Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Tuesday, February 17, 2009

This has been a wonderfully sunny day for music and we have plenty of that for today. 
To begin with it is Luigi Boccherini's birthday.
Boccherini: String Quintet Op. 25, No. 4 in C major, played by Europa Galante. He is followed by:
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 18, No. 2 in G major, played by the Emerson Quartet.
A little Stravinsky in between: March & Waltz from Small Suite for Orchestra, No. 2, the Toronto CBC Orchestra under the composer.
Erno von Dohnanyi brings us the delightful Variations on a Nursery Song, Mario Barnardi conducting the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Jean Sibelius' Symphonic Poem "En Saga" was next performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.
A delightful little symphonic piece by Stravinsky:  Concerto for Chamber Orchestra in E flat, "Dumbarton Oaks" the CBC Symphony, Toronto led by the composer.
Copland"s Danzon Cubano, conducted by Eduardo Mata with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Franck: Symphony in D, Jesus Lopez-Cobos conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. It is too bad that there were not more symphonic works from Franck.
John Corigliano's "The Red Violin Score" brought about this "The Red Violin: Chaconne for violin and piano, Maria Bachman on the violin and Jon Klibonoff at the piano. This is a marvelous performance as is their Sonata for Violin and Piano by Ravel on the same CD.
Putting the violin before a full orchestra we have Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy for Violin, Orchestra and Harp, Op. 46, James Ehnes on the violin, Mario Barnardi conducting  the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal.
The cello brings it all to a close with a Pezzo capriccio in B for cello & orch by Tchaikovsky. Zvill Bailey on the Cello the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra conducted by Martin West. 
And that does it for today.

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