Patricia Kopatchinskaja – The Modern Russian fiddler lives!
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Finnish Radio Symphony – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player -Part 2: Finnish Radio Symphony – Part 2
Over to Helsinki, Finland this week for a concert by The Finnish Radio Symphony, guest conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth and featuring Russian violinist Patricia Kopatchinkskaja in a program of music by Bruno Mantovani, Peter Eötvös and Richard Strauss.
The first half is pretty adventuresome while the second half is pretty standard fare. Kopatchinskaja rises to the occasion admirably for the Eötvös and gets an ovation for her travels.
A little late this week to be considered Anti-Road Rage, but there’s still Thursday morning rush hour – although calming and soothing might be a bit of a stretch for the concert this week – nevertheless, enjoy.
Here’s what’s on the players:
Musiikkitalo klo 19.00
François-Xavier Roth, kapellimestari
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, viulu
1.Bruno Mantovani: Time Stretch (on Gesualdo)
2. Peter Eötvös: Viulukonsertto “Seven”
1.Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (Sankarin elämä), sinfoninen runo op.40
Viulusoolo: Jari Valo
Alvin Lee (1944-2013)
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Alvin Lee – Ten Years After – Helsinki 1969
This has gotten really old really quickly – we’re losing way too many musicians so far this year. I mean, it’s only March.
Still, it was very sad news to hear today of the passing of Alvin Lee, the iconic cornerstone of Ten Years After and the generally acknowledged fireball at Woodstock. Lee was a phenomenon in a field packed with phenomenons in the 1960’s. Still, he was able to carve out a unique place for himself and his wizardry. And as a consumate performer and musician, he was truly one-of-a-kind.
Most people think of Alvin Lee and the images from Woodstock come to mind. How his performance electrified that festival, and in doing so, catapulted his career from playing clubs and small venues to playing stadiums literally within weeks.
As a reminder of what Ten Years After and Alvin Lee were like around that time, here is a concert recorded live in Helsinki on December 3, 1969. Luckily preserved by YLE, the Finnish Radio Network. This features Alvin Lee right just as his career is exploding. The audience is just starting to get rowdy. That would only continue and escalate over the next few years. But this concert is an interesting example of the changes a band goes through, the transition from being a working, struggling group of musicians to superstars.
And for Alvin Lee, the fame was more than well deserved.
RIP – you will be missed. But thankfully for your recordings, you will never be forgotten.
Baiba Skride – That unique ability to speak directly through her violin.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Helsinki Phil. Concert – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 2: Helsinki Phil. Concert – Part 2
Over to Finland this week for a concert by The Helsinki Philharmonic, conducted by Olari Elts and featuring Latvian String-sation Baiba Skride in music of Szymanowski and Rachmaninoff.
The concert is on two players and the top player has the Szymanowki and the bottom player has the Rachmaninoff.
Here’s what’s in store for you:
Olari Elts, Conductor
Baiba Skride, Violin
Recorded: January 24, 2013
1. Szymanowski – Concert Overture
Violin Concerto Nr. 1 (w/Skride)
2. Rachmaninoff: Symphony Nr. 2
The concert was recorded and broadcast live by YLE-Radio 1 in Helsinki. The announcements are in Finnish, but there’s aren’t enough to have you run to the Finnish-English dictionary.
Good concert – Nice Wednesday Anti-Road Rage stuff.
Rèka Szilvay – tackling all the Beethoven Violin Sonatas this month.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Rèka Szilvay – Violin Recital – YLE
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 2: Rèka Szilvay – Violin Recital – Part 2
Over to Helsinki this week for a Recital by Finnish violinist Rèka Szivay and pianist Heini Kärkkäinen in music of B eethoven and Janacek. This is part of a complete Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle currently being broadcast featuring Ms. Szilvay. This one was recorded January 29th at Sibelius Academy by YLE, the public Radio Network of Finland.
Here’s what’s on the players:
Rèka Szilvay, Violin – Heini Kärkkäinin, Piano
1 (top player). Beethoven: Sonata For Violin and Piano Number 8 in G, Major
Leos Janàcek: Sonata For Violin and Piano
2 (bottom player). Beethoven: Sonata For Violin and Piano Number 5 in F Major “Spring.
Certainly qualifies in the Anti-Road Rage Wednesday sweepstakes.
Turn it up and relax. Announcements are in Finnish, but they’ve been cut down because of time constraints.