Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Wednesday Jan. 14, 209

Today's program has a somewhat Central European ring to it. I tried to balance it out a bit with the Symphony No. 6 of Sir Malcolm Arnold and he does hold his own in the company of Sibelius and Stravinsky. As always Beethoven can dominate any crowd and he almost gets away with it here with his last piano sonata - No. 32. Some of the techniques that Beethoven explored in his sonatas show up in the works of many later composers. Vasily Kalinnikov does not get the attention due him in today's concert world. He is unabashedly a student of Tchaikovsky and also is very Russian. He is not stealing from anyone else - just using the same folk songs as the basis for his symphony. And to cap it all off it is calling all brass! as we finish up with Janacek's Sifonietta. 

Stravinsky: Circus Polka for a young elephant, Stravinsky, CBC Symphony Orchestra
Szymanowski: String Quartet No. 1 in C, Op. 37, Carmina Quartet
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C, Op. 52, Mariss Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic
Stravinsky: Four etudes for orchestra, Stravinsky, CBC Symphony Orchestra
Arnold: Symphony No. 6, Op. 95, Andrew Penny, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Sibelius: Rakastava Suite Op. 14, Leonidas Kavakos - violin, Juhani Lamminmäki, City of Espoo Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, John O'Conor - piano
Smetana: Hakon Jarl, Op. 16, Rafael Kubelik, Symphonieorchester des Bayernischen Rundfunks
Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Theodore Kuchar, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Janacek: Sinfonietta, Rafael Kubelik, Symphonieorchester des Bayernischen Rundfunks 

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