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Saturday, June 13, 2015 Permalink

The Patron Connection

Nadezhda von Meck supported Tchaikovsky financially for 13 years, with the stipulation that they never meet.


Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony was dedicated to a wealthy woman who provided the composer with financial support--with the stipulation that they never meet.

Beethoven named several of his best-known works after Archduke Rudolf of Austria, and Ravel dedicated his Pavane for a Dead Princess to the heir of an American sewing machine company.

In this hour, these and other extraordinary patrons of music--and the works they inspired.

CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Tchaikovsky: Symphony
No. 4
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Ozawa Deutsche Gramophone 427 354-2 4011790608228
Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 2 Perlman, Harrell, Ashkenazy EMI Classics 85496 724358549621
Copland: Appalachian Spring, etc. Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernstein Deutsche Gramophone 413 324-2 028941332424
Ravel: Works for Solo Piano [for Pavane for a Dead Princess] Jean-Yves Thibaudet London 433 515-2 0028942586024
Mozart Overtures [for Abduction from the Saraglio] Capella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth Naxos 8.550185 730099518529
Mozart Requiem Dunedin Consort & Players, John Butt Linn Records CKD 449 691062044929
Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder & Tristan und Isolde Norman, London Symphony Orchestra, Davis Philips 412 655-2 028941265524

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