Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It is not always easy to determine just which music should be played on any given day, as the man said "so much music, so little time." However we will start with:
Boccherini:  Cello Concerto No. 9 in B flat major, G482 with Wouter Möller on cello and Hans-Martin Linde conducting the Linde Consort. Boccherini was an excellent cellist and it shows in this little concerto. He has the cello performing over its entire range.
Mozart:  Symphony No. 35 in D, K385 "The Haffner" Symphony, Sir Charles Mackerras and the Prague Chamber Orchestra, one of Mozart's happier symphonies.
Beethoven:  String Quartet in F, Op. 135, Cleveland Quartet. This is Beethoven's last string quartet, but he did not write it as such - in fact he was sure he was going to live for quite a bit longer, enough to write another symphony and an opera!
Martinu:  Symphony No. 1, (1942), Arthur Fagen and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
Gliere:  the Bronze Horseman Suite, Sir Edward Downs and the BBC Philharmonic. This made Gliere a very popular person and a composer in good standing with the Russian hierarchy.
Bartok:  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 (Sz112), Anne-Sophie Mutter - violin and Seiji Ozawa with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Stravinsky:  Octet for Wind Instruments, Stravinsky himself conducting the Columbia Chamber  Ensemble.
And that is it for the day!

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