Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1, D-minor
I love this trio, and this movement, so much.
—Shostakovich: String Quartet #15 In E Flat Minor - 1. Elegy
Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15
Of Strange Lands and Peoples | Curious Story
Blind Man’s Bluff | Pleading Child
Contented Enough | Important Event | Reverie
At the Fireside | Knight on the Stick-Horse
Almost Too Serious | Frightening
Child Falling Asleep | The Poet Speaks
Hey, remember that time Martha recorded Kinderszenen and Kreisleriana? I always forget about that release. They’re almost certainly my favorite recordings of those works on both counts. Argerich has a special affinity for Schumann; she is able to project across a variety of different material the innocent quality intended by the composer. The phrasing is limpid and clear, the shading infinitely varied while never approaching caricature. This is a work in which the problems are more musical than technical, and in this regard she is able to inject new life into a well-worn standard. For sentimental and historical significance there’s probably no besting the famed performance from Horowitz’s late return to Vienna, but here we have perhaps the most thoughtful, sensitively crafted, and expertly engineered reading on record.
Schumann composed his “Scenes from Childhood” in the early days of 1838 as the response to a remark from his young wife Clara that he often behaved “like a child.” By early February he had finished thirty Kindergeschichten, from which the thirteen comprising the published set were later chosen. The pieces’ individual titles came later as “suggestions” and so were not part of the original conception according to the composer. Though the music is at times emotionally profound, its light and friendly spirit is in contrast to the heavier, richer moods generally being explored by Schumann at the time (Noveletten, Kreisleriana, etc.).
—Partita No. 3 in A minor BWV 827: Gigue
" Bach Is The Beginning And End Of All Music. " ~ Composer Max Reger
"Partita No. 3 In A Minor BWV 827: Gigue" By Composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Performed By Pianist João Carlos Martins
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466
The Camerata Salzburg
Mitsuko Uchida, piano/cond.
For me, anything Mozart writes in a minor key definitely is the most bittersweet thing ever. This is one of my favourite piano concertos as well as the first piano concerto I’ve ever got into. Not to mention Mitsuko Uchida and her brilliance.
Hail all that is Uchida!
Tchaikovsky Symphony NO.6 (Full Length) : Seoul Phil Orchestra
This is an incredible, amazing recording. Not only is the orchestra fantastic - and well recorded - but this symphony is indescribably powerful.
The descending pattern in the 4th movement (starts 37:15, specifically 37:42) is unbelievably heartbreaking.