Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto

It had been a while since I had heard this fabulous piece of music, but it was on the radio yesterday, and so I had to offer it to blog readers to listen to as well. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Nielsen’s Violin Concerto

I listened to Carl Nielsen’s Violin Concerto again recently, and I realized that I had forgotten how wonderful it is. It deserves to be heard far more often than it is, and so enjoy this recording with Baiba Skride as soloist. [Read more…]

Heather Schmidt – Concerto No.3 for Piano and String Orchestra

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The Glass Bead Game

The video above is of James Bechel’s horn concerto, “The Glass Bead Game,” which is a wonderful piece of music. I recently bought a CD which contains that piece, as well as David Maslanka’s trombone concerto, of which there are likewise recordings online, such as this one with Michael Mulcahy as soloist. [Read more…]

Siegfried Langgaard – Piano Concerto No.1

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Korngold’s Violin Concerto

In the process of moving my blog to Patheos, a number of embedded videos were lost. And so there is apparently now no post on this blog which features one of my favorite pieces of music, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s violin concerto. And so here it is, performed by Hilary Hahn, who will be coming to [Read More…]

Miklós Rózsa – Sinfonia Concertante

If you think you don’t know any music by Miklós Rózsa you are almost certainly wrong. If you’ve seen Ben Hur, he composed the soundtrack. Rózsa wrote wonderful concert music as well as composing film scores. This is one example – if you like it, I encourage you to listen to the rest of the piece, and [Read More…]

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra 2013 Concerto Concert

Here’s video footage from the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Concert, which was held this year at Broadway United Methodist Church here in Indianapolis. The MYO is an educational program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. [Read more…]


I had the privilege of attending a concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater tonight. It featured cellist Zuill Bailey as soloist on Ernest Bloch's Schelomo and Nico Muhly's new Cello Concerto, together with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. They also performed Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony No.3, the “Organ Symphony.” It was wonderful! I had heard Schelomo several [Read More…]

Claude Champagne (1891-1965) – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D minor (1948)

Thanks to a Facebook group I am in, I had the pleasure of discovering, and now of sharing with you, this surprisingly short and quite magnificent romantic piano concerto. Enjoy! [Read more…]