Program 164
"Goldmark Silver"

MUSIC:
Goldmark: excerpt from the beginning of the third movement from The Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 28 performed by Itzhak Perlman with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn [EMI Classics 50999 5 09677 2 8, track 9] [under the following]

Hello and welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman. Stay with me for the next hour and I promise to fill it with “Goldmark Silver” -- music by Karl Goldmark which is really superb, but nowadays is not as well known as his gold record, the Rustic Wedding Symphony, which I presented in program number 163.

MUSIC: fades out

The featured work in this hour will be Goldmark’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, Opus 28, which was once his most frequently performed piece. The concerto premiered in Bremen in 1877. It is a very romantic work with a Magyar march in the first movement and passages reminiscent of Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Schumann throughout the piece. The work has started to make a comeback into the repertoire through recordings by such well-known violinists as Itzhak Perlman, Nathan Milstein and -- more recently -- Joshua Bell. Goldmark wrote a second violin concerto, but it was never published.

Let’s listen to the three-movement concerto now in its entirety as performed on an EMI Classics, “Great Recordings of the Century” compact disc with violinist Itzhak Perlman and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn.

MUSIC: Goldmark: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 28 performed by Itzhak Perlman with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn [EMI Classics 50999 5 09677 2 8, tracks 7, 8, and 9] [34:24]

Karl Goldmark’s Violin Concerto performed by violinist Itzhak Perlman with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn.

You are listening to “Goldmark Silver” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

[one-minute break not included in the total timing of the program]


Next let’s listen to the first movement from Karl Goldmark’s three-movement Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 25. The piece was composed in 1874. The violinist is Ulf Wallin and the pianist, Bruno Canino, on a cpo release from Germany.

MUSIC: Goldmark: first movement of Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 25: Finale performed by violinist Ulf Wallin with pianist Bruno Canino [CPO 999 524-2, track 1]
[13:09]

The first movement from Karl Goldmark’s three-movement Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 25. The violinist was Ulf Wallin and the pianist, Bruno Canino.

Let’s conclude this hour of “Goldmark Silver” with one of the composer’s romantic piano pieces: Quiet Hope. Once again the pianist is Bruno Canino, and it comes from the same cpo compact disc as the Violin Sonata.

MUSIC: Goldmark: Stille Hoffnung (Quiet Hope) performed by pianist Bruno Canino [CPO 999 524-2, track ] [3:41]

Karl Goldmark’s Quiet Hope played by pianist Bruno Canino concludes this hour of Compact DIscoveries devoted to “Goldmark Silver.” I hope you enjoyed the music. This is your guide, Fred Flaxman, reminding you to check out the Compact Discoveries website at www.compactdiscoveries.com.

There you will find links to stream all the Compact Discoveries programs on demand, including this one, which is number 164. There you will also find articles on compact discs, a basic music library, and recommended concert, opera and ballet digital video discs. Until next time, then, thank you for listening.

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Total Program Timing: 57:00

 
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