Tchaikovsky dedicated his Fourth Symphony to a wealthy woman who provided him with financial support—but who stipulated that they never meet.
Archduke Rudolf of Austria was a key figure in some of Beethoven’s best-known works, 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 extraordinary works they inspired.
|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|