1. leadingtone:

    Intermezzo in C: Grazioso e giocoso
    Op. 119 Nº 3

    Sviatoslav Richter (live)

    Tempo, yeah. But check the manuscript (pictured above). 

    Whereas Brahms’ bachelor yolo-mottos “Frei aber einsam” and  ”Frei aber froh” (F-A-E, F-A-F) descend from an apex to settle in discomfort and relative contentment, respectively, there is a more spiritually optimistic and emotionally ambiguous motive—a rising third plus a rising step—which one frequently finds lurking about. It dominates this Intermezzo from Op. 119, and has precedents in the motet Op. 74 Nº 1 as well as Ein deutsches Requiem. 

    (via jordanconductor)

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  3. emmadelosnardos:

    JS Bach
    Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 - 7. Sanfte Soll Mein Todeskummer
    Ian Bostridge, Fabio Biondi; Europa Galante

    Risking, of course, that tumblr will pull this down as they seem to do for all things Bostridge, but worth the risk to give you a little Bach just in time for Easter.

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  5. no-tritones-for-you:

    Bach - Mottetto “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” BWV 225 (score) (by giuppagiuppa)

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  7. donjuansrecklessdaughter:

    A belated Happy Birthday to the magnificent immortal, soprano Montserrat Caballe who turned 81 at the weekend.

    Here she is singing in the most defining role of her career- Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall in 1965. Filling in for the indisposed Marilyn Horne at short notice, the virtually unknown (at least in opera’s most esteemed circles) Caballe had the international breakthrough that rarely happens to very few singers (Sutherland in Lucia, Callas in Norma). Earning a 25 minute ovation, she solidified the sacred status as a Diva with the title ‘La Superba’, possessing one of the most divine, ethereal voices ever recorded.

    Every sinew of the vocal line placed and moulded with such tenderness and expression, creating an inner beauty within the character of Lucrezia that very few artists had managed to capture. Combined with the most graceful messa di voce and fioratura, she managed to embody all the subtleties and dramatic essence of Bel Canto singing within the role. Benevolent, dramatic, and pouring with gorgeous melancholy.

    One of the greatest singers of all time. 

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  9. immaestro:

    Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43

    Stephen Hough (Piano)

    Andrew Litton (conductor), Dallas Symphony Orchestra

    (via tierradentro)

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  11. "I have received letters from Berlin informing me that
    the first performance of the ninth symphony was received with enthusiastic applause, which I attribute largely to the metronome markings."
    - Beethoven to his publisher, Schott. (via jordanconductor)

    (via b-flat-minor)

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  13. danforth:

    Hector Berlioz - Les Nuits d’ete op. 7 Sur Les Lagunes (Lamento) “Ma belle amie est morte”

    Reportedly written about Berlioz’s failing marriage with his Irish actress wife. Listen to it and feel something, you garbage-eating rats.

    (via jordanconductor)

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  15. Tami Lin performs Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28 (via http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=wy54qp2gBZM&u=/watch?v=g8SaG_pW4f4&feature=share)

  16. hannibalsmusic:

    Beethoven, Piano concerto no. 4 -II- Andante con moto

    Wiener Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle

    Alfred Brendel, piano

    (Source: jihyelee, via tierradentro)

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  18. Natacha Kudritskaya plays Rameau, Suite en la Gavotte et six Doubles
    En concert le 25 et 30 juillet au Festival 1001 Notes
    Plus d’infos : http://www.festival1001notes.com
    Clip réalisé par Simon Bouisson
    Prise de sons Thibaud Maillard

    (via http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=0JOt-o6PcJE&u=/watch?v=HuJ-LKEH6W0&feature=share)

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  20. malipstick:

    George Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759) (German/English)

    Harpsichord Suite Nº7 in G minor
    I.- Overture

    by Paul Nicholson.


    (via welltemperedcannibal)

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  22. Zimerman performs and conducts Beethoven Piano Concero No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 19, with the Wiener Philharmoniker (via http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=BCaoEIUlB68&u=/watch?v=3bSPWShoiZQ&feature=share)

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  24. Zimerman performs and conducts Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 with the Winer Philharmoniker (via http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=C8aHmgPz77g&u=/watch?v=SFfUcQQbwsE&feature=share)

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  26. nyphil:

    What Music Looks Like

    You’re looking at Chladni Figures and this experiment dates back to the 17th century. Ernst Chladni was a physicist and a musician who discovered this phenomenon of acoustics. He was also ridiculed by his peers for theorizing that meteorites came from outer space, not from volcanoes. Boy, were those guys wrong! We digress…

    It’s hard to believe that single tones can make such beautiful, intricate designs. It makes us wonder what a symphony must look like!

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  28. hannibalsmusic:

    François Couperin, Vingt-Sixieme Ordre - L’Épineuse

    Christophe Rousset, harpsichord

    (via flowersinjanuary)

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