Thursday, February 12, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Thursday, February 12, 2009

Coming up this weekend is Valentine's Day and we will acknowledge that at the end of the program. However, there are some other pieces of music to play before that. 
Beethoven:  the Waldstein Sonnata, No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, played by Friedrich Gulda.
The Piano Quartet of Gabriel Faure has a feel of the French Impressionism  of his contemporaries with the steadfast grounding in the classical world. Not classical but also a little too formal for the Impressionist label he is very  20th Century here.
Faure:  Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15, the Beaux Arts Trio plus Kim Kashkashian on the Viola.
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Andre Previn with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Bernstein:  Symphonic Dances from  West Side Story; L.A. Philharmonic, Bernstein conducting.
From a new CD: Pryor, Annie Laurie (Air Varie) with Ronald Borror on the trombone and Edmund Nieman on piano. This is from the era of Souza. 
Stravinsky's Ballet "Orpheus" did not create a riot as did "The Rite of Spring" but it has been a favorite on the ballet stage. Of course there was the Balanchine choreography.
Stravinsky:   Orpheus, Strivinsky conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra.
Tviett:  2nd Concerto for Hardanger fiddle & orchestra: Arve Moen Bergset on the Handanger fiddle and Ole Kristian Ruud conducting the Stavanger Symphony.
One of the favorite places for wooing on the Iberian peninsula would be on a warm spring evening in a formal garden, Manuel deFalla understood that.
DeFalla:   Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Martha Agerich - piano; Daniel Barenboim, Orchestre de Paris.
And finally:
Tchaikovsky:  Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Paavo Jarvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
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