Bravo! on iTunes
June 21, 2007
Co-workers were shocked when I got a cell phone. They were less shocked when my ring tone became Nessun Dorma! from Puccinis Turandot.The Vail Daily got another jolt when I received not one, but two iPods for Christmas. Just as I cannot live without my cell phone, Ive become an iTunes addict.With the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival approaching, you might want to listen to some of the music in advance. You might like a work from a concert you attend. Or you may just want to add to your collection.Weve assembled a list of selections based on this years concerts at the Ford Amphitheater. Just head to your favorite computer and click and pick.
Wednesday, June 27Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 2 Andre Previn, London Symphony Orchestra & Vladimir Ashkenazy, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4, $11.99 … If you like the Second, you might as well have the whole bunch.Saturday, June 30Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 Berlin Philharmonic and Ferenc Fricsay, Symphony No. 9, From the New World, $9.99 … Also has Smetenas The Moldau.Sunday, July 1Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Bach Brandenburg Concertos – Orechestral Suites – Ciolin Concertos, $19.99 … Yes, theyre only playing the Fifth, but this is must-have Bach.Saturday, July 7Berlioz, Symphony Fantastique Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique, $9.99 … Im from San Francisco, so Ive got to have one selection from Davies Symphony Hall.Sunday, July 8Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Tchaikovsky and Assad Concertos. $9.99 … Salerno-Sonnenberg is a long-time Bravo! favorite and this is an exquisite recording.Monday, July 9Ravel, Piano Concerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra Berlin Philharmonic, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3; Ravel: Piano Converto in G Major, Gaspard de la nuit, $9.99 … A Ravel album without Bolero. Sorry, pet peeve. And, this is also a two-fer, as the New York Philharmonic plays the Prokofiev July 21.Thursday, July 12Schubert, Suphony No. 9 Great Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert Von Karajan, Schubert: Symphnies Nos. 8 and 9, $9.99 … Von Karajan is the man and this album also includes Schuberts Unfinished.Friday, July 13Stravinsky. Firebird Suite Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, Suite from The Firebird, $9.99 … Ill be honest. Stravinsky doesnt do it for me. But if you do like Stravinsky, youve got to have Rite of Spring, as well.Saturday, July 14Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, Choral Sir Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, … Theres no shortage of recordings here, but Solti should be a part of anyones collection.Friday, July 20Mussorgsky/Arr. Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Piano Version and Orchestration), $9.99. … The Pictures album to have because Ashkenazy does the original piano version.Saturday, July 21Saint-Saens, Symphony No. 3, Organ Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony; Bacchanale; Le Deluge; Danse Macabre, $9.99 … This is a great recording of Organ, and also a good introduction to Saint-Saens for those not familiar wiht the composer.Sunday, July 22Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6, Pathetique Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert Von Karajan, Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 and 6, $11.99 … You need these three symphonies. Its just that simple. Also, Philadelphia is playing the Fourth July 8.Wednesday, July 25Bernstein, West Side Story Symphonic Dances West Side Story (The Original Soundtrack Recording), $9.99 … Yes, the Symphonic Dances are different from the musical, but West Side Story and Guys and Dolls are staples to any collection.Thursday, July 26Grieg, Piano Concerto No. 1 Van Cliburn, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Grieg: Piano Concerto and Liszt Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2, $9.99 … We went to the Way-Back Machine for this. My parents had this on a record. (Those are large, cylindrical vinyl objects for the younger readers.)Friday, July 27Brahms, Symphony No. 4 Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert Von Karajan, Brahms: The 4 Symphonies, $11.99 … How can you argue with Brahms complete symphonies for this price?