A Performance of the Brahms Piano trio no.2 op.87 in C major (2nd mov Andante con moto) given on the 24th July 2008 by Greenwich Trio. Lana Trotovsek-violin, Stjepan Hauser-cello, Yoko Misumi-piano. Described by cellist Bernard Greenhouse (Beaux Arts Trio) as the “Number 1 Trio in the World!”




– Composer: Zoltán Kodály (16 December 1882 — 6 March 1967)
– Performer: Jacob Koranyi
– Year of recording: 2010 (Live in Stockholm, Sweden)

Sonata in B minor for solo cello, Op. 8, written in 1915.

00:00 – I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato
09:00 – II. Adagio con gran espressione
20:53 – III. Allegro molto vivace

This composition is widely considered the greatest of a small field of works written for solo cello, since Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites. According to Calum McDonald, “Had he written nothing else apart from this magnificent sonata, Kodály would still deserve to be accounted one of the greatest musical geniuses that Hungary has ever produced”.

The piece contains influences of Debussy and Bartók, as well as the inflections and nuances of Hungarian folk music. It wavers between B minor and B major, and Kodály adjusted the two lower strings down a semitone (scordatura) to better evoke these tonalities and to extend the instrument’s tonal, dynamic and expressive range.

The sonata was written in 1915, but its premiere was delayed due to World War I so the Budapest premiere was on 7 May 1918 by Jeno Kerpely.

Kodály himself predicted that “in 25 years no cellist will be accepted who has not played it”. Indeed, less than 40 years later, in 1956, the sonata was a set piece for the Casals Competition in Mexico City. But in the meantime it had yet to earn its recognition.

The piece has become quite attached to cellist János Starker, who has recorded the piece 4 times, much to the approval of Kodály who said to him: “If you correct the ritard in the third movement, it will be the Bible performance”. However, I chose another excellent recent performance by Koranyi, that deserves at least as much recognition as Starker’s great recordings (IMHO).

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Shout out to all the Dave Matthews Band fans out there! [rowdy clapping, screams and whistling] Shout out to all the Ludwig van Beethoven fans out there! [polite, respectful applause and coughs between movements] Now a shout out to all the DMB/Beethoven mash-up fans out there! [cricket … cricket …] Introducing … Ants Marching / Ode to Joy!

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This is the first movement of Chao-Jan Chang’s cello composition, 4 Moods for Solo Cello. Each movement reflects a mood, such as fury, imagination, meditation, etc. This movement, flying, is very lyrical and poetic. The virtuoso cellist, Jan Muller-Szeraws, recorded this piece in 2009 in the Chapel of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

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“When Aragorn was abroad, from afar Arwen watched over him in thought” –Lord of the Rings

After signing with Sony we were putting together our first official release. Just before the deadline we looked at the song list and all agreed the album needed to include a new original piece. But we had 48 hours. As we prayed for help Jon recalled a tune he had almost included in a solo album, but for reasons he couldn’t remember he had not finished it. It was just the compositional catalyst we needed…. read the rest of the song on our website here:…

“Arwen’s Vigil” written by Jon Schmidt, Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Performed by
Jon Schmidt: Piano
Steven Sharp Nelson: cello; cello-percussion
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios in Utah, U.S.A.
Produced & Filmed by Paul Anderson & Shaye Scott
Edited by Shaye Scott & Paul Anderson

NOTE:  This, to me , is a very exciting performance!  The Passion, Unity, Clarity and pure Emotional Drive propels you into a Musical Soul Experience.  Composers, please take note of Brahms’ development techniques.  The internal connection of music ideas creates a beautiful flow –  the sensation of One-ness from beginning to end of each movement.  I Hope you enjoy this performance!

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478, is considered the first major piece composed for piano quartet in the chamber music repertoire. Mozart received a commission for three quartets in 1785 from the publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister. Hoffmeister thought this quartet was too difficult and that the public would not buy it, so he released Mozart from the obligation of completing the set. (Nine months later, Mozart composed a second quartet in E-flat major, the K. 493, anyway). Hofmeister’s fear that the work was too difficult for amateurs was borne out by an article in the Journal des Luxus und der Moden published in Weimar in June 1788. The article highly praised Mozart and his work, but expressed dismay over attempts by amateurs to perform it:
“[as performed by amateurs] it could not please: everybody yawned with boredom over the incomprehensible tintamarre of 4 instruments which did not keep together for four bars on end, and whose senseless concentus never allowed any unity of feeling; but it had to please, it had to be praised! … what a difference when this much-advertised work of art is performed with the highest degree of accuracy by four skilled musicians who have studied it carefully.” The assessment accords with a view widely held of Mozart in his own lifetime, that of a greatly talented composer who wrote very difficult music. At the time the piece was written, the harpsichord was still widely used. Although the piece was originally published with the title “Quatuor pour le Clavecin ou Forte Piano, Violon, Tallie [sic] et Basse,” stylistic evidence suggests Mozart intended the piano part for “the ‘Viennese’ fortepiano of the period” and that our modern piano is “a perfectly acceptable alternative.” The work is in three movements:
I. Allegro, in G minor
II. Andante, in B-flat major
III. Rondo (Allegro), in G major
The C. F. Peters Edition set of parts has rehearsal letters throughout the whole work; the Eulenburg Edition study score has measure numbers but no rehearsal letters, the same goes for Bärenreiter.
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