So I am angry and ready to fight, I’ll play this song first: Battle Hymn of the Republic.
“Walk Beside Me” with Éabha McMahon’s contralto voice makes me want to cry. Based on a quote by Albert Camus, French philosopher “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
Quote: Beethoven was a lover of nature who spent a great deal of his time on walks in the country. He frequently left Vienna to work in rural locations… ‘Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside.’
The symphony begins with a placid and cheerful movement depicting the composer’s feelings as he arrives in the country.
The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, Op. 95, B. 178 (Czech: Symfonie č. 9 e moll „Z nového světa“), popularly known as the New World Symphony, was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most popular symphony, and one of the most popular of all symphonies.
Quote: “Frédéric Chopin – Piano Concerto Nº 2 Op. 21 in F minor, 1829.
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn
Arthur Rubinstein, pianist, 1975.”
. Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
. Itzhak Perlman, violin
. Daniel Barenboim, conductor
. Berlin Philharmonic
Quote: A phenomenal performance by Janine Jansen of the entire Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (at the BBC Proms).
Movement 1. Allegro molto appassionato
Movement 2. Andante
Movement 3. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace