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Sunday, Sept. 25 – the 110th anniversary of Dmitri Shostakovich’s birth – Q2 Music presents 24 hours of his music, featuring Soviet musicians with special connections to the composer. 
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Double Quartet for Strings: I. Allegro moderato · New York Philharmonic · Philip Smith · Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Concerto Grosso/Trumpet Cto/Symbolon/Double Quartet

℗ 1989 Anthology of Recorded Music, Inc.

Released on: 1989-01-01
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Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté (1898-1974): Symphony No. 1 in C (1939)
Rubin Gurevich conducting the CBC Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Movements:
1- Allegro ma non troppo (11.15)
2- Lento (12.12)
3- Scherzo (Vivo assai - Andante ma non troppo - Vivo assai) (13.35)
4- Molto allegro e con bravura (6.47)

Russian Born Canadian Sonia C. Eckhardt-Gramatté was a child prodigy who was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire at the age of eight. There she majored in piano and violin. By age eleven, she had given her first concerts in Paris, Geneva, and Berlin, playing both instruments on the same program. During her life she composed more that 175 works, many in a neo-Romantic style. Writer/composer David Canfield writers about her Symphony No. 1 in C, " Her first symphony is characterized by long flowing lines and lush sonorities. Its romantic character may in places remind the listener of the music of Howard Hanson, but her style remains her own."

Performed on 4-21-1977.
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Amazing music and a great personality

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Happy birthday, Allan Pettersson

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra , Sergiu Comissiona, 1980. "The dark night of the soul" is the name I personally give to the second movement of this symphony, scored in 1969. The first movement is rather pastoral, and it's wide ranging harmonic regions and clear melodic structure give it a reconciliatory and forgiving atmosphere.

However, things take a turn for the worse in the second movement (starting at 21'35"). This is the only one of all the Pettersson symphonies which is divided into two separate sections. The scenery is darkened by the arrival of threatening danger. This danger can be anything that has relevance in our own individual life experiences. For Pettersson, it was probably the onslaught of the pain of the rheumatoid arthritis to which he was already a victim. Amidst the sinister atmosphere, a struggle gradually ensues, leading into a stormy interlude. But there is no triumph. The music sinks into a long night of restless pain and suffering. One senses the relentless pangs of incessant pain. The music is structured in a complex and ingenius way so typical of Pettersson's skill.

After another failed attempt to overcome the adversity (starting at 39'45"), the music subsides into a lengthy conclusion of hopeless despair - perhaps one of the most sad and poignant conclusions ever to be be committed to a serious work of this nature.

In depth psychology we are informed that a dark night such as this is followed by it's opposite, some kind of compensation, some kind of learning, a new strength. The dark night is replaced with a dawning of new light and refreshment. This reward is not given to us in this symphony. That special song, the living waters of life, Pettersson keeps for later. He is not finished with us yet. There are another seven symphonies to go!
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Nice organ work, vocals and general sacred music presentation.

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Symphony No. 2, Op. 67: I. Moderato · Dallas Symphony Chorus

Liebermann, L.: Symphony No. 2 / Flute Concerto

℗ 2000 Delos

Released on: 2000-01-01

Choir: Dallas Symphony Chorus
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Composer: Lowell Liebermann

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Aulis Sallinen is another one of the great Finnish composers, overshadowed at times by Aho, Rautavaara and Salonen. His music has deep emotion and great use of percussion, among other things.

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Symphony No. 2, Op. 29, "Symphonic Dialogue": I. — · Roger Carlsson

Precussive Impact

℗ 2010 Intim Musik

Released on: 2010-10-01

Artist: Roger Carlsson
Conductor: Niklas Willen
Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Composer: Aulis Sallinen
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