The Nickname Connection 2
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The story behind “The Harmonious Blacksmith" and more
Many people know the tune as “The Harmonious Blacksmith,” but that’s not what composer George Friedrich Handel called it. In fact, that name didn’t come about until long after his death.
And what about Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, known as the “Emperor”? Or the Haydn symphony called “The Bear,” or Tchaikovsky’s “Polish” Symphony?
In the next hour, the stories behind those nicknames, plus those of works by Bach, Mozart, and more.
|Handel: The Eight Great Suites [for The Harmonious Blacksmith]
|Bach: Six Concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg [for Brandenburg Concerto No. 3]
||European Brandenburg Ensemble, Trevor Pinnock
|Haydn: Complete Symphonies, [for Symphony No. 82 “The Bear”]
||Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, Adam Fischer
||Nimbus NI 1722
||Festival Strings Lucerne, Daniel Dodds
|Mozart 225, disc 58, track 7 [for the finale of Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, the “Haffner” and Menuet break music]
||Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen
|Tchaikovsky Symphonies, etc. [for finale of Symphony No. 3 “The Polish”]
||Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur
||Warner Classics 2564 63781-2
|The Film Music of Richard Addinsell [for Warsaw Concerto (arr. Roy Douglas]
||Martin Roscoe, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
||Chandos CHAN 10046
|The Beethoven Journey [for Piano Concerto no.5, III. Rondo]
||Leif Ove Andsnes, Mahler Chamber Orchestra
||Sony Classical 88843058862