The focus of this group is currently on classical music and its composers. It is hoped that in time it will expand to jazz, military bands and much more. In order to create an interesting and informative programme, we shall be relying on the input of each member to make this work. New members are welcome to join this group.
The group coordinators are Margaret Cowlard and Doug Marriott.
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Programme for 19th March 2020
Only two pieces this month:
Ferruccio Busoni: Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 39 (1866-1924)
Kirill Gerstein (piano), Boston Symphony Orchestra
Male voices of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Sakari Oramo, Conductor and Lioiya Tankovskaya, Chorus master.
72 minutes long, 5 movements; men’s chorus in 5th movement.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op.36
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent conducts. Recorded at the Proms 5th Sept.1964.
Should finish around 4.30 ish.
Notes: Busoni, an Italian pianist, composer and conductor who was popular in his lifetime but was forgotten after his death. Piano music of great difficulty, some almost atonal. The piano concerto we hear today is rarely played in concert. Apart from its length which makes it difficult to programme it calls for a large orchestra, a pianist with stamina to play the 72 min. difficult solo part and also requires the men’s voices in the 5th movement.
Not many pianists have this in their repertoire and so it is rarely heard.
This disc was recorded at a concert in Symphony Hall, Boston in March 2017.