Rinat Ibragimov, principal double bass of the London Symphony Orchestra together with Catherine Edwards, performs Jan Křtitel Vaňhal’s Double Bass Concerto, originally written in Es Major but performed here a semitone lower.
This popular piece of double bass repertoire is commonly called for in auditions, and here Rinat demonstrates its performance using the original bass part and the Viennese Tuning that would have been in vogue at the time of its composition.
Rinat plays a d-bass by Matheus Albany, a gift from his colleague and friend Alexander Stepanov. He uses Pirastro Eudoxa strings.
Watch Rinat’s performance of Karl Ditters von Ditterdorf’s bass concerto here:
Sir Neville Marriner, Founder & Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields — LATE GREAT MUSIC REVUE
“Piano Concerton No. 20 in D Minor, K.466” I would be falling down in my role as civic booster if I did not mention that Sir Neville Marriner was music director of my hometown orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra, between 1979-1986. But it was as founder and conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields […]
more Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Piano Concerto in G major (1929-31); Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Yuri Termirkanov, cond.) with Martha Argerich (piano), live, Stockholm, 2009
never enough Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor; NHK Symphony Orchestra (Miltiades Caridis [1923-1998], cond.) with Annie Fischer (1914-1995), piano, live ********** lagniappe reading table Even now one is amazed by transience: how it outlasts us all. —Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016), from “Scenes with Harlequins” (TLS, 7/8/16)
Fascinating guy, this Roger Reynolds (b. 1934). Studied piano, gave it up to become an engineer, became a military policeman, and then went back to school for music. There he met a composer, who whipped him into shape and his career took off. He studied and hung out with Milton Babbit, John Cage, Nadia Boulanger, […]
Meng Su (PC ’09, GPD ’11, Guitar; GPD ’15, Chamber Music) will be the featured soloist in two performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Ms. Su, a former student of Manuel Barrueco, will perform the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo with Nicholas Hersh conducting.
July 14, birthday of Tommy Vig: Concerto for Clarinet, Vibraharp and Orchestra — Kurt Nemes’ Classical Music Almanac
Being 1/2 Hungarian, I had to choose Tommy Vig (July 14, 1938) for today’s composer. He was a prodigy who by 6 was playing drums in his father’s jazz band and later studied at the Bela Bartok conservatory. He’s had a rich career winning a scholarship to Julliard, writing for numerous tv and film productions, […]
June 28, birthday of Joseph Joachim: Cadenza from Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D — Kurt Nemes’ Classical Music Almanac
Joseph Joachim (1831-1907) at the age of 12 took the stage under the baton of Felix Mendelssohn and performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D with this cadenza from the 3rd movement written by the boy violinist himself. While this concerto is probably one of my two favorite pieces of classical music of all time, this cadenza […]