Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Welcome on a snowy day! For those unfortunate enough to miss it the Symphony Showcase this last weekend was a delightful as ever. Most satisfying was the Sextet by Francis Poulenc. There are few composers who can truly write music for wind ensemble, Poulenc stands out in this area. Also there was some multi-tasking and neat string quartet by the younger folk.
Now for today's program. We have a birthday or two, well two Honegger and Barber, interesting couple. So here goes:
Vivaldi: Concerto RV 362, 'La caccia', Fabio Biondin and Europa Galante performing.
Mozart: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 21, K4467, Eugene Istomin at the  piano, Gerard Schwarz conducting the Seattle Symphony.
Honegger: Pacific 231,  Mariss Jansons conducting the Oslo Philharmonic.
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Seiji Ozawa, Berlin Philharmonic.
Barber: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra Op. 14, Hilary Hahn - violin; Hugh Wolff and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
  ---   Souvenirs: Pas de deux, Israela Margalit on the piano.
  --- School for Scandal, Overture, Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony.
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Orch. Ravel), Valery Gergeiv and the Vienna Philharmonic.
Nagao: Lovers on the Celestial Sphere, Kenneth Tse & Nobuya Sugawa - saxes; Kazuo Murakami on piano.
Honegger: Symphony No. 2; Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic.
Barber:   Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12, Leonard Slatkin, St. Louis Symphony.
  --- Adagio for Strings, Leonard Slatkin, St. Louis Symphony. 

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