Sunday, March 1, 2009

First day of March

There are not many popular musicians born on the 1st of March. The most famous one is Chopin.

1810 - Frederic Chopin, Polish composer in Zelazowa.

1954 - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, American mezzo-soprano in San Francisco. Below are 2 recommended works from the NPR Listener's Encyclopedia to Classical Music.

Recommended 1

Handel's arias.

Recommended 2
Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

For First Performance, there are two popular pieces.

1795 - Symphony No.103 (Drum roll) by Haydn in King's Theatre, London.


This is on the Philips Duo label by the Concertgebouw conducted by Sir Colin Davies. Rated 4 stars, awarded Rosette and Key Recording by Penguin Guide. "The excellence of the playing is matched by Philips's best recording quality ........" Also recommended by Gramophone Guide. "A superb achievement."

1942 - Symphony No.7 by Shostakovich in Moscow.

by Gramophone Guide. ".............never being more powerfully realised." Also selected in 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die. "This is the grandest rendering ever committed to disc and also the most electrifying."


Rated 3 stars by Penguin Guide. "................beautifully played and recorded..........."

Ronald Kwok