Shostakovich Symphony no. 3 in E flat, op. 20, ‘The First of May’

performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Neeme Järvi, or below by the Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture and the Russian State Academic Choir Cappella under Gennady Rozhdestvensky (cover image by Paul Morris) …whereas in October, the … Continue reading Shostakovich Symphony no. 3 in E flat, op. 20, ‘The First of May’

William Grant Still: Symphony no. 1 in A flat, ‘Afro-American’

performed by Neeme Järvi and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra second, third and fourth movements (cover image by Kent Henderson) George Gershwin won’t make it into the series, he has plenty of fame already. For a genius jazzy symphony, here’s something … Continue reading William Grant Still: Symphony no. 1 in A flat, ‘Afro-American’

Nielsen Symphony no. 1 in Gm, op. 7

(I have written an updated article on this symphony in the few years since this original article. It can be found here, and I’d suggest reading it at least in addition to if not in place of what is below. For posterity, I’ve kept the original article as is.) performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi Let me just say I love the fact that Nielsen was playing in the second violins for the premiere of this piece. How cool is that? We’re getting back around to symphonies, probably for at least the next month or so. I … Continue reading Nielsen Symphony no. 1 in Gm, op. 7