Symphonic Thursday

The Team:

Greatest Games:

Bach: Cello Suits (Tortelier), Brandenburg Concertos (Britten), Mass in B Minor (Richter), St Matthew’s Passion (Richter), Cantatas (Richter), Well-Tempered Clavier (Feinburg)

Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (Sveshnikov), 2nd Piano Concerto (Ashkenazy & Previn), 2nd Symphony (Previn), Trio Eliagique No. 2 (Rostropovich, Vajman and Serebrekov)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Previn), 5th Symphony (Szell), 6th Symphony (Karajan), Variations on a Rococo Theme (Rostropovich), Violin Concerto in D (Heifetz)

Dvořák: Cello Concerto (Fournier & Szell), 9th Symphony (Szell)

Schumann: Cello Concerto in A Minor (Rostropovich & Samosud), Piano Concerto in A Minor (Serkin), Three Romances (Kempff)

Grieg: Peer Gynt (Marriner), Piano Concerto in A Minor (Davis & Kovacevich)

Schubert: Impromptus & Late Sonatas (Brendel: analogue), 14th String Quartet (Berg), String Quintet in C (Hollywood), 8th & 9th Symphony (Krips)

Beethoven: String Quartets (Végh), 6th Symphony (Klemperer, Furtwängler 44), 7th Symphony (Kleiber, Furtwängler 43), 9th Symphony (Furtwängler 44), 5th Piano Concerto (Kovacevich & Davis), Violin Concerto in D (Perlman), Sonatas (Kovacevich)

Wagner: The Ring (Furtwängler), Das Rheingold (Keilberth), Tristan und Isolde (Barenboim)

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 (Malcuzynski), Nocturnes (Moravec), Preludes (Argerich), Etudes (Magaloff)

Mozart: 40th Symphony (Böhm), 20th Piano Concerto (Brendel), Requiem (Karajan), Piano Sonata in A Minor (Lipetti), Clarinet Concerto / Quintet (Marriner)

Vivaldi: Magnificat & Gloria (Muti), Cello Concerto in E minor (Fournier), The Four Seasons (Perlman), Concerti Con Molti Strumenti (Biondi)


Pre Match Analysis:

Belly Up! predicts a lusty game this weekend. Has Thursday’s mid-field maestro, Ludvig van Beethoven ever been in finer form? The manner in which he controlled last week’s game against the mighty South Indian Folk Club Carnatic F.C. was breathtaking and, teamed up with the aggressive and highly competitive Wagner, it’s hard to imagine how any club could prevail against them. This week, however, they face their toughest test of the season so far; Early Jazz. While Thursday would seem to have the most complete squad in the league, with quite ludicrous dominance of technique, the stolid 4-4-2 formation, unchanged for three hundred years, could prove their undoing against the irrepressible bandy-legged parpy-joy of the tactically fluid Jug-band maestros. Stay tuned.


This post is in honour of my ritual of listening to a classical symphony (concerto, quartet, mass, etc — no opera though, can’t stand it) on a Thursday evening. Bloody good. ‘Meditative loveliness’.

If you’re thinking ‘sigh, no authentic period-piece recordings here’ — fair enough, but I rate very few of them (not because they’re ‘historically informed’ but because they’re without depth), and if you’re thinking ‘where’s Stravinsky and Górecki?’ — I’m only including here pre-20th century artists, and if you’re thinking ‘where’s Brahms and Mahler?’ — I find them cold, conceited and very boring, and if you’re thinking ‘sigh, another list of white men’ see here.

Finally, if you’re into Beethoven’s Symphonies and want to listen to Furwängler’s peerless interpretations, check out the Chibás remasters. Pristine Classical are also exceptionally good, although.