Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Afternoon Classics, Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It is always neat when there is a birthday to celebrate such as that of Franz Joseph Haydn. There have been few who have contributed so much to the development of music as that man had. This will be a very brief look at his music.
Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 33 in D, Hob. XVI:37, performed by Leif Ove Andsnes at the piano.
Symphony No. 24 in D major, Adrien Shepherd conducting the group Cantilena.
String Quartet No. 3 in G minor, Hob. III:33 the Tatrai Quartet performing.
Symphony No. 64. Hob. I:64 "tempora mutantur" performed by the Schlierbacher Kammerorchester led by Thomas Fey.
Symphony No. 104, "London" performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke's under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras.
The American composer Walter Piston is not heard as often as he should be, his works are very accessible and of very good quality. Here are two of them.
Piston: Symphony No. 4 Gerard Schwarz leading the Seattle Symphony.
Three New England Sketches, once again Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony.
William Grant Still premiered his opera "Troubled Island" on today's date in 1949. His first symphony premiered earlier, it was written in 1930. Still was an all-around American composer composing music for movies, arranging music for jazz bands and participating in same.
Still: Symphony No. 1, Afro-American, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Karl Kruger.
Dvorak: Violin Sonata in F, Op. 57, Bohuslav Matousek, Petr Ademec.
Durey: Sonatine, Op. 25, Emily Beynon & Andrew West.

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