From Vivaldi to Mozart , from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky , from Glazunov to Ravel , from Riccardo Muti to Claudio Abbado , passing by such famous artists as Martha Argerich , Anne-Sophie Mutter or Fabio Biondi , will unfold before your eyes the fabulous landscape, tour in turn peaceful and tormented, from the rich hours of classical music… I did not seek to unearth obscure works or forgotten composers. What I tried is to invite Internet users to discover the great masterpieces and those who composed them. From there, I selected decisive works from the history of classical music.
Because they are unanimously considered as the beginnings or outcomes of a particular current and because history would have been radically modified in their absence, certain works have imposed their presence on their own. I am thinking, for example, of " Four Seasons ”by Antonio Vivaldi which are among the most popular works of all time. For many, the very name of "Vivaldi" is synonymous with the four seasons and vice versa. I am also thinking of Beethoven's choral fantasy or even of Sergei Rachmaninov's concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3, of which I offer you several publications. Works otherwise written, and it is not by chance if I quote them, by the three great reformers of the concertante work.
Other works, even if they had little repercussion on the evolution of the history of the concertante work, constitute recognized milestones in the manner of a composer or of an era. Others, still, are taken again because they constitute an important moment in the collective memory by the public impact of fashion and success which was theirs. Some were or have remained successful pieces of the repertoire, I will cite as an example only Beethoven's concerto for piano and orchestra No. 5 called “the Emperor” .
Some are noted for the scandal they have caused for musical reasons or not, like the concerto for piano and orchestra No. 4 by Sergei Rachmaninoff . Some favored novelty, even the revolutionary spirit, following the example of Beethoven's choral fantasy , the premise of the Ninth Symphony ; others, on the contrary, imposed themselves by their institutional and agreed character, but all expressed, to varying degrees, the vitality and passion which led composers to sacrifice their heart, their reason and sometimes their soul ...