Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sunny days are always make it so difficult to stay inside! But someone has to do it so here is the music for this sunny day:
Ysaye:  Sonata No. 5 from Op. 27, Thomas Zehetmair on the violin.
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.  3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Christoph von Dohnanyi.
Smetana:  String Quartet No. 1 "From My Life" performed by the Smetana Quartet.
   ----    The Moldau from "Ma Vlast"  Zdenek Macal conducting the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
  ----     Dances for Piano Rudolf Firkusny performing.
To celebrate the birthday of Kurt Weill there is a brief look at his works:
Weill: Symphony No. 1 with Marin Alsop conducting the Bournemouth Symphony.
  ---   Suite from "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagony" with Mariss Jansons conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.
  --- Three songs from "The Threepenny Opera"  Lotte Lenya - vocal with Roger Bean conducting an unnamed orchestra.
  ---  Lady in the Dark - Symphonic Nocture (Concert Suite arr. by Robert Russell Bennett), Marin Alsop conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
  ---   Three songs from "One Touch of Venus" libretto on this done by S.J. Perelman and Ogden Nash, Ute Lemper on the vocal, John Mauceri conducting the RIAS Berlin Chamber Ensemble. 
On the anniversary of the first performance of Bizet's most well know opera:
Bizet: Carmen Suite, Michel Plasson conducts the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse.
To finish:  some more songs by Weill.  
Tomorrow's program will feature the complete Dreigroshenoper".

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