I was reminded by a reader from my old site of many years that most of the concerts I ran prior to June 2012 are no longer available – and if they are, they sound pretty bad.
So, in answer to my friend’s request to repost some of those old concerts, I’m starting off this week with a 2010 concert featuring The Gothenburg Symphony, guest conducted by the ever-popular Gustavo Dudamel.
This concert was broadcast live by Sveriges Radio on June 3, 2010 and features the orchestra in two works: The Serenade For Strings by Wilhelm Stenhammer and the Symphony Number 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich. The Stenhammer is probably not familiar to a lot of people, for absolutely no good reason – it’s a gorgeous piece of music and Conductor and Band do it wonderful service. The Shostakovich 5th is probably one of the most played and subsequently most familiar of the Shostakovich symphonies. Again, Conductor and Band do the piece wonderful service.
So – for those of you who only want the Stenhammer; it’s on the top player. For those of you who only want the Shostakovich, it’s on the bottom player.
Play both – they make sense out of an otherwise skewed Wednesday.