Bach – Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

Following his success composing for more unconventional tuning with his fifth ‘cello suite, Bach moved on to writing for much stranger variations with his sixth, in D major. Even though the majority of performances given since are played on regular, four-string ‘cellos, it’s most likely Bach wrote for a slightly smaller five-string ‘cello, equipped with a top E string.… Read More Bach – Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

Medtner – Piano Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22

A young contemporary of Rachmaninov, Nikolai Medtner’s music was until recently overlooked, not seeming ‘modern’ enough for late 20th century musicologists. However, back in 1900 at the age of twenty, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, taking with him one of the highest accolades of the institute – the Anton Rubinstein Award. Just ten years… Read More Medtner – Piano Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major BWV 1049

“At Your Highness’ command, as I noticed that Your Highness took some pleasure in the little talents which Heaven has given me for Music, Your Highness deigned to honour me with the command to send Your Highness some pieces of my Composition:” wrote Bach to the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721, presenting his six Brandenburg… Read More Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major BWV 1049

Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a

https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js Just a month before the Nutcracker Suite was premiéred in St. Petersburg, Tchaikovsky hurriedly set about orchestrating and completing ideas from his roughly sketched-out Nutcracker ballet, and compiling them into a short symphonic work, ready for its premiere in March 1892. By this point, he had not even named the work, and in surviving… Read More Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a