Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009

The midweek brings us to the time of the "major Symphony" and today's major Symphony will be by Dmitri Shostakovich. However to start we will have to go to:
Boccherini - his Oboe Quintet with Sarah Francis on the Oboe and the Allegri String Quartet.
Haydn - Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Yo-Yo Ma on the Cello and the English Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jose-Luis Garcia.
Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche" is a always a concert favorite, here it is performed by SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart under Georges Petre.
Next the Piano Trio in C, Op. 87 of Johannes Brahms performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, and Lynn Harrell.
Mendelssohn's "Concert Overture for a Midsummer Night's Dream" is a marvel example of craftmanship by a young composer. Claudio Abbado and the London Symphony performing.
The scherzo from the Octet, Op. 20 of Mendelssohn is here presented in the form which it may be an alternative 3rd movement to his Symphony No. 1. Claudio Abbado once more with the London Symphony Orchestra.
The Symphony No. 10 in E minor by Dmitri Shostakovich is a very distinct composition from those written during the Stalin years. Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony on this.
Sergei Prokofiev was a contemporary of Shostakovich but about 20 years older. His Sinfonia concertante was written originally as a cello concerto but by the time he completed it Prokofiev renamed it believing it was more a "symphony/concerto. Mischa Maisky is the cellist and Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra. 
the final few moments will be filled by the Sonata for Solo Cello by Kodaly - Yo-Yo Ma playing. 

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