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After Verdi's first grand opera for the Paris Opéra--that being his adaptation of I Lombardi in 1847 given under the title of Jérusalem - the composer had wanted to write a completely new grand opera for the company, the appeal being the same as that which influenced all Italian composers of the day: the challenges of a form different from that of their homeland and the ability to appeal to an audience which welcomed novelty. Verdi began discussions with the Opéra but negotiations were stalled by the 1848 revolutions and the composer broke them off for a period of time. It was not until February 1852 (while Il trovatore was still being prepared) that he returned to Paris and entered into a contract to write an opera, the libretto to be prepared by Scribe, who was given a deadline for a "treatment" to be delivered on 30 June 1853 with rehearsals to begin in mid-1854 and the opera staged in November/December of that year. Verdi was guaranteed the choice of suitable artists as well as forty performances in the ten months following the premiere. In July 1852, Verdi had written to Scribe outlining his hopes:I should like, I need a subject that is grandiose, impassioned and original; a mise-en-scene that is imposing and overwhelming. I have consistently in view so many of those magnificent scene to be found in your poems ... Indeed, these scenes are miracles! But you work them so often that I hope you will work one for me.  When Scribe missed his July 1853 deadline, Verdi went to Paris to negotiate directly and it was then that the librettist proposed a solution, using a revised version of the libretto for Le duc d'Albe, one which had been written about 20 years before at the height of the French grand opera tradition and which had previously been offered to Halevy (who refused it) and to Donizetti (who partly set it to music in 1839 under the original title). Verdi raised many objections, many of these being outlined in a letter from Scribe to Duveyrier of December 1853. They included a change of location, of characters' names, certain specific situations (there being no beer halls in Sicily, for example), plus a demand for a "standard" fifth act to make it equivalent to Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots or Le Prophète However, this "meant that Verdi was writing his first (original) opéra at a point at which the genre was in a state of flux". Musicologist Julian Budden adds: "In opting for the grandest possible scale, Verdi was running against the current of fashion" (which he notes had significantly shifted in the months and years following the 1848 uprising, so that the country was now firmly in the epoch of Napoleon III, meaning "that the social foundation on which [grand opera] rested was now withdrawn") Verdi spent 1854 forcing Scribe to make revisions while writing the music, "complaining about the sheer length demanded by audiences at the Opéra". Overall, it was a frustrating time for the composer, especially in dealing with Scribe's 5th act. The librettist was unresponsive to Verdi's pleas for revisions, until finally, he was forced in late 1854 (with no premiere in sight and the mysterious disappearance from rehearsals of Sophie Cruvelli, who sang Hélène) to write to the Opera's director, Louis Crosnier: "To avoid the catastrophe that menaces us ... I see but one means and I do not hesitate to propose it: dissolution of the contract". However, Verdi persevered and was present at the June 1855 premiere, by then having spent close to two years in Paris working on the opera. Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend (continued)
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La Musica International Chamber Music Festival begins on April 4th!  If you haven't already done so, please visit their website at www.LaMusicaFestival.org to purchase your tickets.  You will NOT want to miss out on their landmark 30th Anniversary. In this month's edition of La Musica Chamber Music Hour, we are pleased to hear: Beethoven: "String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29" Harbison: "Twilight Music for Horn, Violin and Piano" Dvorak: "Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65" Performers are: Federico Agostini Claudio Cruz Daniel Avshalomov Bruno Giuranna Julie Albers Eric Ruske Jennifer Frautschi Derek Han Antonio Meneses Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel)
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1229 SWSO Canyon Concerto Concert  The Southwest Symphony "Canyon Concerto" concert, under the direction of Maestro Gary Caldwell,  was recorded on February 26, 2016.  This concert featured Guest Artist Lynn Vartan performing Keith Bradshaw's "Canyons Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra." The concert opens with Stephen Lias' "Prince William Sound" This is followed by "Three Preludes" by Claude Debussy.  The 3 movements are "Heather," "Footsteps in the Snow" and "The Wine Door."  The 3 movements were orchestrated from piano scores by the Southwest Symphony's principal trombonist, Timothy Francis. Next, we hear the anchor work of the evening, "Canyons Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra" by Keith Bradshaw with special guest artist, Lynn Vartan.  The 4 movements of this work are "Dance of the Hoodoos," "Hanging with Goblins," "Gabbing with Gossips" and "In the Court of the Patriarchs."  Each movement portrays one of the scenic canyons here in Utah: Bryce Canyon, Goblin Valley, Arches National Monument and Zion Canyon respectively. After intermission, the concert concludes with Dvorak's "Symphony No. 9 in E minor, from the New World, Op. 95" To learn more about the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, please visit their website at www.SouthwestSymphony.co Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel)
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1228 Beth LevinPersonae Beth Levin is no stranger to our listening audience.  A child prodigy, Beth made her debut performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 12.   Beth has since appeared as a concerto soloist with major symphony orchestras all over the world. For more information on Beth, please visit her website at www.BethLevinPiano.com For this broadcast we are pleased to feature one of Beth's latest CDs called Personae featuring music by Chopin, Eliason and Schumann. First we will hear "Dances of the League of David, Op. 6" by Robert Schumann.  This is a highly personal biographic work of his split personality and mood swings. Next we will hear "Disegno 2 for Piano" by Anders Eliasson. The concluding work is the famous "Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35" by Chopin. To purchase this and other CDs by Beth Levin, please visit Amazon or Itunes. Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel)
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1227 DSU Symphony BandImpressions The Dixie State University Symphony Band, under the baton of Maestro Gary Caldwell, is back for two new performances this season. In this broadcast we were pleased to record their "Impressions" concert from March 4, 2016. We will be pleased to hear: "Festival" by James Clifton Williams.  Written in 1961 this is considered to be one of Williams' major works and it is bold and very dynamic. "Arabian Dances" by Brian Balmages is rich in the amazing folk music from the Middle East "Gilgamesh" by Gregory Rudgers takes much of its themes from Verdi's "La Forza del destino" heard on our show 2 years ago. "Metroplex" by Robert Sheldon takes us on a tour of New York City complete with a wild ride in a taxi. Ralph Vaughan-Williams' "Sea Songs" is very well known throughout the world as it includes 3 very famous sea songs: "Princess Royal," "Admiral Benbow" and "Portsmouth." "Sunrise at Angel's Gate" by Philip Sparke describes to the listener Sparke's impression of Angel's Gate during a visit to the Grand Canyon. The concert concludes with "El Camino Real" by Alfred Reed as we hear the brilliant Spanish styles of the Flamenco, Jota and Fandango. Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel)
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The Southwest Symphony Youth Concerto Classic continues the tradition of showcasing first-rate young musicians whose talents thrill and captivate. These dedicated prodigies demonstrate music education at its finest, so prepare to be dazzled by their artistry. Those selected include Adam Costello, Sabrena Scheffel, Rachel Kaneversky, Teague Lawrence, Aubrey Aikele, Audrey Godfrey, Aly Candland and Abigail Clark. The concert will be held on April 8 at 7:30 PM at the Cox Center for the Performing Arts at Dixie State University. Tickets may be purchased through the orchestra’s website at www.SouthwestSymphony.co or by calling the Dixie State University Box Office at 435-652-7800.
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Season 12 - 1226 Puccini: Il trittico  Il Trittico, or The Triptych, is the title of a collection of three one-act operas consisting of Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini. The operas were composed around 1904 and each opera was originally planned to reflect one part of Dante's Divine Comedy.  However, only Gianni Schicchi is based on Dante's epic poem. Puccini intended for all 3 operas should be performed as a set, however, it is very common today for only one or two operas to be performed together and sometimes only one opera will be performed with another one-act opera by another composer. This recording, by the CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice is now available at our online store at www.ClassicalRecordings.co.  This recording is guaranteed for superior quality by Facebook. Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel) CMD Facebook Onlne Store
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Ezra DonnerIle - A Sung Drama in Once Act  Ezra Donner's one act opera Ile sets music to a play by Eugene O'Neill.  Ile is the way the central character, the captain of a 1890's whaling ship, pronounces the word "oil."  He is a fanatic when it comes to filling his ship with whale oil.  There can be no return home, he decrees, without the oil, no matter the circumstances. It so happens, on this voyage, the ship gets caught in ice for an extended period of time, causing the trip to become endless enough for the crew to consider mutiny and the captain's wife, who had begged him to let her come on this voyage, is about to lose her mind, quite literally. To learn more about this and other compositions by Ezra Donner, please visit his website at www.EzraDonner.com   Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel) CMD Facebook Onlne Store
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Manhattan StoriesThe Music of Faye-Ellen Silverman Composer Faye-Ellen Silverman appeared on our Play My Music series several years ago.  Her selection was liked by our listeners all over the world. Now we are fortunate to be able to play for you her 2008 CD "Manhattan Stories." Faye-Ellen Silverman describes her CD as "...a life-long love affair with the borough of my birth, Manhattan, in the city of New York.  Here many of my friends live, and here the compositions on the CD originate.  Each piece tells its own story." We will be pleased to hear: Translations Dialogue Dialogue Continued Taming the Furies Protected Sleep Love Songs Left Behind More about each selection can be found on the CD's liner notes. This CD is available on Amazon or Itunes. Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel) CMD Facebook Onlne Store
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La Musica Chamber Music Hour #32La Musica International Chamber Music Festival In the 32nd edition of La Musica International Chamber Music Hour we are pleased to have La Musica perform for you:   Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 by Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Cello by Ravel Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147 by Shostakovich Performers are:Claudio Cruz, Derek Han, Federico Agostini, Antonio Meneses and Bruno Giuranna. Be sure and visit La Musica's website at: www.LaMusicaFestival.org to learn about their 30th Anniversary Season begining in April. Sponsors of this show are: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Southwest Symphony Orchestra Dennis Loeffel - Classical Essentials Other Links: Advertise on Classical Music Discoveries Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries About our Recording Equipment Websites for Musicians Created by Musicians Grocery and Travel Coupons (save thousands of dollars) Sousa Fundraising Have Your Music Played on Classical Music Discoveries Music Store - download music from our shows (without the show dialogues) Classical Essentials - FREE Classical Music (sponsored by Dennis Loeffel) CMD Facebook Onlne Store
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