Happy birthday, Johann

March 14, 2022

In honor of the birthday of Johann Strauss I (1804-1849), here is the Radetsky March performed by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.


Sunday musical offering

August 1, 2021


Happy birthday, Edvard

June 15, 2021

It’s the birthday of Edvard Grieg (1842-1907), the composer who put Norway on the musical map. Grieg’s Holberg Suite, composed 1884, consists of five movements, each based on an 18th century dance form. Here is the third movement, played by the strings of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra — a group of musicians who make no secret of how much fun they’re having.


Happy birthday, Samuel

March 9, 2021

In honor of the birthday of Samuel Barber (1910-1981), here is the Adagio for Strings performed by members of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.


Happy birthday, Antonín

September 8, 2020

In honor of the birthday of Czech composer Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904), here is the first movement of his Serenade for Strings, in a performance by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.


Sunday musical offering

June 21, 2020


Happy birthday, Béla

March 25, 2019

Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Béla Viktor János Bartók (1881-1945) composed his Romanian Folk Dances for piano in 1915, and later arranged it for orchestra. It has since been arranged for any number of different instrumental groupings. Here it is in a version for string ensemble, played by the strings of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.


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