The Concerto

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (18.93 hours)
Product Number: Z100104934
Released: Sep 07, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781682764008
Narrator/s: Robert Greenberg
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The concerto offers a kind of unique excitement no other instrumental music can match. Where a symphony enthralls us with its thematic variations and development, a concerto gives us human drama - the exhilaration of a soloist or group of soloists ringing forth against the mass of the orchestra. In 24 musically rich lectures, Professor Greenberg provides a guided tour of the concerto, from its conception as a child of Renaissance ideals, through its maturation in the Classical age, its metamorphosis in the Romantic era, and its radical transformation in the 20th century and beyond. You'll listen to selections from nearly 100 concerti from more than 60 composers - from Gabrieli to Gershwin, from Schumann to Shostakovich. Along with the bedrock of the repertoire - represented by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Bartok, and many others - you are introduced to superb concerti by a host of less-familiar masters. You'll study in depth some of the greatest and most beloved works of the genre, including Mozart's Concerto for Flute in G Major, K. 313; Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat Major; Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4 in G Major, op. 58; Chopin's Piano Concerto no. 2 in F Minor, op. 21; Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 16; and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35. Finally, you'll look at some notoriously esoteric and difficult 20th-century composers, including Arnold Schonberg and Elliott Carter, learning how their music is much more accessible than it appears.

Professional reviews

"Professor Greenberg lectures on the historical development of this musical form, which was born from opera in the seventeenth century and has been popular down to the present day. Greenberg is the sort of educator for whom even the most sluggish of undergraduates will willingly rise before noon. His lectures (I'm tempted to say performances) are bravura examples of erudition put to use in the service of an audience. Rich with detail about both the works and their composers, and crackling with humor, wide-ranging cultural references, and infectious enthusiasm, these lectures are also liberally sprinkled with well-recorded musical examples. It's all the fun of a great college class, without the exams. M.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"