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Smetana, Takemitsu, Villa-Lobos, Beethoven, Mozart

Juanjo Mena Conducts

Available for streaming until September 16, 2016

© Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2013
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Length: 00:18



Juanjo Mena conducts works inspired by rivers, as part of the RIVERS Festival

Smetana The Moldau from Ma vlast
Takemitsu riverrun
  Peter Serkin, piano
Villa-Lobos Amazonas
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastoral)
Originally recorded at concerts May 16, 18 and 21, 2013

Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major, K. 365
  Emanuel Ax, piano
  Benjamin Hochman, piano
  Orli Shaham, piano
  Orion Weiss, piano
  David Robertson, conductor

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Juanjo Mena Conducts

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Length: 00:18


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Bio - Juanjo Mena

Just appointed Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Juanjo Mena is one of the most distinguished conductors of his generation. Read more >

Bio - Peter Serkin

Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today. Read more >

Smetana - The Moldau from Ma vlast

Although his name came to symbolize the Czech music spirit, Bedřich Smetana spent most of his early career outside his native country. Read more >

Takemitsu - riverrun

Takemitsu decided to become a composer at the age of six- teen, while listening to music on the radio as he recuperated from pneumonia. Read more >

Villa-Lobos - Amazonas

With his symphonic poem Amazonas, composed in 1917 and finally premiered in 1929, the Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos established himself as a world-class modernist composer. Read more >

Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastoral)

The descriptive writing and pastoral subject matter of Beethoven’s symphony are a throwback to the baroque era -- think of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons or the Pastoral Symphony in the Messiah -- or at least to Haydn’s two oratorios, The Creation and The Seasons, the latter written only half a dozen years earlier. Read more >

Mozart - Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat Major, K. 365

Around the time Mozart lived, keyboard instruments developed almost beyond recognition from the harpsichord and clavichord, with their gently expressive and discreet tone, to the fortepiano that foreshadowed the appropriately named grand pianos of our time. Read more >