Symphony in D major Opus 18 No.4 (3) Johann Christian Bach
19 May 2015, 16:32
Composers do some very nasty things. Composers do some very lovely things too.
Hushed concert hall, tremolo strings, solo entry. No pressure, guys. We bet horn players have been thanking Bruckner for this moment for centuries.
There's not too much paranormal, or indeed any activity here. John Corigliano's opera is a smashing masterpiece - but clearly, at least at one point, the basses head to the pub.
That's OK, we didn't have anything else planned...
It's a very cool visual monstrosity - but just pray you don't come across it in a score reading exam when you have a hangover.
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More expression in the pluck.
The sort of thing that sparks a bloody revolution in the cello section.
That's right, guys. 24 ƒs...
Florentiner Marsch by awesome bombastic Czech composer Julius Fučík. This is one of the splendid tracks on our Drive Featured Album this week, so cover your ears at around 6.18 every evening.
You ask them, they will oblige...
As if tenors ever needed that sort of encouragement with their top Gs. Peter Warlock marked this cracking final line 'fortississimo'. Pop in a throat lozenge and go for gold.
Be honest here, who doesn't want to stand on a stage and make farmyard noises?
Thanks so much.
Surely, the closing bars of this epic are the most satisfying thing in all music. For every member of the orchestra. Even the triangle.