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In this month's Lost Recording we present to you a 1953 recording of William Steinburg conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Steinburg had only been with the symphony for a year when he recorded Richard Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28 and Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24. These recordings never saw the light of day with any recording studio and are not listed on any discography of Maestro Steinburg's. These magnificent works display the exceptional talents of a young William Steinburg and his superb skills at controlling an orchestra to produce the exact sound he wants. To this day, these 2 lost performances are the finest renditions of these works ever recorded. This holds exceptionally true pertaining to Death and Transfiguration where this work is rarely recorded.  On this broadcast, you will hear the finest performance of this work ever recorded. Order this Lost Recording from 1953 below: Select Format and Shipping Digital Download $2.99 USD CD w/USA Shipping $12.99 USD CD w/International Shipping $22.99 USD
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Welcome to the 6th edition of the La Musica Chamber Music Hour presented to you by our friends at La Musica International Chamber Music Festival in Sarasota Florida. To learn about next season's festival, which will begin in April 2014, be sure to visit their website at www.LaMusicaFestival.org or just click on their hyperlink appearing under the photos of the testival at any time during this broadcast. In this month's broadcast you will hear: Rossini's "Sonata a Quattro, No. 3 in C Major" Ravel's "String Quartet in F Major" Glinka's "Grand Sextet in E-flat Major for Piano, String Quartet and Double Bass" Performers are: Federico Agostini, Ruth Lenz, Laura Zarina, Eri Noda - violins Daniel Avshalomov, Bruno Giuranna - violas Julie Albers, Eric Kim - cellos Scott Faulkner - double bassDerek Han - piano We wish to thank festival director Sally Faron and all the musicians at La Musica for allowing us to broadcast their concerts to the entire world. Become a "Friend of Classical Music Discoveries!" Your kind donation of any amount helps support programs such as this.
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Gianni Schicchi is a comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, composed in 1917--18. The libretto is based on an incident mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy. The work is the third and final part of Puccini's Il trittico (The Triptych)--three one-act operas with contrasting themes, originally written to be presented together. Although it continues to be performed with one or both of the other trittico operas, Gianni Schicchi is now more frequently staged either alone or with short operas by other composers. The aria "O mio babbino caro" is one of Puccini's best known, and one of the most popular arias in opera. Purchase this new recording by the CMD Grand Opera Company of Venice, conducted by Antonio Lamberti below. Order Format and Shipping Digital Download Only $2.99 USD CD w/USA Shipping $12.99 USD CD w/International Shipping $22.99 USD
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At Classical Music Discoveries we love summer here in Southern Utah! The beautiful mountains, deserts, Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park and list goes on and on. Of course summer also brings Independence Day here in the United States on July 4th. Much of the country becomes quite patriotic in July and we, here at Classical Music Discoveries, are no exception. So it is with great pride that we bring to you the final concert of the 2012/2013 Season of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra as they perform their annual Pops Americana concert. This concert features mostly American music and also the orchestra pays homage to our cherished veterans. Just a note, this concert was performed outdoors with rain continually threatening to shorten the concert. So you may hear some thunder in the background during the performance. But fortunately, the clouds decided to wait until the concert was over before unleashing its full torrent of rain. So now, we are proud to bring to you Pops Americana as performed by the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Maestro Gary Caldwell. Order a CD or a digital copy of this concert below- Format and Shipping Option Digital Download $2.99 USD CD w/US Shipping $7.50 USD CD w/International Shipping $17.50 USD
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On Feb. 17, 2011 we broadcast a show called "Getting Jazzical with Melanie Mitrano." Little did we know at the time that this show would become one of our most popular shows of the season. Now it is our pleasure to revisit with Melanie and play for you some of her latest compositions that are Brazilian Inspired but American Made. Plus you'll hear some tracks from her CD All Things Gold. While you listen to Melanie's selections, just click on the hyperlink below her photos and you will be taken to her website. There you can learn more about Melanie and purchase her wonderful recordings. So sit back, relax and enjoy the Jazzical stylings of Melanie Mitrano. Please support Classical Music Discoveries' mission to bring beautiful music throughout the world.
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Igor Stravinsky was born on June 6, 1882 and to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Stravinskly's masterwork The Rite of Spring the CMD Philharmonic of Paris recently gave a concert featuring 2 of Stravinsky's masterpieces: Petrouchka and The Rite of Spring. Purchase this new recording below. Available on CD or as a Digital Download. Select Format and Shipping Digital Download Only $5.00 USD CD and US Shipping $12.50 USD CD and International Shipping $22.50 USD
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This week we are proud to present the 4th Annual Social Networking Concert curated by Composer Douglas Townsend who recently passed in 2012.  It is with much love that his wife, Jean Townsend, continues the concerts as originally planned by Douglas.  We would also like to thank Eric Somers of the Sandbook Studio for recording these concerts for us so all of our listeners can participate in these wonderful concerts.     CANZONA (1950) Douglas Townsend (1921-2012)  Elise Carter, flute; Daniel Hane, bassoon; Veronica Salas, viola MELANGE 2 (2012) Joseph Pehrson (b. 1950)  Michiyo Suzuki, bass clarinet; Gene Pritsker, guitar, Joseph Pehrson, piano DREAM'S END (1976) William Mayer (b. 1925) ExtremesBuzzings21st Century Guest at an 18th Century MusicaleAppalachian EchoesMostly PianoDream's End Dorothy Darlington, oboe; Thomas Piercy, clarinet/bass clarinet; Elizabeth Martignetti, French horn; Muneyoshi Takahashi, violin; Sonna Kim, cello; Andrew Pak, piano; Jamie Reeves, conductor POSTLUDE (2012) (world premiere) Justin Tierney (b. 1984) "tonight's performance dedicated to Jean Townsend and her late husband, Douglas Townsend, my former teacher" Thomas Piercy, clarinet; Judith Olson, piano THE INFINITE: A MODERN BALLET (1952) Douglas Townsend (1921-2012) (concert version, world premiere, movements I and II) I. Man and his People live in peace and happiness with Hope. II. Doubt appears bringing discord. Man fights to keep Hope, but Doubt carries her away and peace disappears from the world. HD DUO: David Oei and Helene Jeanney, piano four-hands  QUIET IN THE LAND (2003) (NY premiere) Kenneth Fuchs (b. 1956)  Chris James, flute; Kevin Chavez, English horn; Kyle Yecke, clarinet; Midori Witkoski, viola; Benjamin Larsen, cello; Alex Burtzos, conductor IN MEMORIAM: WENDY MARANISS (1998) Christopher Kaufman (b. 1960)  Taka Kigawa, piano STRING QUARTET NO. 1: REFINING FIRE (1989) Theodore Wiprud (b. 1958)  VOXARE STRING QUARTETEmily Ondracek, violin, Galina Zhdanova, violin, Erik Peterson, violin, Adrian Daurov, cello LYRIC SUITE NO. 1 (1995) Gloria Coates (b. 1938) 1. Bells in Steeples 2. An Amethyst Remembrance 3. Split the Lark -- and you'll find the music 4. The Heart Within 5. Noon -- is the Hinge of Day 6. A wind with fingers 7. Evening -- the Tissue Door [dedicated in 2013 to Douglas Townsend (1921-2012)] ZENTRIPETAL DUO: Lynn Bechtold, violin and Jennifer DeVore, cello with Dimitri Dover, piano Your kind support makes broadcasts like this possible. Become a Friend of Classical Music Discoveries today. We thank you for your kind support.
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Date -Saturday, January 8, 1972. Place - the Bolshoi Auditorium of the Moscow Conservatory All of the 2,500 seats are filled and with no fire code existing in Russia, several hundred more people are crammed into the narrow aisles and packed standing against the walls of the theater. Outside hopefuls without tickets line the streets in a distance of 5 blocks from the conservatory in case any last minute cancellations should become available. This may sound like the appearance of the Beatles or some other very popular rock star appearing for the first time in Soviet Russia, however, this is the first performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 15 in A, Op. 141" Before the concert begins, the composer walks on stage and is greeted with a 7-minute standing ovation as he makes his way to the podium to kiss the hand of his son, Maksim, who will be conducting the performance. This non-programmatic symphony is described by the composer as a "toy store" of musical ideas. Of course this self description easily lends itself to programmatic references. As Boris Runov wrote, "The music of the 15th is a unique story about life in broad historical perspective which reflects the composer's faith in the victory of the human spirit." Today's listener will no doubt pick up on the more playful side of this symphony as you will hear passages from Rossini's "William Tell" and the "Fate" theme from Wagner's "Die Walkure." With special permission from Melodiya, we are proud to present to our listeners the out of print World Premiere recording of this symphony. This recording was made on that very same historic first performance on January 8, 1972. Digitized by Classical Music Discoveries. This new digital recording is available in our CD store at: www.classicalrecordings.co Don't miss out on the chance to own a bit of history by purchasing a copy of this recording. This recording is also available as a digital download. Now we are very proud to present to our listeners, the Lost Recording of the premiere performance of Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 15 in A, Op. 141" conducted by his son, Maksim Shostakovich as performed by the Moscow Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. Order the CD below: Select format and shipping Digital Copy $5.00 USD CD and shipped withing USA $12.50 USD CD and International Shipping $22.50 USD
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Welcome to this month's edition of La Musica Chamber Music Hour sponsored by the wonderful La Musica International Chamber Music Festival in Sarasota, Florida. La Musica Chamber Music Hour brings to you the finest chamber music in the world. For more information on La Musica, please visit their website at www.LaMusicaFestival.org This month La Musica brings to our listners: Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola in G Major, K. 423Brahm's Trio for Violin, French Horn and Piano Mendelssohn's String Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 87 Performers are: Anne Schoenholtz and Pamela Frank, violin Bruno Giuranna and Daniel Avshalomov, viola Eric Kim, cello John Zirbel, french horn Derek Han, piano To help support our mission of bringing classical music to the world, your kind donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.  Classical Music Discoveries accepts NO government grants and relies strictly on the generosity of our listeners and sponsors.
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The spectacular Southwest Symphony Orchestra in St. George, Utah begins their 33rd concert season on October 25th. Conducted by Maestro Gary Caldwell this season's musical theme is "Pomp and Pizzazz!" This season's concerts explore topics including the history of spaceflight with a high definition video illustrating the historical landmarks of the American Space Program. February's "Sweet Suites" is a collection of past and present classics for the season of love. Also experience the true excitement of New Orleans Jazz with special guest artists, the Side Street Strutters. Don't forget their annual performance of Handel's "Messiah", the Young Artist's Concert and their Halloween "Spooktacular" concert. The season ends with an all Americana outdoor concert complete with a mouth watering chuck wagon Bar-B-Que! Order your season tickets now by visiting their website at: www.southwestsymphony.co
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