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Gramophone’s Top 10 Romantic composers

Posted on 18 February 2015 by admin

The Romantic period was one of the most innovative in music history, characterised by lyrical melodies, rich harmonies, and emotive expression.

Top 10 Romantic compose

Top 10 Romantic compose

Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz

The arch-Romantic composer, Berlioz’s life was all you’d expect – by turn turbulent and passionate, ecstatic and melancholic.

 

 

Fryderyck Chopin

Fryderyck Chopin

Few composers command such universal love as Chopin; even fewer still have such a high proportion of all their music in the active repertoire. Yet he is the only great composer who wrote no symphonies, operas, ballets or choral works. His chief claim to immortality relies not on large scale works but on miniature forms.

 

Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann

Schumann is a key figure in the Romantic movement; none investigated the Romantic’s obsession with feeling and passion quite so thoroughly as him. Schumann died insane, but then some psychologists argue that madness is a necessary attribute of genius.

 

 

Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt

Composer, teacher, Abbé, Casanova, writer, sage, pioneer and champion of new music, philanthropist, philosopher and one of the greatest pianists in history, Liszt was the very embodiment of the Romantic spirit. He worked in every field of music except ballet and opera and to each field he contributed a significant development.

 

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner

No composer has had so deep an influence on the course of his art, before or since. Entrepreneur, philosopher, poet, conductor, one of the key composers in history and most remarkable men of the 19th century, Wagner knew he was a genius. He was also an unpleasant, egocentric and unscrupulous human being.

 

 

Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi was never a theoretician or academic, though he was quite able to write a perfectly poised fugue if he felt inclined. What makes him, with Puccini, the most popular of all opera composers is the ability to dream up glorious melodies with an innate understanding of the human voice, to express himself directly, to understand how the theatre works, and to score with technical brilliance, colour and originality.

 

Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner

Bruckner’s reputation rests almost entirely with his symphonies – the symphonies, someone said, that Wagner never wrote.

 

 

Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini

Whatever the atmosphere he wanted to create, Puccini’s sound world is unique and unmistakeable with its opulent yet clear-cut orchestration and a miraculous fund of melodies with their bittersweet, tender lyricism. His masterly writing for the voice guarantees the survival of his music for many years to come.

 

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky is the most popular of all Russian composers, his music combining some nationalist elements with a more cosmopolitan view, but it is music that could only have been written by a Russian. In every genre he shows himself to be one of the greatest melodic fountains who ever lived.

 

 

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

One of the giants of classical music, Brahms appeared to arrive fully armed, found a style in which he was comfortable – traditional structures and tonality in the German idiom – and stuck to it throughout his life. He was no innovator, preferring the logic of the symphony, sonata, fugue and variation forms.

 

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Romantic Théodore Dubois, The Piano Concerto Vol.60 on Hyperion

Posted on 27 May 2013 by admin

Romantic Théodore Dubois, The Piano Concerto Vol.60 on Hyperion

The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.60 on Hyperion

François-Clément Théodore Dubois (24 August 1837 – 11 June 1924) was a French composer, organist and musicteacher. His music  includes ballets, oratorios and three symphonies, he wrote many religious works, and had considerable hopes for a successful career on the operatic stage. This Concerto-capriccioso of 1876 seems like a preliminary study in the style of such composers as Weber and Mendelssohn, whereas the highly Romantic Concerto in F minor (1897) is reminiscent of Saint-Saens. On this album French pianist Tiberghien is accompanied by Andrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony in three works by Théodore Dubois that present a captivating panorama of the composer’s stylistic evolution.

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Romantic Polish piano music, Concerto Vol.59 on Hyperion

Posted on 27 May 2013 by admin

Representated of neoromanticism in Polish music, Władysław Żeleński (6 July 1837 – 23 January 1921) was a Polish composer, pianist and organist. Also, Aleksander Zarzycki (February 26, 1834– November 1, 1895) was a Polish pianist,composer and conductor,  author of piano and violin compositions, mazurkas, polonaises, krakowiaks, and songs. This 59th volume of the Romantic Piano Concerto series features Jonathan Plowright, whose brilliant and utterly idiomatic performances of Romantic Polish piano music have confirmed him as a master of this repertoire. This album is his collaboration with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Lukasz Borowicz to perform three very obscure but fascinating works.

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Complete Operas on Deutsche Grammophon 2013 Wagner 43 CDs Boxset

Posted on 11 March 2013 by admin

Wagner: Complete Operas (Limited Edition)

Complete Operas on Deutsche Grammophon 2013 Wagner 43 CDs Boxset

2013 marks the Wagner’s bicentennial year. Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor primarily known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, who generally left the task of writing the libretto (the text and lyrics) to others, Wagner wrote his own libretti, which he referred to as “poems”. Wagner’s  musical style introduced new ideas in harmony, melodic process  and operatic structure, he explored the limits of the traditional tonal system, which gave keys and chords their identity, pointing the way to atonality in the 20th century. This 43 CDs boxset is Deutsche Grammophon’s comprehensive collection, excellent value for anyone who enjoys Wagner operas, there are DG, Decca and EMI recordings here:

Die Freen (DG) rec 1972 Sir Edward Downes

Das Liebesverbot (DG) rec 1975 Sir Edward Downes

Rienzi rec 1976 (EMI) Heinrich Hollreiser

Der Fliegende Hollander (DG) rec 1981 Giuseppe Sinopoli

Tannhauser (DG) rec 1988 Giuseppe Sinopoli

Lohengrin (Decca) rec 1985-6 Sir Georg Solti

Der Ring Des Nibelungen (DG) rec 1987-88 Metropolitan Opera James Levine

Tristan und Isolde (DG) rec 1980-82 Carlos Kleiber

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (DG) rec 1976 Eugen Jochum

Parsifal (Decca) 1972 Sir Georg Solti

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