Arvo Pärt (b1935): Spiegel im Spiegel

I suppose that outside of his choral music Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in the Mirror) must be Pärt’s most famous piece of music. He wrote it in 1978 shortly before he left Estonia for Berlin scoring it originally for violin and piano (it’s subsequently been performed in versions including inter alia clarinet, flute, horn, viola,…

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Variations in E flat major on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’ from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte WoO46

I was listening to Die Zauberflöte over the weekend and these charming variations sprang to mind. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy them. They’re Beethoven’s third set of variations for cello and piano and are based upon Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen, Pamina and Papageno’s duet in praise of love from The Magic Flute, it…

Valentin Sylvestrov (b. 1937): 25.X.1893… P.I.Tchaikovsky No.2 ‘Lullaby’

Something very different today. Valentin Sylvestrov’s hauntingly beautiful and elegiac memorial to Tchaikovsky. Sylvestrov was born on  September 30th 1937 in Kiev he came to music relatively late starting his studies privately at the age of fifteen before enrolling a year later at Kiev’s Stetsenko Evening Music School for Adults from which he graduated three…

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat, Op. 87- Janine Jansen & Friends – IKFU 2015 – Live Concert HD

Sometimes there’s a happy synchronicity and this weekend is one such there’s an excellent exposition of this piece by Stephen Johnson as part of  BBC Radio 3’s ‘Discovering Music’ series. It’ still available for on-line listening and well worth your while. You can hear it here: ▶ BBC Radio 3 – Discovering Music, Dvorak: Piano…