in the style of Rachmaninoff.”
2000 – Lepo Sumera, Estonian composer (b. 1950)
2013 – Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor (b. 1930)
June 3
Births:
1736 – Ignaz Fränzl, German violinist and composer (d. 1811)

1832 – Charles Lecocq, French composer (d. 1918)
Deaths:
1858 – Julius Reubke, German pianist and composer (b. 1834) We discussed him before. What a magnificent piano sonata this young talent composed. Check it out here. 
1875 – Georges Bizet, French composer (b. 1838)
1877 – Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian botanist, composer, and publisher (b. 1800) Botanist and composer. (I almost made a joke about his pieces sounding organic…)
2013 – Arnold Eidus, American violinist (b. 1922)
June 4
Births:
1903 – Yevgeny Mravinsky, Russian conductor (d. 1988)
Deaths:
June 5
Births:
1884 – Ralph Benatzky, Czech-Austrian composer (d. 1957)
1923 – Daniel Pinkham, American organist and composer (d. 2006)
1952 – Daniel Katzen, American horn player and educator
1972 – Pavel Kotla, Polish conductor
Deaths:
1625 – Orlando Gibbons, English organist and composer (b. 1583)
1722 – Johann Kuhnau, German organist and composer (b. 1660)
1816 – Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (b. 1741)
1826 – Carl Maria von Weber, German pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1786)
2003 – Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor (b. 1904)
June 6
Births:
1661 – Giacomo Antonio Perti, Italian composer (d. 1756)
1735 – Anton Schweitzer, German composer (d. 1787)
1903 – Aram Khachaturian, Georgian-Armenian composer (d. 1978)
1915 – Vincent Persichetti, American pianist and composer (d. 1987) I’ve performed some of this guy’s band music
1926 – Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (d. 1998)
1939 – Louis Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer
Deaths:
1881 – Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian violinist and composer (b. 1820)
June 7
Births:
1845 – Leopold Auer, Hungarian violinist, composer, and conductor r(d. 1930)
1897 – George Szell, Hungarian-American conductor and composer (d. 1970)
1937 – Neeme Järvi, Estonian conductor
Two quite famous conductors, born exactly forty years apart.
Deaths:
1896 – Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (b. 1829)
June 8
Births:
1671 – Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (d. 1751)
1810 – Robert Schumann, German composer and critic (d. 1856)
1949 – Emanuel Ax, Polish-American pianist and educator
Deaths:
1612 – Hans Leo Hassler, German organist and composer (b. 1562)

1984 – Gordon Jacob, English composer (b. 1895)
June 9
Births:
1732 – Giuseppe Demachi, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1791)
1810 – Otto Nicolai, German composer and conductor (d. 1849)
1865 – Carl Nielsen, Danish violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1931) I quite like most of Nielsen’s earlier symphonies (earlier meaning everything except the fifth, which I haven’t really grown to appreciate yet [but still wrote about], and the sixth, which is just kind of… perplexing)
1891 – Cole Porter, American composer (d. 1964) I know I have said some bad things about jazz (or intend to), but Cole Porter is Cole Porter. 
1912 – Ingolf Dahl, German-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1970) The people I have never heard of… 
Deaths:
1656 – Thomas Tomkins, Welsh composer (b. 1572)
1952 – Adolf Busch, German-Austrian violinist and composer (b. 1891)
1991 – Claudio Arrau, Chilean-American pianist (b. 1903) 
2013 – Bruno Bartoletti, Italian conductor (b. 1926)
June 10
Births:
1843 – Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1900)

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On this day: March, 2015

Our first full-month post. Let’s go! March 1: Births: 1810 – Frédéric Chopin, Polish pianist and composer  (May have heard of this guy…?) 1896 – Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek pianist, conductor, and composer. Early Mahler advocate 1939 – Leo Brouwer, Cuban guitarist and composer 1958 – Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor Deaths: 1620 – Thomas Campion, English poet and composer 1643 – Girolamo Frescobaldi, Italian pianist and composer  1777 – Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian composer 1882 – Theodor Kullak, German pianist, composer, and educator 1976 – Jean Martinon, French conductor and composer   March 2:  Births: 1755 – Antoine-Frédéric Gresnick, Belgian composer 1824 – Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer 1900 – Kurt Weill, German-American composer 1905 – Marc Blitzstein, American composer 1912 – Henry Katzman, American pianist, composer, and … Continue reading On this day: March, 2015