Marlboro Music Festival: Beethoven, Dvorak, Janacek / Serkin, Schneider
At once a school and a festival cozily ensconced in the greenery of Vermont, Marlboro Music is renowned for its special atmosphere of community and its links to the European traditions of its founders, most notably pianist Rudolf Serkin, who served as its Artistic Director for forty years. Featured in this 50th anniversary package is a previously unreleased Serkin recording of the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto from a 1974 concert given in memory of another famous Marlboro participant, Pablo Casals. Conducted by Alexander Schneider, it is a strong, swift and straightforward reading, one that follows classical rather than romantic impulses. It is followed by a rousing rendition of Beethoven's "warmup" for the Ode to Joy, the 'Choral Fantasy,' with Serkin the father at the piano and son Peter conducting. The second disc shifts the focus to chamber music, with an especially lovely performance of the ravishing Dvorak G major String Quintet and the surprisingly but always welcome pungency of Leos Janacek's sextet, 'Mladi.'
Catalog Number: SONY 89200
Composer: Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Alexander Schneider, Peter Serkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Marlboro Festival Chorus
Performer: Beverly Morgan, Caroline Levine, Daniel Matsukawa, Daniel Phillips, David Evitts, Gene Tucker, Igor Begelman, Jennifer Kuhns, Joseph Genualdi, Julius Levine, Michael Rusinek, Nan Nall, Paula Robison, Peter Rejto, Radovan Vlatkovic, Rudolf Serkin, Sanford Sylvan, Shirley Close