The Patron Connection
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Nadezhda von Meck supported Tchaikovsky financially for 13 years, with the stipulation that they never meet.
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
|Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 2
||Perlman, Harrell, Ashkenazy
||EMI Classics 85496
|Copland: Appalachian Spring, etc.
||Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernstein
||Deutsche Gramophone 413 324-2
|Ravel: Works for Solo Piano [for Pavane for a Dead Princess]
||London 433 515-2
|Mozart Overtures [for Abduction from the Saraglio]
||Capella Istropolitana, Barry Wordsworth
||Dunedin Consort & Players, John Butt
||Linn Records CKD 449
|Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder & Tristan und Isolde
||Norman, London Symphony Orchestra, Davis
||Philips 412 655-2