Category Archives: my favorite music

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D minor; Шостакович, Симфония № 5 ре минор

          Posted here is the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, by Dmitri Shostakovich — in two different recordings. The first performance posted here is by Bernard Haitink, an outstanding Shostakovich interpreter. The second … Continue reading

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Shostakovich, symphony no. 11 (“The Year 1905”); Шостакович, Симфония № 11 («1905-й год»)

      Posted here (above) is a recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Opus 103 (subtitled The Year 1905), conducted by Leopold Stokowski. It is a marvelous symphony. Extremely moving. Program music that works and … Continue reading

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Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras

        Posted here (above) is what seems to me to be one of the best renditions of “Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras” (For all flesh, it is as grass), the second movement of Brahms’s Ein … Continue reading

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Carl Nielsen, “Der er et yndigt land” (A fair and lovely land)

            Posted here are two versions of the anthem “Der er et yndigt land” (A fair and lovely land) by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen. The text is by the Danish poet Adam Oehlenschläger. As … Continue reading

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Beethoven; nature

  I was listening to the fifth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale) conducted by Simon Rattle:     “Hirtengesänge – Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm” (Shepherds’ song. Happy and thankful feelings after the storm). Great rendition. It … Continue reading

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Sibelius, “Se’n har jag ej frågat mera”

        Posted here is a song by Jean Sibelius: “Se’n har jag ej frågat mera” (Since then I have enquired no further). The text is by Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877). Runeberg was a Finno-Swedish lyric and epic … Continue reading

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Jean Sibelius, “Souvenir”

        Posted here is “Souvenir,” a short piano piece by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. It was one of the composer’s Eight Pieces for Piano, Op. 99, published in 1922. I have been trying to listen to … Continue reading

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