The Great Composers Podcast - a classical music podcast
The Great Composers Podcast - a classical music podcast
Kevin Nordstrom
This classical music podcast explores the history and lives of some of western classical music's most famous composers and musicians. Classical music is filled with very colorful personalities and riddled with drama of all kinds, from political intrigue to failed romances and everything in between. Through the course of the show, we will discuss composers and musicians from the distant past all the way to the present, beginning with the greatest, JS Bach. -Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-great-composers-podcast/id1125785164?mt=2 -Like our Facebook page too! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/ -Want to help out? Donate to the show! https://www.gofundme.com/manage/thegreatcomposerspodcast www.kevinnordstrom.com Thank you for listening! Recently named an artaxmusic top 10 classical music podcast https://www.artaxmusic.com/top-10-classical-music-podcasts/ Bibliography for all episodes found on the website: https://www.kevinnordstrom.com/the-great-composers-podcast
50 - Johannes Brahms pt. 15a "Tokens of Friendship" a classical music podcast
Brahms pt. 15a: we return to the life narrative of our great composer, picking up where we left him in the summer of 1879 adding the finishing touches to his D major violin concerto which he had written for and with the advice of his great friend, Joseph Joachim. This was the high point of their friendship and musical partnership; but for how long would the happy feelings last, and if they didn't, how long would it take Brahms to reclaim them?   Works heard in this episode in order (all by Brahms): - Hungarian Dances WoO 1 books 3-4, nos. 11-21 17. in F Sharp Minor (Andantino) 18. in D major (Molto Vivace) 19. in A Minor (Allegretto) 20. in D Minor (Poco Allegretto) 11. in D Minor (Poco Andante) 12. in D Minor (Presto) 13. in D Major (Andantino Grazioso) 14. in D Minor (Un Poco Andante) 15. in A Major (Allegretto Grazioso) 16. in G Minor (Con Moto) 21. in E Minor (Vivace) Robert Gerle - Violin Norman Shelter - Piano   - Piano Concerto no. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 83  IV. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco più presto   - Symphony No. 3 in F major III. Poco allegretto    - 6 Lieder and Romances, op. 93a I. Der bucklichte Fiedler II. Das Mädchen III. O süsser Mai IV. Fahr wohl! V. Der Falke VI. Beherzigung Sung by Ensemberlino Vocale  https://musopen.org/music/6729-6-songs-and-romances-op-93a/ ----------------- Subscribe on iTunes and give us a 5-star review! Share with your friends! download our app! Visit and like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/?ref=bookmarks
Aug 11, 2023
2 hr 45 min
49 - Johannes Brahms pt. 14 "The Violin Concerto" a classical music podcast
In Brahms pt. 14 our pause in the narrative continues as we study the greatest of all violin concertos, that by Johannes Brahms. We will analyze the relationship between Brahms and the work's first, possibly finest performer Joseph Joachim, putting the concerto in the context of his performing life and in relation to other works in the genre. We conclude with a discussion of cadenza's, but Joachim and others, which happily allows us to revisit Fritz Kreisler, seeing how his life intersects with Joachim's and Brahms's, and discuss another of my heroes: the violinist Jascha Heifetz. Works heard in this episode in order (all by Brahms): -Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, op. 77 Unmarked recording from Musopen's "European Archive" (possibly Jacques Thibaud...) 1. Allegro non troppo 2. Adagio  3. Allegretto giocoso, ma non troppo vivace https://musopen.org/music/2130-violin-concerto-in-d-major-op-77/ ----------------- Subscribe on iTunes and give us a 5-star review! Share with your friends! download our app! Visit and like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/?ref=bookmarks
May 24, 2022
1 hr 40 min
48 - Johannes Brahms pt. 13 "The Second Symphony" a classical music podcast
In Brahms pt. 13 we pause the narrative and retrace our steps to spend some more time with the Second Symphony. A brief discussion of the symphony and an analysis of its motives will be presented, including excerpts from it and a complete recording by the Musopen Symphony.  Works heard in this episode in order (all by Brahms): -Symphony no. 2 in D major op. 73 Multiple excerpts recorded by Chang Ji, violin and Kevin Nordstrom, viola 1. Allegro non troppo 2. Adagio non troppo 3. Allegretto grazioso 4. Allegro con spirito Musopen Symphony https://musopen.org/music/65-symphony-no-2-in-d-major-op-73/ ----------------- Subscribe on iTunes and give us a 5-star review! Share with your friends! download our app! Visit and like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/?ref=bookmarks
Feb 26, 2022
1 hr 17 min
47 - Johannes Brahms pt. 12 "Why the Light is Given" a classical music podcast
Pt. 12:  It is early November 1876 and Brahms is in the audience as the orchestra at Carlsruhe premieres his first symphony in C minor. The concert goes better than expected and riding high on his success, Brahms performs the symphony many more times elsewhere. Its positive reception gladdened his heart and he quickly produced another symphony to celebrate, then a series of other wonderful works including the first violin sonata in G major, and the monumental violin concerto for Joseph Joachim.  Works heard in this episode in order (all by Brahms): -Symphony no. 2 in D major op. 73, mvt. 3 Allegretto grazioso -Capriccio in B minor op. 76, no. 2, Luis Sarro, piano, https://musopen.org/music/2037-8-piano-pieces-op-76/ -Sonata in G major, op. 78, mvts. 2, 3, Chang Ji (Mrs. the GCP), violin and Haeri Su, Piano ----------------- Subscribe on iTunes and give us a 5-star review! Share with your friends! download our app! Visit and like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/?ref=bookmarks
Feb 5, 2022
1 hr 50 min
46 - Johannes Brahms pt. 11 "A Symphony" a classical music podcast
It is summer 1876. Brahms is vacationing with his friend George Henschel on the Baltic island or Rügen and finishing work on his first symphony in C minor... Works heard in this episode (all by Brahms): Symphony no. 1 in C minor op. 68 Excerpts: performed by Chang Ji, Mrs. the GCP - mvt. 1 mm. 1-2, mm. 41, mm. 42-46 - mvt. 4 mm. 1-3, mm. 12-14 ...by The GCP House Orchestra... - mvt. 4 mm. 30-38, mm. 61-78   Complete performance by the "Musopen Symphony" 1. Un Poco Sostenuto - Allegro 2. Andante sostenuto 3. Un poco Allegretto e grazioso 4. Adagio. Più andante. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio https://musopen.org/music/64-symphony-no-1-in-c-minor-op-68/ ----------------- Subscribe on iTunes and give us a 5-star review! Share with your friends! download our app! Visit and like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/?ref=bookmarks  
Oct 10, 2021
1 hr 41 min
45 - Johannes Brahms, pt. 10 "From the Soul of the Purest Youth" a classical music podcast
It is December 1871 and Johannes Brahms has finally established permanent residence in the music loving city of Vienna. Still, his thoughts remain in Hamburg for a time as his family slowly start to drift away from him... He himself then drifted for a time, compositionally at least. He would begin his new position as Artistic Director of the Gesellschaft der Musik Freunde in Fall 1872 which made him so busy he hardly had time to compose. Except during the summers, when he would disappear from their sight, as it were, and work on his music. And what incredible music it would be: two string quartets, the Haydn Variations, the third piano quartet, plenty of music for the voice, and very nearly a first symphony.  Works heard in this episode (all by Brahms): - String Quartet in C minor op. 51, no. 1 1. Allegro 2. Romanze: Poco adagio 3. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo 4. Allegro - Variations on a Theme (Said to be) by Joseph Haydn, op. 56a Theme Var. 1-3 Var. 4-6 Var. 7, 8 Finale ----------------- Subscribe on iTunes and give us a 5-star review! Share with your friends! download our app! Visit and like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/?ref=bookmarks  
Aug 15, 2021
2 hr 59 min
44 - "Interview with Alan Walker and Daniel Vnukowski” a classical music podcast
I am pleased to be joined during this episode by Alan Walker, celebrated author of biographies of Franz Liszt, Frederick Chopin and others, and acclaimed concert pianist Daniel Vnukowski. We discuss Liszt, Chopin, and Schumann, taking a look at their lives and music from the perspectives of biographer and performer.  Vnukowski and Dr. Walker present "In the Footsteps of Chopin" on Wednesday June 23rd 7pm Eastern, a free virtual event a part of the Collingwood Music Festival's Summer Solstice Series. You can RSVP to using the link below. See you there! https://collingwoodfestival.com/event/footsteps-of-chopin/ https://www.danperforms.com Music heard in this episode, performed by Daniel Vnukowski: Chopin "Raindrop" Prelude op. 28, no. 15 Chopin Sonata no. 3 in B minor op. 58, mvt. 4 finale
Jun 21, 2021
1 hr 9 min
43 - Johannes Brahms pt. 9 "A Lovely Dwelling Place" - Classical Music Podcast
Ep. 43 – It is Good Friday, April 10, 1868 in Bremen and Brahms has just finished giving the premiere of his German Requiem. It is a complete triumph but one not celebrated with wild applause, the work is too grave for that. Instead, attendees of the premiere listened with glad hearts and in reverence, awe really of the work’s creator. Thus, Johannes Brahms became an internationally recognized composer of considerable importance and some measure of celebrity. Works heard in this episode (all by Brahms): -Requiem mvt. 4 "How Lovely is They Dwelling Place" mvt. 5 "And Ye Now are Sorrowful"  -Wiegenlied op. 49 no. 4 -Botschaft op. 47 no. 1 -Hungarian dance 1-10 ----------------- Subscribe on iTunes and give us a 5-star review! Share with your friends! download our app! Visit and like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/?ref=bookmarks  
Jun 6, 2021
2 hr 37 min
42b - Johannes Brahms pt. 8 "The Scent of Lilac" - Classical Music Podcast
Ep 42(b) - It is early 1865. Brahms's mother has just passed away. Filled with emotion he grudgingly moves from winter to spring, entering a long period of deep and private mourning during which he would retreat into himself for a time in order to gather his thoughts and energies, and orient them toward a grand act of artistic creation in which he would immortalize his beloved mother and through which his artist soul would be elevated and ennobled and made pure.  ----------------- Subscribe on iTunes and give us a 5-star review! Share with your friends! download our app! Visit and like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/?ref=bookmarks Works heard in this episode (all by Brahms): Horn Trio in E-flat mvt. 3 - Adagio Mesto mvt. 1 - Andante mvt. 2 - Scherzo (Allegro) mvt. 4 - Allegro con brio German Requiem pt. 1 "Blessed are they that Mourn" (In English translation!)
Mar 21, 2021
2 hr 8 min
42a - Johannes Brahms pt. 8 "The Scent of Lilac" - Classical Music Podcast
Ep. 42(a) - It is late November 1862. We find Johannes Brahms in Vienna making a great success of himself for once but reeling from a devastating blow given him by the musical establishment of Hamburg. He will try to pick himself up and carry on with his work, compartmentalizing the tenderness he felt for one place from the bitterness for the other so that he might do so. And then further troubles to deal with: family strife and division that will make his life more difficult than ever; a loss that will wrench his heart and cause him the greatest pain, one for which tears aplenty would not be an adequate response but rather, music; tones and song in memoriam of a cherished loved one on a grand scale. --------------- Try MuseScore 3.6! Wonderful music notation software, easy to use, and free without limitations. https://musescore.org/en/3.6 ----------------- Subscribe on iTunes and give us a 5-star review! download our app! Visit and like our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/thegreatcomposerspodcast/?ref=bookmarks Works heard in this episode (all by Brahms): 1. String Sextet in G major op. 36 mvt. 1, Allegro non troppo 2.  9 Lieder and Songs op. 32 no. 9 "Wie bist du, meine Königin" 3-5. String Sextet in G major op. 36 mvts. 2-4, Scherzo, Poco Adagio, Poco Allegro 6, 7. Piano Quintet in f minor op. 34 mvts. 2, 3, Andante, un poco Adagio, Scherzo 8. "Horn" Trio in E-flat major op. 40 mvt. 3 (beginning), Adagio Mesto    
Feb 7, 2021
2 hr 42 min
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