Anecdotes

 
X’Mas with Johann Sebastian Bach

He wrote some of the most beautiful and inspiring Christmas music ever! Yet as a practicing church musician Johann Sebastian Bach had very little time to celebrate the Christmas season. When Bach signed the contract for the post at St. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 25th, 2016
 
X’Mas with Felix Mendelssohn

Everybody in the Mendelssohn Berlin household was interested in arts and humanities. The home served as a center for intellectual socializing, political discussions, but also for making music. Felix’s compositions were routinely performed during the “Sunday Music,” and it soon [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 25th, 2016
 
X’Mas with Johannes Brahms

In his later years, Johannes Brahms looked like a veritable Santa Claus! With his flowing full beard and mischievous blue eyes, he’d be the star of any Christmas parade! With Christmas just around the corner, let’s have a look at [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 24th, 2016
 
Unsung Concertos Robert Schumann: Violin Concerto , WoO 23

One might reasonably assume that anything written by Robert Schumann for the concerto stage would be played the world over. But that simply is not the case, as onstage performances of his Violin Concerto remain a rarity. So, what actually [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 21st, 2016
 
Minors of the Majors Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: String Sextet in A Major

“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!

by Georg Predota | December 19th, 2016
 
German Cities or Classical Composers?

Theile The Baltic Sea is sometimes referred to as the “Mediterranean of the North.” For centuries it has been a vital thoroughfare for trade and travel across ethnic and religious borders. And the cities of Lübeck, Rostock, Danzig, Copenhagen and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 18th, 2016
 
Unsung Concertos Joseph Leopold Eybler: Clarinet Concerto (1798)

The comparatively late addition of the clarinet family to our modern catalogue of musical instruments at the turn of the 18th century immediately spawned countless generations of woodwind virtuosi. And the eccentric and not entirely reliable Anton Stadler quickly rose [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 14th, 2016
 
Minors of the Majors Antonín Dvořák: Silhouettes , Op. 8

“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!

by Georg Predota | December 12th, 2016