Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Wednesday February 25, 2009

     Ash Wednesday begins Lent so there are some things to be considered - fasting, abstinence, penance and oblations. Well, in music that must mean not so much Shostakovich, no wild new pieces, music that is not my favorite, and offerings to the poor in music. Hmmmmmm. Well this will somehow reflect our Wednesday programming throughout Lent (to the best of my ability!).
So to start we shall have a Lenten Cantata from  Bach Sr. 
Bach:  Cantata No. 144, BWV 144, Nimm, was dein ist, . . . Gustav Leonhardt conducting the Leonhardt Consort.
From yesterday, as promised, here is the complete music for:
Grieg: Peer Gynt, Neeme Jarvi and the Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra.
In a more usual manner here is:
Beethoven:  String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74, The Harp, the Cleveland Quartet.
Dvorak: Capriccio for Violin & Piano, Bohuslav Matousek - violin; Petr Adamec - piano.
A rarity here, this sonata may not have been recorded before this CD however they are not claiming a premier  performance.
Dohnanyi: Sonata in B flat minor for Cello & Piano, Op. 8, Nancy Green - cello; Tannis Gibson - piano.
Tveitt: Concerto No. 2 for Hardanger Fiddle and Orchestra, Op. 252, Three Fjords, (1965), Arve Moen Bergset - Hardanger fiddle, Ole Kristian Ruud conducting Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. 
Dvorak:  Drobnosti, Op. 75a for 2 violins, viola, members of the Alberni String Quartet.
And so a happy Lent to one and all!

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