Marlboro Music Festival: Beethoven, Dvorak, Janacek / Serkin, Schneider

Release Date: 7/18/2000
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: SONY 89200
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
At once a school and a festival cozily ensconced in the greenery of Vermont, Marlboro Music is renowned for its special atmosphere of community and its links to the European traditions of its founders, most notably pianist Rudolf Serkin, who served as its Artistic Director for forty years. Featured in this 50th anniversary package is a previously unreleased Serkin recording of the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto from a 1974 concert given in memory of another famous Marlboro participant, Pablo Casals. Conducted by Alexander Schneider, it is a strong, swift and straightforward reading, one that follows classical rather than romantic impulses. It is followed by a rousing rendition of Beethoven's "warmup" for the Ode to Joy, the 'Choral Fantasy,' with Serkin the father at the piano and son Peter conducting. The second disc shifts the focus to chamber music, with an especially lovely performance of the ravishing Dvorak G major String Quintet and the surprisingly but always welcome pungency of Leos Janacek's sextet, 'Mladi.'
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Nan Nall (Soprano), David Evitts (Baritone), Sanford Sylvan (Baritone), Shirley Close (Mezzo Soprano), Rudolf Serkin (Piano), Beverly Morgan (Mezzo Soprano), Gene Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Peter Serkin
Period: Classical
Written: 1808 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass in G major, Op. 77/B 49 by Antonín Dvořák
Performer: Julius Levine (Double Bass), Caroline Levine (Viola), Joseph Genualdi (Violin), Daniel [violin] Phillips (Violin), Peter Rejto (Cello)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875 ; Bohemia
4. Youth by Leoš Janáček
Performer: Daniel Matsukawa (Bassoon), Paula Robison (Flute), Igor Begelman (Clarinet), Jennifer Kuhns (Oboe), Michael Rusinek (Clarinet), Radovan Vlatkovic (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; Brno, Czech Republic
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