Posts tagged chamber music
Posts tagged chamber music
Yesterday was Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich’s 106th birthday and to honour the memory to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century I’ve posted excellent (historical) recordings of three symphonies. Today, I would like to add a recent recording of his 15th and last string quartet, which he wrote in 1974, just a couple of month before he died. Like most of his late works, it’s dark, enigmatic and full of presentiment of his nearing death.
Check out this quite nice recording of the Pemi Paull String Quartet from 2004.
and check out the original page at archive.org (see source below) to find more recordings of the ensemble.
37 years ago, russian composer Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich left this world, leaving us some of the most impressive chamber music, orchestral works and piano music of the 20th century. Here are two of his masterworks as free downloads:
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor - dedicated to the victims of fascism and war, op. 110 (1960)
Sonata for viola and piano, op. 147 (1975)
Anybody into Shara Worden aka. My Brightest Diamond here? Well, since I first heard her music, I fell in love with her voice and her music. Soon her third album will be released and I’m really looking forward to that. In the meantime, I will enjoy this free download of a remix of her today released single “Be Brave”.
PS.: The player/download doesn’t work (»This track is currently not available«)? Go to this page to listen & download.
And here’s the offical video:
I couldn’t find a free, legal download (maybe you? Drop me a note…) of the Quatuor pour la fin du temps (also known by its English title Quartet for the End of Time) by french composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), but to be honest, I couldn’t think of many other tracks I’d like to present here, after this weekend.
Without any more words…
And if your prefer a more symphony sound, then listen to this arrangement of the String Quartet No. 8, op. 110, the so-called Chamber Symphony, which was arranged by Shostakovich’s long-time friend Rudolph Barshai with Shostakovichs approval.
Again, it’s all about grief, fear, rage and despair. Just listen.
or download it → here at archive.org
I don’t feel like talking or writing much today. Instead I let the music of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) speak about grief, fear, rage and despair. The String Quartet of the Indiana University in 2010 was formed by Alex Boissonnault and Steffen Zeichner (Violin 1 & 2), Dan Ericksen (Cello) and Dan Wang (Viola). This recording is not CC-licensed, but it is a free download, available at the bandcamp.com-page of Steffen Zeichner.
Pablo Casals: Johann Sebastian Bach - Six Cello Suites, BWV 1007 - 1012
Ever since these recordings have been made in the 1930ies, they have become one of the most popular all-time-favorites in the history of classical music recordings. While they are in many ways not what we nowadays call “historically informed”, these recordings of spanish cello virtuoso Pablo Casals (1876-1973) remain probably the most convincing, fascinating interpretation of this timeless chamber music by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), certainly one, you need to hear, before you look for another recording.
You don’t have to be an expert in classical music or even to listen to much of it to understand, that these works are among the most enchanting music ever written. Do yourself a favour and download these recordings. As they have been recorded and released between 1936 and 1939 (over 70 years ago!), these historical recordings have become Public Domain and can be downloaded legally in most of the countries.
I picked up this transfer on a japanese site called public-domain-archive.com, but as they were tagged poorly and/or in japanese characters, I’ve retagged them (in latin characters, using the original German titles) and zipped them for easier download.
Pablo Casals: J. S . Bach - Cello Suites
BWV 1007-1012 in one archive, retagged → http://www.4shared.com/f/6oMPd_sQ
or the original downloads at public-domain.com: