Marin Marais: Sonnerie de Ste. Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris from La Gamme […] (1723) / J. Savall

Beautiful baroque. Marin Marais (1656-1728)

 

Jordi Savall (viola da gamba)
Fabio Biondi (violin)
Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord & positive organ)

Le Concert des Nations / Jordi Savall (conductor)

From

John Portman on YouTube

 

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Symphony No. 2 in C major — Robert Schumann / BBC Proms conducted by Daniel Harding

Is Daniel Harding a fellow Schumann-phile?  I have thought from early in life that Schumann and I resonated on the soul level.  When Daniel Harding mentions Schumann’s intimacy, he is speaking of what I have always felt.  In fact, it is so personal that I can not adequately put it into words.  I have known many folks who admired Schumann, thought he was a great composer, etc., but they always seemed to me to be not quite resonating with his music as I do; and maybe it is as it will always be.  Schumann may be the most personal composer in my own musical life.  Symphony No. 2 is one of my favorite and most personal pieces of music.  It also carries the life of many years of listening to it.  It always stops me in my tracks.

Piano Sonata — Charles Griffes

Charles Griffes  (1884-1920).  U.S. composer. Generally known as an “impressionist” (but you may know by now that I think music and art can be, and often is, overcategorized.) This is his only piano sonata.  There is no question that Debussy, etc. had a strong influence on him as did Scriabin.  But his music is his own..recognizable, I think.