Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    We have some new releases from Telarc and Crystal Records which I will be sharing with you this week. These will be marked with an * so you may identify them. I will also note the label they are issued under. So - to ward off any more snow here we go:
  To begin with from the  pen of George Frideric Handel we have an anniversary of a first performance so:  Water Music Suite in D major, HWV 349 performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Zinman.
*New from Telarc: The Four Seasons featuring the Boston Baroque. We heard the Concerto grosso No. 12 in D minor Variations on La Follia - based on Corelli) Martin Pearlman leading the Boston Baroque.
The Symphony No 6 by George Antheil, American composer, Theodore Kuchar leading the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
Isaac Albeniz's Iberia was next performed by the Orchestre de Paris under Daniel Barenboim, this was the orchestral transcription.
The opera "Tales of Hoffman" premiered on this date and for that there were three pieces by Jacques Offenbach. Anne Sophie von Otter was the soprano, Marc Minkowski conducted Les Musiciens du Louvre. 
*A Capriccioso in B minor for cello and orchestra by Tchaikovsky, Zvill Bailey on the cello and Martin West conducting the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 followed performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra led by David Zinman.
Howard Hanson's opera Marymount premiered on this date in 1939 or so, here Kenneth Schemmerhorn leads the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
*Zvill Bailey returns on the new Telarc CD with the Concerto No. 1 for Cello & Orchestra in E flat major by Dmitri Shostakovich, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra under the baton of Martin West assisted. 
It may be deja vu however we are once again closing with Romantic Pieces , Op. 75 of Antonin Dvorak. Isaac Stern and Robert McDonald performing. 
More new releases tomorrow. 

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