Thursday, April 23, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Thursday, April 23, 2009

The 23rd of April is the traditional date of the birth of William Shakespeare. The relationship between Shakespeare and music is a long one and a serendipitous one. Numerous composers have put their energy into creating works to go with the various plays of the bard. We will hear four of those today.
Berlioz:  Overture to King Lear, Sir Colin Davis leading the Staatskapelle Dresden.
Shostakovich: Hamlet, Leonid Grin conducting the Deutches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rotterdam Philharmonic led by Jeffrey Tate.
Dvorak: Ballade, Op. 15, Bohuslav Matousek - violin, Petr Ademec - piano.
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2, Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
- - - Sonata for Solo Violin in D major, Op. 115, Gil Shaham - violin.
-- - - Concerto for violin and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 Gil Shaham - violin, André Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.
-- - - Concerto for piano, left hand, and orchestra in B flat major, No. 4, Op 53, Yefim Bronfim - piano, Zubin Mehta conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
-- - - Overture on Hebrew Themes for Clarinet, String Quartet and Piano, Op. 34, Giora Feidman - clarinet, Julliard String Quartet, Yefim Bronfman - piano.
And that wraps up our week of Prokofiev! See you on Tuesday. Mike Price

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