CLASSICAL OPUS no.86

Bedrich Smetana: “Die Moldau” (Vltava)

ベッドジー スメタナ – 「モルダーウ」(ヴィルタヴァ)

 

TIME COMMITMENT: 14 minutes

The eminently romantic format of a symphonic poem wonderfully echoes the national aspirations of the 1860s.  Smetana paints in watercolor that is sober, but never austere.  Voracious for our attention, the pieces moves us with the elasticity of the title’s great river.

 

MUSIC

 

INFO

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A1_vlast

 

A REFLECTION

Wildly here, without control,

Nature reigns and rules the whole;

In that sober pensive mood,

Dearest to the feeling soul,

She plants the forest, pours the flood.

 

Robert Burns: “Verses on Castle Gordon”

 

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CLASSICAL OPUS no.89

Karol Szymanowski – “Violin Concerto no.1”

カロル  シマノウスキ – 「ヴァイオリン協奏曲第1番」

 

TIME COMMITMENT: 30 minutes

With pre-dawn intensity, the concerto radiates with a promise of therapeutic metamorphosis.  Inebriated with the lyricism of the composer’s native flatlands, the narrative is lightly disturbed, but never saturated with soloing ornamentation.  But this could be attributable to Penderecki, il direttore in the performance presented here, who blunts the piercing romantic formalism and brings to the fore the unity between the violin and the orchestra.

 

MUSIC

 

INFO

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violin_Concerto_No._1_(Szymanowski)

 

A REFLECTION

A pity. We were such a good

And loving invention.

An aeroplane made from a man and wife.

Wings and everything.

We hovered a little above the earth.

 

We even flew a little.

 

Yehuda Amichai: “A Pity”

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