Rachmaninov, S.: Symphony No. 3 / Bax, A.: Tintagel (London Philharmonic, Vanska)
Osmo Vänskä conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in thrilling live recordings of works by Bax and Rachmaninov, two composers renowned for their sweeping romanticism. As his tone poem unfolds, Bax's music evokes legendary images of Tintagel whilst also reflecting a passionate love affair. Similarly, Rachmaninov's third and most expressive symphony is a work of intense lyricism, unified by a melancholic and emotional melody.
Schumann: Fantasy in C Major / Liszt: Beethoven and Schumann Transcriptions
Robert Schumann's Fantasy in C major is one of his most performed pieces for piano. The first movement was initially written as a lament over his separation from Clara, subsequent movements were added when he wished to make a contribution to raise money for a Beethoven memorial. The finished work bore a dedication to Franz Liszt.
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Humperdinck: Moorish Rhapsody / Sleeping Beauty
Humperdinck wrote his Moorish Rhapsody in 1898 and it was first performed at the Leeds Festival in that year. The Elegy at Sunset (Elegie bei Sonnenuntergang), set at Tarifa, is gently evocative, something of a Moorish atmosphere created by the use of the cor anglais. More overt melodic reference is made to North Africa in Tangiers, where the scene is a cheerful Moorish coffee-house, musically not entirely remote from Germany, the jollity brought to a close by the bassoon. The Rhapsody ends with a ride in the desert, at Tetuan, the world of Sheherazade now more overtly suggested by the turns of melody.