Richard Strauss, Rudolph Serkin

[The title of this post references two world-renowned musicians from two very different backgrounds and countries who came together in two different eras to provide an astonishing recording that has stood the test of time.]

                                     

Richard Strauss                                                        Rudolph Serkin
June 11, 1864-Sept. 8, 1949 
                                March 28, 1903-May 8, 1991

I was rummaging through my LP recordings section in our drawing room library, when I came across quite unexpectedly on an old Columbia Masterworks album, which contained one favorite of mine – Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 45, and amazingly another work I’d completely forgotten about – Richard Strauss’s Burlesque in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra. Since today is indeed the great man’s birthday anniversary, you may check out Serkin’s sterling performance on YouTube by clicking on the red hotspot and taking a rare aural glimpse into another era of music-making with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

Afterword: A quick scan of the ancient disc cover can be seen right here: Burlesk

Also, during Richard’s early days in Weimar, one Ernest Hutcheson – an Australian pianist, composer and teacher – wondered aloud why “so well-equipped a pianist did not give more of his talent to the instrument.” Out of all that he did give, Burlesk was Strauss’s most important music for the piano and was written at the age of 21 when he was still in his Brahmsian stage .

Reference:  My Columbia Hi-Fi LP Album

Dear Readers,
You number over 75,000 in nearly two-and-a-half years ago back in early 2015, when I first began to put “some of my thoughts, written down” and posted them in the blogosphere. Since that time, many of you have urged me to seek support of my site and my writings by way of donations.

 My blog is about my life. It’s about what I’ve learned through the span of my life. It’s about things I love, and things I know and things I have experienced. I am humbled that so many of you want to join with me in my reflections. If you like what you find here, if it inspires or informs or amuses you, then I am content.

It would mean a lot to me if, with the advent of the New Year 2017, you would please consider making a donation of US $1.00, $2.00, $5.00, or whatever amount you deem fit to sustain my work.
And thank you for being a regular reader of the Azim Mayadas Blog!

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *