8 Comments on Welcome to a Free Musical Journey!»
Select your own favorite composers, genres and individual musical selection: Then listen/download for free. No joining or registration. My hope is that this site will provide a broad introduction to ‘newbies’ – and that real aficionados of Classical music will find plenty of interest too.
One of the best features of the site is the Long Playing selections.
They allow you to listen uninterrupted to 25 – 70 minutes of music. You can find them on the side menu under Blog Titles (Long Playing); or at the top bar in LP’s: But just to be sure… I’ve put the link right here in front of your nose! http://jimsclassicalmusic.com/?page_id=2744
Re: Comments and requests: I love to get them!
Comment on Oldest Pianist! »
An amazing documentary about a 109 year old woman who survived the Holocaust, and still tickles the ivory with total Joie de vivre!
The Trailer alone is certainly worth watching.
1 Comment on More Hummel»
As time goes on I’m enjoying Hummel’s music more and more. Today I downloaded some piano concertos. Here’s a short second movement from his piano concerto in A flat major
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After a long absence from the site – I’m back! I want to share with you this wonderful piece by Mendelssohn which I heard for the first time a few days ago. It was played on the radio station where I present a classical program. The other fellow who does a Classical Music program played it on his show. I immediately went shopping to find it! The same recording he played: (Deutsche Grammophon) With Martha Argerich on piano and Gidon Kremer on violin. Fantastic piece of music.
Hans (the other presenter) introduced the piece saying that Mendelssohn wrote it when he was 14; and that when he presented it to his teacher, the teacher made a remark along the lines of now Felix could join the ranks of Mozart and other greats. It’s really hard to imagine the emotional depth shown in the second movement coming from a 14 years old! (actually he may have been 13 if the Wikipedia article is correct)
Here is the Wikipedia article about the piece.
Here are the three movements from Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra in D minorhttp://jimsclassicalmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/Mendelssohn-concerto-for-violin-piano-and-string-orchestra.mp3Right Click to Download http://jimsclassicalmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/Mendelssohn-concerto-for-violin-piano-and-string-orchestra-second-movement.mp3Right Click to Download http://jimsclassicalmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/Mendelssohn-concerto-for-violin-piano-and-string-orchestra-third-movement.mp3Right Click to Download
1 Comment on Johann Nepomuk Hummel»
This Sunday, April 28, 2013 I’m presenting an all Hummel program in my new role as a DJ! Whist researching for the program I came upon this web site:
It gives an insight into just how great Hummel was as a composer and links to how and where you can enjoy his music. Also if you use the search function here on my web site you’ll find several postings with his music.
Comment on I like the Bassoon »
I went through a phase several years ago where I was crazy for the bassoon. I still really enjoy the sound and the ‘vibe’ of it. Today this piece caught my ear. It’s the Bassoon Sonata in C major op. 24 by Francois Devienne. (all 3 movements joined together)
Comment on Paul Lewis and Schubert »
The other night I traveled to Melbourne and attended an all Schubert concert by the wonderful pianist Paul Lewis. Paul is in the process of (I think) recording all of Schubert. My favorite piece in the concert was this one:
At the end of the concert I got in the line to have CD’s signed. I said something to him like: ‘Hi Paul .. I’ve got a bunch of your Beethoven, and I just wanted to ask you; what do you feel Schubert brought to the table that his Master and guru, Beethoven, hadn’t done better already?’ I then said, ‘Something has happened to me in the past year that I never thought would happen … I’ve become a Beethoven freak’ – He said, “Really!” with a bit of intensity as though he found it very interesting! (he was quite personable and lovely)
Paul answered rapidly along the lines of how very different they were and at the end said, ‘Schubert is instinctive while Beethoven is logical.’ I thanked him and we shook hands. He had a firm handshake!
Hmmmm? I’ve been pondering the instinctive/logical bit, and don’t quite get it yet!
Comment on Dvorak Piano »
I came across some short Dvorak solo piano pieces. They intrigued me and I thought that you – dear Listener – might enjoy them! (*4 pieces joined together)
Tema con Variazioni in Ab Variation 1
Silhouetten op. 8 no. 6 in Bb
Silhouetten op. 8 no. 9
Waltzes op. 54 no. 7
Comment on Louise Farrenc Clarinet »
Arguably the greatest female composer in history; Louise Farrenc like so many other female composers, faded into obscurity. If the woman who runs this web site has anything to do with it … you’ll be hearing a lot more from her! http://oboeclassics.com/~oboe3583/ambache/women.htm
(*there is a fair bit on my site already that features female composers, but I was struck today by this piece: And I do love the clarinet!)
Louise Farrenc’s clarinet trio / second movement
Comment on A Soul Soother »
An email from a loyal listener (don’t laugh Ian!) reads:
Here’s a good soother for the soul – Haydn Piano Concerto #9 in G major second movement.
BUT THEN … a week later! Ian writes and says, Actually, the one I meant was No. 4, not 9 – my mistake. I like all of them, but it is the No. 4 that’s my favorite slow movement.
So now we have Haydn’s piano concerto #4 in G major second movement.
Comment on A bit of passionate Baroque »
Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto grosso in G minor, Op.6 no.8 -II- Allegro
4 Comments on Should I just give this Web Site up? To Beethoven!»
A friend of mine recently said, “I’m starting to wonder … why listen to anything else?!”
He meant Beethoven.
Now I find myself slipping into some similar ‘Beethoven vortex!’
With 503 pieces in my library; (each movement counts as 1) - I’m also starting to wonder: Why listen to anything else? His music just ‘does the job’. The job of touching head and heart, disturbing, uplifting and challenging one’s musical conceptualizations. I offer this piece up as an example of “Music at it’s Best”
So what do you reckon dear listeners? Would you still tune in to jimsclassicalmusic.com? If all I played was the Big B?
here’s his String Quartet #16 the third movement
Comment on In the mood for something moody?! »
Perhaps it’s windy and chilly … overcast and drizzling- wherever you are now!
Comment on Beethoven the alchemist magician genius »
Sonata No. 4 in E flat major Op. 7 – II. Largo con gran espressione.
Played very well by Paul Lewis
I was listening to a debate on the radio some months ago on the theme: Was Beethoven the Greatest? I remember one of those who were voting ‘Yes’ – making a comment along the lines of how, as great as he was, sometimes you just had to wonder what in the hell he was doing! I think she meant that when he gets edgy and ‘out there’ it’s hard to figure out what he’s trying to accomplish musically or emotionally/spiritually … or any which way!
And how about the alchemical transitions he spins? Where he takes us from somnambulist/ hypnotic – to raging punk – like riffs in a minute.
Sometimes listening to Beethoven I find myself on the edge of my seat, almost holding my breath, to see what comes next. Where does a musical genius go after 8, 10 or 15 notes in a sequence that are like a child experimenting? Knowing, that said genius is not childlike, we wonder how his boundless musical savvy is going to lead us out of it; and into… what?!
OK – here’s such a moment. Starting at 3:10 into this piece and going on to about 4:20. Who else but Beethoven could do this?
How did he take us from there to there? Magic stuff. Actually this entire Sonata movement is ‘somethin’ else’!http://jimsclassicalmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/Paul-Lewis_02_02_Sonata-No.-4-in-E-flat-major-Op.-7-II.-Largo-con-gran-espressione.mp3Right Click to Download
3 Comments on Just Pretty Stuff! (Long Play)»
Over an hour of pretty stuff. Enjoy.
Beethoven: Pathetique sonata second movement
Handel: Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/8, HWV 393 (doubtful): Largo
Schumann: Symphonic Etudes / Anhang variation V
Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in C major / largo
Clara Schumann: Drei Romanzen op. 22 / Andante molto (arranged for horn and piano
Chopin: Cantabile in Bb
Devienne: Sonata in G major, Op. 71, No. 1: II. Adagio
Rachmaninoff: Prelude 23/4
Brahms: Clarinet sonata no. 1 in F minor
Handel: Concerto grosso Op. 3 No. 1 in B-flat major
Mozart: Piano concerto 21 / Andante
Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
JS Bach: Schafe Konnen Sicher Weiden
Handel: Ombra Mai Fu
Elgar: Sospiri, Op. 70
Puccini – O Mio Babbino Carohttp://jimsclassicalmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/Just-Pretty-Stuff.mp3Right Click to Download
Comment on Beethoven and more (by Ingrid Fliter) »
In this review of the pianist Ingrid Fliter http://www.ingridfliter.com/press.html the critic says, “Her playing is not focused on the studied perfection and polish that is so often the case with younger competition-winning pianists today. Rather it makes these pieces come alive with a natural and unforced quality that underscores the very real perfection of the playing. It simply grabs the listener the way great Beethoven pieces should.”
Earlier he says, This is truly great Beethoven playing. It brings to mind the old recordings of Solomon, Hungerford, Myra Hess or Clara Haskil.
Wow – High praise indeed. Funny thing is .. I think I can hear it! Time to go shopping for much more of Fliter’s Beethoven.
here’s her take on the second movement of Beethoven’s Pathetique sonata
How about some more Ingrid! Here’s Chopin’s Waltz #8 op. 64 no. 3 in A flat
And some Schumann: Symphonic Etudes op. 13 Anhang variation V