Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Afternoon Classics, Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Starting off with a new release here is the Boston Baroque playing Winter from the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.
Next Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, KV 466 played by Rudolf Serkin with Claudio Abbado conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.
Every now and then we do have to feature Anton Bruckner and this is the anniversary of his Symphony No. 9, played here by the Dresden Staatskapelle with Eugen Jochum conducting. Originally premiered in a heavily edited manner in 1903 it wasn't until 1932 that the original version was performed in public.
Another new release - this time featuring the cellist Zvill Bailey, the piece this time is the "Variations on a Rococo Theme" Op. 33 by Tchaikovsky. Martin West and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra accompany.
Rachmaninov was enamored of Tchaikovsky and had written several pieces that used themes by Tchaikovsky. On this one the inspiration is Paganini "Rhapsody on a Theme of Pagnini" Op. 43, Artur Rubenstein at the piano and Fritz Kreisler conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
When Rachmaninov heard of Tchaikovsky's death he was devastated. In response to that he wrote two "Elegiac Trios" here is the second. Elegiac Trio No. 2 D minor, Op. 9, the Borodin Trio performing.
Introducing a new composer to my program - Geir Tveitt. He is a Norwegian composer and not too well known outside of Europe. I hope this will help to create some interest in his work. He is grounded in the folk music of his country working as Kodaly and Janacek did to collect the folk songs of the Hardanger District. Here is a piece based on a Norwegian folk tale: Nykken, symphonic painting for orchestra, Op. 187 (1956), performed by the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ole Kristian Ruud.
And more on the morrow . . . . . . .

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