Thursday, February 5, 2009

Afernoon Classics, Thursday, February 5, 2009

Well, a day without snow, really, and one with a lot of great music. Starting with Mozart and proceeding to Mendelssohn it will culminate in some of the tuneful music of Antonin Dvorak.
First, the Overture to Idomeneo, King of Crete, by Mozart, Bruno Weill conducting Tafelmusik.
Franz Joseph Haydn is next with his Symphony No. 64 in A, Hob. I:64 Tempura mutantur, the Schlierbacher Kammerorchester conducted by Thomas Fey.
Alexander Borodin once said that every composer has his themes, well here a the most popular themes of Borodin, the String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, the Emerson String Quartet performing.
The unfinished finished, musicologist Brian Newbould finishes out the Symphony No.8 in B minor, D759, "the unfinished" by Franz Schubert. Sir Charles Mackerras and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
A waltz by Glazunov for a break: Concert Waltz No. 1 in D, Op. 47, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Valeri Polyansky.
To begin the second half: Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 played by Hilary Hahn assiste by the Oslo Philharmonic under the baton of Hugh Wolff.
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov adds a little color to the afternoon with his "Caucasian Sketches" Op. 10 performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra led by David Zinman.
Another Symphony No. 8, this one very complete: The Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 by Antonin Dvorak, Andre Previn conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
To finish out: Romantic Pieces by Dvorak, Isaac Stern violin and Robert MacDonald piano.

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